Marianne Faithfull has shattered her 1960s sex kitten reputation, insisting she was disgusted by men when she was younger. The singer/songwriter was linked to rockers including Sir Mick Jagger and David Bowie in the '60s, but admits she needed drugs or alcohol before she could be physically intimate with a partner.
Speaking on BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are?, Faithfull explains, "I think my mother and her unconscious and unspoken loathing of men had a huge effect on me. It was a big problem for me in the Sixties, especially as I had to pretend that everything was so wonderful, wild and sexual. But it really wasn't.
"It took me years, until the time I got to 50 or so, before I could be in a relationship and love and not have to take drink or drugs to have sex."
Faithfull also romanced Rolling Stones legends Keith Richards and Brian Jones, but admits her relationship with Sir Mick was the most difficult to get over.
In the show, due to air in the U.K. on 18 September, she says, "He loved me and I loved him. I just walked away. I don't really know why. I had to move on. Of course it was very, very hard because I loved him."
Faithfull began dating the Rolling Stones frontman in the late '60s, but she ended the relationship in 1970 after miscarrying his child.
Star Trek icon William Shatner has collaborated with country music star Vince Gill, Foreigner's Mick Jones and guitarist Steve Vai for a new prog-rock album. The acting veteran penned the lyrics for all the songs on the upcoming concept album, Ponder The Mystery, which explores themes such as "ageing, depression, love and beauty", according to a press release.
Shatner describes the album as "quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done".
Ponder The Mystery is due out on 8 October (13).
Former The Clash star Mick Jones still has regrets about walking away from the band, but insists he and his bandmates had to split in the mid-1980s to save their friendships. The guitarist reveals the core four-piece of himself, Joe Strummer, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon came close to getting back together on a couple of occasions - but it was never the right time.
Jones, who recently toured with Simonon as part of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz, tells Rolling Stone magazine, "We were just all fed up with each other. The bigger it got, the more difficult it became. We battled through constant issues.
"When you're together all the time you're going to get fed up with people, especially without breaks. And then we started to get into whatever we were into individually, and that became an issue. I don't think the music was ever affected, or the stage show. It was all going on behind the scenes. We could have dealt with it better, in hindsight."
Jones appeared onstage with Strummer just before the singer died in December, 2002, and admits that at the time there was talk of a get together at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
He adds, "There were a few moments at the time... I was up for it (Hall of Fame reunion in 2003), Joe was up for it. Paul wasn't. And neither, probably, was Topper, who didn't wind up even coming in the end... It didn't look like a performance was going to happen anyway. I mean, you usually play at that ceremony when you get in. Joe had passed by that point, so we didn't.
"We were never in agreement. That's why we never got back together in the first place. It was never at a point where all of us wanted to do it at the same time. Most importantly for us, we became friends again after the group broke up, and continued that way for the rest of the time. That was more important to us than the band."
The three surviving members of The Clash are set to reunite for a one-off radio event in Britain. Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon have agreed to sit down for a BBC Radio 6 Music show next month (Sep13).
The trio will be interviewed by singer-turned-TV and radio personality Cerys Matthews in front of an audience of fans.
The exclusive chat will be taped on 6 September (13) for broadcast later in the the month.
Matthews announced The Clash get together during a segment on her BBC Radio 6 Music show on Sunday morning (18Aug13).
In a press release, she adds, "Their music gave a generation a voice not just in music but in the choice of how they lived their everyday lives and it still sounds as great, as fresh and loaded with good intent as music can ever be."
Fans' dreams of a full The Clash reunion were dashed in 2002 when frontman Joe Strummer died. Simonon and Jones have teamed up since as members of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz collective.
The Rolling Stones turned up the nostalgia on Saturday (06Jul13) as they played to a packed crowd in London's Hyde Park, 44 years after their last performance at the open-air venue. The rockers were joined on the tree-lined stage by blues star Gary Clark, Jr. and former member Mick Jones, who played his first gig with the band during their last performance at the central London park in 1969, two days after the death of guitarist Brian Jones.
Speaking before the landmark show, guitarist Keith Richards told Andy Bush of Britain's Absolute Radio, "Well, I'm not emotional but I feel very excited about it. And also, we will have Mick Taylor with us and that was his first gig with the Stones, so there is a kind of a full circle being drawn here as well."
Richards also revealed the band didn't choose the set list for the big gig until just hours before taking to the stage in Hyde Park, adding, "There is still a bit of juggling going on, but I mean those things can be decided on the night."
Celebrity guests including new parents David Walliams and supermodel Lara Stone, actress Gemma Arterton and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie watched on as Sir Mick Jagger, who is preparing to mark his 70th birthday in three weeks' time, led the legendary rockers through a string of hits including Start Me Up, Gimme Shelter and Honky Tonk Woman.
The rockers closed the show with their anthem (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and a fireworks display.
The concert marked the first of two gigs at Hyde Park, the second will take place on Saturday (13Jul13).
Veteran singer Rod Stewart is convinced he should be next in line to receive a knighthood because so many of his contemporaries have already landed the coveted title. The Maggie May hitmaker can't understand why Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and veteran crooner Tom Jones have both been made a 'Sir' by Queen Elizabeth II ahead of him.
However, Stewart insists he will not let the snub upset him, telling Britain's Radio Times, "Mick doesn't pay taxes here (in Britain), and Tom lives in America. If my time comes, it will. And if it doesn't, I'm not bothered."
