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Rolling Stones / Feliz Navidad y Prospero 2018
« : diciembre 22, 2017, 09:30:47 am »
Antes que nada una disculpa para los moderadores, sé que este mensaje no va aqui pero ya estamos.

Hermanitos y hermanitas Stones les deseo una muy feliz navidad y un año 2018 cargado de cosas hermosas para ustedes y sus familias. Una nueva gira Stone para cualquier parte del planeta elegido por ellos, mientras rueden que sea donde sea.

Un abrazo virtual a cada uno de ustedes.


Rolling Stones / Ronnie Wood pasó un buen susto
« : agosto 06, 2017, 06:38:04 am »
Lo de su pulmón era cancer.....

By Louise Gannon For Event Magazine

Published: 5 August 2017

When Ronnie Wood went for a routine health check three months ago his doctor made a shocking discovery. Here he reveals with raw honesty why he thought ‘it was time to say goodbye’ to his young family

In a plush basement suite of a west London hotel, Ronnie Wood is carefully studying a small rectangular package containing something he thought he would never see. It is a newly minted book – Ronnie Wood: Artist – containing hundreds of stunning images of paintings, sculptures, sketches and woodcuts he has made over the past 50 years.

Can of cola in hand (‘my last vice’), he is palpably emotional as he says, ‘Did I think I’d ever make it to see this? Hell no! Someone up there must like me. And luckily someone down here likes me too.’

The Rolling Stone is referring to his long love affair with alcohol, cocaine and heroin, which fuelled his reputation – alongside that of Keith Richards – as the greatest hell-raiser in the rock ’n’ roll firmament. But he is also referring to a moment three months ago when he was told he had cancer.

In an exclusive interview with Event, the guitarist reveals for the first time how a cancerous lesion was discovered in May during a routine medical check-up for the upcoming Rolling Stones tour, and how he had to go through a traumatic five-hour operation to remove part of his lung.

‘I’ve had a fight with a touch of lung cancer,’ he says with a nervous laugh that does little to disguise the still-evident shock in his eyes. ‘There was a week when everything hung in the balance and it could have been curtains – time to say goodbye. You never know what is going to happen.’

Wood – who quit smoking a week before his one-year-old twins, Gracie and Alice, were born – says, ‘I had this thought at the back of my mind after I gave up smoking a year ago: “How can I have got through 50 years of chain-smoking – and all the rest of my bad habits – without something going on in there?”

‘So I went along to see our good old doctor, Richard Dawood, because we [Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts] all have to be checked before we go on tour, and he asked me if I wanted him to go deeper and check my heart, lungs and blood. I said, “Go for it.”’

Wood stops his monologue dramatically for a moment, aware of the gravity of his predicament. ‘And then he came back with the news that I had this supernova burning away on my left lung. And, to be totally honest, I wasn’t surprised. I knew I hadn’t had a chest X-ray since I went into Cottonwood [a rehab clinic in Tucson, Arizona] in 2002. He asked me what I wanted to do and my answer was simple: “Just get it out of me.”

‘But then there was a week of tests. They needed to know if it had set up encampments and spread to my lymph nodes. If that had happened it would have been all over for me.

‘So there was this one week when I didn’t know what was happening. Sally [Humphreys, his wife of five years] was amazing. It’s only since we’ve got through it that she has been able to tell me how it was the worst seven days of her life.

‘I was prepared for bad news but I also had faith it would be OK. Apart from the doctors, we didn’t tell anyone because we didn’t want to put anyone else though the hell we were going through. But I made up my mind that if it had spread I wasn’t going to go through chemo, I wasn’t going to use that bayonet in my body.

Was he concerned that the chemo wouldn’t work? ‘No. It’s more I wasn’t going to lose my hair. This hair wasn’t going anywhere. I said, “No way.” And I just kept the faith it would be all right. A week later they came back with the news that it hadn’t spread and I said, “Let’s get it out now.” Just before I closed my eyes for the operation I looked at the doctor and said, “Let battle commence.”

