stuck around St. Petersburg when I saw it was a time for a change
killed the Tzar and his ministers, Anastasia screamed in vain
for the Devil
Aug. 11, 1998
Stadium, Moscow, Russia, August 11, 1998
in the dressing room to the Russian cultural attaché, Mick tells
of when they first tried to set up a Russian tour and he was asked what
he would do to improve cultural standards of Russian youth. I said that
I thought they could improve their own cultural standards without any help
from me, Jagger said.
Lisa Robinson, journalist, on tour with the Stones in 1975
July 28, 2007
Song Festival Ground
Aug. 8, 1998
Apr. 13, 1967
July 25, 2007
in Poland, in Warsaw in ' 67. Nearest thing to that Long Beach riot (1965)
I ever saw... We get there, behind the Iron Curtain, do the whole
bit, all very uptight. There's army at the airport. Get to the hotel which
is very jail-like. Lots of security people about, a lot like America. And
it gets even more like America as it goes along. We're invited by the Minister
of Culture, on a cultural visit, and we're playing in the Palace of Culture.
We get there to do our gig. We go on. Honksi-de-boyski, boysk. Zee Rolling
Stones-ki. And who's got the best seats in the house right down front?
The songs and daughters of the hierarchy of the Communist Party. They're
sitting there with their diamonds and their pearls... and their fingers
in their ears. About 3 numbers, and I say, Fuckin' stop playing, Charlie.
You fuckin' lot, get out and let those bastards in the back down front.
So they went. About 4 rows just walked out. All the mamma and daddy's boys.
Outside, they've got water cannons... All the cops had white helmets and
the big long batons... There were 2000 kids that couldn't get in because
of the sons and daughters. They wouldn't have had a riot there if they'd
let the kids in. Only later I found out Poland is one of the most corrupt
countries in the world. There can't be many bands that have played behind
the Iron Curtain.
Keith Richards, 1971
Aug. 14, 1998
Charlie on the Babylon
bridge... Slaski Stadium, Chorzow, Poland, August 14, 1998
(*then former Czechoslovakia)
Aug. 18, 1990
are rolling out, the Stones are rolling in.
Posters plastered over Prague, August 1990
Aug. 5, 1995
Aug. 22, 1998
July 27, 2003
July 22, 2007
Letenska Plan, Prague, Czech
Republic, July 27, 2003
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