With their gig in Tel Aviv less than a day away, some of the members of the Rolling Stones took some time off Tuesday afternoon to visit that essential landmark for any foreign visitor — Jerusalem’s Western Wall.
Guitarist Ronnie Wood, drummer Charlie Watts and touring keyboard player Chuck Leavell were all at hand to witness Judaism’s most sacred spot; Leavell was even photographed wearing a kipa and placing a note at the Kotel — as is customary.
Mick Jagger evidently took a jaunt along Israel’s Mediterranean coast, paying a visit to the Roman ruins at Caesarea. Jagger posted a photo standing among the ruins with the Caesarea power plant in the background.
Jagger (who should know his concert halls) calls the ancient Herodian theater at the Roman-era port an amphitheater — a term which classically refers to a fully circular venue like the one Pink Floyd performed at live in Pompeii in 1972. (Traditional classical theaters, like the one at Caesarea, are semicircular; we’ll forgive him.)
The Stones touched down in Israel Monday night aboard their private plane, festooned with the band’s name and logo. The visit marks the band’s first in Israel, ahead of a much-anticipated concert for 50,000 fans Wednesday night at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park.
The band arrived with a 70-person entourage, at least 100 more technical and other staff, and some 1,000 tourists who flew in Monday to attend the Wednesday concert. The arrivals were dubbed the Rolling Stones “airlift” by Israeli television news anchors. [...] Continue Reading…
What an honor to pay tribute to my old boss and great friend, Mac (Dr. John) Rebbennack. Such A Night!!
The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration Of Mac & His Music – New Orleans, LA – May 3, 2014
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The rescheduling of the tour to October/November has also allowed for two additional concerts to be added to the tour – one at Perth Arena on Saturday 1 November 2014 and the other at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley on Saturday 15 November 2014.
The new tour dates are:
NEW DATE OLD DATE VENUE
Saturday 25 October 2014 Saturday 22 March 2014 Adelaide Oval
Wednesday 29 October 2014 Wednesday 19 March 2014 Perth Arena
Saturday 01 November 2014 NEW SHOW Perth Arena
Wednesday 5 November 2014 Friday 28 March 2014 Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 8 November 2014 Sunday 30 March 2014 Hanging Rock, Macedon
Wednesday 12 November 2014 Tuesday 25 March 2014 Sydney Allphones Arena
Saturday 15 November 2014 NEW SHOW Hope Estate, Hunter Valley
Tuesday 18 November 2014 Wednesday 2 April 2014 Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Saturday 22 November 20142014 Auckland Mt Smart Stadium
Ticket holders who are able to attend the rescheduled date need take no action, their existing ticket will remain valid and their location within the venue will remain unchanged. [...] Continue Reading…
Meet Outside-the-Box Award Winner CHUCK LEAVELL
Chuck Leavell is one of the most accomplished keyboardists in rock music history. For over 30 years, he’s played keyboard with the Rolling Stones, now on their 14 on Fire tour. In 2012, Chuck was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with the Allman Brothers Band.
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April 24th, 6:00 PM, St. Francis Yacht Club
Dedicated Conservationist and Environmental Advocate
When Chuck isn’t on the road with the Stones, playing on tours and albums for a who’s who of other musical groups, or producinghis own critically acclaimed work, he and his wife, Rose Lane Leavell, run the 2,800-acre Charlane Plantation, a working forest in central Georgia, a portion of which is protected with a conservation easement. In 2012, Rose Lane was honored with Forest Landowner of the Year Award, and Chuck was named as a US Forest Service Honorary Forest Ranger. [...] Continue Reading…
“I am extremely excited about participating in the Tribute to Dr. John in New Orleans on May 3, 2014 at the Saenger Theater! Many of you know that I played with him back in 1971 and 1972 before I joined The Allman Brothers Band, and I am thrilled to help celebrate my old boss, mentor and friend, Mac Rebbennack…Dr. John.” – Chuck
Dr. John, the six-time Grammy winner and 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee from New Orleans, will be celebrated during an all-star concert Saturday, May 3, at the Saenger Theatre.
Announced performers for “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: A Celebration of Mac & His Music” include Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples, Allen Toussaint, Widespread Panic, Ryan Bingham, Lucinda Williams, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, Zigaboo Modeliste, Jimmie Vaughan, Irma Thomas, Tab Benoit, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Chief Monk Boudreaux, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Bill Kreutzmann, Chuck Leavell, Shannon McNally, Sarah Morrow and Anders Osborne.
Dr. John will perform during special collaborations throughout the concert. More special guests and additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. The event will be filmed for broadcast at a later date.
