Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Pictures, Images and Photos

Wishing all my readers & fans of Mystic Rock Boutique a Rockin' New Year's eve and a happy, fun, healthy & prosperous New Year!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ringo Starr Birthplace Not Worthy Of Preserving

Ringo Starr Birthplace Not Worthy Of Preserving
By VVN Music

English Heritage, the organization in charge of naming places in England that should be preserved, has ruled that the birthplace of Ringo Starr in Liverpool is not worth adding to their list.

The home at 9 Madryn Street was scheduled for demolition before a committee was formed and petitioned the British government to make the house a historical site. The local council wants to knock down the home and surrounding streets to make way for new housing.

This past August, Philip Coppell, a Beatles tour guide for the past twenty years and Chairman of the Save Madryn Street Society, told the Britain's Telegraph "What the council is proposing to do is nothing short of criminal and they will be convicted in the court of international public opinion if they go ahead with it. If the council in Stratford wanted to knock down Shakespeare's birthplace and move it to the NEC there would be outrage. The only difference between the two is that Shakespeare has a four hundred year head-start on the Beatles.

"If they move it to the museum it will lose the sense of the area where it stands. Seeing it in a museum is just not going to have the same impact as visiting the street where Ringo was born. Ringo Starr lived in other houses, but he was only born in one. If it's knocked-down, even if it is moved, fans all over the world are going to be up in arms. They will just not understand how Liverpool can carry-out this kind of cultural vandalism."

Making the recent decision even more controversial is the fact that English Heritage recently ruled that the street crossing in London where the cover of Abbey Road was shot should be preserved. A spokesperson for Save Britain's Heritage, which opposes the demolition, told the website BDOnline "How is it possible to argue that (the) birthplace of Ringo Starr is less important than the Abbey Road crossing? Madryn Street, which Ringo frequently refers to in his own writings and lyrics, draws in thousands of visitors from across the globe.

"It is in an area desperately trying to cling on to its historic identity in the face enforced blight and threatened destruction. The house and neighbourhood embody the romance of the Beatles story."


(I hope they get a lot of pressure put on them so they do the right thing by letting Ringo's birthplace stand. Is it just because Ringo doesn't get respect, because they always portray him as the goofy one...Ringo deserves credit and respect! I LoVE Ringo :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Deborah Harry Will See In New Year With A Gig

BLONDIE frontwoman DEBORAH HARRY won't be joining revellers for the traditional drunken countdown on New Year's Eve - she always plays a show on December 31 to give her good luck for the next 12 months.

The singer refuses to make plans with friends and family to ring in the New Year, insisting it's important for her to play a gig instead.

She tells Britain's Live magazine, "I have a rule - I always work on New Year's Eve. I don't care where I do it, whether it's a club or a bar or a big stage, it doesn't matter. I just have to work because I always feel it's symbolic for me for the next year."

It's always nice to do something you love whether on new year's eve or any other holiday you like that becomes a tradition with gives greater meaning to the holiday.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

All Roses All the Time

All Roses All the Time
Curated by LustrousLamps

A beautiful collection of rose theme creations - curated by LustrousLamps. I'd like to thank her for including my Verdigris Rose dangle earrings by Vamp in her collection. Check out all the beautiful creations featured here on ArtFire Studios

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ozzy Crashes New Ferrari

Ozzy Osbourne Gets License Then Crashes His New Ferrari
By VVN Music

It almost sounds like a script for their old series The Osbournes. 

Ozzy Osbourne just got his drivers license after years of not getting behind the wheel. To celebrate, he went out and bought himself a brand new Ferrari.

Unfortunately, with just twenty miles on the odometer, he managed to run into the back of another car, one driven by a lawyer.

Sharon Osbourne explained on her CBS show The Talk:

"Ozzy just recently passed his driving test and you know, every guy's dream from being a kid to 62, they've wanted to have a Ferrari.

"So he goes and gets himself one. It had 20 miles on the clock, he goes, 'I'm going driving.' He goes out, gets lost, doesn't know where he is and he hits another car. But the guy he hits is a lawyer.

"So then Ozzy has a wicked panic on, he says sorry, he gets out the car and the guy goes, 'I'm calling the police.' Ozzy goes, 'You don't have to, it's only a minor thing.' The guy goes, 'I'm a lawyer.' And Ozzy says, 'Jeez, it's just my luck, I hit Perry Mason.' It's like, of all the people in the world! This guy was being really lawyer-like, asking questions, being really strict. He was like, 'Don't you leave!' Ozzy was like, 'I'm not going anywhere.'"

Now poor Ozzy won't even get back in the car. "I keep telling him (to get back in the car). He's disappointed."

