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What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: theimposter ()
Date: June 22, 2014 02:35

I am a little bored, so I was just wondering. My best guess is the Voodoo Lounge stage. Was there a larger one?

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: fahthree ()
Date: June 22, 2014 03:11

I always thought Steel Wheels. It looked immense.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: June 22, 2014 03:32

All the world!

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: stonehearted ()
Date: June 22, 2014 04:31

The planning stage....

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: treaclefingers ()
Date: June 22, 2014 04:35

the denial stage

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Date: June 22, 2014 05:00

With the onstage boxes I thought maybe A Bigger Bang tour stage? Rio stage looked massive especially with the walkway connecting the stage to the hotel...

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: More Hot Rocks ()
Date: June 22, 2014 05:10

Check out all stages here. look lower right to see the other Stones stages.

[www.stufish.com]

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: tomk ()
Date: June 22, 2014 07:14

Knebworth, maybe?

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: Gerry ()
Date: June 22, 2014 09:58

i thing, that the voodoo lounge-tour was huge. but also the bigger bang-stage.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: GJV ()
Date: June 22, 2014 13:47

The Steel Wheels tour stage was probably the largest one.
It was so huge that for most part in Europe it didn't fit in the smaller stadiums, so they invented especially for Europe the Urban Jungle tour with a smaller stage.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-06-22 13:50 by GJV.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: fourflicks ()
Date: June 22, 2014 14:49

I heard that "too big for europe" also many times, but somehow i doubt it.
Because a football field is not as wide as a soccer pitch. Thats why they need to adjust some football stadiums ince you play soccer there.
So even if it might be true, i somehow doubt it.
I haven't seen the steel wheels stage unfortunately as my first show was Vienna 1990, so it could very well be, it was the largest as i heard this also many, many times

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: Koen ()
Date: June 22, 2014 14:50

All your stages belong to us

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: hockenheim95 ()
Date: June 22, 2014 14:59

Quote
fourflicks
I heard that "too big for europe" also many times, but somehow i doubt it.
Because a football field is not as wide as a soccer pitch. Thats why they need to adjust some football stadiums ince you play soccer there.
So even if it might be true, i somehow doubt it.
I haven't seen the steel wheels stage unfortunately as my first show was Vienna 1990, so it could very well be, it was the largest as i heard this also many, many times

I doubt that too because it even fitted in The Broadway Hall in Atlantic City

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 22, 2014 15:08

Yeah, that "too big" for Europe doesn't make sense since football stadiums are much bigger than American rugby stadiums.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: GJV ()
Date: June 22, 2014 16:00

Quote
fourflicks
I heard that "too big for europe" also many times, but somehow i doubt it.
Because a football field is not as wide as a soccer pitch. Thats why they need to adjust some football stadiums ince you play soccer there.
So even if it might be true, i somehow doubt it.
I haven't seen the steel wheels stage unfortunately as my first show was Vienna 1990, so it could very well be, it was the largest as i heard this also many, many times

Well that's what Jagger said about it in 1990 as an answer on why the S.W. stage wasn't brought to Europe.
On the other hand: it was used a couple of concerts in Europe for the Imax movie.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-06-22 16:01 by GJV.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: The Worst. ()
Date: June 22, 2014 16:33

Mick has stated in several interviews that the costs of transporting the Steel Wheels stage from USA and Japan to Europe was much more expensive than designing a new (and cheaper) set that could be used.
This doesn't make much sense anyway, because the Steel Wheels stage was eventually transported to Europe in order to shoot the IMAX concert film.


Patrick Woodroffe added, however, in interview with MTV at the time, that the main reason they made a new design for the European shows in 1990,
was because most shows would start in daylight - thus designing a stage with brighter scenery.

On his website, Woodroffe now writes this about the Urban Jungle stage design:
"The extraordinary scale of the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour had to be downsized when the tour came to Europe and played in smaller stadia.
Urban Jungle was the result of these changes but although smaller than Mark Fisher's original epic design in America, the stage still looked theatrical and impressive."

Source: [woodroffebassett.com]



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Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 22, 2014 16:52

"The extraordinary scale of the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels tour had to be downsized when the tour came to Europe and played in smaller stadia". (Woodruffe).
How can that be when European football stadiums are larger than American dito?

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: The Worst. ()
Date: June 22, 2014 16:56

Actually, many of the US shows were played at baseball stadiums which are much wider than a football stadium on the short side.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: Stoneage ()
Date: June 22, 2014 17:04

Maybe that's it, Worst. But I wonder if that's a plausible explanation. How big can that stage be when it doesn't fit into a football stadium?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2014-06-22 18:09 by Stoneage.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: More Hot Rocks ()
Date: June 22, 2014 17:44

Well are we talking height, width, square feet?

I believe that I read that the Voodoo Lounge serpent was the highest. It had to have a beacon on it because of safety regulation.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: gotdablouse ()
Date: June 22, 2014 18:20

Quote
The Worst.
Actually, many of the US shows were played at baseball stadiums which are much wider than a football stadium on the short side.

Yes, that's what I was thinking, thanks for confirming!

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Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: rocker1 ()
Date: June 23, 2014 05:50

Steels Wheels, by a wide margin, and choose your metric. Everything after (and before) was smaller.

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: SKILLS ()
Date: June 23, 2014 06:41

Mark Fisher who sadly passed away this time last year, has an amazing website that is a treasure trove of detailed info on every Stones Tour from 1989 to the 50th Anniversary Gigs. The site has brillant architectural drawings, great in concert and loadin' shots

But for the sake of this discussion i'll let the site speak for itself

[www.stufish.com]

and the design

[www.stufish.com]

Re: What was the biggest stage?
Posted by: JumpingKentFlash ()
Date: June 23, 2014 07:28

Quote
Koen
All your stages belong to us

All your stages ARE belong to us. :-) Love that quote.

JumpingKentFlash



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