Thursday, September 3, 2009

Steel Mill, Stones & Feat drummer news, Rappin' Rodney

Not a whole lot going this week on account of the Labor Day holiday, so let's start off with a few news items.

Charlie Watts is still with the Stones, despite rumors to the contrary earlier this week. And the Stones are contemplating making a new album (possible with Jack White producing!) and an Exile on Main Street box set, which would kick ass. I was recently listening to the last Stones album "A Bigger Bang" which is pretty good. I was thinking though it really doesn't matter how good a new Stones album is because it will always be viewed up against the three album run they had with Beggar's Banquet, Sticky Fingers and Exile. And no album can stand up against those. The late 70s albums seem to have gained some stature over the last few years so perhaps it will take 20 - 30 years before the impact and worth of the full Stones catalog can be judged.

In sad news, Little Feat's drummer, Richie Hayward, is taking a leave of abscence from the band. He has severe liver disease (cancer) and may need a transplant. Richie is one of the founding members of the band and one of the greatest rhythm sections in rock history (with bassist Kenny Gradney). Send out some good vibes to Richie and hopefully we'll see him at their annual show at Innsbrook next year. In the meantime, the Feat soldier on with replacement drummer, Gabe Ford. Here's a clip from Richie's last show with the band (for now) doing "Spanish Moon":

Wednesday at The National, you can hear some of Springsteen's older songs and I mean pre-E Street Band songs when original E Street Band drummer Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez brings Steel Mill to town. Steel Mill was Bruce's band before he went off on his own and into history. Doors open at 7, and the show starts at 7:30 with the KRL Monsters of Rock performing Tom Petty's greatest hits and AC/DC tribute band Hells Bells. It will be interesting to see if Richmond native Robben Thompson, a former member of Stell Mill, shows up to play with the band.

That's about it for this week. I'll leave you with a video from the early 80's when everybody thought they could rap. Even Rodney Dangerfield.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Tony Jordan