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Thoughts on The Rolling Stones 2003-2024
Tuesday, 7 February 2006
Off to Atlanta for Stones show #17 of the tour
Mood:  cool
The Steelers are the World Champions! The welcome home parade was held today in downtown Pittsburgh and all the city has been abuzz since the team won on Sunday night. What a great time for Pittsburgh!

I personally think the Stones being at the Superbowl brought us luck :-) Great half-time show guys, everyone loved it! The tongue stage was the coolest.

I am off to Atlanta tomorrow morning at 6:40am, which means I need to get up at 3:30am to get ready and get to the airport. A 24 hour trip so as not to miss too much work. Can't wait!


Posted by blue_lena at 9:47 PM EST
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Sunday, 5 February 2006
Mood:  vegas lucky

Here we go Steelers, here we go! Let's get one for the thumb.

And good luck to the Stones at ya boys!

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Sunday, 22 January 2006
Off to Chicago for more Stones in 2006!
Mood:  happy
Ok, in 2 hours I leave for the airport to fly to Chicago. I will be seeing my first Stones shows of the New Year. The setlist changes have been fabulous so far with additions of "Love Is Strong", "Worried About You",
"Sway", "Let's Spend the Night Together", and of course Keith's brand new set of "This Place is Empty" and "Happy". I can't wait!

Only thing is, I'll be missing the Steelers vs. Broncos game because I'll be on the damn plane!


I want the STONES & the STEELERS at the Superbowl!!!!

Posted by blue_lena at 11:37 AM EST
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Saturday, 31 December 2005
2005 Comes To An End
Mood:  celebratory
Well, 2005 turned out to be a good year for the Stones and their fans. The new album and tour were just what we needed! It's time to make all those New Year's Resolutions we never keep, like losing weight, quitting smoking, etc. No plans for tonight, we usually just stay in and lay low on NYE. I am typically asleep before the ball even drops! Looking forward to more Stones in 2006 starting in Chicago in January at the United Center for two shows, then contemplating Vegas and LA. Europe is still in the cards, but I'm hoping the flight prices drop soon. Happy New Year to all the Stones/Keith fans out there! See ya on the road in '06!

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Wednesday, 21 December 2005
Mood:  bright
Off to Chicago for Christmas tomorrow morning until Dec. 26. I hope everyone has a great holiday and I look forward to seeing all of you on tour in 2006. First stop for me...back to Chicago for two shows at the United Center! Stay warm :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by blue_lena at 9:30 PM EST
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Friday, 25 November 2005
After Stones and After Thanksgiving Blues
Mood:  lazy
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday yesterday. Hope you didn't get stuck in the middle of your travels due to the snowstorms in the midwest & east. I actually changed my plans from going to Thanksgiving at my parents house 4.5 hours east of here, due to being sick since I returned from the Calif. trip and also due to the weather.

We had about 2" of snow here yesterday and it was windy wit white-out conditions. Today the sun is shining, but the temp was 12 when I got up, with a windchill of 3! I don't remember having a White Thanksgiving, but here comes winter!

So, my Stones tour ended on Nov. 15 in San Francisco. And a great first leg of a tour it was! I think back to May 10 when the press conference was going on and everyone was freaking about tickets and I was kicking myself for not going to the press conference...who knew what great things would be in store?

I count my blessings for all the cool things that have taken place between Aug. 10, 2005 when I went to the Phoenix Club gig in Toronto to kick off the tour and Nov. 15 when my tour ended in San Francisco front row center at SBC Park. I gave Keith a scarf at the club gig. I got a guitar pick in return. I gave Keith a shirt in Toronto and he wore it into Pittsburgh my hometown. I got some great pictures of the Stones in Toronto, Philly & San Diego. I was backstage in the Rattlesnake Inn 7 times. I got to walk across the Stones stage at the Hollywood Bowl Nov. 6 before the show. I saw all of the Stones numerous times in person and talked to Keith, Charlie & Ronnie. I went to Ronnie's art show. I saw Bernard & Blondie sing at the Joint with Waddy Wachtel. I saw Tim Ries play two shows in LA & SF with Bernard & Michael Davis. I hung out with Keith's daughter Angela in Pittsburgh, DC, LA, San Diego & San Francisco. I ended up with probably about 10 guitar picks of Keith's-one is a rare one with Keith Richards printed on it. I also got one from Ronnie that Ronnie put into my hand at the B stage in DC. Also one front Blondie & one from Daryl. I got a custom made skull ring that says "Blue Lena + Keith" on the skull thanks to the generosity of Tony Creed at I saw 14 awesome Stones shows in 9 different cities and was in the front row 5 times...never farther than the 7th row.

