Shepard Fairey Designs Superheavy Album Cover

Posted by The G on September 18, 2011 under Street Art | Be the First to Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Shepard Fairey.



How do you make the supergroup Superheavy’s album even bigger?  Get Shepard Fairey to design the album cover.  The band features Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Joss Stone, Damien Marley and A.R. Rahman.  I listened to a preview copy a few weeks ago and I didn’t really care for the record.  Production values are great, but I don’t care for Joss Stone’s diva vocals mixed with a rough sounding Mick Jagger to a reggae beat.  I am open to seeing the album performed live, however.  What are your thoughts?  Let us know when the album is officially released on September 20, 2011 – my birthday!  That’s Superheavy!

Listen by Mark Seigler

Posted by The G on January 28, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photos of Mark Seigler’s photos by G.

Mick Jagger by Mark Seigler

Photographer Mark Seigler has seen and photographed everything from rock stars to gorgeous landscapes to still lifes and nudes.  “Listen” by Mark Seigler at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York shows off many jewels from Seigler’s career that have never been displayed publicly.  Coinciding with the exhibit, Seigler has released a companion book also titled “Listen,” which is now available.  Music fans will surely recognize Seigler’s work as he has taken iconic photos of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Lenny Kravitz.

David Bowie by Mark Seigler

I attended the opening night gala reception for “Listen” by Mark Seigler and I was fortunate enough to meet the artist.  See a picture of my encounter with Mark Seigler as well as an image of a female nude (NSFCMP – not safe for closed-minded people), after the jump.

“Listen” by Mark Seigler is now showing at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York until February 26, 2011.  The Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

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Hulbert Waldroup at Gallery Bar

Posted by The G on August 2, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Hulbert Waldroup.

Hulbert Waldroup at Gallery Bar in New York.

Head on over to Gallery Bar in New York to quench your thirst and see some groovy art. Gallery Bar changes their exhibits every few weeks and currently on display is an exhibit from artist Hulbert Waldroup.  He pays homage to some Rock and Roll legends past and present and even has some paintings of some of the women you’d expect to find hanging out backstage.  Special thanks to Darin at Gallery Bar for showing me around.  Gallery Bar is located at 120 Orchard Street in New York.

If you accurately identified (from left to right): Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan in the above image, award yourself something nice today.

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Smash His Camera by Ron Galella

Posted by The G on June 12, 2010 under Artsy Fartsy | 3 Comments to Read

Photos of Ron Gallela’s photos by G.

Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger by Ron Galella

The Godfather of US Paparazzi Culture, Ron Gallela is having quite a month!  A documentary about his infamous impromptu photo sessions with the likes of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Steve McQueen, Marlon Brando, Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol entitled “Smash His Camera,” has just premiered on HBO.  To coincide with the documentary, a photo exhibit of the same name is being shown at the Clic Gallery from now until June 30, 2010 in New York.  I used to see Ron Galella every so often in my “other life” when I was a little kid collecting celebrity autographs in Beverly Hills and seeing these photos brought back a lot of tucked away memories from my childhood.  If you want to see these great and candid photos, the Clic Gallery is located at 235 Centre Street in New York.  Alternately, a coffee table book also called Smash His Camera is now available wherever books are sold.

See a few more gems from this exhibit after the jump.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Night Two

Posted by The G on October 31, 2009 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

All photos by G.

Last night, at the first of two Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York, my mind was blown with seeing some amazing artists performing some amazing duets.  Tonight, my head exploded!  Because there is so much to absorb, please settle for an abbreviated review and a few pictures.

Over the course of a much shorter show (4 hours instead of 6), history was made again.  Tom Hanks introduced the show and first act Jerry Lee Lewis (who sang Great Balls of Fire).  Aretha Franklin then took the stage and sang New York, New York plus Respect and then was joined on stage by Annie Lennox for Chain of Fools.  Lenny Kravitz then joined for Think.  Jeff Beck played some killer guitar next and was joined on stage by Sting and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.  Beck finished off his set with an amazing instrumental version of A Day In The Life by The Beatles.  Metallica went on next and they were joined by Lou Reed (for Sweet Jane and White Light/White Heat); Ozzy Ozbourne for Paranoid and Ray Davies of the Kinks for You Really Got Me and All Day and All of the Night.  Before exiting, a killer rendition of Queen’s Stone Cold Crazy and Metallica’s own Enter Sandman was played.  Finally, U2 took the stage and played Vertigo, Beautiful Day before being joined by the biggest surprises of the night – Bruce Springsteen (for I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For).  Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen and U2 played Because The Night, but did several takes to get the lyrics right.  The Black Eyed Peas joined next for a medley of Mysterious Ways and Where is The Love.  The Peas exited the stage but Fergie stayed and started singing the opening bars to Gimmie Shelter, the Rolling Stones classic.  All of a sudden, Mick Jagger emerged to sing the song!  They also did U2’s Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of.  It was a night of magic!

UPDATE:  Here’s the set list:

Jerry Lee Lewis:
Great Balls of Fire

Aretha Franklin:
Baby, I Love You
Don’t Play That Song
Make Them Hear You

Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox:
Chain of Fools

Aretha Franklin:
New York, New York

Aretha Franklin and Lenny Kravitz:

Aretha Franklin:

Jeff Beck:
Drown in My Own Tears

Jeff Beck and Sting:
People Get Ready

Jeff Beck:
Freeway Boogie
Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers

Buddy Guy with Jeff Beck:
Let Me Love You

Jeff Beck:
Big Block
Rice Pudding

Billy Gibbons and Jeff Beck:
Rough Boy

Jeff Beck and Billy Gibbons:
Foxy Lady

Jeff Beck:
A Day in the Life

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Turn the Page

Metallica and Lou Reed:
Sweet Jane
White Light/ White Heat

Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne:
Iron Man

Metallica and Ray Davies:
You Really Got Me
All Day and All of the Night

Stone Cold Crazy
Enter Sandman


U2, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith with Roy Bittan:
Because the Night

U2 and Bruce Springsteen with Roy Bittan:
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For

U2 and Black Eyed Peas:
Mysterious Ways/Where Is the Love/One

U2, Mick Jagger, Fergie and
Gimme Shelter

U2 and Mick Jagger:
Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of

Beautiful Day

A severely edited version of the show will air on HBO in November, but for now, some pictures after the jump.

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