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Author's Introduction
Preface by Bennie Strange
Montreux
Logan Airport
The Briefing
The Red Barn
The Stones Might Come
The Stones Are Coming
The Stones Aren't Coming
The Slender Strand
Twin Cessna 75 X-Ray
Keith Richards
Jane Rose
For Engineers Only
Darlin'...
Confidentiality
Systems, Inc.
Joe Rascoff
Ian Stewart
The Little Boys' Room
Master of All He Surveys
Paul Wasserman
The Tennis Courts
Bill & Astrid
A Typical Morning
A Typical Mid-Morning
Guns
My Friend Mark
Philadelphia
The Pantry
The Rock Wall
Woody
Fraternity Brothers
The Red Line
Neighbors
Judith
Kathleen
Club Owners
A Typical Rehearsal
Visitors
Rob Barnett
One Sunday Afternoon
WBCN-Boston
Bennie Strange in Worcester
The Show Must Go On
Performance!
Bill Graham
Little Girls
Steve Morse
The Raging Rose Saloon
The Publicist's Handbook
Charlie Watts
Mick and Freedom
Press Conference
The Strange Afterglow
Postscript
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Wire-copy news
Stones Cinderella Story
The Tennis Court Fiasco


Wire-copy news



ASSOCIATED PRESS WIRE-COPY NEWS

Week of Monday, 14 September, 1981


9/15

    (WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS) — WHEN IT COMES TO THE ROLLING STONES, THE SHOW MUST GO ON. THAT'S THE WORD FROM WORCESTER RADIO STATION WAAF, WHICH HAS OFFERED TO PAY THE NINE THOUSAND DOLLAR BILL FOR EXTRA SECURITY AT TWO PROPOSED ROLLlNG STONES SHOWS IN BOSTON THIS WEEKEND. THE RADIO STATION SPONSORED A STONES CONCERT IN WORCESTER MONDAY NlGHT THAT TURNED OUT TO BE ONE OF THE WORST KEPT SECRETS OF THE YEAR. THE CONCERT CLUB ONLY HELD 300 FANS — AND FOUR THOUSAND PEOPLE SHOWED UP OUTSIDE.

    BOSTON POLICE CHIEF JOSEPH JORDAN SAID YESTERDAY HE WOULDN'T EVEN CONSIDER THE PROPOSED STONES CONCERTS AT BOSTON'S ORPHEUM THEATER THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY WITHOUT AN EXTRA 100 BOSTON POLICEMEN. WAAF GENERAL MANAGER STEVE MARX QUICKLY OFFERED TO PICK UP THE TAB FOR THE EXTRA SECURITY, MARX SAID WAAF ALSO PAID FIVE-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR EXTRA POLICE PROTECTION AT THE MONDAY NIGHT WORCESTER CONCERT.

    BOSTON OFFICIALS WERE EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE THIS MORNING WHETHER THEY WOULD GIVE A LICENSE TO PROMOTER DON LAW FOR THE ORPHEUM SHOWS. THE CITY TURNED DOWN A BID FOR A STONES CONCERT AT THE ORPHEUM IN 1978, AND THE VETERAN BRITISH ROCK 'N ROLL BAND HASN'T PLAYED THE CITY SINCE THE MID-1970's. ONE REASON MAY BE THEIR REPORTED DISLIKE FOR THE CITY'S MAJOR HALL, THE BOSTON GARDEN.

    A SPOKESMAN FOR THE STONES' RECORD COMPANY SAID TODAY THERE ARE STILL NO CONFIRMED NEW ENGLAND DATES ON THE BAND'S NATIONAL TOUR, WHICH KICKS OFF SEPTEMBER 25TH IN PHILADELPHIA. 9/16

    (BOSTON) — BOSTON MAYOR KEVIN WHITE CONFERRED WITH BILL GRAHAM — THE TOUR PROMOTER FOR THE ROLLING STONES — FOR ABOUT A HALF HOUR THIS AFTERNOON. JOANNE PREVOST — WHO HANDLES LICENSING FOR WHITE — SAYS THE MAYOR TOLD GRAHAM THAT THE ORPHEUM THEATER WOULD NOT BE SUITABLE FOR STONES CONCERTS, AND THAT THE CITY WAS MAKING A SINCERE OFFER FOR USE OF CITY HALL PLAZA FOR A FREE OUTDOOR SHOW. MS. PREVOST SAYS GRAHAM MADE NO IMMEDIATE COMMENT ON WHETHER HE FELT THE STONES WERE LIKELY TO ACCEPT THE OFFER.

