Lucy Woodward's back, with new tunes

Michael C. Moore
9:03 AM, Jan 12, 2015
bremerton | music

Lucy Woodward's coming back to the Admiral Theatre, and she'll be packing something for this visit that she didn't have last time — new music.

The jazz-pop singer has a new CD, "'Til They Bang on the Door," poised for release in the first quarter of 2015. And some of the music from it, co-written by Woodward and collaborators Henry Hey and Michael League, are just bound to turn up in the set list when she returns to the Admiral on Jan. 16.

Woodward played in Bremerton in November 2012. For that appearance, the album she was touring, "Hooked," was nearly two years old.

It's not easy, it seems, for Woodward to block out a lot of studio time, what with her solo touring, work with the girl-group The Goods and her gig as a backup singer for Rod Stewart.

So the new CD is a reason for excitement.

"We recorded it at The Magic Shop in New York City," Woodward wrote on her Web site ( about the project with Hey (David Bowie, George Michael) and League (who fronts the band Snarky Puppy, who played on the album along with Woodward's regular bandmates. "The sound is dirty, soulful and full of beautiful string and horn arrangements."

The CD is the fourth of Woodward's career, kick-started in 2003 by "While You Can" and the single "Dumb Girls" ("Lucy Woodward is Hot and Bothered" was released in 2008). But "Hooked" was the biggest and most eclectic to date, with Woodward taking co-writing credit on eight of the 12 tracks and putting her own stamp on songs as diverse as Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust" to Robert and Richard Sherman's "I Wanna Be Like You" from Disney's "The Jungle Book."

Covers might be harder to find on "'Til They Bang on the Door" wrote with Hey and League just about any time the they could find some free time.

"We came together with lots of musically infused thoughts after touring and hanging (and dirty martini-ing)," she wrote. "I wanted to bring the rawness of what I did on the road into the studio with touches of film noir textures and backdrops."

For her 2012 Admiral stop, Woodward was backed by a five-piece band. The challenge, she said, is to assimilate the increasingly lush production of her studio work while holding on to the live edge.

"You wish you were playing with backup singers and everybody," she told the Sun prior to her 2012 Admiral appearance. "It's challenging to make that sound come through, but when you do it right, the outcome's always great. I trust the musicianship, and try to leave a lot of room for them to stretch out."

Woodward started out 2014 touring South America with Stewart, an association that began shortly after "Hooked" hit the shelves when she was called upon to sub for one of Rod the Mod's regular back-up singers who was out on maternity leave. Since then, she's also filled in for Pink Martini lead vocalist China Forbes took ill.

"That was a challenge," she said of her gigs with Portland-based Pink Martini. "I had to learn five different languages in five days, and I had to sing in a very different way than I'm used to, almost in a classical way. But I love those challenges that come around."

She said in 2012 that the Seattle area was "maybe my favorite place to play. I played on the Harbor Steps ... when "Hooked" first came out, and I've played at Jazz Alley and the Triple Door. I don't know quite how it happened, but I feel like I've got a little bit of a following there."

The response from her first Admiral show, which was overwhelmingly positive, had to have helped.


Where: Admiral Theatre, 515 Pacific Ave., Bremerton

When: 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 16 (dinner with reservation served at 6 p.m.)

Tickets: $55-$18

Information: 360-373-6743,

Wearing it well... Rod Stewart's daughter Renee becomes cover girl of high society bible Tatler

She may be the offspring of a rock legend. 

But it is her supermodel mother in whose footsteps Renee Stewart is following.

At the age of 22, Rod Stewart’s daughter has just landed her first cover of a glossy magazine,.

She will be gracing the February edition of high society gospel Tatler.

At 5ft 11in, Renee is as tall as mum Rachel Hunter – and happy to be pursuing the same career, even though her dream is to become a dancer. 

She is studying at the London Contemporary Dance School and said: ‘I’m in love with dance but it is exhausting. 

'You have times where your body just wants to give up. [But] I find it so inspiring.’

Renee’s parents separated when she was seven, but they have remained close.

In for a Penny

On Friday, Penny paid a visit to Charlton Primary School in London to see how a mere 22 pence can give a hungry child breakfast every day.

The model is an ambassador for Penny for London – a Mayor's Fund initiative in charitable giving designed to benefit thousands of children from deprived areas of the capital. 

Mayor’s Fund has joined forces with Magic Breakfast and Greggs Foundation to deliver nutritious breakfasts to Charlton Manor Primary School as part of a programme that feeds more than 3,000 school children across 74 schools on a daily basis.

'I am delighted to be Penny for London’s first ambassador. It is such a wonderful and original scheme, that can really make a huge difference to so many children from disadvantaged backgrounds in our city,' said Penny. 

'When we see a penny on the ground, we don’t think about picking it up. We just walk on by. But I often think about what we could do if we did collect all those pennies and give them to good causes.

She added: 'This scheme gives us the opportunity to harness the potential of the famous old penny. It gives us Londoners the chance to revolutionise the lives and the prospects of young people growing up in deprived area.'

Jeff Beck Documentary Preview Goes Online

 Jeff Beck's formative era is the subject of a two-hour documentary that's being trailed with a five-minute clip. Entitled A Man For All Seasons: Jeff Beck In The 1960s, the title will be released on DVD soon and it's available for pre-order now.

It features performance footage and new interviews with Yardbirds bandmates Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja along with collaborators, management and journalists. They discuss his early influences, band work, his brief solo pop career and the first incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.

Jeff Beck’s formative era is the subject of a two-hour documentary that’s being trailed with a five-minute clip.

Entitled A Man For All Seasons: Jeff Beck In The 1960s, the title will be released on DVD soon and it’s available for pre-order now.

It features performance footage and new interviews with Yardbirds bandmates Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja along with collaborators, management and journalists. They discuss his early influences, band work, his brief solo pop career and the first incarnation of the Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.

Billed as “the first documentary to singularly focus on Beck’s career” it’s described as “a legitimate tribute and enthralling history.”

Rock chic! Kimberly Stewart wears edgy outfit as she takes adorable daughter Delilah with her to run errands

Daily Mail 9/11/2014

Her father is a rock legend, and Kimberly Stewart has been showing off her roots in her outfits this week. 

The 35-year-old daughter of Rod Stewart was spotted out and about in Los Angeles on Saturday in an all-black rock chick ensemble.

While holding the hand of her daughter, three-year-old Delilah Del Toro, socialite ran her weekend errands while looking stylish in the process.

Kimberly opted for dark denim shorts, a tucked-in top, large belt, nylon tights, blazer with squared shoulders, chunky studded ankle boots and an onyx leather bag.

She wore a pair of circular-framed shades, left her damp blonde tresses down with loose natural texture and showcased a oxblood-coloured manicure.

Her sweet little girl wore a pink floral dress with off-white leggings and dark brown vintage-inspired ankle boots

On Thursday the blonde beauty was spotted in Beverly Hills giving her own personal nod to 1970s rock music with a vintage Black Flag T-shirt.

The blonde beauty donned the tank top while reportedly filming scenes for a new television series. 

Wearing skintight denim jeans, black heeled boots and reflective aviator sunglasses, the musician's daughter looked ready to roll for her busy day of film production.

For this outing, Delilah - who was fathered by Hollywood actor Benicio Del Toro - stayed home.

Having a hoot! Kimberly Stewart and stepmom Penny Lancaster get into the Halloween spirit early as they take their children to a costume party

Daily Mail.19/10/2014

It's only a matter of time before trick-or-treaters will begin scrambling to select the perfect Halloween costume for this year's festivities.

But fortunately Kimberly Stewart's wise little girl Delilah will not be among them.

The sweet little three-year-old was seen clad in a darling owl costume as she was guided by her 35-year-old mother to a Halloween party in Studio City on Saturday.

Delilah - whose father is actor Benecio Del Toro - looked absolutely precious in her soft grey owl outfit complete with a matching cape.

Her grey cape featured a fluffy powder pink trim, which paired nicely with her white leggings.

Polishing off the dear outfit were a pair of well-worn ballet shoes

Meanwhile, Kimberly and her daughter weren't the only members of the Stewart family in attendance at the party. 

Her father's wife, Penny Lancaster, was also seen with her and Rod's three-year-old son Aiden, who donned a Dracula-themed outfit.

