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Thoughts on the Rolling Stones 2003-2019
Monday, 17 June 2019
No Filter 2019 Set to Begin in Chicago
Mood:  happy

So, after we all jumped out of our skin upon hearing of Mick Jagger's health scare and then heart surgery, here we are a mere 4 days before the boy get back on the road with the rescheduled No Filter Tour at Soldier Field June 21 & 25 in Chicago, IL.

It was a total shock when the ENTIRE tour got postponed so suddenly, after rehearsals had already begun. And aren't the Stones lucky to receive Super Duper Pre-Tour Physicals that we mere mortals would never have received? Most of the things that Charlie, Ronnie and now Mick went through would have killed us mere mortals because they would not have been caught until it was too late. Thank God for Rock Star physicals for insurance purposes!

Anyway, here I sit on a (another) rainy Monday morning contemplating my first show of the No Filter Tour which is at FedEd Field in Landover, MD (Washington, DC metro) on July 3. My card has been charged the whopping $590 for a Pit ticket, and I shall find out on July 3 if I am indeed in the Pit and on Keith's side of the field.

It's been 4 years since I last saw the Rolling Stones. My last show was in Buffalo, NY on July 11, 2015. That was my 81st life time show. In the past I used to see the Stones upwards of 10 times per tour, but I just can afford it anymore. Nor have I had the funds to travel to Europe for shows, my last show abroad being London 2007. I am not retired, nor am I independently wealthy. And aside from that, I don't have the NEED to see the Stones as often as I used to, especially when we're talking stadiums over arenas and clubs. So for No Filter 2019 I plan on DC & Philly, with NJ on the back burner as a maybe, just maybe.

I sure hope we get some surprises in the set and that the Stones change up more than 1-2 songs per night. Will they? Who knows. I still enjoy every show, even if it's all war horses.

I have had almost all my Stones dreams come true. I've been blessed and fortunate that way thanks to various Stones personnel and Shelley Lazar God rest her rock n roll soul. I have met all the Stones at least once and met my hero Keith Richards several times during tours with hugs, handshakes or a kiss, not to mention twice privately in wardrobe (Las Vegas 2006) and in his dressing room (Pittsburgh 2015). I've been in the front row, backstage, met the Stones' family members, all more than I ever dreamed of. It's been a fantastic journey with my favorite rock n roll band...and here's to making more memories! See YOU ON TOUR this summer!!!

PS: For the most up to date info and news, please follow The Keith Shrine by Blue Lena on Twitter, Facebook (page & group). 


Posted by blue_lena at 11:29 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 17 June 2019 11:32 AM EDT
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Friday, 18 May 2018
Rolling Stones Croke Park Dublin, Ireland May 17, 2018
Mood:  chillin'

So, here we are again. The Stones are back to Europe on their No Filter Tour to play 14 dates which they began in Dublin at Croke Park last night. And yes, once again I am NOT on tour with the Stones. It ain't like the old days kids. Believe me, I'd love to be there, if I could afford to go. I cannot. I resent the fact that because I saw so many show on prior tours that certain folks take it upon themselves to ask things such as "Aren't you a fan anymore?" Fuck you! Yes, I am a fan, but I don't have $500+ for one ticket, nor do I have $1200 for a flight, or $250 for a hotel a night and then of course there is food. I'd venture to guess that ONE single show on this current tour would run me upwards of $2500. And these are for massive stadiums. I have not gone to Europe for the Stones since 2007, and frankly, that probably is/was "The Last Time" traveling to Europe for me until perhaps after I retire.

And so, I wish all my friends who have the means and the time to travel to Europe this May and June for multiple shows all the best. But, really, I am not all that bummed to miss it. I had such great experiences with the Stones between 1994-2015 that I fulfilled a lot of my dreams and I don't need to fork out $2500 for one show anymore to get that Satisfaction. I got it. And if I never get it again I'll survive.

Having said that, I would love to see the Stones at LEAST one more time here in the USA. I'd love to see them again at MSG in NYC, where I haven't seen them since 1998. So if another show is in my cards I'll be there. I have seen the Stones 81 times in 4 different countries. I've met the band members are various times. I was twice to a Stones soundcheck. I've gotten my pictures taken with Keith Richards TWICE. I am Satisfied. Really I am. And yes, I am STILL a fan, not less of one.

