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Topic: More about Jagger's "Goddess in the Doorway'' Return to archive
08-16-01 11:52 AM
moy The title track, "Visions of Paradise." not "Paradise" was composed by Rob Thomas and Mick Jagger.

A leftover track from Jagger's "Vision of Paradise" that they
worked on, called "I Got a Disease," is, according to
Thomas, "a good candidate, I think, for our next record, so
I'm going to try to talk to him about coming in and doing
some backing vocals on our record for us."

It's not a far-fetched idea. Thomas sang on the track Jagger
used, and Matchbox guitarist Cook was also brought in to
play on it.

"Our reference was like when Mick was on Carly Simon's
`You're So Vain,'" Thomas says.

Thomas' contribution to such songs isn't limited to music or
lyrics. "For me, it's more like having a chunk of song, either
a chunk of a melody for a verse or lyrics for a chorus and
building it around that."

"Visions of Paradise" started by "just sitting at the piano and
playing a little riff and starting to sing over it. It never works
the same way twice," he says.


"The Willie (Nelson) gig and Mick (Jagger) gig, that's why I did this in the first
place - to be able to meet people like that. These are my
idols. Just to sit in a room with them, and then on top of
that, to be sitting in a room with them writing music,
listening to their ideas and have them actually listen to mine
- those are things I do for me and the 16-year-old forever
inside me."

Excerpts from a long article from cdnow
08-17-01 12:49 PM
Tom Can't find the article in CD Now, please post the whole article or mail me
08-17-01 02:41 PM
moy Extra Credits For Rob Thomas

By ROGER CATLIN
The Hartford Courant
August 16, 2001



After selling 10 million copies of the first Matchbox 20
album, lead singer Rob Thomas ordinarily would have been
spending his time figuring out how to lick the sophomore
slump in a time of fickle rock fame.

Instead, a Grammy-winning
multiplatinum collaboration with
Carlos Santana made him a
songwriter in high demand.

And though he continues to tour
with his band, with a show at the
ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre
Saturday, there are a lot of new
Rob Thomas songs coming out by
a variety of artists.

Marc Anthony is about to release "The Tragedy," the
Thomas co-written first single from the Latin singer's
upcoming pop album.

Three Thomas songs pop up on Willie Nelson's upcoming
album, "The Great Divide."

And Thomas has found time in recent months to work with
artists as diverse as country's Phil Vassar, R&B's Carl
Thomas and rock's Mick Jagger, for whom he helped write
the Rolling Stone singer's title track, "Visions of Paradise."

It all comes after a heady year during which, before the
release of his band's "Mad Season," Thomas won three
Grammys, including record and song of the year for
co-writing and appearing on "Smooth" with Santana.

That credit, along with the one for his own band's single,
"Bent," earned Thomas BMI awards for writing two of the
most-performed songs of the year.

Which kept his phone ringing steadily.

"Before that whole thing, I was definitely never looked at as a
songwriter," Thomas says, "which to me was my gig."

Speaking from Columbus, Ohio, Thomas, 29, says, "Being
seen as the guy who writes songs as opposed to just a guy
who sings them, that meant everything to me. It just carries
a whole lot more weight.

"The Willie gig and Mick gig, that's why I did this in the first
place - to be able to meet people like that. These are my
idols. Just to sit in a room with them, and then on top of
that, to be sitting in a room with them writing music,
listening to their ideas and have them actually listen to mine
- those are things I do for me and the 16-year-old forever
inside me."

A longtime fan of Nelson, Thomas was pursued by the
country star to work on an album Nelson was doing.

"Whenever people ask me if I was going to write with Willie,
my joke was that I've been writing for Willie my whole life -
he just hasn't noticed it yet," Thomas says. "And true to
form, he wound up doing three songs that I had already
written, that I didn't really write for him."

Thomas also sings backup on "Maria," which opens the
album.

But Nelson's gain didn't come at the expense of Matchbox,
Thomas says, although one of the songs, "Recollection
Phoenix," was first offered to the band.

"We played it when we were making the record, and the
guys just weren't into it," Thomas says. "They passed on
doing it. And when Willie did it, of course, they were like,
`Well, we could have done that!'"

Thomas says the rest of the band - drummer Paul Doucette,
guitarists Kyle Cook and Adam Gaynor and bassist Brian
Yale - doesn't worry that the good songs are going to other
acts.

"There's never been a fear of that," Thomas says. "When I'm
sitting there writing and something comes out, that goes into
my pile for Matchbox. And we, as a unit, always get first
crack."

