Friday, July 29, 2016

Stones In Cuba Concert Film To Play In Theatres

The Rolling Stones historic concert in Cuba last March has been captured in the new film Havana Moon, and it’s heading to theaters for a special one-night engagement.

The Cuba show was simply amazing,” Mick Jagger recalls. “It was an incredible moment; a huge sea of people for as far as the eye could see. You could feel the buzz of the enthusiasm from the crowd and that was for me the stand-out moment.”

“There’s the sun, the moon, the stars and the Rolling Stones,” adds Keith Richards. “Seeing Cuba finally get the chance to rock out was special — a night to remember in Havana.”

The Q! will keep you up to date if a local theatre in Victoria plans to show Havana Moon on September 23.

After Tomorrow: NO Free Windows 10 Upgrade For You

Windows 10 [Microsoft]

Since its introduction, Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system has been a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.  The hammer’s about to fall on the free ride, though:  after tomorrow, the OS will cost $149 (it will remain a free upgrade for many Windows Phones).

Even if you’re not sure if you want to step up to Windows 10, it’s worth downloading it before the free offer expires; you can perform an upgrade, which will license your PC for the OS, then roll back to your previous operating system.  That PC will then be upgradeable to Windows 10 for free at any time, as long as its hardware configuration remains substantially the same.

Asssuming you haven’t done so already:

Love, Dr. Scott James
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Keef: Yes, Eric Clapton’s On The New Rolling Stones Album, Mate

Eric Clapton and Keith Richards [Outlaw Blues]

Famed Rolling Stones axe-slinger and not very good palm tree-climber Keith Richards has confirmed street talk that Eric Clapton is a guest on the new Rolling Stones record, which should be hitting the shops this fall.  The project, recorded in London with Don Was, is blues-heavy, according to Keef.  He told BBC 6 Music that “Eric Clapton dropped by for a couple of numbers and it was like old times down in Richmond,” which is a reference to the fact that back when the Earth’s crust was still cooling, the Rolling Stones and the Clapton iteration of the Yardbirds both performed at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond.

Previously, Ron Wood had said that the band recorded cover versions of blues standards along with new original tracks.  That was also confirmed by Keith, who said that the album features “a lot of Little Walter stuff and quite a lot of Howlin’ Wolf but the titles I can’t reveal at the moment.  I can’t quite remember them and I haven’t got a list with me.  There’s a lot of Chicago blues.”

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Phil Rudd: I’m All Better Now, Really. AC/DC: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Phil Rudd [PRPhotos]

Ousted AC/DC drum-smasher Phil Rudd, speaking to New Zealand Herald hacks the other day, says he’s a changed man, and he’s given up “all the crazy stuff” which resulted in his being slapped with an eight month home detention sentence.

“I have behaved myself pretty well.  I even tried to give up the cigarettes but I haven’t,” said Phlyin’ Phil.  “I didn’t drink.  I am not a big drinker so it doesn’t bother me.  But I have stopped all the crazy stuff.”

Rudd pleaded guilty last year to drug possession charges.  He was also cuffed for threatening to kill a former employee, and his late 2014 arrest caused him to miss a video shoot with AC/DC for the Rock Or Bust album, and kept him from touring.

Rudd says he’s visiting a therapist every week.  “I have had to get help on my issues.  I’ve never felt better in my life.  Physically, mentally, I am in the best shape I have ever been.”

He says he’s keen to get back to work, but so far, nobody in the band has reached out to him.  His conviction does not allow him to travel to North America, although he is allowed to visit Europe, and in fact might head there to perform some solo shows.

Rudd’s position in the band was taken by Chris Slade.  The group have sailed in rough waters lately, with bassist Cliff Williams announcing that he’ll retire at the end of the tour, Brian Johnson having to step back from live performing due to serious hearing issues, and Angus Young‘s brother Malcolm exiting due to dementia.

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Constable Sarah Beckett Plaque Dedication Today

Sarah Beckett

West Shore RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett, who was killed early in April, will have a plaque formally unveiled in her honour today.

The inscription on the plaque reads In honour of the memory of RCMP Constable Sarah Anne Beckett, regimental #51939, perished in the line of duty April 5, 2016.

Sarah Beckett Plaque

The 32 year old mother of two children died after a pickup collided with her cruiser in Langford.  The driver of the truck was taken into custody and released the following day, with no charges laid, and the investigation is continuing.

Members of the public are invited to attend the ceremony, which begins at 9am at the West Shore RCMP detachment at 698 Atkins Avenue.  Sarah’s family and Langford Mayor Stew Young will also be paying their respects.

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John Mann Orders Up

John Mann [The Star]

One of the newest to join the ranks of those receiving British Columbia’s top accolade is Spirit Of The West cofounder John Mann, who was among sixteen people presented with the Order Of British Columbia yesterday.

Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon says the Order Of BC is designed to acknowledge the hard work, generosity and outstanding achievements of recipients.

It’s bittersweet news for Mann, who was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s in 2014.  The condition has made it very difficult for him to speak, and as a result Spirit Of The West played their farewell shows in Vancouver in April.

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Tuesday QuickPoll: Eagles

Eagles [Rocknuts]

Eagles‘ fourth studio album, One Of These Nights, became their first album to reach number one today in 1975.  It sold more than four million copies, was nominated for a Record Of The Year Grammy Award, and won for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.  It was also their last album to feature Bernie LeadonJoe Walsh replaced him in December of 1975.

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Sunfest 2016

100.3 The Q! is proud to present Sunfest, British Columbia’s biggest country music festival, from Thursday, July 28 – Sunday, July 31 at the brand new Laketown Ranch in the Cowichan Valley.

Featuring Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Dallas Smith, Neal McCoy, High Valley, Chase Bryant and more!

For the full line-up and ticket details, head to the Sunfest website.

The Q! audio archives: Gord Downie, 2007

Fans of Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip are reeling from devastating news he has terminal brain cancer.

Downie was diagnosed with the disease last year and has since undergone surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. The Hip announced it will hit the road together this summer. Their Man Machine Poem Tour of 11 Canadian cities starts July 22 in Victoria at Save On Foods Memorial Centre.

Let’s flashback to January of 2007 when Gord Downie stopped by The Rock Research Centre before the band’s pair of shows in support of World Container. The Q! had invited five of our nine listeners to meet and greet Gord and ask a question on-air.

Thanks to former Q! staffer Alana Jones for sharing her photo from the meet and greet with Gord Downey during the broadcast.

Via Facebook, Rick Munro: "Great to have the opportunity to meet Gord Downie a few years back, thanks to you guys!"
Via Facebook, Rick Munro: “Great to have the opportunity to meet Gord Downie a few years back, thanks to you guys!”