An American artist has asked the Rolling Stones to give him credit for creating their iconic lips logo. The band's frontman Sir Mick Jagger is believed to have dreamed up the symbol with art student John Pasche in the early 1970s, but Sid Maurer claims he is actually behind the design.
The dispute has been detailed in a new book titled Sympathy for the Devil: The Birth of the Rolling Stones and the Death of Brian Jones by Paul Trynka. The book suggests Jones discovered Maurer's lips and tongue image in the late 1960s and even bought a picture from the painter before the image later became the band's logo.
Editors of Britain's Sunday Times newspaper report Maurer has said a "thank you" from the band would be "nice".
Guitarist Jones died in 1969 shortly after leaving the group.
Fans of classic rockers The Faces had better start praying for the planned full band reunion because frontman Rod Stewart has revealed he won't be touring in five years. The band get together has been on and off for decades, with Stewart pulling out of reunion dates a few years ago, forcing his bandmates to replace him with Simply Red star Mick Hucknall.
But now the plans are on again and Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood are working on a comeback.
However, Rolling Stones star Wood had better start speeding up the process - because the singer is considering retiring from the road.
Stewart, 69, tells the Kansas City Star, "Touring is what I do. Nothing compares to it... I prefer getting onstage (to recording). It's an immediate satisfaction, sending an audience home happy. I want to make the most of it.
"Nothing lasts forever. I still have the energy to do it, and I look forward to at least three or four more years of it."
But he's still keen to hit the road with Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones before he calls it a day, telling the publication, "It will happen, but the ball is in Ronnie's court. When the Stones stop touring, they stop for a long time. So whenever he's finished, I'll be available.
"If we could just keep McLagan quiet for a bit, we could get on with it. But he seems to come out and say the most negative things about me. But Ronnie and me want to do it... He emailed me the other day and said, 'I've got a few nights off. Let's get dinner'. I said, 'I'm on holiday in the south of France'. He said, 'OK, let's wait until we're 78'."
Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm has thrilled fans by confirming he is reuniting with ex-bandmate Mick Jones. Gramm and Jones are finally putting a decade-long feud behind them to re-team in the recording studio later this year (14).
Speaking with New York radio station The Brew, Gramm revealed, "Sometime in September, Mick and I are gonna get together and write some music. I'm excited about it and very much looking forward to it.
"I'm actually helping him with a couple of songs on a solo album that he's gonna be releasing, and he's gonna help me with a couple of songs on an album that I’ll be releasing next year."
Gramm, who co-founded Foreigner with Jones in 1976, left the band in 2003 due to "miscommunication" between the pair and relations have been strained ever since.
They came together last summer (13) to perform their hits during induction ceremonies for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but Gramm insisted that there was "no plans for the two to head out on a reunion tour".
Rolling Stones stars Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts have filmed a skit to promote the Monty Python comedy troupe's live comeback. In the sketch, posted on YouTube.com on Monday (30Jun14), Jagger jokes that the comedians planning for a string of London reunion dates may be past their prime.
He asks bandmate Watts, "Monty Python? Are they still going? Who wants to see that again? They're a bunch of wrinkly old men trying to relive their youth and make a load of money."
The joke is a reference to criticism aimed at the Stones, who are still touring in their 70s.
Meanwhile, the five surviving members of the British comedy troupe - John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - have revealed that astrophysicists Stephen Hawking and Brian Cox will feature in filmed skits and comedian David Walliams will conduct red carpet interviews at their final show on 20 July (14).
Drummer Kenney Jones rejoined The Who for a charity gig in Surrey, England on Saturday night (14Jun14). Jones performed I Can't Explain, Substitute, 5:15, Pinball Wizard and The Kids Are Alright with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey at the Rock 'n' Horsepower concert to benefit Prostate Cancer U.K.
The drummer, who replaced Keith Moon in The Who in the late 1970s, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year (13).
Jeff Beck, Mike Rutherford, John Parr, former Foreigner bassist Rick Wills and ex-Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall also made appearances at the all-star gig.