Penny was seen browsing through a table full of treats as her little boy stood close by.

Alana Stewart talks HPV at Dana Hall School

The Boston Globe. By and

When was Alana Stewart’s last visit to Boston? Well, she was married to George Hamilton at the time — and she and Hamilton have been divorced for nearly 40 years.

“Gosh, I’ve only been here one other time,” Stewart told us Monday. “When George and I first started going together, he was on a PR tour for some television show and I came here with him.”

Stewart, who’s 69 but looks at least a decade younger, was in Wellesley Monday to talk to students at the all-girl Dana Hall School about human papillomavirus. A former model whose other ex-husband is rocker Rod Stewart, Stewart is now the CEO of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, which raises money for cancer research.

Because tens of thousands of people in the United States are diagnosed with HPV-related cancers each year, Stewart says she’s just doing her part to educate kids about the virus and about the vaccine to prevent it. She was joined at Dana Hall by Dr. Ellis Reinherz, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Mary-Jo Murphy, a survivor of rectal cancer.

“I’m amazed at how little people know about HPV,” Stewart said. “I’d never heard of it until six years ago.”

Stewart was BFF with Fawcett for many years — they were both from Texas — and she rarely left the “Charlie’s Angels” star’s side after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2006. Fawcett died in 2009.

“A lot of young people never knew her,” said Stewart, who will tour Dana-Farber Tuesday. “But every young girl wanted Farrah’s hairdo and every young boy had that poster of her in the red bathing suit on their wall

Sister act! Kimberly Stewart spends time with half-sibling Ruby in LA... as rocker dad Rod prepares for return to Las Vegas residency

Daily Mail  17/09/2014

With three wives, past and present, and eight children in and out of wedlock, Rod Stewart has a famously extended family.

And on Monday, his daughters Kimberly, 35, and Ruby, 27, were spotted out with his only grandchild, Delilah, at a farmers market in Los Angeles.

The three-year-old is Kimberly's little girl with Hollywood actor Benicio Del Toro, following a brief fling.

The little girl played happily with other children in a kids' space at the market, watched over by her mum and auntie who sat on the side chatting happily in the sunshine.

The tot looked adorable in a black dress with a busy pattern of brown and white flowers with her light brown tresses tied up in a high ponytail.

Kimberly wore a black vest and black skinny jeans ripped at the knees. She pulled her thick blonde hair to the side and wove it into a long plait that hung over her right shoulder.

She accessorised with little gold cross earrings and a pair of classic Ray-Ban shades.

The socialite - whose mother is Rod's first wife, model Alana Hamilton - has an eclectic career that includes acting, modelling and fashion design.

Ruby was also decked out in black, going for a waistcoat over a sleeveless T-shirt, baggy cropped trousers and flat shoes. The actress and singer pulled a Pharrell-style hat over her blonde hair

Loose Woman in leather! Penny Lancaster rocks biker chick look as she heads to ITV Studios for first day on daily panel show

Daily Mail  16/09/2014

She's been enlisted by ITV bosses to add some LA glamour to the Loose Women panel.

And Penny Lancaster certainly made an eye-catching first impression when she arrived at the London studios to start filming on Monday.

Looking every inch the California girl, the leggy model mixed sophisticated elegance with biker chick chic by pairing a peach and cream blouse with grey leather leggings.

Completing the look with a dusky pink bag and suede ankle boots, the perfectly-groomed blonde was all set up to tackle the tough ladies on the Loose Women line-up.

Her first day on the new-look programme saw her sit alongside regulars Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan and Jane Moore as they interviewed '80s pop idols Spandau Ballet

Passing on well wishes from her rock star husband Rod Stewart, Penny gave the boys a signed Celtic FC football with the message, 'Best of luck soul boys', ahead of the release of their new film, Soul Boys of the Western World.

Penny is one of the latest recruits brought in by bosses at the channel to try and reinvigorate the show, which has suffered a drop in the ratings in recent years.

As well as the 43-year-old blonde, Judy Finnigan is set to make her TV return on the show, despite insisting she would never work in front of the camera again.

The former Richard & Judy host said: 'I know I said I wouldn’t go back on the telly, but actually I’m looking forward to occasionally contributing to lively conversations between a group of outspoken and intelligent women.'

Another new panellist is Gloria Hunniford, who producers hope will entice older viewers to the show.

The TV veteran insisted she couldn't wait to get started, saying: 'I am a great fan of the show and I'm really thrilled to be joining the team

'I love a good debate and it's such a great challenge to be discussing the important issues of the day with women that span different generations - our opinions will certainly be very diverse!'

Meanwhile, Penny has defended her place on series, which is aimed at stay-at-home mums, after critics suggested her lavish lifestyle means she's out of touch with real women.

Talking about her and Rod's homelife, she said: There's the ­glamorous stuff, of course, but he's still a regular guy. And I'm still Penny from Essex.

'Yes, I'm living a dream life but my feet are firmly on the ground.'

Rod Stewart's daughter Renee becomes face of Bendon

The daughter of famous rocker Rod Stewart and New Zealand model Rachel Hunter is showing the world that modelling is in her blood by becoming the new face of Bendon.

Renee Stewart has arrived back to New Zealand to begin her first modelling job as the official face of the Bendon 2015 campaign.

Speaking to TV ONE's Breakfast programme, Ms Stewart says she's excited about her first solo modelling project.

"It's amazing and I'm so happy Bendon gave me this amazing opportunity," she said.

Currently based in London studying dance, Ms Stewart says she doesn't feel any pressure despite being the daughter of a famous model.

The Bendon campaign launches January next year.

Get yourself ‘Rock Star’ fit with Gary O’Connor, personal fitness trainer to Rod Stewart. New DVD out now!

The DVD cover

This brand new, high quality DVD is packed with health and fitness advice and a series of exercises personally designed and presented by Gary.

  • Over 100 minutes of easy to do exercises to suit most ages
  • Exercises can be done in your own home or extended to gym sessions
  • Warm up and cool down sessions and relaxation period
  • Loads of tips on maintaining a healthy body
  • “Get yourself Rock Star Fit”

Blow by Blow with Phil Chen

THE 17th staging of Tribute To The Greats takes place July 26 at the Chinese Benevolent Association in St Andrew. Dubbed 'The Chinese Connection', it salutes the contribution of the Chinese to Jamaica's popular music. Today, the Jamaica Observer presents the third in a six-part series on some of the recipients.


During a 1978 recording session with rock singer Rod Stewart, Jamaican bassist Phil Chen says he was unable to come up with lines to a song Warner Bros were banking on to be a big hit.

It all came together when he listened to the theme song from a popular television show.

"I was listening to Lone Ranger an' Tonto an' sey 'hmmm'. I jus' mek a few changes an' dat's how the bass line for Do Ya Think I'm Sexy came 'bout," he said.

Do Ya Think I'm Sexy is one of the many hit songs Chen has played in a remarkable career. Though his resume includes sessions and tours with Stewart, Jeff Beck, The Doors, The Eurythmics, Robin Gibb, Jackson Browne, Eddie Van Halen and Pete Townsend, he is largely unknown to Jamaicans.

In an interview with the Jamaica Observer last week, he acknowledged this anonymity.

"People don't know mi because I left Jamaica so long ago. People who do know mi go back to my days with the Vagabonds or with Rod," said Chen.

The teenaged Chen was fascinated with ska while at St George's College in the early 1960s. He was also intrigued by the progressive grooves of Carlos Malcolm and the Afro Jamaicans.

Chen joined the Vagabonds as a guitarist shortly after leaving St George's. His cousin, Colston Chen, was leader and bass player for the band, a ska unit that played Kingston's club scene.

In 1964, the Vagabonds were offered an opportunity to travel to Britain where ska was catching on among British youth and its growing Caribbean population. Vocalists Jimmy James and Count Prince Miller were part of the band which found getting regular gigs tough when they landed.

After six months, Coulston Chen returned to Jamaica and Chen took over bass duties. He said the Vagabonds' fortunes changed after some advice from Peter Meaden, who was managing hot rock band The Who at the time.

"He said drop this ska thing an' do some soul 'cause that's what the people love here. So, we started doing songs by Bobby Blue Bland, Curtis Mayfield and Ben E King an' things started to look up," Chen recalled.

