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Rock and Roll Immortals Never Die

November 14, 2013
What do Billy Joel, Cher, The Eagles, Elton John, George Strait, Paul Simon, Sting and Van Morrison have in common? For one, they’re all AARP eligible by 11 years on the low end and 22 years on the high end. You might never think that George Strait, whose last tour date ever is coming up in 2014, would be the youngest of the bunch at age 61, or that Cher, Billy Joel and Elton John have been active the longest, with Cher beginning in ‘63 and edging the other two out by a year. More curiously, ... [Read more]
It's an obvious and commonly known fact that among all of the professions in the world today, one of the most lucrative of them all (and most passionately sought after) is a successful musician or rock star. And the word "rock" is sort of a catchall phrase here: any multi-million album-selling musician of any genre is poised to make a real fortune. But while you would think a musician's riches comes mainly from the record deal, album sales, and perhaps concerts, appearances and endorsements, the... [Read more]

The Weekly Toast 12/16/11

December 16, 2011
THIS WEEK: Damon FAIL…Sheen FAIL…Jagger FAIL… • Christian Bale was rough-housed by plain clothes Chinese police after attempting to visit a controversial Chinese lawyer who was under house arrest. Bale claimed he just wanted to shake the man’s hand. He happened to have a CNN camera crew in tow for the potential handshake. • Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel brought out the ugly side of kids with crappy gifts. Read more...

The Weekly Toast 11/25/11

November 25, 2011
THIS WEEK: Jagger’s little secret…the holiday spirit rears its ugly head…rise of the bunnymen… • The Rolling Stones inched one step closer to reuniting for a 50th anniversary tour when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards agreed to meet to iron out the wrinkles that surfaced when Richards openly discussed Jagger’s Little Red Rooster in his bestselling autobiography. • A member of the University of York’s Department of Archeology argued that graffiti produced by the Sex Pistols John Lydon deserved ... [Read more]

New Tours

September 23, 2011
Three big tours were announced or hinted at this week. Radiohead continued their surprise attack-marketing by announcing performances on the SNL season premiere and an hour-long episode of The Colbert Report in addition to two shows at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, all happening next week, with a more complete schedule in 2012. These will be the first stateside performances of their latest album The King of Limbs. Colbert released the following statement about the performance: "I look f... [Read more]

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Oh boy. While his handlers weren’t watching Mick Jagger snuck out to Jamaica and started a reggae band. On paper the team-up sounds intriguing. Damien Marley, Joss Stone, the Eurythmics Dave Stewart, Slumdog Millionaire composer A. R. Rahman, and of course, Mick Jagger round out an all-star cast. As the video begins the stage is being set, literally, for Superheavy to play at a downtown block party. Marley appears to be the proprietor of a record store called Kingston Sound, Stone is ... [Read more]

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When Mick Jagger announced that he’d joined a new band it came as a bit of a surprise to everyone. Maybe he got tired of Keith Richards' raging appetite for weapons-grade pharms. Probably he just wanted to try something new. What does “new” mean for a grizzled old codger like Mick Jagger? In this case it means phoning a few “friends” and getting together another supergroup. When it’s Mick Jagger though, your friends tend to be pretty heavy hitters. Just to giv... [Read more]

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