So, the boys head to London next for 2 shows, then Southhampton, Coventry, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Twickenham, Berlin, Marseille, Stuttgart, Prague and Warsaw. It's Only Rock n Roll, but I Still Like it...even if I am not there in person!

 

 


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Thursday, 25 May 2017
Stones Announce No Filter European Tour 2017
Mood:  celebratory

On May 9th the Rolling Stones announced their 13 date European #StonesNoFilter Tour. Tickets are already on sale and going fast! No, I won't be joining my friends in Europe this time around, but wish everyone a fabulous and safe journey this Fall.

Ronnie Wood announced just yesterday, May 24, that he successfully had a lesion removed from his lung and is all clear for the Fall tour. Phew!

Keith is selling his Manhattan apartment, it's been on the market for a while at over 12 million, with no takers. He only bought the apartment a few years ago. Now he & Patti are auctioning the contents of the apartment for charities that benefit adults with developmental disabilities in their home state of Connecticut. 

As for me, my days of traveling abroad are most likely over and I'm OK with that. I have seen the Stones so far 82 times in 4 different countries, and I am grateful for that. I just don't have the funds to travel abroad anymore. I have spent the last 25 months worrying about the health and welfare of my aging parents and these days there are more important things on my plate than the Rolling Stones. I still love them dearly. And if anyone wants to finance my trip to Europe, I'm all for it Wink

For those of you who aren't aware, Ian Hunter, is my all time favorite musician next to Keith. I hold him in the same esteem as Keith. And, he is also on tour currently and I can see him about 10 times for the price of one Stones show. I just saw him 4 times, with my 5th show coming up on June 2. If you ever were a Mott The Hoople or Ian fan, you MUST go see Ian Hunter and the Rant Band, also about to begin a month log jaunt to Europe beginning early June. Ian turns 78 on June 3 and is still rocking as hard as the Stones. If you're a Stones fan, I guarantee you will love Ian Hunter and his fabulous Rant Band!

That's it from here, peace, love and rock n' roll kids! xo BL


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Wednesday, 29 June 2016
Keith Shrine 20th Anniversary Updates In the Works
Mood:  celebratory

I hope that everyone has begun to browse the new updates to The Keith Shrine web page. I added a News Page where you can check back daily for your dose of Keef news. The homepage will tell you when the News link has been updated.

I also created a 20th Anniversary Page to recount the creation of the Keith Shrine and how it evolved over these past 20 years. You will also find that if you check back, more and more greetings and anniversary wishes will be added from Stones fans and Rolling Stones personnel.  Today I added a lovely photo from Keith's daughter, Angela, and her children Ava and Otto!

My friend, Andre, at Stones Planet Brazil featured The Keith Shrine on his radio show this past Monday June 27th and a link to download the show is available on the news page.

So far I have not commited to the Stones shows that have been announced, Desert Trip and Las Vegas. But, I am hoping to attend at least one or two shows in the fall if/when more dates are announced. I sure would love to see the Stones again at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The last (and only) time I saw them at MSG was in January 1998!

Time Waits for No One!

 


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Updated: Wednesday, 29 June 2016 7:33 PM EDT
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016
Long Time, No Blog!
Mood:  celebratory

So, upon the invention of Facebook and my foray into the now popular world of social media back in 2007, it's been fairly obvious to fans and followers of the Rolling Stones and the Keith Shrine website that my webmaster duties had fallen by the wayside after the 50th Anniversary shows of 2012-2013.

Why? There is a Keith Shrine group and a Keith Shrine Page on Facebook. And boy, updating things there is SOOOOO much easier than doing HTML updates here on this old web page. I had been vowing to update The Keith Shrine web page since 2013...but ya know, procrastination is king. And, well, like I said, everything I would have posted here is right there on Facebook! If you wanna scroll back to 2007, on Facebook, I swear you'll be completely up to date with your Keith Richards news. Laughing

Not everyone, of course, is a member of Facebook...oh, did I mention The Keith Shrine is also on Twitter? But, again, maybe you are a die hard who just has refused to go the social media route and still sits in front of a desk top browsing the web for Stones news?

