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Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, David Bowie Top Pop Moments Poll

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Veteran stars including The Rolling Stones and David Bowie have proved they are still top of the pops by leading a poll of the biggest music moments of 2013.

The Brown Sugar hitmakers’ headlining set at Britain’s iconic Glastonbury festival in June — their first ever appearance at the event — came first in the U.K. survey.

The death of Lou Reed in October was voted second, and Bowie’s surprise release of a new album in March has come third. The top five was rounded out by British pop stars McFly and Busted forming supergroup McBusted, and Adele scooping an Academy Award for her Skyfall theme.

Miley Cyrus’ headline-grabbing twerking antics at the MTV Video Music Awards in August just scraped into the top 10 at number seven, and British boyband JLS’ split announcement only managed ninth place in the survey for free music streaming service Blinkboxmusic.com.

Hit boyband One Direction only managed one entry – their movie One Direction: This Is Us came in at a lowly number 20.

Blinkbox boss Rowan Adams says, “Whilst most Brits think it hasn’t been a golden year for pop, the same can’t be said for seasoned pros the Rolling Stones, who claim the biggest music moment of 2013. The question is, will we be talking about One Direction’s Glastonbury show in 50 years’ time?”

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The Who Will Retire From Live Performances Next Year

Veteran rockers The Who are ready to retire from the stage after one last spectacular world tour to mark their 50th anniversary next year, the band said.

Surviving members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, who formed the band in 1964, are planning a spectacular series of gigs to mark their half century next year (14) but insist it will be their last time out on the road.

The band wrapped up a tour of its classic album Quadrophenia at London’s Royal Albert Hall in July but both rockers have had health issues in recent years – Daltrey needs regular throat check-ups after having a pre-cancerous growth removed in 2010 and Townshend uses special earpieces to combat recurring tinnitus.

Earlier this year, singer Daltrey hinted the Substitute hitmakers might mark their 50th anniversary after witnessing fans’ reactions to The Rolling Stones’ reunion gigs last year.

Townshend has now backed the idea of an anniversary tour, telling the London Evening Standard, “For the 50th anniversary we’ll tour the world. It’ll be the last big one for us. There are still places we’ve not played. It would be good to go to eastern Europe and places that haven’t heard us play all the old hits.”

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Parade Exclusive with Photographer Terry O’Neill: ‘Ava Gardner, Liz Taylor, Audrey Hepburn Didn’t Know They Were Beautiful


Terry O’Neill, one the world’s most admired and important photographers, has been creating unforgettable images since he first photographed the Beatles and the Rolling Stones when they were unknowns. In a candid interview with Parade.com, O’Neill opened up about his extraordinary career, his thoughts on the paparazzi, and surprising details about some of his most famous photo subjects.Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Lana Turner

Here are the highlights:

You’ve photographed some of the greatest movie beauties. Do beautiful women, like Ava Gardner, know they’re beautiful?
“No. Beautiful women see all their flaws, not their assets. I said to Ava, ‘You are definitely the most beautiful of women.’ She said, ‘Oh, shut up.’ I said to Michelle Pfeiffer one day, ‘You’re stunning!’ She said, ‘Oh, don’t be silly.’ Liz Taylor wouldn’t have it, either. She never believed it. Audrey Hepburn didn’t. You tell them that they’re beautiful, but they just don’t see it. But, of course, when you get to know them, like when you’re married to them, all the lust wears off and you’re face to face with [just] a human being.

“[The actresses of the ’50s] were better than today. Ava Gardner, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, all of them were stunning. Now, they all seem the same. The only one who really stands out is Angelina Jolie, a different class of girl altogether. She’s a stunning, beautiful woman, a rarity, though.”

Your reputation rests on your ability to capture famous people as they truly are, like your early portraits of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
“Neither group was famous then. I took the Beatles first newspaper picture [in 1963, with the release of their first album, Please Please Me]. It sold out the newspaper. The group I liked was the Rolling Stones. [The newspaper editors] thought the Stones look like prehistoric monsters. I photographed them. It was the start of pop pictures in newspapers.”

Did you become friends with the Beatles and the Stones?
“Yes. Back in the ’60s we used to talk about what jobs we were going to get when all this was over. We were all convinced it was never going to last. It was incredible. We couldn’t believe you got money for doing what you loved doing. The Beatles used to be up all day, like normal people. But later they were all living at night and sleeping during the day, because they’re taking drugs and they’re out of it. It was a joke. Drugs are the biggest bloody sickness in the world. It’s caused havoc with everything.”

You photographed singer Amy Winehouse shortly before her death two years ago.
“I was really shocked when Amy died. She was one of the very few people I ever wanted to photograph. I thought this girl had a talent to be a really great jazz singer, not pop singer. Drugs and drink are a major disaster. I don’t know why people can’t handle it.”