Through regular shows with the Vagabonds, Chen began rubbing shoulders with big names in rock. His reputation grew after leaving the band and one of the musicians he met was Beck, a talented guitarist with a massive reputation in Britain and the United States.

"He was looking for musicians for this album he was recording an' he used to see me playing in clubs along with drummer Richard Bailey. That's how wi did the album," said Chen.

The 'album' was 1975's Blow by Blow, arguably the most acclaimed fusion work in pop music. Chen and Bailey, a Trinidadian, played on most of its nine songs.

"We never knew it was going to be that big, it really opened doors for mi in the rock world. I remember meeting Eddie Van Halen years after an' the first thing he said to me was 'You played on Blow by Blow'."

It was through Blow by Blow that Stewart contacted Chen to play on his Foot Loose & Fancy Free album. That was followed by the Blondes Have More Fun set which became a monster seller on the strength of Do Ya Think I'm Sexy. He toured with Stewart for five years, playing on songs like Passion and Hot Legs, which are also among the singer's biggest hits.

Increased studio work in the US saw Chen relocating there in the early 1980s. Now in his late 60s, he is still in demand, playing regularly on the US west coast with guitarist Robbie Krieger of The Doors.

Chen says he has not been to Jamaica in 25 years but maintains ties to his roots by playing and recording mento and ska. Three years ago, he played on singer Suzanne Couch's tribute album to Desmond Dekker.

She wears her hearts on her sleeves! Kimberley Stewart steps out in LA wearing ripped jeans and love-print shirt

She may be living in the sunny U.S. state of California, but Kimberley Stewart opted for a heavy, all-black outfit when out and about in LA on Monday.

The blonde beauty cut a stylish, mildly gothic figure when she emerged from a beauty salon in Beverley Hills, yesterday.

Keen to remain on the cutting edge of fashion, she did exactly that - with a Comme Des Garcons heart-print shirt and ripped jeans.

Accessorising with a tan handbag and a gorgeous pair of ankle boots, she looked every inch the fashionista. A pair of trendy sunglasses also kept the glare of the sun out of her eyes.

The only fashion faux pas, perhaps, was her hair - which had been braided into messy pigtails.

Although unruly for added rock-n-roll appeal, the finished product was more reminiscent of children's TV character Pippi Longstocking.

That said, it didn't appear she much time to care.

The daughter of British pop legend Rod Stewart dashed to her car while texting on her phone, seemingly anxious to meet a busy schedule.

The model’s high energy and packed diary no doubt helped her shed her baby weight and get back down to a size 0.

Although the slender blonde - whose mother is former swimsuit model Alana Stewart - is no longer with Benicio Del Toro, the father of her child, Delilah, Stewart has always insisted he plays an important role in her upbringing

Leek super-fan prepares to see Rod Stewart at the Britannia Stadium

SHE might just be North Staffordshire's biggest Rod Stewart fan – and she is preparing to see him again tonight.

As Rod prepares to rock the Britannia Stadium tonight , Louise Cotton from Leek has given an insight into what life is like as a super-fan of one of the UK's biggest musical icons.

She has lost count of the number of times she has seen him sing – and has a house filled with mementoes from gigs she has attended.

And the 55-year-old's ties with the former Faces singer, right, go back 40 years – when she chanced upon one of his records after winning a competition.


She said: "I worked at a hairdressers on a Saturday and won a lotion bottle collecting competition to get a free LP.

"I didn't know which one to choose so I went for a Rod Stewart one and that was it for me."

Louise has seen the rock star live in concert across the UK – including at performances in London, Leeds, Sheffield, Newbury, Manchester and Birmingham – with more still to follow soon.

Louise, who has already booked her tickets for Rod Stewart's concerts in Blackpool and Falkirk next week, said: "I've met Rod twice – once in 2012 at a book signing in London and once at a pub after a concert at the O2 Arena last year.

"He's such a friendly chap and has so much time for you.

"He's always donating clothes and signed albums and his sister – Mary Cady – is the patron of the fan club."

Louise's house is littered with books signed by Rod Stewart, calendars, photographs and signed footballs – a trademark at the star's concerts.

She said: "Because of his footballing background and the fact that he's a big Celtic fan, he kicks about 20 balls per concert into the crowd.

"I didn't think my involvement with Rod Stewart would stretch this far when I first started listening to him."

Louise, who lives with three stepchildren and husband Don, said her other half was 'easy-going' over her love of the singer.

She said: "He doesn't mind at all. I think he was as excited as I was when we met him in the pub in London.

"I still feel the same sense of excitement before a concert and people say to me: 'Surely it's the same show?' But it isn't. The atmopshere is always lovely and I've made a lot of friends through the fan club."

She spends much of her free time as a member of what is labelled the biggest unofficial Rod Stewart fan club on the planet.

Known as Rod Stewart FC, it has 3,500 members from across the country.

Alison Graham, from Leicester, who runs the fan club with partner Ian Roberts and has travelled as far as South Africa and Las Vegas to see Rod Stewart, said: "I've lost track of how many times I've seen him. It must be more than 100 now."

They will be at The Plough pub on Stoke's Campbell Road from 3pm before the concert starts at 5pm.

Concert promoter Peter Taylor said the gig will give the city's economy a boost of £2 million.

"We're already hearing that business is looking good," he said.

My date with Rod Stewart

Published: 30 May 2014 12:00

A GREENOCK violinist has described her joy at playing four ‘wild’ sold-out shows with music icon Rod Stewart.

Eve Kennedy, 22, hit the stage with the legendary singer as his European tour arrived to the Glasgow Hydro.

Although more used to refined recitals in small venues, Eve turned it on as thousands of enthusiastic Rod fans danced along to rollicking hits such as ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’.

Rod’s army of fans had queued since 9am to claim their spot at the front of the stage, transforming the arena into a sea of tartan.

Now she will get to do it all again at the rocker’s shows in Falkirk and Blackpool in June.

She laughed: “The fans just go wild, wearing leopard-skin trousers and some doing their hair to look like his.

“As a classically trained violinist it’s like nothing I would normally get a chance to do.

“Violinists don’t get 16,000 people coming to a concerts and screaming.

“At the show we play on a lot of the slower, sloshier songs. But the last song was Da Ya Think I’m Sexy and we had to dance along with everyone else!”

Talented Eve studied at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was given a call from a department there to do the Rod Shows which took place last year.

She said: “I’m a bit of a fan of Rod so was quite pleased to do the gig.

“The first one was in Newcastle, then the next night it was the opening of the Hydro in Glasgow – that was a great one to do. We quickly went through everything in the dressing room for the first show, just for 30 minutes, then we went on stage.

“After that first rehearsal you don’t get any more. You just go on every night and get straight into it.”

Talented Eve, who went to Greenock Academy, has also played live with American singer Michael Bublé, describing his fans as ‘crazy’.

She laughed: “You had young screaming girls, as well as old ladies dancing and singing.

“But there were also big burly men who knew all the words. It was quite a surprise.

“Depending on where these type of artists are playing they tend to get a group of string players that are local.

“Rod Stewart is a very nice guy.

“You are told not to go up to the star but he came into our dressing room one night to have a wee chat and was asking where we were all from.

“The last night of the Glasgow shows was the end of his European tour so we had a party in his dressing room.”

Freelance musician Eve plays with the acclaimed Astrid String Quartet, who are performing at St John’s Church, Union Street, Gourock, on Thursday 26 June at 7.30pm.

My Six Best Albums: Rock guitarist Jeff Beck


Music News


JEFF BECK, 69, was guitarist with The Yardbirds before forming the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, whose biggest UK hit was Hi Ho Silver Lining. He has played guitar on many albums by other artists, from Stevie Wonder to Kate Bush. He is playing a series of dates in the UK from May 13.

BB KING: Live At The Regal (MCA)

I was into blues around 1963 and stumbled across this. It’s an electrifying live performance of blues guitar and BB is a master of microphone technique. He brings his music down to a whisper then bursts out with amazing solos. 

GENE VINCENT: Gene Vincent & His Bluecaps (Hallmark)

When Be-Bop-A-Lula came out, I was hooked. My older sister made the mistake of leaving this album around and I played it all day. No other band so encapsulated refined rockabilly. When my mother told me to take it off, I knew it was my kind of music.