    MS. PREVOST SAID THE CONVERSATION WITH GRAHAM — WHO RAN THE FILLMORE EAST AND WEST ROCK HALLS IN THE LATE 1960'S — CAME AFTER WHITE ANNOUNCED HIS OFFER OF CITY HALL PLAZA AT A NEWS CONFERENCE. THE PLAZA COULD HOLD UP TO 40THOUSAND MUSIC FANS. TWO MASSACHUSETTS RADIO STATIONS HAVE OFFERED TO PICK UP THE SECURITY COSTS FOR THE SHOW.

    EARLIER TODAY, THE CITY REFUSED TO ISSUE A PERMIT TO THE BAND TO PLAY CONCERTS AT THE DOWNTOWN ORPHEUM THEATER THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY. CITY OFFICIALS SAID THEY WORRIED ABOUT SECURITY OUTSIDE THE 28-HUNDRED SEAT THEATER DUE TO CROWD PROBLEMS AT THE STONES' CONCERT IN WORCESTER MONDAY.

    (BOSTON) — BOSTON OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVEN'T OFFICIALLY HEARD YET WHETHER THE ROLLING STONES WILL PLAY A FREE CONCERT IN GOVERNMENT CENTER ON SUNDAY. BUT RADIO STATION W-B-C-N SAYS IT HAS, AND THE WORD ISN'T GOOD. W-B-C-N SAYS IT'S TALKED WITH TWO PEOPLE CLOSELY LINKED TO THE STONES. PUBLICIST PAUL WASSERMAN SAID "THERE WILL BE NO STONES CONCERT IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE." AND BILL GRAHAM, WHO'S RUNNING THE STONES' UPCOMING NATIONAL TOUR, CITED WORRIES OVER THE OUTDOOR LOCATION.

    THE IDEA OF A FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT BEFORE SOME 40THOUSAND PEOPLE WAS PROPOSED TODAY BY BOSTON MAYOR KEVIN WHITE. THAT'S AFTER WHITE REJECTED THE ORIGINAL IDEA OF THE STONES PERFORMING FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE ORPHEUM THEATER. 9/17

    (BOSTON) — YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT A ROLLING STONES CONCERT IN BOSTON IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THAT'S THE FINAL WORD TODAY FROM JOANNE PREVOST — HEAD OF LICENSING FOR THE MAYOR'S OFFICE IN BOSTON. SHE TOLD A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS AFTERNOON THAT A FINAL ATTEMPT TO HAVE THE BRITISH ROCK AND ROLLERS PLAY A CONCERT MONDAY NIGHT AT THE FOUR THOUSAND SEAT METROPOLITAN CENTER IN BOSTON'S THEATER DISTRICT HAD BEEN REJECTED BY THE BAND. MS. PREVOST SAID A LATER CONCERT AT THE BOSTON GARDEN WAS STILL A POSSIBILITY DURING THE STONES' NATIONAL TOUR. BUT SHE ADDED "AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, THIS IS IT."

    (BOSTON) — NOW THAT THE ROLLING STONES HAVE TURNED THEIR BACKS ON THE IDEA OF A CONCERT IN BOSTON, THEY'VE AT LEAST BEEN LOOKING ELSEWHERE. LOWELL CITY MANAGER JOSEPH TULLY SAYS A REPRESENTATIVE OF STONES' PROMOTER BILL GRAHAM TOOK A LOOK AT THE MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM YESTERDAY ABOUT A POSSIBLE CONCERT SUNDAY. BUT LOWELL ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER JAMES CAMPBELL SAYS DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH. HE SAYS A CONCERT IS UNLIKELY BECAUSE OF PUBLICITY ABOUT IT TODAY IN THE "LOWELL SUN." CAMPBELL TOLD W-E-E-I RADIO "ONE OF THE AGREEMENTS WAS THAT NOTICE OF THE EVENT WAS NOT TO BE LET OUT UNTIL ONE OR TWO O'CLOCK THIS AFTERNOON. BOTH PARTIES AGREED TO THIS." BUT HE DIDN'T SAY WHEN A FINAL DECISION WOULD BE MADE. 9/17

    (LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS) — AFTER BEING REJECTED BY BOSTON OFFICIALS, THE ROLLING STONES HAVE PROPOSED PLAYING A CONCERT SUNDAY AT THE FOUR-THOUSAND SEAT LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM. LOWELL CITY MANAGER JOSEPH TULLY CONFIRMED THAT A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE STONES NATIONAL PROMOTER BILL GRAHAM TOURED THE AUDITORIUM YESTERDAY, DISCUSSED TICKET DISTRIBUTION AND POLICE PROTECTION. HOWEVER, ACTING LOWELL POLICE CHIEF JOHN SHEEHAN HAS SENT OUT A LETTER OPPOSING THE CONCERT DUE TO POTENTIAL SECURITY PROBLEMS. LOWELL OFFICIALS SAID A FINAL DECISION ON THE CONCERT WAS EXPECTED LATER TODAY. 9/18

