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Thoughts on the Rolling Stones 2003-2020
Tuesday, 9 May 2006
The Hand of Fate
Mood:  down
Keith. Every day we get a new rumor from the press. Stick with Stones Planet and the Keith Shrine for the official word from the band and don't believe everything you read or see on TV.

The official statements from the band's PR office are posted on Stones Planet and my Keith News Page here. Fran Curtis has been giving updates daily.

Tonight's most disturbing rumors say Keith may have suffered brain damage from undergoing TWO, not just one operation. Fran Curtis denies that and said this tonight:


"Keith Richards did not undergo a second operation. The first and only operation was done on Monday, May 8, and was 100 percent successful," the band's statement said. "There was no brain damage. He continues to improve as expected." Fran Curtis, Stones Publicist, NYC.

Now, what is strange is that something possessed me in late March to decide against going to the start of the European Tour, which had been my original plan all along. I wanted to see Barcelona, Madrid, Brussels and Paris. The flights were very expensive, which was one factor in my decision, however, for me to say I am not going to a show due to the price would be uncharacteristic of me! But I did, and when I said I wasn't going, I figured in the end there would be some good reason why I made that decision.

Keith made my decision clear when he fell out of the tree, had surgery, and forced a postponement of the start of the tour. Uh, thanks Keith, I guess. Not really, poor Keith. But I do find it quite funny in a bizarre way that had I not made that decision I would have had an entire European trip booked for 2 people in 3 countries, including airfare, train travel and hotels...and it would not have neen refundable. I would have been screwed. I would have had to go to Europe for a vacation and NOT see the Stones. And, although I like going to Europe for vacation, doing it that way would have royally sucked.

So now, as I sit praying for Keith's full and speedy recovery, I can't help but wonder what role the Keithian Gods (as we call them) played in my odd decision not to go to Europe. Saved me a bundle.

Get well Keith, love ya baby!!!

Posted by blue_lena at 9:41 PM EDT
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Saturday, 6 May 2006
Keith, Isn't That Just Like Him?
Mood:  a-ok
Now that Keith has been declared as A-OK by the Stones camp, here is a commentary by Scott Paulsen of WDVE radio in Pittsburgh, that is quite funny!

Isn't That Just Like Keith?

May 3, 2006

Scott Paulsen



There goes Keith, falling from a tree. Isn't that just like him?



There are certain celebrities who, when strangeness befalls them, create no surprise. Whether it's because of their personalities, the circle of acquaintances they frequent or past histories of adventure and mayhem, when oddball things happen to some celebrities, nobody is surprised.

Let me give you an example.

Keith Richards was admitted to a hospital in New Zealand the other day for treatment of a concussion. This caused some interest and reaction, mostly because Mr. Richards, in addition to being a famous rock star, is 62 years old. Anyone of that somewhat advanced age who receives a concussion is newsworthy. What amazes me is the fact that when the explanation of how Keith bopped his head became public, no one flinched. In fact, most people took it completely in stride, as if it was an everyday happening and completely expected.

He fell while trying to climb up a palm tree on the island of Fiji.

Had this happened to your next-door neighbor you would still be telling the story to total strangers you met at the store. “Hi, you don't know me, but wait until you hear about this! My neighbor (who's 62, mind you) is in the hospital with a concussion. You wanna know how he got it? He fell out of a palm tree! In Fiji! He was climbing it!”

Unfortunately for Keith, most people are not surprised to hear about his accident. In fact, most folks who recognize the name probably think it's quite normal for him to fall while climbing for cocoanuts.

When word filtered ‘round the globe about the ‘Stone's space walk, no one flinched. It was almost as if we expected it. Eventually, we all figured, it would happen. It was only a matter of time. You know Keith.

Even after the news turned grim and reports aired that, rather than a “mild concussion” as was first reported, Keith in fact has suffered some more complicated problems from the fall, it is still being sloughed off as if another one of his wacky gags.

Toss a TV from a hotel room.

Endure a drug bust.

Have your blood changed at the local Quickee Lube.

Word comes this week that the fall is, indeed, more serious than first reported. The latest news, being reported in Great Britain, is that Keith is suffering from a brain hemorrhage and has been scheduled for an operation in which doctors will drill a hole into his skull to relieve some pressure from excess blood build up.

That crazy Keith.

There he goes again.

Having his skull drilled.

Isn't that just like him?

Bet he was high.

Because he has survived seemingly a road-to-ruin lifestyle, Keith remains nearly indestructible to many of us. Nothing can hurt him. Nothing he does surprises us. He is the chicken little of rock.

There are others.

Robert Downey, Junior. Billy Bob Thornton. Angelina Jolie. Michael Jackson, somewhat. Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter. That guy that runs the Virgin company. Lance Armstrong.

The late, great Jim Morrison was such a chicken little celebrity that there are many who still think the cat's alive somewhere. He didn't die. He staged the whole thing.

That crazy Mr. Mojo Risin.

There he goes again.

Faking his death.

Isn't that just like him?

Bet he was drunk.

Remember a couple of years ago when Jimmy Buffet crashed an airplane? Back in 1996, Buffet stuck his two-seater airplane nose-down into water. It wasn't a seaplane. The runway was over there, on the land. Jimmy suffered some pretty serious injuries and came dangerously close to drowning in the surf.

People's reactions?

That crazy Jimmy Buffet.

There he goes again.

Crashing his plane.

Isn't that just like him?

Bet he was drunk and high.

I guess, as Dad used to say, you make your bed, you sleep in it. (Interestingly enough, I never saw my father ever make a bed. He slept a lot, though.) If you create a persona of balls-to-the-wall survival, when the real world comes cascading down around you and fate serves you up a heaping helping of bad fortune, nobody's going to blink twice.