‘I’m OK now. But I’m going to have a check-up every three months. They caught it early. People have to get checked. Seriously have to get checked. I was bloody lucky but then I’ve always had a very strong guardian angel looking out for me. By rights I shouldn’t be here.’

Wood is a man who knows he has been given a bonus ball in life and is hanging on tight. At 70, the wreckage of his former life has miraculously transformed. He is married to the intelligent, beautiful actress and producer Sally, who at 39 is the mother of his two baby girls, born in May last year (he has three grown-up children from two previous marriages), and the woman credited with finally calming ‘Reckless Ronnie’.

Thanks largely to Sally’s influence, Wood has remained ‘clean’ for eight years. He no longer drinks, he doesn’t smoke (‘I’ve even kicked the ecigarettes – what’s the point?’), he doesn’t take drugs and spends his downtime cooking and playing ‘peekaboo’ with his babies.

‘I love having my girls with me as much as possible. I’m very hands-on. I’m a dab hand at changing nappies and burping.’

Wood now consumes TV and Netflix serials with the same gusto he once poured into snorting cocaine. His current tip is the Spanish crime drama I Know Who You Are on BBC Four, and the narcotics drama Ozark on Netflix.

‘Gripped,’ he says, waving his arms in the air. ‘Gripped, man.’ With his ‘rock geezer’ style (the jetblack barnet is as spiky as ever and the black skinny jeans as tight as they were five decades ago) and off-message patter (‘Mick’s always telling me off for saying stuff I shouldn’t’) Wood has always been gripping company.

One of the first in a long line of water gypsies to grow up on dry land in Hillingdon, Middlesex, Wood was the much adored youngest of three sons born to Mercy Leah Elizabeth and Archie, an amateur musician who hauled timber up and down the canals.

At 17, he was playing guitar in The Birds; three years later he was in the Jeff Beck Group, and by the age of 22 he was part of Faces with best mate Rod Stewart (who was best man at his wedding to Sally, along with Paul McCartney) before joining the biggest rock band in the world, The Rolling Stones, in 1974.

There have been various other side projects along the way, including collaborations with Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. He recalls his most memorable collaboration with Dylan when he and Richards performed alongside him at Live Aid in 1985.

Not only did Dylan decide at the last moment to perform two songs they had never rehearsed (Ballad Of Hollis Brown and When The Ship Comes In), but his guitar broke in the middle of Blowin’ In The Wind.

‘It was crazy,’ he laughs. ‘I handed Bob my guitar so he could carry on and looked round thinking someone backstage may have a guitar, but there was absolutely no one backstage because we had literally just showed up on our own.

'Eventually someone pushed out a guitar that had just one string on it – so I improvised and did a bit of string sliding and a bit of air guitar.’

In his book there are scores of images of the Stones, along with his mates Dylan, Stewart, Clapton, Slash and actors from Jack Nicholson to Robert De Niro, his good friend Kate Moss, as well as former flatmate Jimi Hendrix. Wood’s paintings can fetch up to £300,000, but how did he manage to produce so many paintings, sketches and sculptures with all that drinking and all the drugs that at one point were costing him about £4,000 a day?

He reveals that one painting, of a reimagined version of The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet, was done during a non-stop series of drunken parties over the Christmas of 1988.

‘And I look at it now and think, “How did I do that?” ‘Maybe for a time the drugs helped,’ he says, cheekily suggesting that his party lifestyle may have played a part in his creativity.

‘You don’t get much sleep so you do a few lines, do a painting. Have another line, do another painting. Drink and drugs actually accelerate the output. For me, painting and drawing is like breathing. I’d have a studio and have ten paintings on the go, running between each of them – wild.

‘Keith would laugh at me. He never took my art seriously in the early days. He’d tell me they were all rubbish. Mick would always be really supportive – he’s got a few of my paintings – and Rod would look over my shoulder if I was drawing him and say: “You got my wrong side, Ron.”

