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Extended Play: Robert Plant

Posted by Sarah Rodman July 21, 2013 08:30 AM


(Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)


In today's Sunday Globe we have an interview with Robert Plant, who comes to the Bank of America Pavilion on Thursday with his new group, the Sensational Space Shifters.

After exploring Americana and roots music in the last few years with a superb group of musicians, including Buddy Miller and Plant's close friend Patty Griffin in the Band of Joy, the former Led Zeppelin frontman is delving into what he's calling the "urban psychedelia of Bristol, England and West Africa." And he's doing it with some old friends with whom he’s worked on earlier albums like "Mighty Rearranger" --including Massive Attack's John Baggott—and new ones like riti player Juldeh Camera.  

As is often the case, I was able to ask more questions than we could fit into the newspaper, so here are a few of the others that Plant fielded.

When the singer came to the phone, he apologized for being a bit late, saying "Hello Sarah, I was just doing a bit of ironing."

Q. What are you ironing? Your hair?

A. Ironing my hair, yeah. You know I did actually once have my hair ironed for a birthday present. John Paul Jones decided that curly hair was not hip. So for my 21st birthday, which was 1969, he took me to a very hip haute-couture hair dresser's in London called Sweeney Todd, and they straightened my hair. 


Rolling Stones to play TD Garden June 12 on '50 and Counting' tour

Posted by Sarah Rodman April 3, 2013 09:43 AM

[Photo credit: Brian Rasic]

The Rolling Stones announced dates for their upcoming "50 and Counting" tour including a stop at the TD Garden on June 12. (Full tour itinerary below.)

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will hit the road in the U.S. and Canada in May and June.

In the press release Jagger said, "'50 And Counting' has been pretty amazing so far. We did a few shows in London and New York last year...and had such a good time that we thought...let's do some more. It's a good show. Lots of the classic stuff everyone wants to hear...with a few little gems tucked in here and there. The stage is shaped like lips and goes off into the venue so I get to run around in the crowd. It's great fun to be able to get that close to the audience."

"From day one at rehearsals it sounded so fresh. You could tell that everybody was dying to get their teeth into it. It was like... open the gates...let us out!" said Richards. "'Cause man, it is the life and blood of us to play in front of people."

Ticket details for the Boston show are TBA but tickets for Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago go on sale beginning Monday, April 8 at 10AM local time and will be available at

Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.


TBA Los Angeles STAPLES Center TBA

May 5 Oakland Oracle Arena On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 8 San Jose HP Pavilion On sale April 8 @ 10AM PST

May 11 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena TBA

May 15 Anaheim Honda Center TBA

May 25 Toronto Air Canada Centre On sale April 8 @ 10AM EST

May 28 Chicago United Center On sale April 8 @ 10AM CST

June 12 Boston TD Garden TBA

June 18 Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center TBA

The Rolling Stones debut new single, 'Doom and Gloom'

Posted by Glenn Yoder October 11, 2012 04:10 PM

Still cranking up the amps as the band approaches 50 years old, The Rolling Stones aired their new single "Doom and Gloom" on BBC Radio 2 this morning.

The tune opens with a trademark, crunchy Stones guitar riff followed by a churning beat courtesy of Charlie Watts, before Mick Jagger begins squawking about plane crashes, zombies, and economic disparity. It captures the first time Jagger, Watts, Keith Richards, and Ronnie Wood have collaborated in the studio in seven years.

"Doom and Gloom" gives fans their first peek at the (somewhat unfortunately titled) forthcoming record, "GRRR! Greatest Hits." The new, multi-disc set will be released on Nov. 13 in honor of the band's 50th anniversary and will feature another new song, "One More Shot," to accompany familiar hits like "Gimme Shelter," "Beast of Burden," and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." While the band postponed a 50th anniversary tour to 2013, the album is part of several releases this year, including the documentary "Crossfire Hurricane" (which is not currently scheduled to play Stateside) and a book of photos and memories, "The Rolling Stones: 50."

Take a listen to the new single and tell us what you think.


Eddie Van Halen has emergency surgery, band postpones tour until 2013

Posted by Glenn Yoder August 30, 2012 10:19 AM

Van Halen lead guitarist and namesake Eddie Van Halen has undergone emergency surgery for a digestive disease called diverticulitis, which the band's website called "severe."

(AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Aaron Harris)
Eddie Van Halen in 2007.
According to the medical encyclopedia by ADAM, "Diverticulitis is small, bulging sacs or pouches of the inner lining of the intestine (diverticulosis) that become inflamed or infected. Most often, these pouches are in the large intestine (colon)."