There isn't much in the way of sympathy for the Devil.

And it's all in the perception.

John Denver crashes a plane and everybody is shocked. “We didn't even know he could fly!” Jimmy Buffet crashes a plane and it's as if it happens everyday.

There will come a day (hopefully not too soon) when the death of Keith Richards will be reported. It will probably be of something very common, like cancer or heart failure.

No one, of course, will believe it.

Keith would never die like that.

On the other hand, if one day your local trusted news reporter comes to the screen to announce that Mr. Richards, former Rolling Stone, succumbed after being trampled by a pack of wild water buffalo while attempting to retrieve his Zippo lighter that had fallen from his pocket while on safari, not only would we all believe it, but we'd all have the same reaction.

That crazy Keith.

There he goes again.

Dying.

Isn't that just like him?

Posted by blue_lena at 10:27 AM EDT
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Saturday, 29 April 2006
Get Well Soon Keith...and Stay Out of The Trees!
Mood:  accident prone
Keith seems to have this habit of falling off/out of things when on break from tours. Remember the infamous library incident during Bridges to Babylon when he broke a few ribs falling off the ladder in his library? Hey Keith, maybe climbing is NOT for you man! So, now, being on break in Fiji, at an exclusive resort there, Keith climbs a palm tree (after a coconut perhaps?), and apparently has fallen and suffered a concussion. Keith! Don't scare us like that. You know what that does to your fans when we read unconfirmed reports from new media in Fiji saying "Stones Guitarist Hospitalized". Jeez. You have a European Tour to start in mere 28 days! Anyway, I wish you Keith darling the best, and hope you recover speedily from your concussion and that you received no additional injuries. Keith is said to be in a hospital in New Zealand as a precaution, with Patti by his side. Talk some sense into your husband Patti...climbing coconut trees...oh my.

Posted by blue_lena at 6:39 PM EDT
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Wednesday, 5 April 2006
RIP Nikki Sudden
Mood:  sad
Nikki Sudden died in NYC last Sunday at the young age of 49. He had just finished a show at the Knitting Factory the evening before. At least he was doing what he loved, playing music. I did not know Nikki well, in fact I had only met him twice in person and we corresponded by email. We met in London in 1999 outside the record shop were we were queueing for Stones tickets to the secret club gig at Shepherd's Bush Empire. Then again in 2003 in Amsterdam where he was busking at the Leidseplein before the Stones show. He was a Keith Richards fan. He was a member of Stones Planet fan club and received our fanzine. He was a brilliant songwriter and musician who never got the recognition he deserved. His last album Treasure Island was superb-Mick Taylor and Ian MacLagan guested on it. I had fully hoped to finally catch one of his live gigs once he made it back to the US. He made it back, then he died. I never got to see him play. Sad. My condolences to his parents, who also lost their other son, a musician, Nikki's brother, Epic Sountracks, in 1997. Maybe Nikki and Epic are jamming together now. The music lives on, we only wish we'd have gotten to hear a lot more of it made. Thanks for touching my life with your music Nikki. I listened to Treasure Island in the car all week..stay bruised, stay beautiful. RIP.

Posted by blue_lena at 9:29 PM EDT
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Friday, 10 March 2006
This Place Is Empty...
Mood:  blue
Well, I have returned from Las Vegas and LA, two fabulous Stones shows...and quite possibly the last two shows of the North American Bigger Bang Tour for me. I have seen 19 shows so far this tour, and I hope to see at least one more in Europe...hopefully more than one. But, with 2 shows left in the US as of tonight...Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday and Radio City Music Hall on Tuesday, this looks like it may be it for me. It's always depressing when your "own" tour comes to an end, no matter how fabulous it was. From the press conference in May '05 until March '06 there was always a "next one" to look forward to...but now, "what's next?" is more like it.

I'd like to thank the following people from the bottom of my heart, without whom this tour's many adventures & souvenirs would not have been possible:

Shelley, Elizabeth & Cindy at SLO

Bill Bolton & Keith Richards

Blondie Chaplin

Tim Ries

Chuck Leavell

Tony Russell

Preston Snyder

Clive Haynes

My partner in crime, "E"

And anyone else I forgot to mention specifically!

Posted by blue_lena at 10:40 PM EST
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Friday, 10 February 2006
ATLANTA well worth the trip!
Mood:  a-ok
Well, despite the difficulty of getting on a plane and flying to Atlanta and turning around and flying back home in a total of 28 hours, it was WELL worth it!

Work was a bit grim this morning, but I struggled through. Anything for the Stones right?

The Atlanta show was awesome. Hearing "Sway" and "Worried About You" back to back and for the first time for me this tour made the show well worth the trip. We had a blast. Thanks to Cathy for the 5th row center seats, it was fun sitting with the "schnowzer sisters", hahahaha.

Special thanks once again to my friend Bill-you make every show special for us. And thanks to Keith for once again wearing the silver sequined belt I had given him in Chicago-it looked way cool baby!

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you just might find, you get what you need!

There are only TWO things I need yet...a photo of me with Keith and an in person signature on a photo of Keith wearing one of my scarves or something. Lose your dreams and you will lose your mind...

Posted by blue_lena at 8:19 PM EST
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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!

ROLLING STONES ROCK HOTLANTA TOMORROW NIGHT!

Posted by blue_lena at 9:47 PM EST
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Sunday, 5 February 2006
HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!!
Mood:  vegas lucky
GOOD LUCK TO THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS IN SUPERBOWL XL!!!!

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

And good luck to the Stones at halftime...love ya boys!

Posted by blue_lena at 2:24 PM EST
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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!

LET'S GO STEELERS!

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!

Posted by blue_lena at 3:16 PM EST
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