JAN HAMMER: The First Seven Days (Eastworld)

The music on this is so graphic. Jan became my hero when he was in John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra. He was playing bendy notes with a keyboard so it sounded like a guitar and I became obsessed with how he did it.

MILES DAVIS: A Tribute To Jack Johnson (Sony)

This album got me out of the gutter after my split with Rod Stewart. I was working on a car outside my house when this amazing free-form shuffle came on the radio. Davis’s trumpet comes in randomly with the melody and that freedom appealed to me. McLaughlin played on this as well and gave me my next career move.

JIMI HENDRIX: Are You Experienced? (Sony)

Just before this came out, I saw Jimi live at an underground club. Dollybirds in Biba clothing were probably expecting a folk singer but he came on and blew the house down. It shook all of us – me, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page. He was so good, we all wondered what we were going to do for our living.

MUDDY WATERS: At Newport 1960 (Soul Jam)

Muddy Waters could sing with the worst guitar player and still sound amazing because the voice is so deep and thick, with the bad grammar that blues singers have. This is live and he played up a storm.

Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? Kimberly Stewart wears trendy torn jeans on a Beverly Hills shopping spree

She is a well-known socialite and reality TV star, but Kimberly Stewart made sure she looked every bit the fashion designer as well while out on a stroll through Los Angeles.

The 34-year-old daughter of musician Rod Stewart and his first wife Alana Hamilton was photographed sporting a plain white tee and ripped black skinny jeans during a walk through Beverly Hills on Friday

During her outing, Kimberly also stopped in at Zelin organic restaurant on South Beverly Drive to get food to go.

Kimberly's pants looked far from fashionable though, with the rips more like giant holes through which her knees protruded.

She was also shielding her eyes with some classic black Ray-Ban sunglasses and brown shoes that were matching her brown belt.

The mother-of-one had her own reality show called Living with Kimberly Stewart in 2007, which was based on her looking for two flatmates.

Stewart has also dabbled in acting, including a leading role in Going to California and appearing in one episode of Judd Apatow's series, Undeclared.

Her first film was Black and White, which also starred Robert Downey, Jr., and Jared Leto. In 2011 Kimberly also starred in the movie Homecoming.

Her fashion career has taken off too, with the part-time model on the covers for Tatler and German Vanity Fair, as well as working alongside Tommy Hilfiger, American Vogue, L’uomo Vogue, Elle, Italian Vogue, Vanity Fair, MaxMara, Richard Tyler, Catherine Malandrino, underwear line Ultimo, Tatler, InStyle, House of Field, and Chrome Hearts.

At age 19 she launched her own vintage fashion collection Pinky Starfish, which was sold in Tracey Ross, Lisa Kline and Barney’s.

Kimberly famously became engaged to 19-year-old star from MTV reality show Laguna Beach, Talan Torriero, after knowing him just a few weeks when she was 26.

The couple called off their engagement less than two weeks after announcing it.

She now has a two-and-a-half year old daughter, Delilah, after a brief relationship with Benicio del Toro.

Delilah is Rod Stewart's first grandchild.

Ronnie Wood settles in Spain

The veteran rocker has purchased a lavish apartment in Barcelona and the couple was spotted buying home furnishings and lemon trees for the property on Sunday (13Apr14).

Reports suggest the couple plans to spend more time in Spain.

Wood is currently on a break from a world tour with his band

Ronnie Wood says he was a hustler from a young age

RONNIE Wood's stepson Jamie Wood insists he was "tight" with cash while growing up and claims he used to "hustle" from a young age.

Jamie Wood, who Rolling Stones' guitarist Ronnie brought up as his own after he got together with his ex-wife Jo, claims he used to "hustle" from a young age and sold hash to classmates to make money at school.

He told The Times newspaper: "My old man is tight. I'd say, 'Dad, I'm going out', and he'd give me a tenner. That's why I was always hustling from a young age, so I wouldn't have to ask him for nothing.

"Dad grew up poor ... he understands the value of money, make no mistake. We all had to earn our money. He's not one to say, 'Take my cash', because if he did I'd say, 'F**k this', and go sit on a beach."

Jamie, 39, who is now an art gallery owner and helps to sell his stepfather's famous paintings, admits he used to dabble in drugs but hasn't touched them since he was a teenager.

He said: "Who doesn't do drugs, whether you're a rock 'n' roll family or not? Everyone does drugs these days. I got it all out of the way in five years. I haven't done a drug for 19 years."

Ronnie Wood's stepson Jamie Wood insists he was ''tight'' with cash while growing up and claims he used to ''hustle'' from a young age.
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All inked out: Sean Stewart jogs shirtless while showing off his vast array tattoos before slowing down to a stroll


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After having a number of large, and surely painful, inkings, Sean Stewart must rarely get a chance to show them off.

However the 33-year-old opted to go shirtless on Tuesday as he headed out for a jog in Santa Monica, when his tattoos proved impossible to miss.

Sprawling across his back, arms and chest, the son of legendary rocker Rod looked to be working himself hard as he reportedly did loops around the block.

Stepping out in grey trainers and socks, Sean was seen listening to music before appearing to slow down to a walk.

Rod's eldest son's body art includes two, three-leaf clovers on his stomach, 'Stewart' written in large letters below his ribs and a floral pattern on the top of his left arm.

On Monday of last week, Sean was seen out and about with a young woman called Shara in Los Angeles, having been pictured getting close to another young lady in February.

But though he has been stepping out with women closer in age to him, it seems he still has a lot of love for more mature ladies.

'I like older women because they’re more sexually experienced than younger girls,' Sean told Brandi Glanville during an interview on her podcast last month.


Sean, who split with reality TV star Adrienne, 52, who is almost 20 years his senior, in March 2013, it seems can’t let the past go, if his interview was anything to go by.

'I do want to clear up one rumour. [Adrienne] never broke my heart,’ Sean told the RHOBH star, who was furious to discover he was being painted as a lovelorn loser.

The couple split after a two month romance, which itself started two months after the cougar finalised her divorce from Dr. Paul Nassif after 10 years of marriage.

Faces Great Ian McLagan Set to Release First New Studio Album in Five Years


For those who longed to see a Faces reunion -- the legendary U.K. band that featured both Rod Stewart and Ron Wood -- they may have to wait.

The keyboardist in that group, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ian McLagan, will release United States, his first new studio album in five years, June 17, on indie Yep Roc Records.

The album, McLagan's first since being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a founding member of the Faces, showcases his gift for crafting memorable hooks, with plenty of lusty grooves and reflective musings.

Songs on the album include "Love Letter” and the smooth, moody take-charge anthem "Who Says It Ain't Love," while "Shalalala" draws from classic soul and "How Blue" sports a pumping boogie-woogie shuffle.

McLagan is slated to play the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia May 15 and NPR's Cabinet of Wonders in NYC May 17.

The ten songs on the album feature McLagan on vocals, keys and guitar, joined by his longtime collaborators the Bump Band ("Scrappy" Jud Newcomb, Jon Notarthomas and Conrad Choucroun), with Leigh Mahoney (David Byrne, the Tosca Strings) on violin for album closer "He's Not For You." McLagan recorded and produced the album at his own Doghouse Studios in Manor, Texas. The songs were mixed by longtime friend, award-winning producer Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones).

McLagan recorded his 2009 album Never Say Never after losing his wife Kim in a tragic car accident. CBS Sunday Morning called it a "knock-out" and Mojo described it as "Pub-rock's answer to Blood on the Tracks."

McLagan's musical career began in '60s UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and then the Faces. He has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg, among others. McLagan relocated to Austin, Texas, in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two decades. The Faces reunited (without Rod Stewart) for a charity performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and performed select dates over the next three years, including their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2012.

United States track list:

1. All I Wanna Do
2. Pure Gold
3. Don't Say Nothing
4. I'm Your Baby Now
5. Mean Old World
6. Love Letter
7. Who Says It Ain't Love
8. Shalalala
9. How Blue
10. He's Not for You

Faces and Small Faces' Ian McLagan says bands 'will do something in 2015'


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Ian McLagan has sketched out the plans for next year’s Faces and Small Faces reunions, suggesting that both groups could reform. Despite a recent argument about which project should take precedence, according to McLagan, “it’s looking very healthy” for a full Faces lineup in 2015.

