Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Rolling Stones hint at anniversary tour

NEW YORK (Q104.3) 24 May 2011 - The Rolling Stones played their first-ever gig at London's Marquee Club on July 12, 1962, and Keith Richards says they might celebrate their upcoming 50th anniversary in a big way.

While promoting Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Richards revealed he and the boys have discussed releasing a new album and going on a world tour next year.

"Something's blowing in the wind," Richards told USA Today. "The idea's there. We kind of know we should do it, but nobody's put their finger on the moment yet. This is what we have to ask each other: Do we want to go out in a blaze of glory? We can, if Mick and Charlie (Watts) feel like I do, that we can still turn people on. We don't have to prove nothing anymore. I just love playing, and I miss the crowd."

Rolling Stones tours have always attracted huge crowds. Until recently, their Bigger Bang trek was the highest-grossing tour of all time, grossing $558 million. The record was recently broken by U2's 360 tour, which is still going on and is expected to gross $700 million.


Lost Bob Dylan interview reveals heroin addiction and suicidal thoughts

Happy 70th birthday to Bob Dylan!!!
May 24, 2011

NEW YORK (Q104.3) 23 May 2011 - A previously unheard interview with Bob Dylan appears to confirm longstanding rumors the music legend once battled a heroin addiction, and reveals the rocker once felt so low he considered suicide.
Tapes of the folk-rocker talking to his music critic friend Robert Shelton during a plane journey in the 1960s have been obtained by Britain's BBC and during the chat, the "Blowin' in the Wind" hitmaker is heard talking about his brush with drugs.

Dylan purportedly tells Shelton, "I kicked a heroin habit in New York City. I got very, very strung out for a while, I mean really, very strung out. And I kicked the habit. I had about a $25-a-day habit and I kicked it."

The two-hour long interview, which was recorded on Dylan's private plane during a 1966 journey from Lincoln, Nebraska to Denver, Colorado, also reveals the star's thoughts on death, with the musician suggesting he once considered killing himself.

Dylan, who turns 70 tomorrow, is heard saying, "Death to me is nothing... death to me means nothing as long as I can die fast. Many times I've known I could have been able to die fast, and I could have easily gone over and done it. I'll admit to having this suicidal thing... but I came through this time...
"I take it (music) less seriously than anybody. I know that it's not going to help me into heaven one little bit, man. It's not going to get me out of the fiery furnace. It's certainly not going to extend my life any and it's not going to make me happy...

"I'm not the kind of cat that's going to cut off an ear if I can't do something. I'm the kind of cat that would just commit suicide. I'd shoot myself in the brain if things got bad. I'd jump from a window... man, I would shoot myself. You know I can think about death, man, openly."

The recording was made while Shelton was working on Dylan's biography, No Direction Home, which first came out in 1986. The tapes were uncovered during research for a revised edition which was recently published to mark the star's upcoming birthday.