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Audio: The Rolling Stones Cover ‘Watching The River Flow’ & Keith Richards Does ‘Girl From The North Country’

The Rolling Stones haven’t covered many songs by Bob Dylan, but they came together in 2011 to record a tribute to their departed (from this earth) piano player, Ian Stewart. Their cover of “Watching The River Flow” is a good one. It appears on the Ben Waters album Boogie 4 Stu: A Tribute To Ian Stewart.

And I like both Keith Richards’ take on “Girl From The North Country,and his version of the Luke Jordan song Bob Dylan also covered, “Cocaine Blues.”

Keith Richards, “Girl From The North Country”:

Keith Richards, “Cocaine Blues”:

The Rolling Stones and friends, “Watching the River Flow”:

On this last track:


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Video: Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Ron Wood at Live Aid 1985; Dylan: ‘We couldn’t hear anything’

Dylan at Live Aid.

In theory, Bob Dylan performing with Keith Richards and Ron Wood at Live Aid in 1985 should have been a home run.

One could imagine Richards and Wood adding ragged harmony vocals, and each supplying wiry guitar solos.

Oh but that was not to be. Instead they’re like the two stooges, floundering and posing while Dylan does his best to deliver three of his classics.

Looking at these clips now, I’m surprised at how good Dylan sounds. Despite his loaded buddies, he pulls this three-song set off, even dealing with a busted string.

Ron Wood, Dylan and Keith Richards at Live Aid.

That night there was a private party inside the second floor suite at the Palace Hotel in Philadelphia. I was reporting a cover story on Live Aid for Rolling Stone (August 15, 1985 issue) and managed to get into the party, which was attended by Dylan, Wood and Richards, as well as Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Stephen Stills, former Temptations Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin, Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, Jack Nicholson, Neil Young, Miami Vice‘s Don Johnson and others.

I asked Richards what it was like for him to play with Dylan.

“Well it’s not the first time,” he said.

“It’s the first time you’ve played together in public,” I said.

“Yeah, first time before a paying audience. Course we didn’t get paid.” He laughed, and joked, “Would have been better if we’d gotten paid.”

I went up to Dylan and asked if he’d had fun on stage.

“Fun?” he said. “No, we couldn’t hear anything. We had fun rehearsing.”

“Ballad of Hollis Brown”:

“When the Ship Comes In”:

“Blowin’ in the Wind”:

Plus here’s Dylan at the Willie Nelson Tribute Birthday Party, May 1993, singing “Hard Times”:

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Keith Richards Drops $10.5 million for New York Penthouse

Keith’s new digs.

Rolling Stone Keith Richards has spent $10.5 million on a Manhattan penthouse, according to Realty Today, a real estate website.

According to Realty:

The new duplex penthouse of the English musician is a combination of three separate units. Located in Greenwich Village, the home includes four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The floor plan of the property shows an outdoor space, which includes three terraces on its lower level. The co-op home comes with a variety of custom features comprised of marble slab bathrooms and white lacquer millwork, as well as Lutron lighting and a Sonos sound system.

According to StreetEasy’s listing history, the penthouse was designed by acclaimed architect Joe Serrins, who imagined it in the form of an interior landscape, with “rooms flowing into one another.” The staircase is oversized and wrapped with walnut panels, while the handrails are custom-made using bronze and burgundy leather.

Read more here.

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Watch: Elvis Costello & Keith Richards Jam on Chuck Berry’s ‘Promised Land’

Photo via examiner.com.

Artists including Chuck Berry, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards and Shawn Colvin performed at the PEN New England’s first Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards, held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston on February 26, 2012 when Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen were honored.

Below is a video of the entire presentation, including Keith Richards and Elvis Costello performing Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land” and Chuck Berry messing up “Johnny Be Good.” The video quality and sound is professional.

I’ve also included two fan clips that provide a different view. Sound is quite is quite good.

Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land”:

Short clip from a different angle:

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Who Knew? Dept.: Keith Richards… Painter?

Photo via The New Zealand Herald.

A painting made by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has surfaced in New Zealand, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald.

Richards painted it at a bed and breakfast while recuperating from an injury sustained in 2006 after falling out of a tree in Fiji. The paper says experts believe the painting to be worth several hundred thousand dollars.

He gave the painting to Gloria Poupard-Walbridge, owner of Cotter House, as a gift when he was leaving.

The painting — watercolor and pastels — has been in a drawer beneath some linen for the past seven years. Richards signed the painting with a thick black marker, and Poupard-Walbridge says that ruined it.

“It was a pretty good picture until he signed it with a felt pen and stuffed it up,” she told The New Zealand Herald.

News of the painting came to light after the Stones announced they would play a show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday April 5, 2014.

The New Zealand Herald describes the painting like this: “Painted over several days on a $3.95 canvas and a small table easel, the delicate pastel and watercolour depicts a water scene at sunset, with a steamship at full throttle. Seagulls soar above the ship, the smoke effect created by careful artistic smudging.”

No skull and crossbones, Keith?

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