The Rolling Stones Unleash Virtual Gorillas At Global Landmarks
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The Rolling Stones Unleash Virtual Gorillas At Global Landmarks
In a bizarre promotion for their upcoming greatest hits collection, titled, Grrr!, the Rolling Stones have "unleashed" 3,000 virtual gorillas in 50 cities worldwide viewable via a special new uView app. For reasons unknown, the career spanning compilation features a cartoon painting of a gorilla with the Stones' signature tongue and lips. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that the gorillas, which are only viewable when your smart phone is pointed at the structure through the application, have been spotted at such landmarks Manhattan's Empire State Building, London's Big Ben, and Australia's Sydney Opera House.
Fans can email their gorilla photos to compete for a prize or twitter to @RollingStones including the #GRRR! hashtag. Several shots have already popped up on the site.
On October 5th at New York City's 92nd Street Y at Kaufmann Hall, Steven Van Zandt will interview original Rolling Stones manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham following a screening of the soon-to-be released Stones film, Charlie Is My Darling - Ireland 1965.
Andrew Loog Oldham produced everything by the band from their 1963 debut single "Come On" through 1967's double A-sided single "We Love You" and "Dandelion." In between, Oldham, who dreamed up and shaped the band's "bad boy" image and was the driving force behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards becoming a songwriting team, was behind the boards for such early Stones classics as "The Last Time," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Get Off My Cloud," "As Tears Go By," "19th Nervous Breakdown," "Under My Thumb," "Mother's Little Helper," "Paint It, Black," "Ruby Tuesday," and "Let's Spend The Night Together," among many more.
Although the Beatles broke down all the barriers for the Stones early on in their career, Keith Richards explains that the Stones needed to go against the grain to initially get noticed: "As far as the media were concerned, then yeah, obviously there was a certain amount of 'Well, we can't make you pretty and 'fab' and sweet like them -- so, let's go the other way.' I mean, you've got the good guys, so what's next -- the bad guys. I mean, obviously, we looked the part -- and it's come in handy over the years."
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