Ok, so, yesterday, I had an epiphany. Well, not really, but yesterday was the one year anniversary of the Rolling Stones playing my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA at Heinz Field and on that day I got to meet and hang out briefly with Keith (for the second time since 2006!). I also got a tour of all his guitars and a signed setlist from him that day. It was THE most amazing day ever, and I realized that there is NOTHING about that day on this web page. Sadly, yesterday on that one year anniversary, I was also attending the funeral of a Rolling Stones friend and fan, a dear, sweet lady named Harriet Bassler Argentiere.

And so, with all that in mind I decided to delve into opening the old Tripod/Lycos folders and updateing The Keith Shrine for 2016. After all, this year IS the 20th Anniversary of The Keith Shrine, Keith's longest running fan-based website since 1996!

So stay tuned for more Keith news, eventual updates of shows I attended 2012-15 and upcoming shows and news in 2016.

 

Cheers,

 

Blue Lena 

June 21, 2016


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Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Happy New Keith Year 2011
Mood:  cool

I hope everyone is reading or has already read Keith's autobioraphy "LIFE". If not, grab yourself a copy-QUICK! It's a great read and not just for Stones fans...to prove it, it's still #4 on the best sellers list as of today Feb. 22, 2011.

No Stones news as of late, except that we may not see a tour until perhaps 2012.

 

Keith will be in the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie with a second Captian Teague appearance-comes out May 2011.

 

Johnny Depp is doing a documentary on Keith too, which definitely sounds interesting.

 

Thanks to everyone who continues to support The Keith Shrine, now in it's 14th year!!!!Cool  xx Blue Lena


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Friday, 8 January 2010
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hey all, it's been a while, but who knows 2010 could be a Stones tour year. Right now the Stones say it's not, but you never know, things could change and the band likes to keep everything under tight wraps until an official announcement date is set. So, I guess we can still keep our fingers crossed, afterall, the boys ain't getting any younger.

 

Thanks for your continued support of the Keith Shrine website! I appreciated all your visits, imput and emails in 2009!!!


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Friday, 3 August 2007
Canadian Radio Interview
Mood:  a-ok
On Sunday August 5 at 3:50pm ET I will be interviewed live on the radio for the Roy Green Show in Canada. The topic "Keith Richards' Autobiography". Tune in at: www.940news.com

Posted by blue_lena at 10:43 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 3 August 2007 10:54 AM EDT
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Sunday, 19 November 2006
THANK YOU TO BILL & KEITH!
Mood:  vegas lucky


Words cannot express my gratitude to Bill & Keith for their kindness.

I've been "HAPPY" for a solid week now. My smile has not faded. I love you both!

 Concert tickets for 2 shows $1000, 2 flights to AC & one flight to Vegas $500, 2 hotels in AC & 1 hotel in Vegas $900...getting my picture taken in Las Vegas with Keith Richards PRICELESS! Getting the photo autographed in Atlantic City...even more PRICELESS!!!

 



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Tuesday, 14 November 2006
Meeting Keith in Las Vegas
Mood:  happy
There's no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away
Dying all the time
Lose your dreams
And you will lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?

 




I finally caught my dream on Saturday evening in Las Vegas, after waiting a mere 27 years! I was backstage at the MGM Grand and was allowed to go to the Wardrobe room to meet Keith Richards and get a few photos taken with him. It was a surreal and fantastic experience.



I had met Keith briefly on a few other occasions, the first being in Pittsburgh, PA in January 2002, and that was a thrill enough, getting a hug and kiss & a "thanks darling" from Keith in the lobby of the hotel. I also met him again in 2003 as he left for the SARS show and he grabbed my hand as he walked by, and then in 2005 in San Francisco Keith gave me another big hug & kiss backstage in the Rattlesnake Inn.

But Saturday night in Las Vegas was different. It was special because it was just me and Keith and Keith's security, Bill. If it wasn't for the kindness and generosity of Bill, this would have never taken place and I want to thank him from the bottom of my little Keith loving heart for all he's done for me this tour.

