Watch the new episode posted on YouTube where TJR and Robert Kinsler discuss Part 1 of the Peter Jackson-directed Beatles docuseries "Get Back." The eight-hour event that looks at the making of the Fab Four's 1970 album Let It Be premieres today (Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, 2021) on Disney+ - watch the episode HERE.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
Monday, November 22, 2021
Plan to tune into the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" Turkey Day Marathon this Thursday! Robert Kinsler
Shout! Factory TV and Joel Hodgson’s
Alternaversal Productions Present the 2021
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon
Who: The Rolling Stones, The Ghost Hounds
Where: Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas
When: Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021
Next: The Rolling Stones have one remaining performance, a special show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on Tuesday, Nov. 23
Review by Robert Kinsler
Watching The Rolling Stones on the final night of their No Filter tour at Circuit of the Americas in Austin on Saturday night, I wondered if I was watching the legendary rockers for the last time.
|A poignant tribute to the late drummer Charlie|
Watts kicked off The Rolling Stones' concert in
Austin, Texas on Nov. 20, 2021.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
Nearly 60 years into their singularly-spectacular run as one of the greatest and most enduring rock bands of all time, the English troupe performed without beloved drummer Charlie Watts who passed away in August.
|The Rolling Stones rocking Austin, Texas on Nov. 21, 2021.|
Photo credit: J. Bouquet
It was fitting the Stones' set was introduced with an affecting video montage featuring images of Watts while the sound of his signature drumming kept time. After that memorable opening, singer Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and a top-tier touring band took the stage just after 9 p.m. for "Street Fighting Man," the first cut in an 18-song set that spanned material from the early '60s to their most recent single.
After tearing through a loose rollicking take of "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" and inspired "Nervous Breakdown," Jagger — who remains an energetic marvel at age 78 — revisited the legacy of Watts, who passed away at the age of 80 on Aug. 24. "In 1962, we met this great drummer Charlie Watts," Jagger said with the massive crowd breaking into cheers and applause. "We'd like to dedicate this show to Charlie Watts."
|Keith Richards tearing it up in Austin, Texas.|
Photo credit: J. Bouquet
Speedy and conventional guitar solos have never been The Rolling Stones' calling card. Wood's distinctive work on "Tumbling Dice" was euphoric evidence that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have always had a unique approach to crafting many of rock music's most beloved classics. Kudos to drummer Steve Jordan who did a wonderful job filling in for the departed Watts; Jordan is a long-time friend of the Stones and was a member of Richards' late 1980s/early '90s project X-pensive Winos.
|Ronnie Wood performing at Circuit of the Americas|
on Nov. 20, 2021. Photo credit: J. Bouquet
Throughout the No Filter tour the band has let fans vote to hear a favorite song from their expansive songbook. In Austin, Jagger announced that "Let It Bleed" was this night's choice cut. Jagger's warm acoustic guitar work and Wood's stylish slide playing turned the title track from the band's December 1969 release into a bluesy delight.
"Want to sing a little bit Austin?" Jagger asked before the Stones slid into "You Can't Always Get What You Want." A wistful opening of the song picked up power with the audience sing-along; the band's arrangement included a speedy and explosive gospel-tinged finale.
Mick Jagger in action on Nov. 20, 2021.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
One of this writer's favorite selections was "Living in a Ghost Town," released as a single in 2020. The tune's cool reggae vibe and COVID-19 minded lyrics continue to resonate in 2021. The song worked exceptionally well live (Jagger displayed his top tier talents playing blues harp too) and the track stands up well with the band's '60s, '70s and '80s classics played at the concert.
Indeed, the winning mix of hits (such as the stadium ready "Start Me Up" and dance-fueled "Miss You"), new material ("Living in a Ghost Town") and under the radar nuggets (Richards taking lead vocals on the rocker "Connection" and Delta blues mining "You Got The Silver") all worked magically. "Midnight Rambler" was a 13-minute blues sortie; "Paint It Black" brought chills on an already-cool November night with Richards' expressive solo guitar intro.
The Stones seemed to gain power with almost each track leading up to a glorious flurry of favorites that capped the night. The fiery "Sympathy for the Devil" and roaring "Jumpin' Jack Flash" closed out the regular set with festive abandon.