Fans should expect “big news any day”, the keyboardist told ABC News Radio. While Rod Stewart and the Faces will probably mount a full tour, the Small Faces are apparently more likely to stage a one-off London gig. “It’s a plan,” McLagan said. I hope it all comes together. It sounds like it will this time.”

Ironically, McLagan is the one who initially denied Stewart’s reunion proposal. “Why would we fuck around with the Faces when we’ve got bigger fish to fry?” he said in December, alluding to the Small Faces upcoming 50th anniversary. “[Rod]’ll have to wait until 2016 because 2015 is the Small Faces’ year.”

The following month, McLagan’s (Small) Faces bandmate Kenney Jones explained that the keyboardist just hadn’t been told yet. Stewart, Jones, Ronnie Wood and Conrad Korsch, Stewart’s touring bassist, had all apparently “started talking” about going on the road. At last, now, McLagan seems in on the scheme: “[We] will do something in 2015,” he confirmed.

All this is historic. Despite some recent shows with fill-in frontman Mick Hucknall, the Faces haven’t played with Stewart since 1993. The Small Faces haven’t headlined a bill since 1978. Then again, this is partly due to tragedy: Small Faces singer Steve Marriott died in 1991, and bassist Ronnie Lane in 1997. To play that Small Faces tribute show, McLagan admitted, “we need singers and bass players and guitarists”. “[But] we got lots of friends [who could join us],” he went on. “We’ll probably do ... just one decent show and I think that would be really, really fine.”

McLagan is also performing at Austin’s SXSW festival, appearing with his group the Bump Band. They are due to release a new album this year.

Interview: Kenney Jones, Drummer of Small Faces, Faces With Rod Stewart and The Who, Looks Back (and Forward)






A few weeks back, I interviewed Ian "Mac" McLagan, here on the Huffington Post, keyboardist for the Small Faces, Faces with Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones. The folks who set up the interview at Charly Records, have just released an incredible Small Faces' box set called Here Comes The Nice, available exclusively at Amazon, and were so happy with my "Mac" chat, that they decided I should have a go at his surviving Small Face brother, drummer Kenney Jones.

That was more than fine with me. These two men are undiluted heroes to me, members of one of rock's greatest bands of all time, Small Faces.

[Trans-Atlantic beeps and books... phone is now ringing].

Kenney: Hello there.

Binky: [slightly dazzled]: Hi. Ken, Uhhh, wow. Look, right up front, I'm not really a journalist, I'm a musician. Playing guitar 50 years this February.

Kenney: [laughs] Join the club.

Binky: Also, I have been a huge Small Faces fan since January 1967, very, very early for an American kid. Also, I'm a stone Who freak.

Kenney: Good to know, thanks very much.

Binky: I think we have in common that we didn't do it for the money.

Kenney: Absolutely not!

Binky: I say that because it's well known that the Small Faces never made money with either tough guy Don Arden as your manager, or wacky visionary Andrew Loog Oldham. Any comments on those two?

Kenney: They were total opposites, that's all I'll say.

Binky: Okay, then. I have to tell you. Kenney. as we move forward here, I believe the Small Faces belong in the pantheon of those shitty bands, The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin...

Kenney: Well, I might agree with you entirely [lots of giggles]. Really, I feel very fortunate to have grown up at the same time as The Beatles and The Stones, and guys like that. I feel very fortunate to have played with The Who, to have played with the Stones. But, Small Faces rule! There ya go.

Binky: Ha! Indeed! What I'd kinda like to do here, Ken, is a chronological order type of interview... but, before I do, I just wanna say, in the early 90s, I thought your band, The Law, with singer Paul Rodgers, had a killer killer cut with 'Layin' Down The Law.' Monster groove from you, sir.

Kenney: I came up with that title, 'Layin' Down The Law.' Gave it to Paul, and he put it together 'round that. Yeah, that song was nasty.

Binky: Okay, why the drums, Kenney? Why did you choose an instrument that takes five times longer to pack up than a guitar and amp?

Kenney: Uhhh...They run outta banjos, that's why.

Binky [thinking this is a Mumford joke]: Yeah, all right...

Kenney: When I was growing up with of bunch of friends in the East End of London, and sorta out of the blue one day, as he and I were washing a car, actually, one of my mates announced that we we should form a Skiffle group. 'What's a Skiffle group?' My pal said, 'Well, you get a banjo, you get a tea chest or wash tub and broom handle and a piece of string and that's your bass, and then you get your Mum's washboard, and you get some thimbles from her sewing kit and stick 'em on the end of your fingers and scrape 'em up and down the washboard. Well, I thought he'd gone mad [laughs]. He then said, 'Look, there's a Skiffle band on TV tonight, let's go and watch that.' It was Lonnie Donegan.

Binky: I knew that was coming!

Kenney: Yeah, he was playing the "Rock Island Line" and that's when I fell in love with the banjo.

Binky: Oh! [slightly stunned] You weren't joking about the banjo!

Kenney: Oh yeah, I just fell in love with the banjo. The very next day, I saw a banjo in a pawn shop next to Bethnal Green tube station. I realized I'd seen it before. it had been there awhile. So me and my mates went to get the banjo from that pawn shop the day after with no money in our pockets, just enthusiasm [more laughs]. When we got there, the banjo was gone. 'Where's the banjo?!' I asked. 'Well, the guy paid us back and took it home, didn't he.' I said: 'Well, get it back!' Then, we had to leave and I was upset. So, a friend of mine said, 'Man, you're really disappointed. Look, I have a friend with a drum kit. I'll get him to bring it over this afternoon.' I was okay with that. The drum kit turned out to be a snare drum and a bass drum and two sticks and one of them was broken in half [laughs]. I spent that afternoon trying to glue it back together decades before superglue. It never worked. Anyway, so, I learned by bashin' around on that. That was my introduction to drums.

Binky: So, it really was...

Kenney [actually wistful]: Yes, it really was the banjo.

Binky: Yes, but, now you were a drummer. One of the things I always found incredibly exciting about your style was that you had kind of a rubbery looseness... I don't know quite how to put this any other way, but, as a British East End teenager, you were playing like a 45 year old black guy. How did the 18 year old you wind up with that style? Was it Hal Blaine in the Wrecking Crew or Tamla-Motown, Stax-Volt or... ?

Kenney: To be honest, I used to listen to [soul-jazz organist] Jimmy McGriff. Then, Booker T and the MGs with one of my favorite drummers, Al Jackson. He deserves every credit any drummer could ever have the credit for. He played slightly behind the beat. Just a natural. Al Jackson taught me that a drummer should know his place. In other words, you're the backbone and you push the feel.

Binky: I have long believed that Al Jackson came up with about 50 percent of every loose funky groove ever cut. I totally hear him in your playing... I recently listened to all the early Decca stuff the Small Faces did as well as three of the four discs, so far, in this amazing new Here Comes The Nice ultra-box set on Charly that you and Mac curated. I have to say, disc one with all your Immediate singles in their original mono-mixes, just utterly blew me away. And, no shit, your playing, in particular, Kenney, really jumps out. I don't mean in the mix. I mean you are one bad ass drummer, man.

Kenney:Thanks much. Yeah, they sound great.

Binky: You know, on that early Decca stuff, you go around the kit sounding a lot like Keith Moon. Yet, you had more 'soul' feel and your fills themselves were never cops. It's as if you two guys seemed to come up with those sorta 'falling down the stairs' shambling fills independently.

Kenney: No, I never tried to copy Keith at all. It just came naturally to me. If anything, I was really more the Al Jackson type. I was playing me and we were so damn young, and wound up so experimental. When I got confident enough to actually hit the tom toms, what they are actually for, well, at that point, I just played anything, y'know. Prior to the Small Faces, I did my first session at 15 or 16. I played on lots of other people's records. I didn't charge any money. I didn't care. I wanted to play. I ended up playing some big band stuff.

Binky: Really! Big bands?!

Kenney: Yeah... Whatever I learned, I brought with me. I loved playing orchestrally with those great big fills and staggered fills and big big moments and makin' 'em powerful. And I took that and put it into the Small Faces as I was improving as a drummer.