    (LOWELL) — THERE'LL BE NO ROLLING STONES CONCERT IN LOWELL THIS WEEKEND, THAT'S THE WORD FROM JACK REILLY, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM COMMISSION. THERE HAD BEEN SOME TALK ABOUT A STONES CONCERT AT THE FOUR-THOUSAND SEAT AUDITORIUM. AND THAT'S THE PROBLEM . . . THEY TALK ABOUT IT. THE CONCERT ORIGINALLY WAS GOING TO BE A LOW-KEY UNANNOUNCED EVENT. BUT WORD LEAKED OUT TO THE MEDIA YESTERDAY AND THAT IN TURN LED TO QUESTIONS BEING RAISED ABOUT CROWDS AND SAFETY. THE CONCERT HAD BEEN OPPOSED BY LOWELL'S ACTING POLICE CHIEF, JOHN SHEEHAN, WHO WAS CONCERNED ABOUT POTENTIAL SECURITY PROBLEMS. 9/19

    (PROVIDENCE) — A CONCERT BY THE ROLLING STONES PLANNED FOR TONIGHT IN PROVIDENCE REPORTEDLY HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF ADVANCE TELEVISION PUBLICITY. THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN QUOTES AN UNIDENTIFIED SOURCE CLOSE TO GEMINI CONCERTS INC. AS SAYING THE SHOW IS "DEFINITELY OFF." GEMINI HEAD FRANK RUSSO SAID, "THERE NEVER WAS AN ANNOUNCEMENT, THEREFORE THERE WAS NO SHOW." TWO PROVIDENCE TELEVISION STATIONS REPORTED LAST NIGHT THAT THE ROCK BAND WOULD GIVE A CONCERT TONIGHT AT THE 35-HUNDRED SEAT OCEAN STATE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER. A MAN WHO IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS A MEMBER OF THE BAND'S ADVANCE CREW TOLD THE JOURNAL-BULLETIN THE GROUP FEARED ADVANCE PUBLICITY WOULD DRAW A LARGE CROWD THAT MIGHT CAUSE SECURITY AND SAFETY PROBLEMS. 9/19

    (PROVIDENCE) — THE ROLLING STONES, UNABLE TO ARRANGE CONCERTS IN BOSTON OR LOWELL, APPARENTLY TURNED TO PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND AND APPARENTLY MET A SIMILAR FATE. A STONES CONCERT PLANNED FOR TONIGHT AT THE 35-HUNDRED SEAT OCEAN STATE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER REPORTEDLY WAS CANCELLED LATE LAST NIGHT BECAUSE OF ADVANCE TELEVISION PUBLICITY. THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN QUOTED A SOURCE AS SAYING THE SHOW WAS "DEFINITELY OFF". TWO PROVIDENCE TELEVISION STATIONS REPORTED LAST NIGHT THAT THE BRITISH ROCK BAND WOULD GIVE A CONCERT. A MAN WHO SAID HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE BAND'S ADVANCE CREW TOLD THE PROVIDENCE PAPER THE GROUP FEARED ADVANCE PUBLICITY WOULD DRAW A LARGE CROWD THAT MIGHT CAUSE SECURITY AND SAFETY PROBLEMS. THE STONES AND BOSTON COULD NOT AGREE ON A SITE FOR A CONCERT. AND PREMATURE PUBLICITY APPARENTLY KILLED PLANS FOR A CONCERT IN LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS. 9/21

    (BOSTON) — THE ROLLING STONES MADE IT OFFICIAL TODAY. NATIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR BILL GRAHAM SAID THERE ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT BE ANY STONES CONCERT BEFORE THIS FRIDAY WHEN THE STONES KICK OFF THEIR NATIONAL TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA.

    GRAHAM SAID NEGOTIATIONS WITH BOSTON OFFICIALS CONTINUED UNTIL LAST NIGHT, WHEN BOTH SIDES AGREED NO SUITABLE LOCATION COULD BE FOUND FOR THE BAND TO PLAY A SNEAK CONCERT BEFORE THE START OF THE TOUR.