In fact, the band may benefit from his collaboration with
Jagger.

A leftover track from Jagger's "Vision of Paradise" that they
worked on, called "I Got a Disease," is, according to
Thomas, "a good candidate, I think, for our next record, so
I'm going to try to talk to him about coming in and doing
some backing vocals on our record for us."

It's not a far-fetched idea. Thomas sang on the track Jagger
used, and Matchbox guitarist Cook was also brought in to
play on it.

"Our reference was like when Mick was on Carly Simon's
`You're So Vain,'" Thomas says.

Thomas' contribution to such songs isn't limited to music or
lyrics. "For me, it's more like having a chunk of song, either
a chunk of a melody for a verse or lyrics for a chorus and
building it around that."

"Visions of Paradise" started by "just sitting at the piano and
playing a little riff and starting to sing over it. It never works
the same way twice," he says.

And all the outside work hasn't hurt the popularity of
Matchbox Twenty (the band has gone to spelling out the 20
on its "Mad Season" album).

"It's funny," Thomas says, "coming off a 10-million-selling
record, we had our biggest single on this record."

"Bent" did even better than their previous hits, "Push," "3
A.M.," Real World" and "Back 2 Good."

"Which makes us feel like we're all on the right track,"
Thomas says.

Just a few days into the tour, which continues through
October, they started hitting hot weather ("I go through more
shirt changes than the Backstreet Boys," Thomas said.)

But they've also started to hit their stride.

"We're starting to get on autopilot now," Thomas says, "just
going out and having a good time. Like, last night was the
first night where we were all on stage and got goofy. We did
like half of `Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.'

"And that's a good feeling," he says. "Everybody is
comfortable now, and the show is going well enough that we
can [screw] off and still have a good show."

Matchbox Twenty headlines a show at the Meadows Music Centre in Hartford Saturday with Train and
Seven Mary Three. Peter Stuart opens the show at 7 p.m.
Parking gates open at 4 p.m.; concert gates open at 5.
Reserved seats are $45 and $35. General admission on the
lawn is $19.50. Tickets go up $2 the day of show.
Information: 860-548-7370.
[Edited by moy]
08-20-01 10:26 PM
moy Mick Jagger Finds 'Joy' With Bono On Solo LP

Goddess in the Doorway due November 6.

Long considered a rock god, Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has a new goddess, and it's not a slinky, young babe it's his new album.



Goddess in the Doorway is due November 6, his publicist said, and Jagger's first solo disc in eight years includes such highlights as a track with U2's Bono called "Joy."


Five songs on the album were produced by Jagger with ex-Rolling Stones keyboardist Matt Clifford, and five others were handled by Marti Frederiksen, who co-wrote and produced Aerosmith's latest, Just Push Play. Wyclef Jean produced one additional track on the record, the publicist said.


Goddess in the Doorway also features a strong stable of guest performers (see "Bono, Wyclef, Joe Perry Lend Hands To Mick Jagger Solo Album"). Pete Townshend and Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry play on numerous tracks. Jagger's pal Lenny Kravitz, who contributed to the singer's last solo album, Wandering Spirit (1993), guests again and co-wrote "God Gave Me Everything." Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas penned three tunes with Jagger, but it looks like only one, "Visions of Paradise," will appear on the disc.


Other song titles include "Everybody Get High," "Don't Call Me Up" and the title track.


No tour plans have been announced yet, however Jagger has said he wants to play the new songs live, just not on a worldwide tour. He has also said that while there won't be a Rolling Stones tour this year, the band is interested in getting back in the studio and on the road.


In addition to recording Goddess, Jagger found time to act in the George Hickenlooper film The Man From Elysian Fields, which also stars Andy Garcia, James Coburn and Anjelica Huston. But that's not the extent of his upcoming screen time Jagger is also the focus of a documentary by Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald.

Jon Wiederhorn

08-21-01 05:46 AM
CS From Rolling Stone Daily

JAGGER GOES SOLO ON "GODDESS"

MICK JAGGER's fourth solo record -- and first since 1993's "Wandering Spirit -- will be titled "Goddess in the Doorway" and released in November. The album's guest list includes LENNY KRAVITZ, WYCLEF JEAN, BONO, PETE TOWNSHEND and others. "I don't believe in having bands for solo records," Jagger told Rolling Stone. "It's pointless. I mean, I've got a very good band in the other world." In addition to playing some solo dates behind "Goddess,"

Jagger also noted that the ROLLING STONES were planning a new album and tour, "but not this year."


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