An old Stoner
Band's former manager to tell all in NXNE
By JANE STEVENSON
Andrew Loog Oldham will be Stoned again.
And soon. The former manager of the Rolling
Stones (1963-1967), in town to deliver North By
Northeast's keynote address today, said the
sequel to his 2000 autobiography, Stoned, is
due for release in Canada next spring.
In fact, yesterday afternoon he showed The
Toronto Sun the upcoming cover jacket for
2Stoned. A 1987 re-enactment of the '60s-era
photo that graces Stoned, it features Oldham
barefoot and seated on a floor, wearing
dark-lensed glasses, a mod-style suit, and
flipping two fingers.
"I had nothing better to do in 1987 than go to a
Colombian photographer and say, 'Listen, let's
re-create this other shot, not knowing at the
time I was going to write two books," said
Oldham, 58, still stylish as ever in a pair of
Armani glasses, a grey shirt, olive linen pants
and Mephisto black loafers. "There are no
And, in case you're wondering, there will be a
third book called Stone Free, the cover of
which will feature Oldham standing.
"I wasn't sure that I was going to write it but I
was driving from St. Catharines to (The Mamas
& The Papas member) Denny Doherty's house
(Wednesday) and I knew I had another book in
me," said Oldham, who's made his home in
Bogota for the past 20 years with his
Colombian-born wife and their son.
Oldham's keynote address (4 to 5 p.m., The
Holiday Inn, 370 King St. W.) will be followed by
an autograph session (5 to 5:30 p.m). The
public can attend the address for $25 with tix
on sale in the NXNE registration area of The
"This is only the second time I've done it," said
Oldham of his speaking engagement. "The first
time was in Manchester last year at this great
thing called In The City, which is a similar thing
-- groups scrambling around in clubs at night
and enough old farts to put on the banner."
Oldham is also showing his documentary,
Charlie Is My Darling, tomorrow as part of the
NXNE Film Festival.
DIVAS GO VEGAS: The glitz quotient should be
at Liberace levels since VH-1 Divas Live went
to Sin City this year.
But see the surprisingly low-key results for
yourself -- with the exception of scenestealer
Cher in an Elvis wig singing Heartbreak Hotel
during the all-star tribute to The King -- when
Divas Las Vegas airs Sunday night
(MuchMoreMusic, 9 p.m.).
Host Ellen DeGeneres brings some
down-to-earthiness to the proceedings, but her
jean jacket and white T-shirt seem better suited
to a desert dude ranch than a divafest. (The
boring, office-worthy black suit she dons later
isn't much better.)
Among the highlights are Cher doing If I Could
Turn Back Time with Cyndi Lauper; Blige's No
More Drama with full-throated vocals that
include deep knee bends; Stevie Nicks teaming
up with the Dixie Chicks for the old
Buckingham/ Nicks chestnut Landslide; and a
Siegfried and Roy sighting in the audience.
The lowlights? Celine Dion and dance artist
Anastacia's sad attempt at AC/DC's Shook Me
All Night Long -- sorry, but women just shouldn't
sing this song; human oil slick Wayne Newton
announcing backstage a la Donald Sutherland
and Glenn Close at the Oscars; and Blige and
Shakira's mismatched duet on Pat Benatar's
Love Is A Battlefield. (More on The Rolling