The singer adds of the British monarch, "The Queen and I have one thing in common. The same hairstyle for 45 years."
The Clash star Mick Jones and The Kinks rocker Ray Davies have joined the star-studded list of honourees at Britain's upcoming Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef Awards. The two musicians will both be given prizes in honour of their career achievements at the upcoming ceremony in London, with Jones taking the coveted O2 Silver Clef Award and Davies landing the Hard Rock Cafe Ambassadors of Rock Award.
The Kinks star says of the honour, "Thank you Nordoff Robbins. To be named your Hard Rock Cafe Ambassador of Rock is fantastic."
Singer Jessie Ware has also been included on the list of honourees with the Best Newcomer prize, joining previously announced winners including Coldplay, Barry Gibb, Labrinth and Alison Moyet.
The Silver Clef Awards will take place at the London Hilton hotel on 28 June (13).
Billy Joel and Sir Elton John ended their feud at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York City on Thursday night (13Jun13) after the Piano Man told the Rocket Man to call him just after he introduced inductees Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. The former pals and touring partners fell out in 2011 when the Brit publicly accused Joel of not taking rehab seriously as he attempted to battle alcoholism in a blunt magazine interview, during which he also suggested the New Yorker was lazy.
The I'm Still Standing rocker told Rolling Stone, "He's going to hate me for this, but every time he goes to rehab they've been light. When I went to rehab, I had to clean the floors. He goes to rehab where they have TVs. I love you, Billy, and this is tough love."
He added, "At the end of the day, he's coasting. I always say, 'Billy, can't you write another song?' It's either fear or laziness. It upsets me."
Joel was clearly saddened by Elton's comments and publicly reprimanded him, but revisiting the feud in a New York Times Magazine article, which was published last month (May13), it appeared the My Life hitmaker had mellowed, stating, "He (Elton) tends to shoot off his mouth - he shoots from the hip. I think his heart is in the right place. Maybe he's trying to motivate me, to get me mad or something. He's kind of like a mum."
Joel also recently stated he would be interested in performing with his fellow rock pianist again.
Elton, who was honoured with the Johnny Mercer Award at the music gala, offered to officially end the pair's stand-off at the Songwriters Hall of Fame event when he took the stage and said, "I didn't see you tonight Mr. Joel, but I want to see you."
And his gamble paid off - Joel later took to the microphone and asked, "Is Elton still here by the way?" before adding, "Anyway, we're OK. Call me. It's the same phone number."
As well as Elton and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry and singer-songwriter J.D. Souther were saluted at Marriott Marquis Hotel gala, while Motown founder Berry Gordy was handed the Pioneer Award.
Brett Morgen, the director of acclaimed new Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, almost found himself making a very different film about the band using former member Bill Wyman's treasured home video footage. While researching the latest Stones movie, the moviemaker got in touch with former bass player Wyman and learned the rocker had a trove of footage on the group he shot himself throughout the 1960s and 1970s, which he almost handed over to Morgen for another project.
The director tells WENN, "When I first met Bill, he had mentioned to me, prior to me doing this film, he was going to reach out to me about doing something with his archive because Bill was a fan of my documentary on Robert Evans, The Kid Stays in the Picture, as was Mick (Jagger).
"Bill was helpful with getting us newspaper archives and things like that, but the one thing that Bill wanted to hold on to was his 16mm footage of the band that he shot himself. I was desperate to get my hands on it but I wasn't able to pry it from Bill. Nor would he show me clips. He'd tease me about it.
"Bill is holding onto it now and it's something that he wants to leave for his children, and God bless him. I really loved every moment I had with Bill; he has an encyclopedic knowledge and he is like a fan, an informer. He was incredibly helpful with his perspective. I was thrilled to be able to work with him. I don't think we could have told the story without Bill."
And now Morgen has little interest in revisiting the Rolling Stones, so it's beginning to look like fans will have to wait until after Wyman's death to see his home video footage: "It would be very strange for me to go back and do another movie on the Stones. I feel like I've done my Rolling Stones story."
But the filmmaker is urging others to pick up where he left off, insisting there's a fascinating documentary to be made about the life and death of Brian Jones.
He adds, "I think there's much more to Brian Jones' story... The interviews I had with the band, we could have done an entire film just on Brian that would have been revealing and illuminating.
"It was a great challenge to distill the Brian Jones story and not... In my first cut of the film, the '60s were almost entirely wrapped around Brian Jones, probably a little too much."
Former Foreigner singer Lou Gramm has poured cold water on rumours he will reunite with the band. Gramm made moves to put aside his decade-long feud with the band's guitarist Mick Jones ahead of their induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame next month (Jun13) and had hinted at the possibility of a reunion tour.
The singer left Foreigner in 2003 due to "miscommunication" between himself and Jones and relations have been strained ever since, but in a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, Gramm insisted he would be open to a reunion if the pair could rekindle its friendship.
However, Gramm has now reversed his decision, releasing a statement to the publication which reads, "Though both Lou Gramm and Mick Jones will be on hand for the Songwriters Hall of Fame, there are no plans for the two to head out on a reunion tour.
"Despite recent media reports that a reunion is being planned, at present time, there are no dialogues about any dates, though both continue to tour (separately)."