‘Back in the day it was insane with parties and staying up days on the trot and all those excesses that everyone knows about. And all that is there in those pictures of guys like Jack. ‘Dylan does his own paintings. I walked into his dressing room one day and he was doing a sketch. He gave it to me with the words “To be continued” written on it. So I did one back for him with the same words written on it. A pair of paintings.’

There’s been a price to pay for his chaotic creativity, though: ‘Problem was, I lost a lot of my art. Especially when I was living in New York [in the Eighties] on West 78th Street. There was so much drink and drugs, and you had no idea who was in and out of the place. A load of stuff went walkabout.

‘I’ve spent years trying to track stuff down and spent thousands buying paintings back. I’ve found my paintings on the internet or bought them back off a middle-man – I recently got back a picture of Pete Townshend that I’d done. I’m not going to let stuff go, even if it costs me, because it’s about getting my life back, actually feeling in control for the first time.’

Fans may be surprised to read that Wood is so moved by his debut art book, especially given the massive achievements of his music career. But Wood claims that if music has been his making, it is art that has been his salvation. And one artist in particular, Damien Hirst, has been in part responsible for that. Hirst – no stranger to excessive living himself – came into Wood’s life when the guitarist’s wheels really had finally fallen off. It was the winter of 2008, soon after Ronnie had left his wife of 30 years, Jo Wood, and taken up with an 18-year-old Russian waitress, Ekaterina Ivanova, blitzed most days on booze and drugs.

With an upcoming tour and a desperate need to get Wood ‘straight’, the guitarist’s family reached out to snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan, one of Wood’s big pals and a former drinking buddy, to think of someone who could persuade him to sort himself out, because he was stubbornly ignoring Jagger’s calls to get clean.

O’Sullivan, who had supported Wood during various stints in The Priory, immediately contacted Hirst.

‘I didn’t know Damien back then,’ says Wood. ‘I was living in Ireland in a mad cocoon and Damien just came over, took charge, put me in the back of a bread van [to avoid paparazzi] and got me on a flight back to London and took me to Life Works [clinic] in Woking.

‘I’d done rehab a few times before because it takes a long time to properly get clean. And when I finally came out of Life Works, Damien was there. He took me to this house that he’d stacked full of canvases, paints, brushes, easels, crayons – enough to furnish a whole art school – and he just said, “Go on then. Now start paying the rent.”

‘The first painting I did was an abstract saying “I Feel Like Painting”. Damien loved it. He says it’s still his favourite painting of mine. He’s become a really good mate. He did it because he cares. He hates waste. He didn’t want me to go to waste.’

It was the beginning of Wood’s journey towards sobriety, but it was also the beginning of the musician being taken seriously by the art world.

The introduction to his book is written by the highly respected critic and art historian Emmanuel Guigon, who is now director of the Museo Picasso in Barcelona. The notoriously spiky late critic Brian Sewell described Wood as an ‘accomplished and respectable artist’.

And, says Wood – who studied art at Ealing Art College after leaving school – ‘Tracey Emin always tells me I can draw much better than her.’

Kate Moss recently asked him to draw her. ‘She was a bit of a problem because she wouldn’t sit still,’ says Wood. ‘She was driving me mad, so I took a picture of her instead.’

Alongside the inevitable images of the Stones and Stewart are impressionistic landscapes, pictures of horses and ballet dancers and some delicate line-drawn nudes of his wife. Does she mind?

‘Not at all!’ he mischievously retorts. ‘Her favourite outfit is her birthday suit. And it looks very good on her.’

Among the most poignant images is a series of words and tiny crayon drawings on a scrap of brown paper that make up a timeline of his life.

‘I did that in Cottonwood [in 2002]. I had nothing else to draw on and there’s a point – Step Four in the Alcoholics Anonymous programme – where you have to write an inventory of your life. I couldn’t write it but I could draw it. All the times I hadn’t wanted to deal with – like my dad dying in 1989 and my mum dying in 1999. I still really miss them. When my mum died my whole world changed, and I didn’t realise how much I relied on her.

