Keith Richards calls the stage his office, and for the Rolling Stones the stages of their upcoming 50th anniversary tours will have to be just right.
Their ’50 and counting’ tour kicked off in London last night and will continue in the US later this week. The band will play a total of four shows, one in New York City on Thursday and the final two in New Jersey next weekend.
Band member Ronnie Wood said last Tuesday ”We’ve been thinking long and hard about the set-list but to be honest we still haven’t finalised it.”
The details of the show have been kept secret, but the band’s long time lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe has let a few things slip about the upcoming sets, mentioning that the stage will switch from stadium rock to ”huge intimacy”.
Featured on the stage will be the groups iconic lips and tongue logo. The set is also said to change for certain numbers, which will transport the audience back to the days of the band’s beginnings as a club act.
As Scotland has taken stage in Hollywood films, we took a look back at seven of the most famous productions to have been shot here…
1. Voted the best Scottish film of all time, Trainspotting just has to take the number one spot here! Who could forget the iconic opening scene featuring Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner being chased by security guards along Princes Street?
2. Several scenes for Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code were filmed on-location at Roslyn Chapel in Midlothian. During the shoot, extra security was constantly added to ensure the increased interest in the chapel would not cause the medieval building any damage.
3. Many of the Harry Potter films featured scenes shot in scenic Glencoe. Potter fans from all over the world now flock to the once-quiet area to take part in organized tours.
4. Back in 1972, filming for the cult horror production The Wicker Man took place in Dumfries and Galloway. Controversially, the 2006 remake starring Nicholas Cage was shot entirely in Canada and the USA.
5. The iconic boat chase scene in From Russia With Love was filmed in Argyll and featured homegrown Scottish talent Sean Connery as the original James Bond.
6. 2007’s The Last King of Scotland won two Oscars for Best Actress and Best Actor. The drama not only featured scenes filmed in Scotland, but also ones from on-location in Uganda. Critics applauded the filmmakers for this and many commented that it added a sense of reality to the final production.
7. Sweet Sixteen, the controversial 2002 drama, was filmed entirely in Greenock. Due to the high level of interest in the film, the local council decided to drop the films certificate from an 18 to a 15 though it stayed the same in England due to the repetitive use of foul language.
Amy Anderson, Entertainment Correspondent
Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Halle Berry are the latest Hollywood stars to film scenes for their new movie in Scotland. Hot on the heels of Brad Pitt’s departure from Glasgow, the A-list pair arrived in town earlier this week to shoot scenes for the upcoming feature-film Cloud Atlas. Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and Ben Wishaw are amongst the star studded cast.
Passers-by have been left fascinated and confused as Douglas Street in Glasgow became 1970’s San Fransisco and The City Chambers in Edinburgh a 1930’s Cambridge hotel. Crowds of fans yesterday gathered to catch a glimpse of Monster Ball star Berry film a car crash scene in Glasgow’s city center.
The film is based on David Mitchell’s award-winning 2004 novel and is set to be released in cinemas next year. It is just one of a number of Hollywood productions that have had scenes shot in Scotland in the past two years, with Burke and Hare and One Day starring Anne Hathaway also shot in Scottish cities.
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