EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
The ROLLING STONES
EXILE ON MAIN ST.
Rolling Stones Records COC 2-2900 – May 12, 1972
Nineteen seventy-two was a rejuvenating time for The Stones. Rather than to further explore Sticky Fingers territory they got down and gritty with their double LP, “Exile on Main St.” as a return to their Rock ‘n’ Blues roots with a punkish Gospel attitude. This return somehow fit the times – Cocaine use was on the rise everywhere in a fairly social environment, but with it came a stark realization; for as the colorful ’60s flowers began to wilt they revealed the dark dirt beneath – the descent of the cherished Vibe.
The Stones surely sensed the prevailing winds and broke their seemingly relentlessness three release summit climb and instead were exiled on Main Street.
Some Main Streets can be the worst street in town, as a matter of fact, The Stones are playing at a small club right down here a couple blocks on Main Street, let’s go check ’em out . . .
. . . 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 for The Stones “Exile On Main St” concert 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 money orders 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!
On June 9, 1972, only one month after Exile’s release, and after playing both LPs – a lot – 00individual was primed to hear the songs live.
Once the Stones took the stage it was party time! The Tribal Rock Fiends of Rik, Krik, TFS, Dr. Dean, Mike D, 00individual and a couple other usual suspects had claimed an area in the middle of the Palladium floor about ten deep back from the edge of the stage, perfect position to put them within 20 to 30 feet of The Stones the whole evening!
This was during a good, clean, fun Cocaine phase and 00individual and friends came prepared! There was no search-at-the-door back then and they literally crouched down and did cocaine pow-wows throughout the concert.
The Stones were hyped, had to be, they knew who they were about to perform for; that’s right, the Hard-Core Rockin’ L.A.Stones Fan that made it to this concert on Main Street, well, Sunset Boulevard, but that’s like a symbolic Main Street in L.A.
Joints were passed and received and The Stones rocked the house!
From 00individual’s viewpoint it literally felt as if The Stones were the live entertainment for a small party that got out of control! Insane! The Best! Historic! World-Class Good Times! Imprinted Memories! Way Too cool!
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.
A super rare, fun and memorable classic concert of Rock ‘n’ Roll History. Sigh.
Lineup: 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.
Although initially panned, (Rockers knew better) the “Exile On Main St.” LPs rocked hard and dirty, just the way they liked their Stones – and the double album is now not only high on all “Best Lists” and considered a classic high-point within The Stones’ canon, but possibly the last “classic” Stones release to date – for real.
EXILE ON MAIN ST.
1. “Rocks Off” 4:31
2. “Rip This Joint” 2:22
3. “Shake Your Hips” (Slim Harpo) 2:59
4. “Casino Boogie” 3:33
5. “Tumbling Dice” 3:45
6. “Sweet Virginia” 4:27
7. “Torn and Frayed” 4:17
8. “Sweet Black Angel” 2:54
9. “Loving Cup” 4:25
10. “Happy” 3:04
11. “Turd on the Run” 2:36
12. “Ventilator Blues” (Jagger/Richards/Mick Taylor) 3:24
13. “I Just Want to See His Face” 2:52
14. “Let It Loose” 5:16
15. “All Down the Line” 3:49
16. “Stop Breaking Down” (Robert Johnson) 4:34
17. “Shine a Light” 4:14
18. “Soul Survivor” 3:49
The World’s Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band!
The ROLLING STONES
Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA – May 20, 2013
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