    THE PROMOTER ALSO SAID ONE MEMBER OF THE BAND — WHOM HE REFUSED TO IDENTIFY — IS BEING TREATED BY A DOCTOR FOR A BAD BACK. AND THIS ALSO COMPLICATED ANY SUDDEN CONCERTS. GRAHAM SAID THE BAND HOPED TO PLAY THE BOSTON GARDEN AT THE END OF OCTOBER.

    (BOSTON) — THEY WON'T PLAY NOW, BUT THEY MIGHT PLAY LATER. THAT'S THE FINAL OUTCOME OF THE MYSTERY SURROUNDING A POSSIBLE ROLLING STONES CONCERT IN BOSTON BEFORE THE GROUP LAUNCHES A NATIONWIDE TOUR THIS FRIDAY IN PHILADELPHIA. TOUR MANAGER BILL GRAHAM CAME TO BOSTON TODAY TO SAY THERE WON'T BE A GIG THIS WEEK. BUT HE ADDED THAT BOSTON HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE TOUR SCHEDULE. AND IF DETAILS CAN BE WORKED OUT, THERE WILL PROBABLY BE A CONCERT GIVEN AT BOSTON GARDEN. AT VARIOUS TIMES, THE STONES ATTEMPTED TO HOLD CONCERTS AT THE ORPHEUM THEATER IN BOSTON AND THE MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM IN LOWELL. EACH PLAN WAS SNUBBED. AND GRAHAM SAID THE GROUP FINALLY GAVE UP BECAUSE OF THE LACK OF A SUITABLE SITE, ALONG WITH A BACK INJURY SUFFERED BY LEAD GUITAR PLAYER KEITH RICHARDS.

    (NEW BEDFORD) — THE ROLLING STONES MYSTERIOUSLY CANCELLED WHAT IS PROBABLY THE LAST EFFORT FOR AN UNPUBLICIZED CONCERT IN MASSACHUSETTS BEFORE STARTING THEIR NATIONAL TOUR. THAT WORD FROM TOM SHIRE, WHO OPERATES THE STATE THEATER IN NEW BEDFORD. SHIRE SAYS THE CONCERT HAD BEEN IN THE PLANNING FOR THREE DAYS. SHIRE SAYS THE CONCERT WAS TO HAVE COME OFF TONIGHT AT HIS 800-SEAT FACILITY. BUT HE SAYS A GROUP REPRESENTATIVE CALLED HIM ABOUT EIGHT HOURS BEFORE SHOW TIME TO CANCEL OUT. NO REASON HAD BEEN GIVEN. THE STONES ARE TO BEGIN A NATIONAL TOUR IN PHILADELPHIA THIS FRIDAY.

    THEY'VE BEEN REHEARSING AT LONG VIEW FARM IN NORTH BROOKFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, BUT ATTEMPTS TO CONTACT THE GROUP THIS EVENING WERE UNSUCCESSFUL.

    (WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS) — LEAD SINGER MICK JAGGER OF THE ROLLING STONES PREDICTED TODAY THAT THE ROCK-AND -ROLL GROUP'S FIRST U-S TOUR IN THREE YEARS WILL BE PEACEFUL. JAGGER MADE THE COMMENT AT A BRIEF NEWS CONFERENCE IN WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, BEFORE DEPARTING FOR CONCERTS IN PHILADELPHIA TOMORROW AND SATURDAY. THE ROLLING STONES HAVE BEEN REHEARSING AT LONG VIEW FARM IN NORTH BROOKFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS. THE GROUP GAVE A WARM-UP CONCERT IN WORCESTER TWO WEEKS AGO, BUT SINCE HAVE BEEN DENIED PERFORMANCE PERMITS IN BOSTON, AND HAVE BACKED AWAY FROM RUMORED DATES IN OTHER NEW ENGLAND CITIES. 9/23

    (NORTH BROOKFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS) — A SPOKESMAN FOR THE ROLLING STONES HAS DENIED A REPORT THE GROUP HAD PLANNED TO STAGE A CONCERT TONIGHT IN NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSETTS. TOM SHIRE, THE OPERATOR OF THE 800-SEAT STATE THEATER, SAYS THE STONES HAD CONTACTED HIM ABOUT PLAYING, BUT HE SAYS A GROUP REPRESENTATIVE CONTACTED HIM EIGHT HOURS BEFORE THE CURTAIN WAS TO HAVE GONE UP TO CANCEL THE EVENT. BUT A STONES SPOKESMAN, WISHING NOT TO BE IDENTIFIED, SAID FROM LONG VIEW FARM IN NORTH BROOKFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS THAT NO CONCERT HAD BEEN PLANNED. .
 


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