Fleetwood Mac star Christine Mcvie and The Specials founder Jerry Dammers have been honoured with distinctions at the 2014 Ivor Novello songwriting awards in London. McVie was handed a lifetime achievement award at the 59th annual event, while Free Nelson Mandela hitmaker Dammers, dubbed "the Tsar of ska" by presenter Mick Jones, picked up the Inspiration Award.
Musician and producer Nile Rodgers enjoyed his second honour in as many days - he claimed the Ivors' International Award a day after old pal Simon Le Bon surprised the Chic star with the Legends Award at the International Music Summit (IMS) in Ibiza on Wednesday (21May14).
Jimmy Page handed the Outstanding Contribution prize to fellow British guitar great Jeff Beck, while Mumford & Sons walked away with the award for International Achievement, and Tom Odell was named Songwriter of the Year.
The ceremony was held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.
The full list of winners at the Ivor Novello Awards is:
Most Performed Work - Let Her Go by Passenger
The Ivors Classical Music Award - John McCabe
Best Television Soundtrack - Ripper Street by Dominik Scherrer
Best Contemporary Song - Retrograde by James Blake
International Achievement - Mumford & Sons
Best Original Film Score - The Epic Of Everest
The Ivors Inspiration Award - Jerry Dammers
Album Award - Push The Sky Away by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Outstanding Contribution To British Music - Jeff Beck
Best Song Musically And Lyrically - Strong by London Grammar
Songwriter Of The Year - Tom Odell
Outstanding Song Collection - The Chemical Brothers
Lifetime Achievement - Christine McVie
Special International Award - Nile Rodgers.
Rock legends Sammy Hagar and Mick Jones have confirmed reports suggesting the two old pals have reunited in the studio to work on a series of new songs. Chickenfoot frontman Hagar, who famously worked with Foreigner founder Jones on Van Halen's 1986 album 5150, has posted a photo of the two rockers dining at his Mill Valley, California restaurant El Paseo on Facebook.com.
The accompanying caption reads: "Mick Jones and myself enjoying a great dinner at El Paseo Restaurant after writing for two days together at my studio. What a blast - old friends getting together and writing some new songs."
The Slits star Viv Albertine has spent years haunted by her decision to abort a baby during the group's 1970s heyday. The rocker makes the admission in her new biography, Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys, revealing she was expecting a child with The Clash guitarist Mick Jones in 1978 but decided to have an abortion rather than give up her career.
In later life, Albertine struggled to conceive and underwent 11 attempts at in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. She also lost two babies before finally becoming mother to a little girl in 1999, and the musician admits the abortion haunted her throughout the process of trying to have a baby.
She is quoted in the book as saying, "I didn't regret the abortion for 20 years. But eventually I did and I still regret it now. I wish I'd kept the baby, whatever the cost. It's hard to live with."
However, Albertine is adamant women must have the right to choose, adding, "That cannot and must not be ever taken away from us."
The Clash stars Mick Jones and Paul Simonon have reteamed to record a new track with Frank Ocean. The punk icons, who also joined forces as part of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, have recorded Hero with Ocean and in-demand DJ/producer Diplo.
The song is part of Converse's Three Artists, One Song series, which has previously brought together collaborations between Gorillaz, and Andre 3000 and The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Pharrell Williams and Santigold.
Hero will be available to download from 10 March (14) on Converse's Tumblr page.
Talking about his all-star collaboration, Diplo says, "The Clash were always teachers to me, even before I shared a studio with Paul and Mick. Their musical anarchy and constant attitude to disregard rules and forge their own path was inspirational to me. They meant death to genres, music and message above everything.
"Frank lives by the same creed in being married to his vision and seeing it through at any cost. We had to challenge each other to make something that we hope no one could expect and Converse valued everyone's artistic freedom to let us shine throughout the past few months to make this thing happen."