Osbourne said in a recent interview that it took him 19 tries to get his license including one attempt where he was so nervous he asked his doctor to prescribe tranquilizers. The bad part is that he fell asleep during the test and woke up with a note on the dashboard saying "Unfortunately, Mr. Osbourne has not passed the exam and would suggest that he never again try to drive this car."

(This story is just to funny, but I'm sure it wasn't for poor Ozzy. Just his luck to crash into a lawyer of all people, well it could have been worse, could have been a cop LOL.)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

ALL IS BRIGHT Curated by sandeeknits

ALL IS BRIGHT Curated by sandeeknits - Collection Published on 12-19-2010

Jewelry by Vamp's Mystic Moon & Stars necklace is featured here, take a look at all the pretty celestial influenced jewelry.

We'd like to thank the curator of this beautiful collection SandeeKnits for including Vamp's Mystic Moon necklace in her collection.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

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New Black Sabbath Bootleg

New Black Sabbath Bootleg Emerges
By Andrew Tijs

An unreleased live bootleg of ‘Hand Of Doom’ from 1970 has found its way onto the ‘net.

The Metal Den reports that the recording from a soundboard during an early Sabbath gig has never been circulated in the four decades of its existence.

It’s a surprisingly clear recording of ‘Hand Of Doom’, from their 1970 metal landmark Paranoid.

It was posted on YouTube by a user who regularly uploads old metal recordings.

The user, Sid777rock suggests that its provenance is unknown, but a commenter claims that the voice at the end of the performance is Claude Nobs, organiser of Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival.

According to a setlist posted on the net, the band did play the Casino De Montreux on August 31 in 1970, with ‘Hand Of Doom’ as the sixth track, so we may have cracked the code.

Either way, check it out below – one of the best lost bootlegs ever heard from the metal pioneers.

Source: Undercover & YouTube

(Excellent, always nice to hear The Sabbath & if it weren't for Black Sabbath we would not have the genre Heavy Metal...they rule the night!)

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Doors' Jim Morrison pardoned for indecent exposure

Doors' Jim Morrison pardoned for indecent exposure

(I'm glad finally Jim has been pardoned - took so many years but at least now it's finally over and a wrong made right.)

By BRENDAN FARRINGTON and SUZETTE LABOY, Associated Press Brendan Farrington And Suzette Laboy, Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – This is the end for the wild concert 41 years ago that left Jim Morrison marked with what today would be considered sex-offender status. Florida's Clemency Board, egged on by departing Gov. Charlie Crist, pardoned The Doors' long-dead singer Thursday on indecent exposure and profanity charges stemming from the show.

Some people who were at the Miami concert March 1, 1969, insist even today that he exposed himself, though others in the audience and Morrison's bandmates contend he was just teasing the crowd and only pretended to do the deed. Crist, tuned in to the controversy by a Doors fan, said there was enough doubt about what happened at the Dinner Key Auditorium to justify a pardon.

The board, which consists of Crist and a three-member Cabinet, voted unanimously to pardon Morrison as they granted several other pardons Thursday. At the hearing, the governor called the convictions a "blot" on the record of an accomplished artist for "something he may or may not have done."

He said Morrison died before he was afforded the chance to present his appeal, so Crist was doing that for him. Board members pointed out several times that they couldn't retry the case but that the pardon forgave Morrison and negated his sentence.

"In this case the guilt or innocence is in God's hands, not ours," Crist said.

Morrison had received a six-month jail sentence — never served — and a $500 fine for the 1970 convictions, which carried consequences for the band. Ray Manzarek, The Doors' keyboard player, said Miami was supposed to be the start of a 20-city tour, but every venue canceled after Morrison's arrest.

"We had the mandate of heaven, and I think at that moment, he lost the mandate of heaven," Manzarek said. "In the recording studio, the magic stayed, but I think at that moment in Miami, the live performance magic left for a little while and then came back intermittently."

Morrison's appeals were never resolved. He was found dead in a Paris bathtub in 1971 at age 27.

Manzarek and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger supported the pardon because they say Morrison never exposed himself, though they agreed Florida's move will have little affect on Morrison's wild, outsized, drug-addled rock 'n' roll image.

"Jim's legacy is one of Dionysian madness and frenzy and of a chaotic American poet. I don't think that the Miami episode has altered his image one iota," Manzarek said.

The pardon isn't enough for Patricia Kennealy Morrison, who says she married Morrison in a ceremony that was never made official. She wanted the convictions expunged and called the pardon "a complete cheap, cynical, political ploy."

