The Rolling Stones show support for Mick Jagger following death of L’Wren Scott

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Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts release statement after apparent suicide of frontman’s girlfriend on Monday (March 17)

Mick Jagger’s bandmates in The Rolling Stones have shown their support for the frontman following the death of his partner L’Wren Scott earlier this week.

Keith Richards express his shock at the news of Scott’s apparent suicide of Jagger’s partner on Monday (Match 17), in a statement given to Billboard.”No-one saw this coming,” said guitarist Richards. “Mick’s always been my soul brother and we love him… we’re thick as thieves and we’re all feeling for the man.”

“This is such terrible news and right now the important thing is that we are all pulling together to offer Mick our support and help him through this sad time,” adds Ronnie Wood. “Without a doubt we intend to be back out on that stage as soon as we can.

“Meanwhile, drummer Charlie Watts echoes the need to be there for his friend. “Needless to say we are all completely shocked but our first thought is to support Mick at this awful time,” he said.The Rolling Stones postponed the rest of their 14 On Fire tour of Australia and New Zealand following the death of Scott. The band plan to reschedule the dates.

A list of the dates affected by the postponement can be found here. Promoters urge fans with tickets to hold on to their tickets for the rescheduled shows.Jagger released his own statement following the news of Scott’s death in which said he was “struggling” to understand what had happened and that he had been “touched” by tributes and messages of support he has received.

Dear Mick: May memories console you and bring you strength in the days to come.

Unruly Hearts NYC

The Best Gram Parsons Songs To Banish The Winter Blues

Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons

Bask in the tender glory of America’s cosmic country pioneer.

“A VOICE THAT WOULD break and crack but rise pure and beautiful and full of sweetness and pain.” – Emmylou Harris describes her friend and musical soul mate, Gram Parsons, in the liner notes for 1976′s Sleepless Nights.

Just 26 when he died in September 1973, the man born Cecil Ingram Connor III in Winter Haven, Florida on November 5, 1946 packed a lot into his quarter century. His commitment to blending his beloved country music – this was the man who taught Keith Richards the difference between the Nashville and Bakersfield sounds – with the world of rock saw him work his way through The International Submarine Band, The Byrds and, most significantly, The Flying Burrito Brothers, before recording two solo albums that have become touchstones for those seeking the full-powered hit of mythic American music.

He may not have had the best voice in the business, but with master musicians like Chris Hillman and Emmylou Harris at his side, the ache, tenderness and vulnerability of the country boy with the hippie threads can really be something to behold.

To mark 40 years since the release of Grievous Angel (The Gilded Palace Of Sin celebrates 45 years of glory next month) we decided to revisit 20 classic Gram Parsons performances. From ISB, to The Byrds and Burritos, through GP, Grevious Angel and beyond…

Tom Waits and Keith Richards Perform ‘Shenandoah’

Song comes from sea chanty compilation ‘Son of Rogue’s Gallery’

Son Of Rogues Gallery – “Shenandoah”
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January 11, 2013 12:15 PM

Who better to team up on an old seafarer’s favorite than Tom Waits and Keith Richards, who recorded a version of “Shenandoah” for the upcoming compilation Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, which Anti- is set to release on February 19th. Waits’ trademark growl anchors the track, which features a chorus of singers and some anachronistic but no less affecting electric guitar noodling from Richards.

The compilation was curated and created by Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Hal Willner – the star, producer and director of Pirates of the Caribbean, respectively – and is the follow-up to the 2006 CD, Rogue’s Gallery. “It is a very different record than Volume 1,” Willner told Rolling Stone in December. “It seems happier – not as much about torture, sodomy and death.” You can also check out ex-Pogue Shane MacGowan belting “Leaving Liverpool” in a gruff sailor’s voice, with some help from Depp and Verbinski.

Son of Rogue’s Gallery also features collaborations from Patti Smith and Depp, Courtney Love and Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop and a Hawk and a Hacksaw, as well as contributions from Sean Lennon, Nick Cave and Broken Social Scene among others.

By Rolling Stone