The encore featured a thrilling take on "Gimme Shelter" with Sasha Allen sharing lead and dueling vocals with Jagger (along with some killer fret work from both Wood and Richards. Rounding out the noteworthy ensemble on stage was long-time bassist Daryl Jones (who replaced original band bassist Bill Wyman in 1994), keyboardists Chuck Leavell and Matt Clifford, saxophonists Karl Denson and Tim Ries, and backing vocalist Bernard Fowler. The two-hour set ended with an extended version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," the entire ensemble locked in while a firestorm of pyrotechnics lit the night.
Opening for The Rolling Stones was the rising Ghost Hounds, a six-man collective out of Pittsburgh, PA. Putting on an entertaining set, the group's sound recalled an original cross between Vintage Trouble and Hootie & the Blowfish. The live performance was enhanced by the additional of three backing singers, all the proceedings bringing life to originals like the breezy "Killing Stone," country track "Someone Just For Me," Chuck Berry-styled "Bad News" and rocking "A Little Calamity."
|Ronnie Wood's hand-drawn setlist of the Austin concert|
1. Street Fighting Man
2. It's Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)
3. 19th Nervous Breakdown
4. Tumbling Dice
5. Let It Bleed
6. You Can't Always Get What You Want
7. Living in a Ghost Town
8. Start Me Up
9. Honky Tonk Woman
10. Connection (featuring Keith Richards on lead vocals)
11. You Got The Silver (featuring Keith Richards on lead vocals)
12. Miss You
13. Midnight Rambler
14. Paint It Black
15. Sympathy for the Devil
16. Jumpin' Jack Flash
17. Gimme Shelter
18. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Saturday, November 20, 2021
A very exciting days for fans of legendary singer-songwriter Colin Blunstone. I'll be reviewing this special release in an upcoming column as well...Robert Kinsler
Monday, November 15, 2021
Rock and roll greats Eric Clapton, Susanna Hoffs and NRBQ along with newcomers The Odd Birds are in top form on their latest releases.
Today's big music news announcement is below courtesy of U2! Robert Kinsler
30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
VINYL OUT NOVEMBER 19
DIGITAL BOXSET OUT DECEMBER 3
U2 X THIERRY NOIR
AN INSTALLATION IN CELEBRATION OF ACHTUNG BABY
HANSA STUDIOS, BERLIN: November 19 – 26
“[Achtung Baby]… U2's daring descent into darkness” - Robert Hilburn, LA Times
November 15, 2021 - Island Records, Interscope, and UMe today announce the 30th Anniversary Edition release of U2’s seminal album Achtung Baby, which will see a special Standard and Deluxe vinyl release on November 19, ahead of a 50-track digital boxset available December 3, 2021.
Thirty years ago, Bono described Achtung Baby as “the sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree” while Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote that “stripped-down and defying its old formulas, U2 has given itself a fighting chance for the 1990's”. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance and became one of the most significant records of the nineties and of U2’s career.
Recorded over six months at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Achtung Baby is U2’s seventh studio album. Produced by long-time U2 collaborators Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno with Steve Lillywhite, Achtung Baby was engineered by Flood and released on November 18, 1991. Lead by The Fly, four other singles followed: Mysterious Ways, One, Even Better Than The Real Thing, and Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses. Watch here:
In celebration of Achtung Baby’s anniversary, the band have collaborated with Berlin-based French artist Thierry Noir (the first artist to paint on the Berlin Wall) for a special one-off installation at the legendary Hansa Studios in Kreuzberg. Thirty years ago, the band commissioned Noir to paint a series of now iconic Trabant cars, which featured on the album artwork, as well 1991’s Zoo TV Tour. U2 x THIERRY NOIR sees Noir return with a newly painted Trabant for 2021, as well as an exclusive mural painted on a section of the Berlin wall. For free access and information, visit:
The bonnet of the Trabant will be auctioned at Phillips, London, on December 9, as part of their New Now sale, with proceeds going to the Berlin Institute for Sound and Music. For more information, visit:
Achtung Baby (30th Anniversary Edition) is available on Standard black vinyl and Deluxe color vinyl on November 19, with Achtung Baby (2018 Remaster) and Achtung Baby (Unter Remixes) also available digitally that day. A 50-track digital boxset – to include Uber Remixes, Unter Remixes, B-Sides with 22 tracks never-before available digitally – will be released on December 3, 2021.
U2 X-Radio, the band’s SiriusXM channel, will this month present an Achtung Baby special to include interviews with band members and album collaboration Daniel Lanois, Flood, and Anton Corbijn. More information here:
Pre-order Achtung Baby (30th Anniversary Edition) here:
For track listing and details of content and formats, visit U2.com