"I have a real problem with the semantics of a pardon. The pardon says that all his suffering and all that he went through during the trial, everything both of us went through, was negated," she said.

Kennealy Morrison says she exchanged vows with Morrison in a Celtic pagan ceremony. Morrison left his entire estate to another woman, Pamela Courson, a longtime girlfriend who was with him when he died. Courson died in 1974.

Kennealy Morrison said Morrison's convictions led to his demise, and that of the band. She said he felt like he "had been made a scapegoat of the counterculture movement."

"He cared about it. It affected him deeply. In fact, I think it was one of the contributory causes of his death, actually. It certainly destroyed The Doors, pretty much. They didn't perform so much as a group after Miami, after the verdict came through," she said.

Manzarek and Krieger said Morrison's main interest in appealing the case was avoiding jail time.

"He wouldn't give a (expletive)" about a pardon, Krieger said. "He would think it was old news."

Here's what most people who were at the concert agree on: The Doors went on stage late. The auditorium was oversold and wasn't air conditioned. Morrison was drunk and stopped in the middle of songs with an anti-authority, profanity-riddled rant.

A live lamb was brought on stage at one point, and Morrison also grabbed a police officer's hat and threw it in the crowd. The singer took off his shirt and fiddled with his belt, and fans poured onto the stage.

"There were 100 photos offered in evidence at the trial, photos of everything — Jim with the lamb, Jim with the hat, on the stage collapsing, riot in the audience. Not one photo of Jim's magnificent member," said Manzarek.

"It never actually happened. It was mass hypnosis," he said.

Krieger added: "Nobody would like to have that charge hanging over their head even if they are dead. I'm sure his family would be happy to see that go, especially since it never happened."

While Morrison denied exposing himself, he defended the use of nudity in theater even after his arrest. And he never toned down his lifestyle.

The fact that Morrison didn't change his life is exactly why he shouldn't have been pardoned, said retired Miami police sergeant Angel Lago, who came to Tallahassee to speak against the pardon. While he wasn't on the police force at the time of the concert, he said a friend testified at the trial that Morrison exposed himself. He firmly said his friend wouldn't have lied under oath.

"The man is not worthy of this. I don't care if he was a poet, I don't care if he walked on water," Largo told reporters during a break in the meeting.

Crist, a Republican-turned-independent, began considering a pardon for Morrison in 2007 after fan David Diamond of Dayton, Ohio, contacted him, and began pursuing it after he lost a bid for U.S. Senate last month. He steps down as governor next month.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Happy Birthday Jim Morrison

Can't go without wishing and remembering Jim Morrison of The Doors. Happy birthday to a kindred soul Jim - dark angel, poet, mystic, your star still shines fiery bright as far as the eye can see into eternity...

Found these video & thought it would make a good tribute to him.

I'm gonna love ya till the stars fall from the sky....

Monday, December 06, 2010

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Busted

AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Busted In New Zealand
By VVN Music

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with marijuana possession in a New Zealand court leading to questions of whether the charge will hurt the group's ability to tour.

Rudd was arrested in October 7 after the police raided his boat which was anchored at the Tauranga Beach Marina in North Island. They found 25 grams (.88 ounces) of pot on board.

Rudd and his lawyer appeared in Tauranga District Court last Tuesday with Phil pleading guilty; however, his lawyer asked for leniency, saying that the conviction on the charge could make international touring difficult. Magistrate Robyn Paterson refused and gave Rudd the full charge along with a fine of $186 and $99 in court costs. The judge told the drummer "It was not just an accident. You were blindly ignoring the law. You have been playing Russian roulette."

(This bites, hopefully they will still be able to tour.)

CBGB Movie Coming

CBGB Movie Coming
By VVN Music

With all the music bio films that are being made, you start to wonder if there is room for one more, but the latest from Randall Miller and Jody Savin is a bit different.

It's the biography of CBGB, the legendary New York club that gave the first major exposure to artists like Talking Heads, the Ramones, Patti Smith and Blondie.

Miller and Savin, who are also currently working on a biopic of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, have said that the movie will "center on the real-life story of Hilly Kristal’s CBGB club and its impact on the underground music scene." 

The pair talked with Sight on Sound:

“This is a film about an era of music, about a place that I hung out at in New York in the early ’80s and about an unsung champion of new music,” Savin said.

Miller added: “(Jody) knows everything I do as a filmmaker, but she adds a love for New York and an ear for this time and place.

Miller and Savin are co-writing the untitled film with Savin making her directorial debut. They are both producing through their Unclaimed Freight Productions.

(Cool,...I think that time in the New York music punk scene was an exciting one and a movie will be great to see!)