SO I HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR!!! Special thanks to BB, BC, TR, KR & TC for their kindness and generosity.

Looking forward to MORE STONES in 2006! Chicago is the start to my tour in the New Year...and then Las Vegas in March seems like a good bet.


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Friday, 4 November 2005
The California Tour Itinerary
Mood:  party time!
Ok, tomorrow morning (Sat. Nov. 5) I fly from Pittsburgh to LA, arriving at LAX at 5pm. I'll be meeting my Stones friend "E", and then we're headed to Beverly Hills, where we'll be staying until Nov. 9. We will be seeing both Hollywood Bowl shows, catching my friend's band play in San Francisco on the 10th and then flying to San Diego for the Petco Park show on the 11th. On the 12th we head back to San Francisco and will see both SBC Park shows, as well as Tim Ries, Bernard Fowler and Michael Davis play in Oakland on Nov. 14. Then it's back home on the 16th. So, that's the whirlwind tour of California. These are my last shows of 2005, but I have already scheduled in the 2 United Center shows in Chicago for Jan. there is more Stones to come in the New Year! Wooo Wooooooo

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Wednesday, 26 October 2005
Birthday with the Stones
Mood:  celebratory
Today is my 38th birthday. About 26 of those years have been spent listening to the Stones. About 11 of those years have been spent following the Stones on tour. About 8 of those years have been spent running The Keith Shrine web page. About 6 of those years have been spent editing Stones Planet Fanzine and running the US branch of the Rolling Stones Fan Club Office. Here's to another 38 years (and more hopefully) of loving the Rolling Stones!

My co-workers gave me a little party today, complete with signs with little Stones tongues on them, a skull flower vase, and a red blow up guitar!

I know what my wish is. It could have came true in September when the Stones were in Pittsburgh. A certain someone could have made it come true, but didn't. Perhaps, it will come true sometime this tour. Lose your dreams and you will lose your mind.

See ya'll in LA, San Diego & San Francisco in November! Woooo Woooo

Posted by blue_lena at 9:40 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 25 October 2005
Where are my boys?
Mood:  lazy
Ok, so they're on break for a bit until Calgary I think. Perhaps working on some new setlist additions? Hmmmm, we'll see. I am off to California on Nov. 5 and I can't wait. I'll see 5 more shows between Nov. 5-16 and then I think that's it for me until Jan. 06...I just scheduled a trip to Chicago for Jan. 22-26 to see the 2 United Center shows. Remember how cold it was last tour in Jan. in Chicago? Man, it was bone chilling rough. Good news is, on Jan. 27 I fly to Miami for a week!

Posted by blue_lena at 9:04 PM EDT
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Friday, 14 October 2005
Whirlwind Tour
Mood:  cheeky
I promise that I will update the Shrine with all the nitty gritty details of my on the road escapades as soon as I get a minute. I have basically been running from town to town, with only a bit of working at my "real" job in between. I went from Toronto, to Pittsburgh, to Hershey, to DC, to Philly in a matter of several weeks. I have tons of photos to upload and lots of reviews to write. I have three weeks to catch up before I am off to LA, San Diego and San Francisco...then that's it for me until the new year and who knows what lies ahead from there? Special thanks a while to Blondie & Bill...and a special kick in the ass to Bernard who owes me one BIG favor from Pittsburgh ;-)

Posted by blue_lena at 11:57 PM EDT
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