You had a relationship with Martha Stewart.
“I’ve never met a more wonderful woman in my life, but I met her too soon after I broke up with Faye. Martha treated me like a king. And I couldn’t believe it. She was so kind to me. It was all too much. I just wasn’t used to it. One day I couldn’t take it. I just wanted to get away and breathe for a while on my own.”

Is she controlling?
“No, not at all. I thought, ‘What a perfect wife she’d be.’ It was that I’d just come out of a bad marriage [to Dunaway]. That was the problem. And I ran. I waited until Martha went out, and I got the car [from her Connecticut estate] to the airport and went home. I didn’t even talk to her for a couple of months. I was ashamed. I never said goodbye. I just didn’t know how to deal with it. I behaved badly.

For more on photographer, Terry O’Neill, go to the Parade.com

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Rock Hall Honors Rolling Stones for 18th Annual Music Masters Series This October

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Case Western Reserve University will honor 1989 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, the Rolling Stones, during the 18th Annual Music Masters seriesIt’s Only Rock ‘n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones beginning Monday, October 21 through Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Cleveland. This year, the series will be renamed the Annual Music Masters to reflect the historical evolution and expansion of the rock and roll story. The series is sponsored by ELS Surround.

The tribute concert on October 26 will be anchored by a group of top flight musicians who have performed with the Rolling Stones over their fifty year career and contributed to shaping the band’s extraordinary sound. Grammy Award-winning drummer Steve Jordan will lead the house band as musical director. Jordan has assembled a group of critically-acclaimed musicians, including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ian McLagan, Lisa Fischer, Bernard Fowler, Bobby Keys, Trevor Lawrence, Steve Madaio, Ivan Neville, Waddy Wachtel and Willie Weeks to perform. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks, along with a schedule of events.

“We are very excited to expand the stories we tell in the Music Masters program,” said Lauren Onkey, vice president of education for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “Rock and roll caught fire around the world, and we want to reflect that in this program. The Rolling Stones were inspired by so many great American artists in creating their own original brand of rock and roll–it’s an incredible story. We have an outstanding band to showcase the music of the Stones.”

“The Museum is proud to be honoring the Rolling Stones during their 50th anniversary year,” said Greg Harris, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. “In addition to our blockbuster exhibit, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world, we will take this opportunity to dig deeper into the story of this groundbreaking band that challenged and changed the face of rock and roll.”

The 18th annual series begins on Monday, October 21, and will feature interviews, panels, films and educational programs throughout the week, including a keynote lecture at Case Western Reserve University. On Saturday, October 26, a conference will be held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on the Rolling Stones’ impact on popular music. The tribute concert will also be held Saturday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. at PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre in Cleveland. For more information and updates visit www.rockhall.com.

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Stars Send Birthday Messages to Mick Jagger

Mick Jagger’s famous friends and fans took to the Internet on Friday, July 26 to send messages of congratulations as the Rolling Stones star turned 70.
The music legend’s milestone created a buzz on Twitter.com and the singer was flooded with birthday greetings from devotees from around the world.
Jagger’s partner L’Wren Scott gave fans a glimpse into the star’s private birthday celebrations by posting a picture of a big pile of gift-wrapped presents on her Instagram.com page with the message, “Happy Birthday Mick Jagger… The most kind and adoring man… Love to you.”
The singer’s Rolling Stones bandmate Ronnie Wood also sent a public birthday message to his friend – in a post on Twitter.com, he wrote, “Hey – Happy birthday Mick Jagger! Enjoy & have fun,” while Jagger’s ex-wife Bianca added, “Happy birthday Mick Jagger – May the Good Lord shine a light on you warm like the evening sun, xx Bianca.”
One Direction star Harry Styles also sent a birthday message to the veteran musician, writing, “Happy birthday Mick Jagger legend,” and former U.S. President Bill Clinton also took time to honour the star: “Everyone wants the moves like Jagger… but Mick Jagger, you’re one of a kind. Happy Birthday, friend!”
Rocker Lenny Kravitz offered, “Happy Birthday Mick!!!!… Have a good one Bro,” while tributes also came in from Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Martin Kemp and Mia Farrow.
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Rolling Stones Launch Tour With Energetic Set

The Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage to kick off their “50 and Counting” tour.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts delivered a rousing set Friday with the kind of youthful energy and musical verve they displayed decades ago. Their faces showed their age, but their performance did not, with a nonstop, more than two-hour set packed with hits.

Gwen Stefani joined the group to sing “Wild Horses.” Keith Urban played guitar and sang backup on “Respectable.” Veteran Stones member Mick Taylor added guitar to “Midnight Rambler.”

Jack Nicholson was in the audience and fans welcomed him with a round of applause as he took his seat.

The Rolling Stones U.S. tour continues through June 21.

