the ROLLING STONES
with Stevie Wonder
Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
Capacity: ONLY 3,500!
Dreams can come true – the Rock Gods smiled upon us.
If you’ve ever been to the Hollywood Palladium you know that it’s a terrific venue for concerts. With a maximum capacity of 3,500; it’s just large enough to accommodate a select concentration of the dedicated tribe who made the cut, as well as small enough to create a relatively intimate party atmosphere where “the bands and the fans can rock the house”. With that in mind you may wonder, out of a population of seven million in L.A. county with at least a few hundred thousand Stones fans, how did 00individual get tickets for himself and a group of close friends?
The tickets were available on a first come first serve basis from information in an ad in the L.A.Times Saturday edition. The first 3,500 people, whose check inside their mailed requests were received, got tickets. 00individual had an L.A. Times distributor connection and obtained a few Saturday copies on Friday night, around Midnight – he can clearly remember as if it was yesterday; he cut open a bundled stack of newspapers as if it was the lid on a treasure chest! And it was! A Rock ‘n’ Roll treasure chest! For inside were assured early-access-to-Stones-concert-tickets gold!
00individual passed out the ads to friends on stand-by, dropped them off at the 24 hour LAX central post office and had their requests for tickets in the mail before anyone else in L.A. even received the paper!
That’s right, “we’re talkin’ ‘bout the Midnight Rambler; the one that scored ticket gold!”
Opening for the Stones was a legend, Stevie Wonder! 00individual was twelve in 1963 when he first heard thirteen year old “Little” Stevie Wonder’s rousing “Fingertips (pt.2)” with the knockout harmonica! This night’s performance saw Stevie reveling in the success of his “Music of My Mind” and “Talking Book” highpoint, with “Living for the City” and the classic funk-electro-rocker “Superstition”,- what a thrill for real!
Once the Stones took the stage it was party time! Their group, about eight of them, had staked-out an area in the middle right of the Palladium floor about ten deep back from the edge of the stage, perfect position to put them within 30 feet of the Stones the whole evening! This was during a good, clean, fun cocaine phase and they came prepared! There was no search-at-the-door back then and they literally crouched down in the crowd and did cocaine pow-wows throughout the concert.
Mick and his band mates were hyped, they knew who they were about to perform for; that’s right, the hard-core L.A.Stones fan that made it to this concert!
Joints were passed; joints were received and the Stones rocked the house!
This was a rejuvenating time for the Stones with their double LP, “Exile on Main St.” as a return to their rock ‘n’ blues roots and punkish attitude that everyone was attracted to in the first place.
Although initially panned, (Rockersknew better) the “Exile On Main Street” LP rocked hard and dirty, just the way they liked our Stones – and it’s now not only considered a classic high-point but possibly the last “classic” Stones release to date – for real.
This Rocker^ with shoulder-length blonde hair in the lower left corner is 00individual!
Still frame screen shot of a Rolling Stones video revealed 00individual’s exact position in the Palladium on Friday night, June 9, 1972 as previously stated. Trippy History!
So, everyone rocked just as hard ‘cuz from their viewpoint it literally felt as if the Stones were the live entertainment for a small party that got out of hand!
So what was it like? Insane! The Best! Historic! World-Class Good Times! Imprinted Memories! Too cool! Wow!
To prove the intimacy of attending this concert of 3,500; the Stones next L.A. area gig was the Long Beach Arena (capacity: 13,500) and then two nights at the Forum, Inglewood (Capacity: 18,000).
So nearly 50,000 L.A.-area fans saw the Stones in 1972 – but only 3,500 saw them intimately.
Epilogue: A super rare, fun and memorable classic concert of Rock ‘n’ Roll History. Sigh.
Mick Jagger (Vocals and Harmonica), Keith Richards (Guitars and Vocals),
Mick Taylor (Guitars), Bill Wyman (Bass), Charlie Watts (Drums), Nicky Hopkins (Piano and Organ), Bobby Keyes (Saxophones), Jim Price (Trumpet and Trombone).
A Classic Kick-Ass Set:
Brown Sugar, Bitch, Rocks Off, Gimme Shelter, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Sweet Virginia;
You Can’t Always Get What You Want, All Down the Line, Midnight Rambler, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man.
STONES LIVE 1972 HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM!
At 0:55 in the lower left hand corner, the guy with the long blond hair, that’s 00individual!
00individual makes it to the May 20, 2013 second and last show at the L.A. Staples Center in a V.I.P. Room! ! !
History repeated itself 41 years later!
STONES LIVE 2013 AT THE L.A. STAPLES CENTER!
YOWZA! – FAR OUT! – RIGHTEOUS!
00individual forever thanks the Rock Gods and any other Deity contributors for their perfect timing afforded to 00individual to partake in history, in creativity, in mind and in music.