‘I used to speak to my mum every day. She was the first person I’d go and see before I left the country and the first person I’d see after I came back. She never saw me sober, but she saw me trying. I was very trying! But she had faith I could do it. And now I feel I have her back because my little Gracie is like a reincarnation of her – which is just incredible.’

The book is dedicated to his mum, along with his dad and two older brothers, Ted and Art, who have also passed away. What does his wing man, Keith Richards, make of his new sobriety?

‘He was more bothered I’d quit the fags,’ says Wood. ‘I took Champix [a nicotine inhibitor] for three weeks. That stuff is heavy duty. Makes me sick even to think of it now. I just stopped wanting the ciggies. It was like when me and Keith went to a woman called Meg Patterson to get off heroin and she had this black box and we’d be given these electric shocks that compensated for the cravings for heroin – that worked too.’

Richards generously provided the handwritten ‘outro’ to the book.

‘He follows no rules, just like me, which is why we play the guitar,’ writes Richards. ‘He is, in fact, a regular picasshole!’

Woods smirks. ‘That’s the highest compliment I’m ever going to get from Keith. We’re both works of art – because we’re both still standing.’

Rolling Stones / Hasta que la gorda cante
« : junio 30, 2014, 07:46:55 am »
Me encanta una foto de Mick, de espaldas al público del O2 de aquel mes de Agosto del 2007. Está despidiéndose con la mano en alto. Este gesto me recuerda el sentimiento de fin que tuve aquella noche, esto se acabó Damas y Caballeros ( o si prefieren  Ladies and Gentlemen), gracias por tantas horas de placer.
Tras 5 años de sequía desde aquel verano del 2007, que había seguido al gravísimo accidente de Keith (las verdaderas circunstancias no tienen ninguna importancia)  los rumores de una nueva gira empiezan a circular, reunión en Amsterdam, otra en Londres y en seguida y sin darnos cuenta nos encontramos muchos viejos conocidos a las afueras de unos estudios de Suresnes, Hey  los Stones están grabando nuevas canciones (a la postre serían Doom & Gloom y One More Shot). Un poco más tarde los ensayos de Bundy que culminarían con la magia del concierto de Le Trabendo (más uno privado) y dos conciertos en Londres (con Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton Florence y Mary J. pero sobre todo con Bill Wyman y Mick Taylor) y tres en NY/NJ (con grandes invitados también)
Siempre habrán los que se quejan de los setlist pero yo encantado de escuchar Lady Jane y I Wanna Be Your Man.
Después un fantástico 2013, con una gira en arenas por los Estados Unidos y Canadá, lleno de joyas y excelentes artistas invitados, con una gradual disminución del papel de Mick Taylor y aunque yo en lo personal preferiría que tocara más, no me cuesta ningún trabajo entender que si yo fuera Ron o Keith no me gustaría dejarle a otro mi lugar bajo los reflectores, sería tanto como aceptar que mi banda suena mejor con otro que conmigo, ni pensarlo. Después de un histórico Glastonbury, dos conciertos en el legendario Hyde Park cierran el año dejándonos con la certitud de que las piedras seguirían rodando.
En febrero 2014 estamos de nuevo en Bundy, los Stones están preparando su gira por Asia y Oceanía con una lista de canciones impresionantes en los ensayos pero que desgraciadamente abandonan en medida que la gira avanza (Silver Train entre otras) los ensayos culminan con un concierto privado y único al que únicamente 27 afortunados tuvieron acceso, La gira empieza en Abu Dhabi y luego la tragedia… los Stones posponen la parte de Oceanía de la gira por la causa dolorosa que aquí todos conocemos. Regresaran en Octubre.
Después de los ensayos de Londres y Oslo en Mayo, la gira europea empieza con fuerza, pues si, en Oslo, Jumping Jack Flash es de regreso después de dos meses de receso inesperado.  Ahora estamos a solo dos conciertos del final de esta gira, y vendrán las presentaciones ya agendadas en Australia y Nueva Zelanda, yo estoy más que convencido de que el show no para aquí.
Mi intención con este post no es de hacer una reseña de cada uno de los conciertos a los que tuve la fortuna de asistir ni de darles las gracias a todos esos amigos y amigas que nos seguimos encontrando en la ruta sino de hacerles patente mí convencimiento de que nuestros Rolling Stones no están listos a parar, y aunque no soy adivino ni amigo íntimo del peluquero de la prima del vecino del mecánico del tío que tiene un hermano trabajando en el correo al que va el sobrino de la señora que pasea los perros de la cuñada del portero donde vive Jerry Hall, estoy completamente seguro de que esto no termina aquí.
Así que si se me quita el miedo a volar, nos vemos pronto por tierras argentinas. We don’t gather no moss!
Un abrazo

