SATURDAY TO GET ROLLING STONED TO
The Rolling Stone I read at the gym the other day sure taught me quite a lot:
-the new John Lennon documentary focusing on Lennon’s life in New York, LENNONYC, will premiere on PBS on November 22nd. This year would have been his 70th birthday (and is sadly the 30th anniversary of his death), and the film serves to trace the final decade of the artist’s life. Of Lennon’s relationship with New York, Yoko Ono says, “It is a very strange city….it was his love and it was his death.”
-George Clinton is making an album with reclusive soul legend Sly Stone that will be released by Christmas. Clinton’s proposed title: Beat the Pink Up: Hump It Till It Hiccup. Classy!! Clinton persuaded Stone to return to the studio after Sly appeared at a couple P-Funk gigs in 2008 and 2009, and the duo recorded with members of P-Funk and the Family Stone in L.A. and Sly’s home in San Francisco. As a lifelong funkhead, I am extremely curious to see what this collaboration yields, but given Clinton’s output in the last decade, it’s hard not to be somewhat skeptical. Sly coming back is a big one though.
-Jason Bonham will hit the road in October with a Zeppelin tribute band. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will be a combination of Jason playing his father’s music with a yet-to-be-announced group of musicians and the drummer sharing stories about touring with Zeppelin as a kid. This comes three years after Jason played drums at the 2007 Zeppelin reunion concert, which I wish I could have been at. Still the best rock n’ roll band of all time.
-Rolling Stone praises Queens of the Stone Age’s reissue of Rated R excessively. Something to the effect of this album saved/resurrected 2000s metal, which is highly debatable but okay Rolling Stone, dare to pretend like you know something about heavy music. Apparently with this record filled with “refined stuff”, “Josh Homme introduced excess to a metal landscape lousy with mook thumb-suckers”, and thus “many winking headbangers owe QOTSA a bump.” You mean a fist bump? I don’t get it, Rolling Stone….you’re too cool for this winking headbanger.
All sycophanterie aside that is a pretty damn good album and was a pretty damn good band, so let’s check out the first and last tracks, shall we?