DO THE HARLEM SHUFFLE
A very timely thing. While THE ROLLING STONES are getting ready to hit the road, Ronnie Wood has checked into a certain American clinic for an alcoholism rehab. Old nosey seems to be in need to clean his act because the band’s 40th Anniversary tour is likely to be heavy on booze.
Keeping his silence on promised acoustic album, Ken Hensley is getting loud with an announcement of the new live version of his perennial “Lady in Black” to be out as well as a “totally new CD that will feature an explosive new version of “The Magician’s Birthday” amongst a number of other things. Together with a full length DVD, all of this will provide a perfect bridge for the FREE SPIRIT train to roll over on its way to the first CD in early 2003″. FREE SPIRIT is the name of the veteran’s current band, which’s concert in Vienna, Austria on June 18th will be recorded and released on a later date.
ROAD TO RUIN
That’s how it is for RAMONES. Only one year since Joey Ramone’s untimely death of cancer, Douglas Glenn Colvin, universally known as Dee Dee Ramone, was found dead by his wife in their Hollywood home on June 5th. Presumably worn-out by life as a punk rocker, rapper and artist, 50 years-old bassist’s demise is said to be caused by drug overdose.
LIFE OF A BLUES SINGER
Great late Phil Lynott‘s life will be a subject of a movie based on Philo’s mum Philomena’s book “My Boy”. There’s no official announcements still but the rumours have it that the main role is to be played by Gary Dourdan, a star of the American TV show “Crime Scene Investigation”.
What’s official is that Lynnott’s portrait is to make it onto one of four stamps of Irish rock stars to be released on October 9th.
ORCHESTRAL SOUNDSCAPES IN THE DARK
June 29th will see Robert Fripp’s soundscapes performed live by The Metropole Orchestra of Amsetrdam at the Concertgebow alongside avant garde classics by the likes of Bernstein and Gurjieff. Great combination! Two Mr. Crimson’s pieces underwent Bert Lams’ transcriptions and Andrew Keeling’s arrangements – “Pie Jesu” for string orchestra and “Being And Becoming” for a full one. Six more will follow next June, but the band called VIRELAI’s forthcoming album will include Keeling’s arrangement of CRIMSON’s “Trio” for Renaissance flute, treble viol and bass lute.
As for KING CRIMSON, who set to work on the new album, there’s an archive recording “Live At The Zoom Club, 1972” being released by DGM as a part of Collectors Club. Committed to tape on October 13th, 1972 in Frankfurt, Germany, it presents the first ever live performance by the “Larks’ Tongues in Aspic” line-up of Robert Fripp, John Wetton, Bill Bruford, David Coverdale and Jamie Muir. The tracks are:
1. Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (Part I)
1. Easy Money