BACK TO PRINT … EVENT BOOKAZINES BOWS

Veteran book publisher/agent TONY SEIDL was on a fact finding trip to New York – searching for the next big thing in book publishing, when lightning struck at the airport newsstand. “I was standing there at the newsstand, looking at the magazines and it dawned on me … many of the usual magazines had been replaced with single-subject magazines, like on The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. I knew then that they were the future of the publishing business. Collectible magazines.”

With a lifetime of contacts in the business, Seidl has started up Event Bookazines, and their initial titles have generated quite a buzz within the industry. Their Supremes 50th Anniversary Celebration: My Supremes by Mary Wilson and noted writer Mark Bego was a major success. Bego is also penning Leonardo Di Caprio: A Close Up Profile for next month in tandem with the release of his Great Gatsby movie. The imprint is also releasing The Great Gatsby Era; The Lone Ranger & Other Cowboy Heroes; and Gettysburg as well.

It’s a heady time in the publishing business right now and Seidl has proven time and again his prowess in the field. “I helped pioneer the instant book … and, very clearly now, it’s the instant magazine. It’s a book, in a magazine format.”

Keith Richards: ‘The Stones Aren’t Punctual Gift Givers’

Rocker Keith Richards is always on the lookout for some great Christmas presents to exchange with his The Rolling Stones bandmates but admits they are not the most punctual gift-givers.

The (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction stars make sure to give each other something extra special every year but timing isn’t their forte and often, the gifts are not actually presented in time for Christmas Day.

Richards tells British magazine NME, “Sometimes they (the gifts) don’t arrive actually on Christmas, sometimes before, and sometimes afterwards. But we always exchange something. It’s normally something you see or you pick up and you think, ‘Oh Charlie’ll love that.’ But it might not be exactly Christmas, because we’re not that punctual!”

The thoughtful guitarist is often on the lookout for that special something to make a truly unique gift for his bandmates.

He adds, “I remember I once found a Biggles puppet, with a parachute, beautiful 20s job with all that gear on. And Charlie and I have always had a thing about Biggles, so I sent him that. It’s still dangling from his ceiling somewhere.”

Rolling Stones Wrap Up Tour

The Rolling Stones wrapped up their 50th anniversary tour on Saturday night with a star-studded set featuring Lady Gaga, John Mayer, The Black Keys and Bruce Springsteen.

Frontman Mick Jagger introduced a jumpsuit-clad Gaga to join him on Gimme Shelter at their fifth and final official 50 and Counting show at New Jersey’s Prudential Center, and the duo shared verses and danced together.

Mayer and fellow guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. also joined the Stones for Going Down, while The Black Keys followed with the Bo Diddley classic Who Do You Love?,and former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor also made an appearance.

Springsteen then thrilled the crowd with a version of Tumbling Dice, with Jagger joking that the New Jersey native had “walked to the show”.

The most emotional moment of the night came when Jagger dedicated Wild Horses to the victims of the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, telling fans, “I just wanted to take a minute and send our love and condolences to those who lost their loved ones yesterday.”

Wrapping up their mini-trek, Jagger told the crowd, “This is our last show… of the 50th anniversary tour. Hope to see you again soon.”

The band’s comeback is set to stretch into next year. The rockers are playing California’s Coachella festival in April.

ICONIC RECORD PROMOTER TO THE BEATLES AND ROLLING STONES DIES

The man Billboard Magazine named “World’s Top Promotion Man,” Pete Bennett, 77, died suddenly of a heart attack Thanksgiving day in Connecticut.

Bennett, born in the Bronx, NY is credited for propelling the careers of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor and many others.

Described by Paul McCartney as “the promotion man responsible for getting the Beatles on the radio,” Bennett was named Director of Promotion for the Beatles’ Apple Records label in 1968. After the break-up of the group, Bennett guided the promotional efforts to radio for the solo releases by John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and McCartney.

Over the years in interviews when Bennett was asked why his services were in such demand, he would say “I make unknowns into stars and stars into superstars.”

Among his many legendary achievements, Bennett, working side-by-side with Harrison, produced the world’s first global charity event, “The Concert for Bangladesh,” at Madison Square Garden in 1971. The former Beatle requested Bennett to use his clout and relationships to secure some of the biggest rock stars of the time, including Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell and Billy Preston.

In 1975 when Michael Jackson and his brothers were looking to leave Motown Records, Bennett orchestrated a deal to bring the Jacksons to Epic Records

Well known for his eye for talent, Bennett is recognized as the first music executive to discover Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler, when he was in a Yonkers, NY band called Chain Reaction.

As impactful as Bennett’s accomplishments were in the music industry, his long list of relationships spanned a who’s who of politics, sports, television and movies, including Bob Hope, Muhammad Ali, Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley, Dick Clark, Nat King Cole, John Wayne and Bobby Vinton.

Bennett is survived by his wife of 47 years, Annette, and his two sons, Peter and Joseph, all of Connecticut. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.