I was told at the "second" opening night in Boston back on Sept. 20, 2006 that I might get this opportunity to have my photo taken with Keith. So every show since then (6 times to be exact), I prepared for the possibility. It meant sneaking in a camera of course, and picking the right outfit...I mean I wanted to look good right? Well, for different reasons, things just didn't seem to work out show after show, so by Vegas, which was supposed to be my last show of this tour, except that Atlantic City got postponed, I had all but given up hope. I didn't wear anything special to Vegas, no cleavage or anything, LOL, just a new skull t-shirt I had gotten.

We were in the Rattlesnake Inn, but things were SO hectic, busy and crowded backstage. Time ticked away, and the prime time would have been after the boys finished playing snooker, but that time came & went, as did the meet n' greet, etc. Bonnie Raitt was finishing her opening set, which meant the Rattlesnake was closing, so my hopes faded away, but I made a last ditch call asking "Is there any hope?". To my surprise, I was asked where I was at the moment & within seconds I was at the doorway and whisked behind the curtain up the backstage hallway. We were walking fast, but things were in slow motion for me.

In a few seconds I entered the doorway of the room marked "Wardrobe", and was told to wait in the doorway. I did so, standing beside the cases filled with the band's stage clothing. Jo Wood walked in carrying 4 hangers of Ronnie's t-shirts. I didn't speak to anyone who passed. I just waited. I wasn't nervous. Maybe I was in shock.

I was told to get my camera ready, so I turned it on, but it has a 1 minute shut off if left idle. So, it shut off as soon as Keith came around the corner, looking just fucking fantastic and ever the pirate with a huge smile, and gave me a big hug. Bill introduced us again, and I gave Keith a red, white and black skull scarf, which he hung around his neck. I thanked Keith for letting me see him and he said "Thank YOU, you keep on giving, and all I do is accept." Keith was all smiles, genuine, friendly, cool, sweet, everything you'd imagine he'd be. He grabbed me and pulled me close and Bill asked how to turn on my camera and then he took a few photos of us. I didn't even notice until afterwards that Keith wore his sunglasses for the first one, and then took them off for the second...but I do remember him leaning his head against mine. Then a woman snapped a photo of me, Bill and Keith together and when I lined up next to them, Keith said "You get in the middle" and I said "I'll be happy to be in the middle". I just couldn't stop smiling. But, funny, either could Keith. I told him I'd been waiting for this since I was 12 years old and then thinking of the song "Far Away Eyes" said "Thank You Jesus, Thank You Lord" and Keith laughed and said "Don't thank them!" to which I replied "Thank you Keith!". Then the 3 of us walked out of wardrobe, down the hall together to Camp X-Ray, where Keith said goodbye and I said thanks for the 10th time to both Keith and Bill. I remember watching Keith duck into Camp X-Ray and then peak his head out again and smile at me. I think I floated out of the backstage area to where my friends were waiting in the hallway.



I couldn't believe the photos came out so well, I couldn't have asked for better shots! Not a lot of words were spoken between us, but the emotion and the happiness and Keith's genuine spirit could truly be felt. He really did touch my heart.



Again, my heartfelt thanks to both Bill and Keith for allowing me this opportunity of a lifetime. I love you both! Tears came to my eyes a few times that night during a stellar performance by the Stones, especially when Keith sang my favoirte song of his...


YOU GOT THE SILVER
(M. Jagger/K. Richards)

Hey babe, what's in your eyes?
I saw them flashing like airplane lights
You fill my cup, babe, that's for sure
I must come back for a little more

You got my heart you got my soul
You got the silver you got the gold
You got the diamonds from the mine
Well that's all right, it'll buy some time

Tell me, honey, what will I do
When I'm hungry and thirsty too
Feeling foolish, and that's for sure
Just waiting here at your kitchen door?

Hey baby, what's in your eyes?
Is that the diamonds from the mine?
What's that laughing in your smile?
I don't care, no, I don't care

Oh babe, you got my soul
You got the silver, you got the gold
It's just your love, just leave me blind
I don't care, no, that's no big surprise

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