Binky: Well, early on, at least until Mac McLagan showed up for your second album, you were, to my ears, the true natural musician in the band... And I LOVE Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane's playing. Let's talk abut the Decca material a bit. To this day, almost 50 years later, I find 'C'mon Children' to be one of the most exciting moments ever put down on tape by anyone, in any genre. One of my personal Top Ten songs of all time, truly. The thing that blows me away about the Decca stuff is it sounds just utterly spontaneous, Kenney. They almost don't seem like songs, they seem like Captured Moments.

Kenney: Y'know what it was, we all had that charge, we cut them live. One of the great things about the Small Faces; we were very telepathic, we'd play with each other and just know what we were gonna do without 'learning' it.

Binky: That is exactly what it sounds like!

Kenney: Yeah, that's really it.

Binky: Love it! How many takes were you doing on those wild Decca cuts like "E Too D" or "You Need Lovin'?"

Kenney: We used to make an album in a day.

Binky: Ummmm, yep. One of the most striking things about Small Faces is the maturity, the artistic growth, between the raw Decca stuff and the first Immediate-released album, recorded and released within a year of your Decca debut. It was as if the Small Faces went from their Please Please Me album to their Rubber Soul within one fucking record.

Kenney: I'll tell you why. We'd been playing for awhile and really learning to write songs by the time we got to Immediate. Once there, we had unlimited studio time. We were in there all the time.

Binky: I have to say, I never understood why Steve and Ronnie always put down their own musicianship in interview after interview. They were both fantastic players.

Kenney: Oh, they could be very excited about even discovering another NOTE. [lots of laughter] As far as our sound, we were just very complementary to each other, we just played it all naturally.

Binky: Having listened to those Immediate singles in this box set, I was struck by something else, powerfully. There are so many moments in those songs, virtually every one a stone smash in the UK, folks, where I swear I hear bits of The Who's Sell Out, or Something Else by The Kinks, Between The Buttons by the Stones, maybe even some Sgt. Pepper. Like, your most monolithic colleagues/competitors would listen to a new Small Faces single and say, 'Ooo, that's nice. I'll have that, thanks.' The chronology bears me out, I think.

Kenney: You know, you're right. Binky, I feel the same way. I love that Led Zeppelin and Robert Plant are the first to admit how heavily they were influenced by Small Faces.

Binky: Well, how could they not? They just STOLE shit from you guys.

Kenney: Well, yes, I know, but, it's a nice compliment.

Binky: I brought this next subject up with Mac a few weeks back and he thought it was very funny. But, one of the things that was a huge draw for me, even before I heard your music, and stuck with me, was that the Small Faces were easily the best dressed, coolest looking band, period. And I LOVED the way The Who dressed, too. But, you guys... class, elegance, forward thinking. So cohesive. You looked like a band. Did you, Kenney Jones, buy into the look, or was someone like, say, Ronnie, pushing you go along?

Kenney: Well, we really were all the same. Apart from learning how to play our instruments, we were all so young, just discovering clothes. I grew up in the East End. Remember, we were the first teenagers after World War Two, and I remember growing up in black and white. Really. Clothes were black, gray, and white. That's it. The minute we saw anything with color, we put it on. We made it up as we went along. We realized we were creating a look.

Binky: Can you conjure up a typical day in your life at the height of the Small Faces success? Mac told me Immediate had put the four of you in your own house...

Kenney: Yes, they did. I'd wake up in the morning, get in my Mini or my MGA [I wish you coulda heard the teenage pride when Kenney uttered that phrase] and drive over to Pimlico, which was where we had the house. I had the key to the door, my own room there. But, I never stayed there because I could never get any sleep. Everyone was always up all night, doing whatever they were doing. You know, I'd walk in, and there would be Paul McCartney hangin' out. Another day, it would be Mick Jagger. You'd be meeting lots of different people.

Binky: Mac told me that was where he first met Ronnie Wood.

Kenney: Yeah... That house was a musical experience. There were guitars just laying all over the place. You might indulge in hash in a cigarette, that sort of thing. And then, it would be time to go to the studio, put down whatever music we'd been working on at the house.

Binky: Sounds like a life in Hell!

Kenney [laughs]: It was wonderful... Not to mention the women.

Binky: Oh, let's not! [laughs] Back to the box set, finding all this material that you and Mac combed through, this must've been heavy, emotionally, for you guys. Can you give me an idea of what the greatest surprises were, and maybe the saddest moments for you?

Kenney: The greatest surprise was the amount of 'new' studio stuff, and times where you hear us to talking to each other... you can SMELL the damn studio. I mean, you are there. The saddest moments... Listening to this stuff, you just really really missed Ronnie and Steve. That's as simple as it gets. You just wanted to go back into that time, straight away. And, this box, well, I've been there again.

Binky: Do you have a 'mission statement' about this Small Faces Here Comes The Nice box set, Ken?

Kenney: [pause] Anyone who buys it will just be delighted with it. One of the nice things we've seen is interest from teens, the same age we were when we were starting out. It seems like every year, we get younger fans. You buy this set and you hear the energy, the truthfulness, that feel... The idea is to enjoy the moment.

Binky: Oh! Beautifully put. The Steve Marriott/Ronnie Lane songwriting partnership was one of the strangest I can think of. You had a mad fireball like Marriott, and with Ronnie, almost a holy man. What a combination. Oh, and I've been in bands long enough to know that you and Mac were contributing without credit.

Kenney: Oh yes! You've got that right.

Binky: I think Marriott/Lane might be the single most underrated songwriting team in the history of rock 'n' roll.

Kenney: Yeah, I think so. I think you're right. The great thing about their songs... I find something new in there with almost every listen. Shit, I go straight back to Memory Lane again, y'know. The thing I like about the Decca stuff leading into the Immediate stuff is how you can hear, as you said, the amount of learning we'd been doing.

Binky: Let's move up a decade... Anything you want to say about the Rod Stewart/Ronnie Wood Faces era? I saw you live with Rod and Ronnie three times and loved that band, too.

Kenney: I've got quite a lot of happy memories from the Faces. The good thing, we always got together whenever we could, over the years, have a drink, do a TV show, and we've been trying to get back together for years. But, I feel a lot of seriousness in the air now about a possible reunion. We've been talking to Ronnie and Rod's managers about a 2015 tour.

Binky: I gotta tell you, I'm not one for reunion tours. But, Faces, I would LOVE to see again. Somehow, I still like Roddie the Moddie.

Kenney: Yeah [chuckles].

Binky: So, Kenney, there are four very very important musicians in rock history that you had direct first-person contact and interaction with, all of whom are gone. Allow me to throw the four names at you, and if you would, give me a quick summary of your feelings or whatever you'd like to say...

Kenney: Okay.

Binky: First up, Steve Marriott...

Kenney: What can I say about Steve? [long pause... then very wistful] Such a small guy had the most powerful and soulful voice I've ever heard.

Binky: Amen! Ronnie Lane...

Kenney [suddenly really affected]: Ronnie Lane... was... the kindest... and my best friend from the onset, y'know. We started this together. That being... he's... he's... I... I... I miss him every day.

Binky: John Entwistle.

Kenney: Oh, John. God, I miss John. I loved John. Apart from doing things together in Small Faces and The Who, like that Australian tour, we used to do sessions together. John and I used to hang out, especially once I'd joined him in The Who, just all the time. My old drinking partner. I learned to lip-read from John. He'd played his bass so loud and yet he'd talk so quietly, [laughs] I had to lipread him. I developed a really quick foot playing with John. All those triplets he'd do with his fingers, I had to do with my foot. I learned a lot from John.

Binky: You guys locked in beautifully, I remember. Lastly... Keith Moon.

Kenney: Oh, Keith... Keith... We used to hang out. He was lovely. Always willing to send anyone up, he'd never sent me up. He was just a great guy, a great drummer. Sadly missed, again. Wish he was back in The Who. I wish I'd never joined The Who. Wish he was here.

Binky: You just brought up that Australia tour. Mac and I talked about that, too. He told me a very funny Keith story that I'd never heard...

Kenney: What happened with me with Keith in Australia... We were in Melbourne. Keith called and said 'Come up to my room. I want to show what I've got.' So, up I went, walked into his room, and... he had... oh, I dunno... 15 or 16 snare drums of all different sizes all lined up in a row. I said, "Keith, what you gonna do with all them?!" He sorta growled, 'I'll show what we're gonna do with all of them...' He picked one up and threw it straight through the window. We were overlooking Melbourne High Street, at least 10, maybe 20 floors up, I dunno. We looked out the window and saw this snare drum fallin' to bits and rollin' down Melbourne High Street. We quickly ducked back from the window and acted like nothing had happened. That's how nuts he was, but, he was lovely. That said, he was wonderful wonderful drummer.

