It was just a short time ago that the Recording Academy had announced the nominations for the 2024 Grammy Awards and as is the usual practice here at the Metal Media High Command HQ, I’ve culled that almost 100 category list to serve up the nominations for the Rock and Metal releases. I’ve even kept to the inclusion of the Alternative stuff as well since sometimes that gets really close to the kind of stuff we are listening to as fans. There were some interesting nominations this time around.
Best Rock Performance – For new vocal or instrumental solo, duo/group or collaborative rock recordings.
Just a short time ago, the members of The Rolling Stones took to their Twitter account and shared the news about the passing of their drummer the legendary Charlie Watts. Charlie was recovering from a medical procedure and set to miss touring dates. He was 80 years old and their tweet has been embedded for your review.
Readers might recall that we recently shared the news about Watts sitting out the rescheduled dates for the “No Filter Tour” after his having an unspecified medical procedure. It had been pointed out that a significant recovery time was necessary and in his place for the time being would be Steve Jordan. The rich and involved music history of such a musician like Charlie Watts is too deep to recant here and I sad to share that despite my almost lifelong appreciation of their music and his solid time-keeping that I never managed to witness The Rolling Stones in concert. As a drummer myself, Charlie’s patterns were among the first that I would learn with the pickup bands I worked with as a young musician. I remember needing to learn songs like “Satisfaction” and “Paint It Black” along with “Sympathy For The Devil”. Since I was playing in Hard Rock and Metal bands these were numbers that were easy to speed up a bit and make a little more heavier than the original but I digress. It’s obviously too early in the news to know what plans The Stones have for the drum throne but I will venture to guess that Jordan remains in place for the duration. He is a skilled player and one who will do Charlie’s memory a proper justice. We wish the family, friends, band mates in the Stones and the worldwide fans of the great Charlie Watts the deepest of condolences during this sad time. Thanks for the music that will live on in so many memories for years to come. May you Rest In Peace.
It was only a few short weeks ago when we shared the announcement about the Rolling Stones “No Filter Tour” for 2021 (seen HERE). Earlier today the news came that drummer Charlie Watts would be missing these dates. Read on.
A spokeman for Charlie Watts has confirmed that the Rolling Stones drummer is unlikely to be available for the resumption of the Rolling Stones USA “No Filter Tour” this fall.
Just as I was wondering what I was possibly going to share with the readership next came the alert about the brand new face of Ghost in Papa Emeritus IV who joined forces with The Hellacopters to deliver a stunning cover of the Rolling Stones “Sympathy For The Devil”. Apparently this was done for the Pa Sparet television game show that has broadcast in Sweden since 1987. Let’s take a look at the clip down below. Enjoy.