Jun 2014 - Music Video plans, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers & more...
Back in Northern Ireland again since the end of June. Thankfully this time it's for some important UN activity though, with a bunch of interesting stuff happening. The last month involved some brushes with different people in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. All of them positive or potentially very positive. I'll use this blog to tell you about two of them, mainly, and also some other news about things like the upcoming video. But first, the Grreaatest Rock & Roll band in the world.....
» T H E R O L L I N G S T O N E S @ C I R C O M A S S I M O
Got my tickets the first day they came out. Personally I would have loved if they released more material in the last third of their career, because what they do release I love. Jagger is still singing and performing as well at 70 as he was at 59 when I last saw them. They did stuff like Gimme Shelter, Miss you, Satisfaction, Jumpin Jack Flash obviously, but also Streets of Love went over great and proved that people saying the Stones haven't recorded anything decent since '72 are wrong. It's from 2005 and the crowd sang as loud as the older stuff. They didn't do Paint It Black, apparantly out of respect to L'wren Scott's recent suicide. Pity... it would've killed.
Keith sang You Got The Silver & Can't Be Seen, and a local choir joined for You Can't Always Get What You Want in the encore. Didn't enjoy John Mayer supporting though, but can't win 'em all.
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"...21st Century Redemption Songs is a mixture of raw indie rock n roll of 80′s and 90′s influence and its great. I think with a little direction this could fit in to a modern world. People still need to hear this kind of music live and they will always pay for it – that in itself is testament to what these guys are trying to do..."
Read the whole article here.
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Normally he plays in Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, but Steve Ferrone has been drumming on some songs for the next UN album. If you know anything about me, you'll know that they're my favourite band. Weirdly though, I didn't pursue this one. Steve just turned out to be a friend of a friend..... as well as an inductee in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and drummer on some of my most loved records.
More weird then is the pretty in depth conversation I had with his drum tech Gary at their 2012 gig in Lucca, Italy. About how the guy Tom Petty refers to as his "steam locomotive" prefers to use just the top mic on a vintage Gladstone snare, and stuff like that. I didn't guess that pretty soon after that, I'd be mixing Steve's kit for the next UN album. Watch this space for the results.
» M U S I C V I D E O - " D O N ' T W A N N A K I L L F O R R E L I G I O N "
The video for "Don't Wanna Kill For Religion" is going to begin filming at the start of August. Since the song is about my home city of Belfast, we're filming it there. It's going to be directed by Darren Lee of Maverick Renegade Productions. They've done a bunch of great music videos, including New Horizon by The Answer. It'll be a while before we can upload the result, but we'll post some photos and anecdotes when we've started filming. It'll be an interesting music video.....
Until the next update...