Binky [laughs]: Okay, I've never heard that one either, Kenney! Wow! Moon the TRUE Loon!

Kenney: Oh, yeah.

Binky: We've been doing it for the last five minutes, anyway... Do you mind if we delve into your ten year tenure with The Who, one of the top five most influential bands in rock history?

Kenney: I've got nothing to hide when it comes to The Who...

Binky: I'm gonna be a bit blunt. Sadly, you legacy with the band seems to be Roger kinda trashing your playing. I saw your first tour with The Who in 1979 and it was fucking brilliant, and I'm a Moon worshiper. Maybe my single all time favorite musician. Then, I saw the Shea Stadium show in '82 and, I have to say, both Pete and Roger seemed pretty sour. Was there real tension by then?

Kenney: Yeah, I think, by then, there was a bit. We were off to Toronto the next day for the world's first global simulcast. That was nerve-wracking, just thinking about it. I recall feeling like I had to Superglue my hands to the drumsticks that night. Roger just could never get used to the fact that he'd turn around and Keith wouldn't be there. And one of the things I didn't do was was copy or emulate Keith Moon. I couldn't and I wouldn't. I could only play me. I mean, there were certain fills that were part of the arrangement, you could get near to the point. The arrangements really remained the same. We played within that structure. I could play with John, but, Roger would look for Keith and he wouldn't be there. I think it really upset him more than anything else. We toured for four years, from 1972 through 1982. Then, over the years, we got together to do different TV things, Live Aid, The Concert For Kampuchea, things like that. The time I had with The Who, especially in the later stages, was the best time I ever had with The Who without Keith Moon.

Binky: They were still The Who when you were with them, not The Who Revue.

Kenney: I was an equal member in every respect. They respected me, I respected them. And we went on like that. We had some good times together.

Binky: I feel I have to go here, Kenney, and I don't mean to get painful. But, how did you learn that Keith had died and how and when did The Who get in touch with you?

Kenney: [long long pause] It is very clear... very... vivid to me. I was with Keith Moon the night before he died. We were at Paul McCartney's party at The Pub in the Park before the Buddy Holly film. Normally, you have an after-party. But, they had a pre-party, too. I'd just gotten back from America that day. I'd been in the middle of forming a Trans-Atlantic band with Glyn Johns' help. I was sitting with Keith telling him about this new band while we were at a table with Paul and Linda McCartney, Paul's brother, Michael and David Frost.

Binky: David Frost?!

Kenney: I've got a picture of us somewhere... So, Keith, who I hadn't seen in awhile, started up about me being in America... 'But, Keith, what about you? How are you?' He said, 'I'm good. I'm on these pills I have to take to keep me off drinking. I can't drink, otherwise I get violently sick. I haven't had a drink for about six months or so.' Well, that was something! Anyway, so, then we went off to see the film. I think the film started at midnight. We got out of there about half past one in the morning. Keith and I said goodbye to each other and we both went home. I woke up the next morning and switched the TV on. The news was on and was announcing that 'rock star Keith Moon' had died from a drug overdose. His body had been found during the early hours of the morning. I said this is fuckin'... this is... This is crazy! This is wrong. It can't be. I was with him just a few hours ago. That... that's how I found out.

Binky: God, I've never known you were with him the very night before... Wow, Kenney... Well, Okay, so, Keith's gone...

Kenney: One thing I must say, although he was nuts to everybody else, whatever, Keith was always gracious to me.

Binky: That doesn't surprise me, Kenney. So, who from The Who actually called you to say, 'Hey, we need you playing drums with us.'?

Kenney: As I said, I'd been busy forming this band with Glyns, and about three months after Keith died I got a call from Bill Curbishley, The Who's manager... He said, 'Hey, Kenney, I'm gonna get straight to the point, The Who have had a meeting and they want you to join the band. I'll tell you their exact words were... "Won't you please going the band, we won't consider anybody else." I said, "Well, thanks for this compliment, but I've formed a band.' And then Bill said that Pete was coming by his office this afternoon and why don't I drop by and have a chat with Pete about this. I was happy to have a chat with my friend, Pete. I came 'round towards the end of the day and Pete and Bill and I sat around a couple of hours having a real laugh over mutual stuff from the past. Pete just turned around and said, "Look, you've got to join the band. You're one of us. You're a Mod." Stuff like that. He really got to me. You know, Pete had been a good friend for quite awhile. I'd worked with Pete prior to joining The Who. I'd been over to his house several times when he was working on demos and we wound up kinda working on each other's demos. We got to know each other pretty well from it. As you know, we met back in the 60s. When I was in the Small Faces, we toured with The Who all over England, Europe, Australia. I have the utmost admiration for Pete. He's a fine musician. I'm privileged to have worked with him. He's great. He and John. Working between Pete and John I was contending with two lead guitarists [laughs]. The only one playing a bass part was my bass drum [more laughs].

Binky: Oh, that's good! One of my favorite collaborations of yours with The Who is the Ken Russell's Tommy version of "Acid Queen". Your groove in that track is just incredible, Kenney.

Kenney: Thanks. Those Tommy were great sessions. I love the movie. I though it was great.

Binky: Yes. Ken Russell took the badly needed piss out of the whole deal and brought Tommy back to entertainment for me. Back to the moment you joined The Who, the announcement that you were Keith's replacement seemed like some kind of cosmic Zen symmetry to this rabid Who freak.

Kenney: The thing that convinced me... Pete said that Yes, Keith was a nutcase and all that, and was a great stylist. But, now we, The Who, with me on drums, had a chance to actually do something completely different now. I said, "Great. Then, I'll join the band on that note." But, we never did anything completely different.

Binky: Yeah, well, by then, they were already a bit of a hit machine in their live shows. Once you joined, did you find The Who's recording methods different or unusual?

Kenney: It was pretty much along then same lines I was used to. But, when we did the first album, Face Dances, I was taken aback by their choice of Bill Szymczyk as the producer.

Binky: Me, too!

Kenney: I thought, Oh God, this ain't right. I mean, we had an edge to our sound. Bill was brought in and we ended up sounding like The Eagles.

Binky: Damn, you took that right out of my mouth, Kenney! For me, It's Hard is a far superior album, particularly the material and natural production. Do you have favorite cuts that you were part of on either or both albums?

Kenney: First, understand, I love Bill Szymczyk. He is a fantastic guy. I just always thought he was wrong producer for The Who.

Binky: I totally agree.

Kenney: My drums sounded like pudding!

Binky: Oy! Sticking with a food metaphor, it sounded to me like The Who, pureed.

Kenney: I do like the second album very well. Glyn Johns did that one. I'd worked with Glyn for years, y'know. As far as tracks, I like 'Eminence Front'. That was different. 'You Better, You Bet' is great. Funnily enough, I liked 'Athena'.

Binky: Ahhh, 'Athena', yes! I love 'Don't Let Go The Coat'. I also dug how Pete took the three most tired chords and created something really good with the title track, 'It's Hard'.

Kenney: Oh, and I really like 'Cry If You Want', too.

Binky: Okay, major ugly gear switch, and I really do hate to ask you about this, but, can you give me an idea what that Cincinnati tragedy where eleven kids died trying to get into a General Admission show was like for you and the band?

Kenney: Ahhhhh... to be honest, that was one of the darkest days of my life. I've joined the band. I've been in it for five minutes, and biggest tragedy on the planet that day happened. I just could not believe it. Those poor kids who died. I feel so sorry for their families. What people might not know was the band was taken back and questions by different lawyers, just layers of lawyers in the same room. I was questioned for at least two hours and half hours. Pete was questioned for over four hours. We had no idea.

Binky: I felt sick about it for the kids and the band for a long long time. Back to our chronology, things wound down. I'm hoping you and Roger get along.

Kenney: Yeah, we do, we do. I see him here and there and it's very... polite [chuckles].

Binky: Besides the possible Faces reunion in 2015, is there anything else you want to cover here?