While no further surgeries are needed, the 57-year-old guitarist's recovery is expected to take between four and six months. The group said it is rescheduling a tour of Japan originally set for November and issued a brief statement on its website, saying "the band looks forward to seeing and playing for their fans in 2013."

Twisted Sister singer objects to Paul Ryan's use of 'We're Not Gonna Take It'

Posted by Glenn Yoder August 22, 2012 02:02 PM

(REUTERS/Las Vegas Sun/Steve Marcus)

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan in Las Vegas on Aug. 14. The band Twisted Sister is upset over his campaign's use of the song "We're Not Gonna Take It."

Mitt Romney's presidential campaign continues to hit bumps with the music industry. Another band is putting the clamps on a Republican candidate playing its song at a public event.

Dee Snider, lead singer of the hair metal group Twisted Sister, told Talking Points Memo in a statement he "emphatically denounce[s]" vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan's use of the band's 1984 song "We're Not Gonna Take It" at a Pennsylvania rally yesterday. Making light of the one-time personal trainer's rigorous workout routine, Snider added, "There is almost nothing [Ryan] stands for that I agree with except the use of the P90X."

Last week, the Romney campaign ran into a similar issue after playing the song "Panic Switch" by Silversun Pickups at an event. The band's lawyer issued a ceast-and-desist letter, even including that it would be "harmful" if the band's fans thought the group was endorsing Romney.

Rage Against the Machine guitarist (and Harvard graduate) Tom Morello took things a bit further after the vice presidential candidate named Rage among his favorite bands. The long outspoken Morello penned an op-ed for Rolling Stone on Aug. 16 in which he didn't mince words, opening by saying, "Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades."

In addition to complaints from musicians, Romney was skewered in song for the 1983 incident in which he left the family dog strapped to the roof of the car during a road trip. Taking inspiration from that event, Devo recently released the playful tune "Don't Roof Rack Me, Bro!"

Romney's campaign quickly agreed to stop using the Silversun Pickups song and, according to Talking Points Memo, is currently reviewing Snider's request to pull Twister Sister's anthem. In the meantime, which songs do you think would be safer bets for the candidates to use?

Foo Fighter Taylor Hawkins to play Iggy Pop in CBGB movie

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 5, 2012 11:05 AM

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins is slated to portray Iggy Pop in "CBGB," a film focused on the now-defunct, iconic rock club, and the punk scene, according to The Hollywood Reporter.


Actress Mickey Sumner is set to play Patti Smith, while Johnny Galecki from "The Big Bang Theory" will portray manager Terry Ork. Malin Akerman and Rupert Grint are among other big names in the movie.

Jimi Hendrix biopic could lack Hendrix songs

Posted by Glenn Yoder May 10, 2012 04:23 PM


(Larry C. Morris/The New York Times; Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jimi Hendrix (left) at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Andre Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000 of rap duo Outkast, is set to play the legendary guitarist in a proposed biopic.

A proposed Jimi Hendrix biopic could possibly feature no original songs from the legendary guitarist after his estate released a statement speaking out against the film's production and the use of Hendrix material, according to Billboard.


Marilyn Manson featuring Johnny Depp 'You're So Vain'

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe April 26, 2012 03:29 PM

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp (yes, the actor Johnny Depp), teamed up to cover Carly Simon's 1972 smash "You're So Vain" (yes, this really happened).


Mariah Carey recording with Randy Jackson and possibly Rick Ross

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe April 25, 2012 12:18 PM

(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

Attention lambs: Mariah Carey is logging some serious studio time, and through the magic of social media, we're getting a glimpse of who has stopped by to collaborate with the diva on her latest effort.


Paul McCartney's 'My Valentine': Natalie Portman signs, Johnny Depp strums

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe April 16, 2012 02:15 PM

Paul McCartney may have had a super A-list premiere (see video below) for his latest visual, "My Valentine," corralling stars like Gwen Stefani and Gwyneth Paltrow for a bash at his fashion designer daughter Stella's Hollywood outpost. However, the actual clip, which McCartney directed, is remarkably unfussy. Yes, there is star power courtesy of Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp, who sign the lyrics of the song in the black-and-white video, but there is little else, including no onscreen appearance by McCartney.


Breaking: 'Red (Bull) House'

Posted by Matt Shaer January 25, 2007 12:11 PM

Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, is shocked -- shocked! -- that someone out there will profit off the image of a dead rock god. Ahem. Let me summon some outrage. On the plus side, it appears that the new, Jimi Hendrix "Liquid Experience" energy drinks will be shaped like small lava lamps.


See Flea? As your last two albums and this beverage prove, resurrecting the ashes of a great career for profit is never a style faux-pas.

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