Tribeca Film via Everett Collection
For a film that involves a love triangle, mental illness, a Bohemian colony of free-spirits, an impending war and several important historical figures, the most exciting elements of Summer in February are the stunning shots of the English country and Cornish seaside. The rest of the film never quite lives up to the crashing waves and sun-dappled meadows that are used to bookend the scenes, as the entertaining opening never manages to coalesce into a story that lives up the the cinematography, let alone the lives of the people that inspired it.
Set in an Edwardian artist’s colony in Cornwall, Summer in February tells the story of A.J. Munnings (Dominic Cooper), who went on to become one of the most famous painters of his day and head of the Royal Academy of Art, his best friend, estate agent and part-time soldier Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens), and the woman whom they both loved, aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Her marriage to Munnings was an extremely unhappy one, and she attempted suicide on their honeymoon, before killing herself in 1914. According to his journals, Gilbert and Florence were madly in love, although her marriage and his service in the army kept them apart.
When the film begins, Munnings is the center of attention in the Lamorna Artist's Colony, dramatically reciting poetry at parties and charming his way out of his bar tab while everyone around him proclaims him to be a genius. When he’s not drinking or painting, he’s riding horses with Gilbert, who has the relatively thankless task of keeping this group of Bohemians in line. Their idyllic existence is disrupted by the arrival of Florence, who has run away from her overbearing father and the fiancé he had picked out for her in order to become a painter.
Stevens and Browning both start the film solidly, with enough chemistry between them to make their infatuation interesting. He manages to give Gilbert enough dependable charm to win over both Florence and the audience, and she presents Florence as someone with enough spunk and self-possession to go after what she wants. Browning’s scenes with Munnings are equally entertaining in the first third of the film, as she can clearly see straight through all of his bravado and he is intrigued by her and how difficult she is to impress. Unfortunately, while the basis of the love triangle is well-established and entertaining, it takes a sudden turn into nothing with a surprise proposal from Munnings.
Neither the film nor Browning ever make it clear why Florence accepts his proposal, especially when they have both taken great pains to establish that she doesn’t care much for him. But once she does, the films stalls, and both Stevens and Browning spend the rest of the film doing little more than staring moodily and longingly at the people around them. The real-life Florence was plagued by depression and mental instability, but neither the film nor Browning’s performance ever manage to do more than give the subtlest hint at that darkness. On a few occasions, Browning does manage to portray a genuine anguish, but rather than producing any sympathy from the audience, it simply conjures up images of a different film, one that focused more on Florence, and the difficulties of being a woman with a mental illness at a time when both were ignored or misunderstood.
Stevens is fine, and Gilbert starts out with the same kind of good-guy appeal the won the heart of Mary Crawley and Downton Abbey fans the world over. However, once the film stalls, so does his performance, and he quickly drops everything that made the character attractive or interesting in favor of longing looks and long stretches of inactivity. He does portray a convincing amount of adoration for Florence, although that's about the only real emotion that Gilbert expresses for the vast majority of the film, and even during his love scene, he never manages to give him any amount of passion.
Cooper does his best with what he’s given, and tries his hardest to imbue the film with some substance and drama. His Munnings is by turns charming, brash, and brooding, the kind of person who has been told all of their life that they are special, and believes it. He even manages to give the character some depth, and even though he and Browning have very little chemistry, he manages to convey a genuine affection for her. It’s a shame that Munnings becomes such a deeply unlikable character, because Cooper is the only thing giving Summer in February a jolt of life – even if it comes via bursts of thinly-explained hostility. It's hard to watch just how hard he's working to connect with his co-stars and add some excitement to a lifeless script and not wish that he had a better film to show off his talents in.
Unfortunately, by the time Florence and Gilbert are finally spurred into activity, the film has dragged on for so long that you’re no longer invested in the characters, their pain, or their love story, even if you want to be. Which is the real disappointment of Summer in February; underneath the stalled plot and the relatively one-note acting, there are glimmers of a fascinating and compelling story that’s never allowed to come to the forefront.