Nov 12 2012

INXS Call It Quits After 35 Years

INXS announced that Sunday night's concert at Perth Arena was their last ever performance. The iconic Australian band, who formed in Sydney in 1977, played at the new venue as a support act for American rockers Matchbox Twenty. Drummer Jon Farriss announced the emotional news that they are disbanding and admitted  “I’m getting teary,” before they launched into one of their biggest hits, Need You Tonight.

INXS has strong roots in Perth after being formed by Farris and his brothers Andrew and Tim Farriss, who spent part of their teenage years in WA, and late frontman Michael Hutchence. The band has performed with several frontmen since the 1997 death of Hutchence. Irishman Ciaran Gribbin has held the role since September 2011. The band’s search for a permanent singer was documented in the 2004 reality TV series, Rock Star: INXS which was won by Canadian J.D Fortune.

Nov 12 2012

Mick Jagger Love Letters Up For Sale

A series of love letters that Mick Jagger wrote in the summer of 1969 are going up for auction in London next month, the Guardian reports.

Marsha Hunt, Jagger's former lover and the mother of his first child, is selling off the set of ten handwitten letters, which Jagger sent her in July and August of 1969 while he was filming the movie Ned Kelly in New South Wales, Australia. The Philadelphia-born singer is said to be the inspiration for the Rolling Stones' 1971 hit, "Brown Sugar."

In the correspondence, Jagger tells Hunt about reading Nijinski's diaries and the poems of Emily Dickinson, and describes his excitement at meeting writer Christopher Isherwood. He also makes references to the moon landing in his letter of July 20th, the Isle of Wight festival where Bob Dylan made his big comeback, and the death of bandmate Brian Jones.

All ten letters will be sold by Sotheby's as one lot on December 12th; they are expected to fetch somewhere between £70,000 and £100,000.

Hunt said that she is selling the letters in order to pay the electric bill and fund repairs on the house in France where she lives.

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Nov 08 2012

The Rolling Stones get Rowdy on New Song

In late August, the Rolling Stones gathered in a Paris studio to record two new songs for GRRR!, a 50th anniversary hits collection to be released November 13th. While "Doom and Gloom," a political rocker written by Mick Jagger, was released last month, today "One More Shot" appeared on YouTube ahead of its official premiere on Thursday.

Keith Richards brought the track to the band, with a slashing open-G riff and Mick Jagger howling, "Give me one more shot/That's all I got." Stones fans may pick up echoes of "Street Fighting Man" in the riff, while the melody is reminiscent of 1989's "Mixed Emotions."

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