Newsbites: Stones update iconic logo
The Rolling Stones have updated their iconic logo to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The 1969 artwork by John Pasche, which first appeared on their Sticky Fingers album in 1971, has been modified by Shepard Fairey. Mick Jagger says: “It’s a very different group than the one that played 50 years ago. One part of me is going, ‘We’re slightly cheating,’ because it’s not the same band. Only Keith and myself are the same people, I think.” The band haven’t confirmed how they’ll mark their milestone, but are reported to be meeting in London next month to discuss it. [Rolling Stone]
Jon Lord has cancelled his first public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer last year. The ex Deep Purple keyboardist planned to perform his Durham Concerto in Hagen, Germany on July 6, but his ongoing treatment has prevented it. A statement explains: “Jon wishes to assure everyone that this is not a matter for concern, but a continuation of his regular treatment that has just taken longer than anticipated.” He aims to reschedule the show for later in the year.
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason says the band’s song Money is the most challenging to play live. “It integrates a seven-beat rhythm track that has no clearly-defined downbeat and a not-very-percussive sound,” he says. “We tend to go for an early fade out of the loop when playing it.” His advice for a mature drumming novice is: “Learn the play the ukelele and save your back! Or, find a good teacher. I’ve never had a drum lesson and I regret that.” [Paiste]
Big Country have reacted with fury after their song One Great Thing was used in connection with campaigning ahead of Scotland’s independence referendum. The 1986 composition has been re-recorded by Yes Scotland, arguing in favour of splitting from the United Kingdom, who say they have permission to use it. Better Together, the coalition against a split, say their piece Down Under is a new composition by DJ Munroso and has no connection with Big Country – despite bearing a notable similarity to Stuart Adamson’s work. A band spokesman insists: “They had no part in this and do not approve. They would never take sides where politics or religion are concerned.” [BBC]
Scorpions drummer James Kottak is the subject of a feature-length documentary movie to be released this summer. Rock And Roll For Ever is described as “a true rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story.”
Ringo Starr says a Beatles kids band isn’t going to happen because neither of his sons will take part. James McCartney, Sean Lennon and Dhani Harrison were reported to have been in favour of the idea but Zak and Jason Starkey don’t feel the same. Ringo says: “Both my sons tell me they’re not going to do it.” [WENN]
Session star Leland Sklar has hailed Phil Collins as “probably one of the greatest drummers I’ve ever worked with.” The iconic bassist says: “His pop sensibility is so developed – there’s probably nobody on his level in that regard. He’s a voraciously hard worker, and also one of those guys who’s involved in everything. When we would be getting ready to tour, he’d be in rehearsal 18 hours a day dealing with the lights, the sound guys, just every aspect of the show.” [MusicRadar]
Bob Seger was recently forced to call the cops when a 20-year-old man stole from his home during a party held by his teenage daughter. Andrew Thompson was arrested by Detroit Police Department and admitted the theft of cash, a Rolex watch and a pair of Shaquille O’Neal autographed sneakers. He’s also suspected of having stolen the 1978 Gibson Les Paul featured on Seger’s Greatest Hits album – but the missing item turned up back in place soon after cops spoke to Thompson. [Gawker]
A biography of Randy Rhoads has been released by Velocity Publishing, written by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein. Promoters say of the large-scale $99 title: “Teeming with hundreds of rare photographs and memorabilia, the book chronicles an oral history of Randy’s remarkable life through those who knew him best. Packed with countless emotional and poignant stories about the guitar icon, the book weaves a powerful tapestry of colorful memories about his life, which help provide deeper insight into Randy, the man, the myth, the legend. His life is a lasting testament to his supernatural talent and quiet humility.” Find out more.