Kenney: I have two projects in connection with the Small Faces that I want to get out of my system. Both dealing with our 1968 album, Ogden's Nutgone Flake.

Binky: Folks, Ogden's is, in my opinion, one of the Top 25 Albums ever recorded. Sorry, Ken, I needed to state that. Oh, and that round cover... So very very cool!

Kenney: Take your time. [chuckles]. One is the animation film of Ogden's Nutgone and I've done a classical version of Ogden's as well... I've had the album transcribed into a classical piece.

Binky: WOW! Damn, Kenney! What awesome ideas! An animated film and a classical rendition of one of the great rock albums of all time! I am so impressed! Wow, again! I have to say, you've laid at least 6 or 7 real revelations on me today. Is there anything we haven't covered?

Kenney: Well, yeah, we covered some ground today. I suppose all's well that ends well.

Binky: Man, Kenney Jones, I can't thank you enough for your time and righteous forthrightness.

Up she blows! Penny Lancaster struggles to tame her umbrella as she arrives at Glasgow Airport


 Daily Mail



Being a top model, Penny Lancaster must be used to enduring the odd gust of wind at photoshoots in order to create the ultimate bedhead look.

But the 42-year-old was probably unprepared for the colossal gust of wind when she arrived at Glasgow Airport, Scotland, on Saturday evening.

Penny looked to be taken completely by surprise as she struggled to put up her maroon umbrella in the strong gales.


The blonde model looked like she was battered by the strong winds as she attempted to put up a maroon umbrella to shelter from the wet weather, even turning the umbrella almost inside out.

The wife of music legend, Rod Stewart, travelled to Scotland in order to attend her step son Liam Stewart's ice hockey match at DumfriesIce Bowl on Saturday evening.

Liam, 19, plays for Team Great Britain in the IIHF Under 20's World Championships, that are Currently being held at the Ice Bowl.

Liam's Mother, supermodel Rachel Hunter has reportedly been spending the whole week in Dumfries to support her son.

Penny was appropriately dressed for the occasion, wearing a pair of black jeans, black leather calf boots, a shirt, jumper and a black leather biker jacket with fur-trim hood.

She accessorised with a print scarf, a black leather handbag, and a black leather belt whilst keeping her long, blonde locks loose and straight and wore hardly any make-up.

Taking along her eldest son, Alastair Wallace Stewart, 7, the pair made their way out of the airport and into a taxi to take them to the game


Penny had only just returned to the UK from LA at the beginning of December, where is looked like she did most of her Christmas shopping, bringing back 12 bags of luggage with her.

She also has a two-year-old Aiden, with rocker Rod, was also recently seen enjoying some quality time with her boys on the set of a commercial which Stewart was filming.

The pair, who were wed in 2007, are known for the strength of their marriage

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Been Christmas shopping? Penny Lancaster arrives at Heathrow airport with 12 suitcases


By Tania Willis

Daily Mail



As a successful model, you wouldn't expect Penny Lancaster to travel lightly.

That was exactly the case as the former model arrived at Heathrow on Wednesday with a cart precociously balancing not two, but 12 cases of luggage.

Perhaps the wife of rocker Rod Stewart had been busy playing Santa Claus, as bought a home a sleigh of Christmas presenters over from LA



The former model, 42, looked laid back and sophisticated in black skinny jeans, a black t shirt and long aztec print cardigan, with black slightly heeled boots. She completed the look with round black sunglasses.

She was accompanied by her 7-year-old son Alastair Wallace Stewart, who looked was the boy in blue dressed in a casual Ralph Lauren tracksuit wheeling his own luggage.

It seemed Penny had done all her Christmas shopping in LA, as two assistants wheeled 12 suitcases across the airport in a trolley, which included four Louis Vuitton luggage cases.

Penny has been married to rocker Rod Stewart, 68, who is one of the best selling music artists of all time, for six years and are well known for having a strong marriage.

The pair have another son together, 2-year-old Aiden, although Rod has eight children altogether


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Like mother like son: Penny's eldest son Alastair Wallace Stewart showed exactly where he inherited his light blonde hair from


Traveling light: Penny's assistants carried an impressive 12 suitcases out of Heathrow airport for her on Wednesday



 Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood spotted out with wife in a VERY cold New York City

 By Daily Mail Reporter



As one of the Rolling Stones he has always lived a turbulent lifestyle, but that was nothing compared to the blustery conditions Ronnie Wood faced in New York, yesterday.

The 66 year-old star was pictured with his wife, Sally Humphries, at JFK airport as the city experiences hardcore weather conditions in the run-up to winter.

The pair, both sporting winter coats, were forced to hold onto each other as winds pushed them into the airport terminal



Now that's a serious coat: Ronnie Wood and Sally Humphreys arrive to catch a flight at JFK airport in New York City

Now that's a serious coat: Ronnie Wood and Sally Humphreys arrive to catch a flight at JFK airport in New York City


Wearing her trademark bright-red block colour, the brunette looked remarkably conservative in a red winter coat over black tights and suede ankle boots.

Her brown hair, left to hang loose, ended up looking windswept as she tried to regain her composure ahead of their flight to London.

Meanwhile, Ronnie sported much more adventurous dress sense. The rocker wore skinny jeans, a red and blue checked shirt and a collared faux-fur coat.


But it wasn't all pleasure for the legendary musician - he was in New York on business, too.

Aside from being with his wife, Ronnie was also in the company of former Rolling Stones member Mick Taylor, who was in the band from 1969-1974.

The 64 year-old should get used to being seen with the rockers, though. The Rolling Stones are heading to Australia for a live show in March - and they're taking Taylor along with them.

Last week they announced that they'll play a special gig at the Adelaide Oval on March 22nd with Taylor as a special guest.

It will be their first concert in Australia since 2006.


Daddy's little rock star! Doting father Rod Stewart, 68, holds hands with his two-year-old mini-me son Aiden as singer takes him to school


Rock legend Rod Stewart showed his playful side on Tuesday as he escorted his two-year-old son Aiden to nursery school in Los Angeles.

The 68-year-old British singer and his two-year-old son both smiled as they held hands during the outing.

Rod wore a bright green vest over a white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up and a pair of relaxed blue jeans.


The Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? singer kept it cool with aviator sunglasses, wore blue canvas sneakers without any shoelaces and had his short blonde hair in its usual spiky manner.

Aiden meanwhile looked cute as a button in grey cargo shorts, a yellow T-shirt and grey-striped sweater.

Doting dad: Rod Stewart escorted his two-year-old son Aiden to school in Los Angeles on Tuesday

Two-year-old Delilah shows mom Kimberly Stewart who's boss on school run dressed in a cute military-inspired outfit

       Daily Mail 19/11/2013


Kimberly Stewart's daughter has long displayed her penchant for dressing up.

Whether she's heading to preschool or meeting up with her rocker grandfather Rod Stewart, two-year-old Delilah likes to add some flair to any outfit.

On Monday, the tyke chose a fun military-style moss green blazer with gold button detail and matching embroidered cuffs as she marched to school in Los Angeles holding tightly onto her mother's hand.

Stylish duo: Kimberly Stewart showed off her trim figure in gym gear while daughter Delilah displayed her own unique style in leggings, riding boots and a military-style green jacket as they made the school run on Monday

Stylish duo: Kimberly Stewart showed off her trim figure in gym gear while daughter Delilah displayed her own unique style in leggings, riding boots and a military-style green jacket as they made the school run on Monday

The youngster teamed her jacket with black tights and knee-high black leather riding boots, while she wore her golden locks tied back into a bun.

Her 34-year-old mom stuck to her usual all-black gym gear, seemingly off to a workout after dropping her daughter off.

The willowy blonde showed off her lean, lithe figure in cropped black leggings and a simple black tank top, while grey sneakers, her favourite black leather jacket with brown suede lining and black shades completed her look.

The mom-of-one wore her long platinum mane down in a messy style and appeared to be make-up-free for the early morning outing.


She carried a cute ladybird lunch bag for her little girl as the pair made their way across the car park from their SUV.

Of course, it's no wonder the toddler has developed an eye for fashion, with her mom sporting her own unique style.

She's even modelled in the past and launched her own clothing line, Pinky Starfish, at the age of 19.

Delilah's father, 46-year-old actor Denicio Del Toro, is also known for his suave Puerto Rican style.

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