Rolling Stones / Los Setlist de 40 On Fire Europa
« : junio 30, 2014, 05:17:04 am »
Presentados por Charlotte

Rolling Stones / Ya hay promotor para Europa
« : febrero 04, 2014, 09:07:41 am »
Que buena noticia para el verano. Andrew Zweck.

Rolling Stones / Abu Dhabi
« : diciembre 15, 2013, 12:35:33 am »
Alguien del foro va a Abu Dhabi?

Rolling Stones / Hyde Park - lugar de reunión
« : julio 03, 2013, 03:27:01 am »
Siento abrir un nuevo thread pero puede ser importante.

Para los conciertos de Hyde Park, un buen punto de reunión será el Pub The Monkey Puzzle. Amigos de IORR y Rocks Off se han dado cita ahi.

El Pub abre a las 11 AM, asi que si nos perdemos, o tenemos dificukltades para comunicarnos ahi podremos encontrarnos.

The Monkey Puzzle
30 Southwick Street
Sussex Gardends
W2 1JQ

Tel: 02077230143


Rolling Stones / Quién va a cual concierto?????
« : abril 24, 2013, 07:43:55 am »
Afin de ver si nos podemos encontrar por la ruta, seria interesante listar los conciertos a los que vamos a asistir.

Alguien va a los conceiertos de UK???   Yo voy a Glasto y los dos de Hyde Park....

A que conciertos va quién??

Un saludo y muy contento de reencontrarme de pordiosero en el foro.

Un abrazo y see you on the tour...

Rolling Stones / Sueño cumplido para unos cuantos;
« : noviembre 09, 2012, 02:36:02 am »
Ayer los Stones dejaron pasar a unos 35 fans para presenciar los últimos ensayos.

Yo estoy que me muero de rabia ya que ayer no fui....En fin los afortunados cumplieron un sueño que tenemos muchos, felicidades.

Rolling Stones / Nuevos fans
« : septiembre 25, 2012, 01:30:34 pm »
Seguimos predicando el evangelio Stone, aqui les mando una foto de mi sobrinita que acaba de descubrir (y enamorase) Ruby Tuesday.


Otros temas / Rick Wakeman en SoAmérica
« : mayo 03, 2012, 04:51:06 am »

No especifica donde ni fechas exactas pero me parece una noticia fenomenal. Desde mi más tierna adolecencia me fascinan estos dos discos, y ahora los va a tocar en enteros en el mismo concierto. Lo he visto pero sin orquesta sinfónica.

Ojala me toque ver estos conciertos un poco más cerca de mi casa.

Otros temas / Elbow
« : noviembre 20, 2011, 05:13:15 pm »
Acabo de descubrir esta banda y los acabo de ver en concierto, excelentes, tienen 5 CDs y creo que estan desde el 2000 o algo asi pero yo nunca los habia escuchado, me encantaron.

Rolling Stones / Felicidades
« : diciembre 23, 2010, 11:30:53 am »
Aprovecho el foro para desearles a todos una muy feliz navidad y que el 2001 venga lleno de cosas lindas, salud, exitos y mucha musica para ustedes y sus familias.

Con amistad


Otros temas / ¿Reunión de Led Zeppelin?
« : octubre 01, 2010, 08:44:34 am »

Dice Plant que están pensando en hablar al respecto. Se oye lejano pero da un poco de esperanza.

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