THE ROLLING STONES deserve the best after decades at the top of the music industry.
The legendary musicians will take to the stage in Spain tonight at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium on the opening night of their massive Sixty tour.
And they will live the life of luxury behind the scenes.
Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Steve Jordan, the band’s drummer on tour after the death of Charlie Watts in August last year, sold out the 53,000 seat venue and are given full VIP treatment.
As well as a practice room where they can do their yoga stretches ready for the intense show, they have a special space to make sure they feel totally ready before hitting the stage.
A show insider said, “The Stones are a well-oiled machine, and in addition to playing like clockwork on stage, they steer a tight ship behind the scenes.
“Mick likes to train with his personal trainer before every show, so they have a fully equipped training room ready for him.
“And Ronnie and Keith have a special ‘tuning room’ where they jam and play together and Mick will join them for a warm-up session before they go on stage.
“This period of preparation and preparation allows them to be at their best for the crowd.”
The concert will be the band’s first performance on European soil without Charlie.
And those working on the spectacular show reveal that his bandmates, including Steve, will remember him on stage.
Another source added: “Charlie is in the forefront of everyone’s mind at these gigs and will be remembered fondly.
“There will be a special tribute to him on the big screen, and the band will pay tribute to him during the show.”
After Madrid, the band will play a further 13 gigs across Europe and here – including a sold-out show at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park, London on June 25, where they take on long-time rival Paul McCartney, who is playing at Glastonbury on the same day.
I’m lucky enough to be flying to Madrid to see the Stones play tonight, so check Friday’s paper for my review.
And if you have a ticket, I’ll see you there.
LEONA LEWIS looks absolutely radiant ahead of her due date in a few weeks.
The Bleeding Love singer is expecting a baby with husband Dennis Jauch, a German choreographer.
She wore this floral outfit for her baby shower at home in Los Angeles and wrote on Instagram, “Feeling all the love from my baby sprinkles.
“I love my friends and family so much, I feel very supported and nurtured in the final stage of pregnancy.”
A proud blanket
CALUM SCOTT kicked off Pride Month by releasing a moving cover of Greg Holden’s track Boys In The Street in 2015.
It will feature on his new album Bridges, which will be released in a few weeks.
Calum said: “It’s one of the few songs that made me cry on first listen.
“I instantly connected to the original version and had wanted to record my own rendition for a few years.
“I knew it would fit perfectly on Bridges, and in some ways it was the song I was missing.
“I know this is a song that not only can I relate to, but will resonate with others around the world.”
Kim cuts a kardash for the jubilee
KIM KARDASHIAN is practically American royalty, but it looks like she’s keen to honor our queen by heading to the UK in time for the Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The reality TV star and her American comedian boyfriend Pete Davidson dined out in London on Monday night.
They look in love with each other and Pete even bleached his hair blonde like Kim’s.
But things aren’t going so well for Kim’s ex, Kanye West, whose fifth divorce attorney just quit.
They had discussed the details of KIm and Kanye’s split but his last legal representative, hired only two months ago, no longer wants to work with him due to an “irreconcilable rift in the lawyer-client relationship”.
No wonder Kim looks so thrilled to be halfway around the world.
Joss: I’ll stick to the writing
JOSS STONE will stop playing when her children go to school because she doesn’t want them to grow up in the music industry.
The singer is expecting her second child with her American boyfriend Cody DaLuz, a musician and former private security agent.
And Joss insists she will focus on writing songs for other performers as her kids grow up.
Joss, already mum to one-year-old daughter Violet, said: “I don’t want to leave her. Sightseeing with babies when they’re little is totally doable. Cody works from his computer on the bus.
“He accompanies me on stage with Violet. He comes in, gives her a bath and by the time I’m done on stage, it’s time to put her to bed. Perfect then.
“But when she goes to school, it won’t be a thing. I wanted to be a mom for so long. That’s the thing I want to do.
She added on the Sweat, Snot & Tears podcast, “My dream is to write for other singers. I can do it from home. So I can drop Violet off at school, come home, write songs and go get it. That’s what I would like.
“If I can organize my life like that, that would be perfect.”
Gayle was restrained
US teen singer-songwriter Gayle jumped to No. 1 in January with her track abcdefu, but she could have hit even earlier if it hadn’t been for the pandemic.
Presenting an unreleased song called That Much during her show at Omeara in central London on Monday, she said: “The song I’m about to sing, I wrote it when I was 15.
“I was really excited to do the whole ‘stage, microphone, sing in front of humans’ thing, and then Covid happened
“But we’re here now and I may not be 15 to sing these songs, but I’m 17.
“And I’ll be 18 next month – a fully fledged adult. It’s terrifying.
Speaking about her recent track EZ, she joked, “This song makes fun of how people make fun of my generation. But to be honest, we are small s***s.
Stages have a Platinum part. . like his shift
STEPS have been together longer than their first outing together – and today announce the forthcoming greatest hits album The Platinum Collection to mark 25 years since 1997, debut single 5,6,7,8.
But they insist it’s not a sign they’re breaking up again. They broke up after hitting the first gold record in 2001 and have been back since 2017.
In an exclusive chat, Lisa Scott-Lee said, “We’ve been there, we’ve got the T-shirt. We haven’t talked about breaking up because Steps is forever and there’s so much love for the band.
The album, which will be released on August 19, will feature 21 tracks, including two new ones, and will follow a series of concerts in the UK, starting with the Mighty Hoopla festival in Brockwell Park, south London, this Friday.
Lisa said of it, “It’s quite nostalgic and we loved rehearsing. It’s like, ‘Oh, look at you! We continue !’ Blue, Anastacia, Natalie Imbruglia, there are plenty of great acts.
Faye Tozer insists she and teammate Lisa are still party girls and will celebrate after their set.
Faye, who also has bandmates Claire Richards, Lee Latchford-Evans and Ian “H” Watkins, said: “It takes at least three hours to wind down after being on stage, it’s such a rush. adrenaline.”
Lisa said, “After the shows, we’re on top. You have the crowd dancing, making the moves towards you, singing the songs, it’s electric.
“It’s nice to discuss it afterwards with a glass of bubbles and then go out and celebrate.”