The Rolling Stones, ‘Backstage at the John F. Kennedy Stadium’

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2020 © Bill Wyman Archive
Philadelphia, U.S.A. 26 September 1981

Digital archival C-type print embossed and hand signed by the photographer
Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

‘The tour is expected to be the most profitable in the history of rock & roll; its sheer size has been staggering... ticket requests for these shows ran into the millions...’ The New York Times

This landscape shot depicts the calm before the storm... moments before the Stones performed in front of 90,000 screaming fans. Initially, singer Mick Jagger was not interested in another tour, but guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood were, as were elements of the press and public. Jagger eventually relented. As with previous tours, the American Tour 1981 was promoted by Bill Graham. The Rolling Stones kicked off their massive tour in support of 1981's Tattoo You with a two-night stand at South Philadelphia iconic John F. Kennedy Stadium. Two of the three opening bands, George Thorogood, and The J Geils Band, were received well, but the third – a still somewhat unknown Prince – barely got through three songs before being booed off. The tour was the largest-grossing tour of 1981, and for several years to come.

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