Tuesday, June 12, 2007


The Rolling Stones infuriated revellers at the Isle of Wight Festival by hijacking their ferry home.The legendary rock band and their 200-strong entourage took over the 00.35am ferry sailing from Yarmouth to Lymington yesterday, leaving hundreds of pre-booked passengers stranded. Steve McInally, 36, from Coventry, said: "I was cheering them on a few hours before but I have been cursing them since." Ferry company Wightlink apologised to the marooned festival-goers and laid on an extra 512-passenger boat at 2am to take them back to the mainland. A spokesperson said: "We apologise to those hoping to get the 12.35 am but this sailing was reserved for private use." Sir Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts splashed out $54,000 to charter the ferry for the return trip. They brought their own security team and four huge trucks carrying all their equipment. The Rolling Stones' sensational performance at the music extravaganza on Sunday was their first festival appearance in over 30 years. The rockers hired out the whole of Newport's Premiere Travel Inn for their trip, forcing all the other bands to move into specially erected tents away from the hotel.

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Thursday, June 7, 2007


Keith Richards says he'll keep on rocking even if he ends up touring "in a wheelchair". The Rolling Stones guitarist, 63, is excited by the number of young fans who come to the band's concerts, even though many weren't even born when the group first shot to fame in the 60s.He said: "It's quite amazing to see people come with their grandchildren,but at the same time very heart warming. I don't know quite what it is but it must be something about the music."I've seen 12-year-old guitar freaks down the front who are now in bands and working. It's kind of an inspirational thing in a way to pass it on. "I'll keep on going. I'll do it in my wheelchair." The band's enduring popularity was proved by a 30-mile traffic jam caused by 33,000 fans attending the first show of their 30-date European tour in Werchter, Belgium, on Tuesday. Front man Sir Mick Jagger believes the band prepare for their mammoth tours like professional athletes. He said: "All the time you're building up and in that way it's akin to sports because you're working up - you practice, you run about, you play the song, you rehearse, but the actual thing's only two hours and then it's over."

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007


Keith Richards attended his mother's funeral yesterday.The Rolling Stones guitarist said his final goodbye to his mother Doris Richards - who died aged 91 on April 21 - at Sussex's Chichester crematorium. Keith, who kept a bedside vigil until his beloved mom lost her battle with cancer last month, was comforted by family and fellow bandmate Ronnie Wood during the service. Doris separated from Keith's father Bert - who passed away in 2002 aged 84 - in 1962. Before her death she had been living with the rocker's stepfather William in Kent. Doris fell ill around the same time Keith, 63, underwent brain surgery after falling out of a tree in Fiji last year. Doris was responsible for buying her son his first guitar on his 15th birthday, setting him on the path to rock 'n' roll success. Her father, Gus Dupree, toured the UK as a jazz musician and gave grandson Keith his earliest guitar lessons.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Keith Richards does not like bandmate Ronnie Wood's newfound sobriety. Wood, 59, claims that his recent attempts at clean living annoyed fellow Rolling Stone Richards so much that he kicked him on stage. He is quoted by Britain's Daily Express newspaper as saying: "He doesn'tl ike it that I'm sober now. I'm glad we're off tour. Being on stage in my new sober way is very difficult for me. Keith even kicked me on stage. It was bleeding in the muscle. I didn't realise until I couldn't walk." Wood says Richards called it a "friendly kick" before apologising. Richards, who is still rebellious at the age of 63, recently joked that he snorted his own fathers cremated ashes, leading Disney to ban him from doing any publicity for his role in the third 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie. Wood has now been sober for several months after a stint in rehab last year, even though he admits he finds touring "boring" without booze. But despitethe complaints from Richards fellow band members Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts have encouraged Wood's sobriety attempts.The Rolling Stones begin a 30 date European tour in June. As well as touring with the legendary rockers Wood is also a critically acclaimed artist whose paintings command as much as $126,000.

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Friday, April 6, 2007


Rosario Dawson and Rose McGowan are on the cover of rock magazine Rolling Stone -- wearing nothing but bullet belts. The sexy ladies are co-stars in Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's new "Grindhouse" double-bill, which the magazine has dubbed "the most violent chick flick ever made." Dawson reveals tiny McGowan had to stand on a box to make sure her bottom touched her co-star's. She says, "She actually had to be on an apple box to make sure that our butts touched and our shoulders touched." Inside the publication, the actresses are snapped sweaty and grimy, wearing only dirty vests as they pose for an arm-wrestling contest. Dawson admits she checked with her brother, who DJs at a strip club, before agreeing to bare all for the publication: "He was like, 'Well, you know, I saw you (naked) in 'Alexander' (and) you're pretty fit, so that's alright."

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Keith Richards reportedly will not promote the new 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie - after saying he snorted his dead dad's ashes. Concerned Walt Disney Studio bosses have decided the Rolling Stones guitarist is too unpredictable to promote 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End'. Dennis Rice, Disney's senior vice president for publicity, said: "When (a senior Disney publicist) forwarded the ashes story to me, I thought, 'How are we going to spin this?'"Keith won't be doing a lot of publicity for this movie."Keith has a much-anticipated cameo as Teague Sparrow, the father of pirate Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp. Meanwhile, Keith has insisted his comments about mixing cocaine with his late father's remains and sniffing them were a joke. Keith wrote on website www.rollingstones.com : "The complete story was lost in the usual slanting."The truth of the matter is that I planted a sturdy English oak tree. I took the lid off the box of ashes, and he is now growing oak trees and would love me for it!!! I was trying to say how tight Bert and I were. That tight!!! I wouldn't take cocaine at this point in my life unless I wished to commit suicide."Bernard Doherty, from LD Communications the PR company which represent the Rolling Stones, added: "It was an off-the-cuff remark, a joke, and it is not true. File under April Fool's joke." Keith told NME magazine the cremated remains of his father Bert, who died aged 84 in 2002, were the strangest thing he had ever snorted. He said: "The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father."He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared, he didn't give a s**t. It went down pretty well and I'm still alive."

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