Quick Takes: Stevie Wonder, Keith Richards, Neil Young

  • On Saturday (October 31st), Stevie Wonder performed a four-song set at Joe Biden's Detroit rally. Wonder, who appeared at the event along with President Barack Obama, played his 1973 Innervisions classic “Higher Ground,” his two new songs, marking his first release in a 15 years — “Can’t Put It In The Hands Of Fate” and “Where Is Our Love Song” — before wrapping with 1972's Talking Book masterpiece, “Superstition.”
    • Wonder told the crowd at one point, “The only way we’re going to win this fight, a fight against injustice, is by voting. We must vote justice in and injustice out. I feel this election here is the most important one of my lifetime. When I’m in California hearing about a group of people that are trying to kidnap and murder the governor of this state, excuse my language, but that’s some bull***. Unacceptable.” (Rolling Stone)
  • Despite Keith Richards taking issue with Donald Trump using the Rolling Stones' songs at his campaign rallies — he maintains politics holds little interest to him. Richards admitted the Stones don't get hung up on politics, revealing, “We have no political differences because we’re basically apolitical. We’re just making music; we don’t give a s*** about the rest of the world. And I’m English and I’m living in America, so I’m not gonna squeak hardly. I’ll just squeak a little.”
    • When pressed about any fear he has of the Coronavirus, the guitarist said: “I’m impervious. I’m like Donald Trump — immune (laughs). Note the hollow laugh.” (The Los Angeles Times)
  • On December 11th, Neil Young will reissue his 1970 After The Gold Rush album in commemoration of its 50th anniversary. The set will be issued on CD and vinyl features newly produced artwork, a lithograph print of the album cover, and a seven-inch picture sleeve featuring the B-side “Wonderin'” — along with an alternate take of the song.
    • The tracklisting to After The Gold Rush is: “Tell Me Why,” “After The Gold Rush,” “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” “Southern Man,” “Till The Morning Comes,” “Oh, Lonesome Me,” “Don’t Let It Bring You Down,” “Birds,” “When You Dance,” “I Can Really Love,” “I Believe In You,” “Cripple Creek Ferry,” “Wonderin’,” and “Wonderin’ (previously unreleased version).” (Consequence Of Sound)