Grammy winner and Blue Note Records President Don Was will lead the all-star band and serve as the concert’s musical director. [...] Continue Reading…
The festival, which was launched last year, is expanding to a two-day event, which will feature local artists on May 16 (one of the local acts last year was “American Idol’s” Jess Meuse) and a May 17 lineup that will include Leavell, Atlanta contemporary jazz artist Reggie Hines and two yet-to-be-signed acts.
Wind Creek Hospitality, the Alabama Roots Music Society and the City of Montgomery present the 2014 River Jam Music Festival offering two fun-filled nights of music in downtown Montgomery.
Friday, May 16 – 6:00PM
Music performed by Local Artists @ Union Station Trainshed
Saturday, May 17 – 6:00PM
Chuck Leavell with special guest Reggie Hines @ Riverfront Amphitheater
FREE ADMISSION!! For more information, call 334.625.2100.
Fri., May. 16, 2014, 6:00PM – 10:00PM
The Rolling Stones are working on the postponed shows scheduled for Australia and New Zealand, and we hope to have further news on that in due course. I am also hoping to re-schedule my own shows in Australia at The Cherry Bar in Melbourne and for the RocKquiz television show. We will post info on that as soon as the picture clears up.
In the meantime, we look forward to resuming our tour in Europe starting in Oslo, Norway on May 26, 2014. Thanks to all of you for your kind comments and patience over the past month, and we will post further info as we get it. Be sure to check www.rollingsomes.com for other updated information.
Stones confirmed European Dates are:
26 MAY * OSLO, NORWAY @ TELENOR ARENA
29 MAY * LISBON, PORTUGAL @ ROCK IN RIO FESTIVAL
1 JUNE * ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND @ LETZIGRUND STADIUM
4 JUNE * TEL AVIV, ISRAEL @ HAYARKON PARK
7 JUNE * LANDGRAAF, NETHERLANDS @ PINKPOP FESTIVAL
10 JUNE * BERLIN, GERMANY @ WALDBÜHNE
13 JUNE * PARIS, FRANCE @ STADE DE FRANCE
16 JUNE * VIENNA, AUSTRIA @ ERNST HAPPEL STADIUM
19 JUNE * DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY @ ESPRIT ARENA
22 JUNE * ROME, ITALY @ CIRCUS MAXIMUS
25 JUNE * MADRID, SPAIN @ BERNABÉU STADIUM
28 JUNE * WERCHTER, BELGIUM @ TW CLASSIC FESTIVAL
1 JULY * STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN @ TELE2 ARENA
3 JULY * ROSKILDE, DENMARK @ ROSKILDE FESTIVAL
For more info: www.rollingstones.com.
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StAugNews.com has this writeup on Rose Lane and Chuck. Take a look below, then read the full article.
Our 2013 Legacy Landowners are quite the couple: Rose Lane, a stylish colonial dame whose Georgia roots go back to the 1790s, and Chuck, a city boy from Alabama who arrived in Macon eager to dive into the muddy waters of Southern rock.
“When I first came to Macon, I took a tour of Capricorn Records,” he says. “It started in the state-of-the-art studio and eventually got to the executive offices. The doors of the office opened, and there was this beautiful creature sitting behind a desk. That was a very positive sign for me. Now you have to understand that I was very young at the time and a little bit too shy and quite frankly almost penniless. I didn’t feel worthy to ask Rose Lane out for a date until two years later when I landed the position with the Allman Brothers band.
“To my surprise, she accepted.”
The young couple went from just dating to just about married in a hurry. Not surprisingly, each endeavored to learn as much as possible about the other. “So I said, ‘Tell me about your family,” Chuck said.
“We live in the country,” Rose replied. “We’re out in Twiggs County. It’s not all that far from Macon. My grandmother is there, my parents, my brother, lots of relatives. We’re country folk. We work the land.”
The truth was Rose Lane had given her beau an abridged version of her family’s extensive ties to the land. One ancestor, a Quaker, traded life in England for the opportunity to be an indentured servant in Virginia. After completing his indenture, he petitioned a local court as a “gentleman” to receive 400 acres of land. In the 1790s, subsequent generations settled in Georgia, where the family eventually accumulated tens of thousands of acres.
“Granddaddy and Daddy were integrally involved in the forest industry in Georgia from 1922 until Daddy quit forestry in 1963. They were procurement agents and timber cruisers for big companies, big mills,” she says.
So on his first visit to the plantation, Chuck had more than a mild case of stage fright. “I was an extremely nervous young hippie, rock piano player.” He needn’t have worried. He wasn’t the only one with mixed emotions.
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