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CEDAR FALLS Wet Rolling Stones rock Iowa By JANEEN BURKHOLDER | Nov. 21, 1981 CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Rolling Stones sizzled Iowa fans with their music, but the warm air created by the breaths of the sell-out crowd and a cold roof caused water to condense and rain inside the concert hall. 'I didn't know it rained indoors,' Mick Jagger told the 24,000 rock 'n' roll Friday who paid from $16.50 and up to see the rock group at the University of Northern Iowa's UNI-Dome. The 38-year-old Jagger pranced onto the stage wearing a green jersey and white football knickers and the band led the concert with the controversial tune, 'Under My Thumb.' Despite the dripping water, the Stones played for more than two hours, reeling off hits like 'Shattered,' Honky-Tonk Woman,' and 'Brown Sugar.' Uni-Dome Director Bob Bowlsby said to his knowledge, there were no arrests. He said about six people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries or illnesses. Earlier in the day, eager fans put on parkas and wrapped themselves in sleeping bags to endure the chilly wait for top-rank spots to see the concert. 'I think (lead singer) Jagger is sensual,' one woman said as the crowd filled the 168,000-square foot hall, which has an air-supported roof. Temperatures were in the mid-20s and there were brisk northerly winds before and during the concert. Cedar Falls, like most of the state, was numbed by a snowstorm Thursday. Buyers snapped up all 24,000 tickets to the concert within four hours of the time they went on sale a few weeks ago. There were 14,600 reserved seats for the concert with the remaining 9,400 tickets sold for 'festival seating' -- standing room on the floor of the UNI-Dome. About 20 uniformed officers were stationed in the UNI-Dome for the concert and another 20 campus security officials were outside the stadium. UNI-Dome officials hired 90 people for a T-shirt 'peer pressure' security force. Concert officials had to hustle to clear and clean the auditorium. The University of Northern Iowa's Panthers were scheduled to play football today in the stadium. The Rolling Stones performed Thursday night in St. Louis and were scheduled to appear in St. Paul, Minn. today. Mick Jagger during the 1981 Cedar Falls concert.
Anyone know why they didn't play Boston on this tour? I assume management/money issues?
CEDAR FALLS The Rolling Stones in 1981 at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. (Photo Rick Chase) RS 1981 CEDAR FALLS "Very cold night. Me and a couple of buddies drove my 69 volkswagen bug with no heat. My first Stones concert also. Etched in my memory, what's left of it.?" - Gregg Mostaert "What a night! I was there first time seeing the Stones and I even remember Mick asking people to give an unknown band called the Stray Cats a chance!" - Mike Johnson
CEDAR FALLS VIDEO: November 20, 1981 [www.youtube.com] Under My Thumb, Let's Spend the Night Together - CEDAR FALLS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- sTRAY cATS - Cdar Falls ---------- The Stray Cats opened for the Rolling Stones in 1981. Stray Cats: Live at Rockpalast DVD The Stray Cats' Vintage Rock The Stray Cats' vintage sound apparently stirred fond memories in many older rock stars, too. When the band played the northern industrial town of Birmingham, Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant brought his wife and daughter out to see them. And after another gig at the Venue, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts stopped backstage for a post-show chat. Richards even left Brian a phone number for his country house and invited him to drop in for a jam. "I called him later, and he said, 'Come on over.' It was just an impromptu jam. He picked a guitar off the floor, like a '58 Les Paul, and he started doin' these Scotty Moore licks, 'Baby, Let's Play House' and stuff. And he did them exact, you know. I mean, he knows all that stuff. We played all night." Still, Setzer and company couldn't believe it when the Stones invited them to be the opening act for three shows on their 1981 North American tour. "I was in awe," Brian admits. "That was an honor, to be on that tour." Jim agrees: "I was on cloud nine. I just kept pinchin' myself, you know, makin' sure — 'Hey, am I really up here with the Rolling Stones, or am I gonna wake up any minute in Massapequa?' " The Stray Cats' exposure on the Stones' tour helped make their first British album a big import seller here. the band returned to the U.S. and signed a deal with EMI-America Records, which last June released "Built for Speed," an LP drawn largely from their two British albums. The Stray Cats then embarked on an intensive U.S. tour, backed up by heavy video exposure on MTV. Built for Speed sold steadily throughout the summer and by fall had entered the Top Ten, as had their first U.S. single, "Rock This Town." By January, after thirty weeks on the Billboard charts, the album had sold nearly 2 million copies. Read more: [www.rollingstone.com] 26 Oct – Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA (support for Rolling Stones) 20 Nov – Unidome, Cedar Falls, IA (support for Rolling Stones) 21 Nov – Civic Centre, Minneapolis, MN (support for Rolling Stones) These two videos went viral in 1981: VIDEO: Stray Cats - Rock This Town [www.youtube.com] VIDEO: STRAY CAT STRUT [www.youtube.com] Stray Cats were an American 'Rockabilly' band formed in 1979 by guitarist and vocalist Brian Setzer, double bassist Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom. The group had numerous hit singles in the UK, Australia, Canada and the U.S. The group, whose style was based upon the sounds of Sun Records artists and other artists from the 1950s, were heavily influenced by Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent and Bill Haley & His Comets. In the middle of 1980 the Cats found themselves being courted by record labels including Virgin Records, Stiff Records and Arista Records. Word quickly spread and soon members of The Rolling Stones, The Who and Led Zeppelin were at their shows. Released in February '81, the first "Eponymous" album featured a mixture of the hit singles, some covers and a few originals. Produced in the main by Welsh rocker Dave Edmunds, there was also a quartet of tracks produced by the boys. "Rock This Town" was hit that had a catchy fast beat and more stinging guitar from Brian. The public ate it up! The loping blues of "Stray Cat Strut" was written by Brian whilst jamming in Lee's garage, it has an hypnotic beat and inexplicably stalled at number 11 on the charts. This really could have been a number one song. Today, eighteen years later, when people ask what type of music I like and I say rockabilly, they often sing part of Stray Cat Strut. The b-side of the single (not on the album) is a live blues Drink That Bottle Down with Lee Rocker taking over the vocals while Brian played his best Eddie Cochran licks. After the 1st break-up of the Stray Cats in the mid 1980's, Lee Rocker, and drummer Slim Jim Phantom formed a trio called "Phantom, Rocker & Slick" (the "Slick" being former David Bowie guitarist Earl Slick) whose debut album contained their first single "My Mistake"; guest musician on this record included Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Nicky Hopkins also made a guest appearance on the album, playing piano on the track "No Regrets". A behind the scenes shot taken during a Phantom Rocker & Slick recording session in 1985. Pictured from left to right: Mike Barbiero, Slim Jim, Lee Rocker, Keith Richards and Steve Thompson. Thompson and Barbiero produced the Phantom, Rocker & Slick album which Keith played on. The photo was taken at the Old Media Sound Studios on 45th St. in N.Y.C. [keefguitar.tumblr.com] VIDEO: Phantom, Rocker & Slick - "My Mistake" (1985) [www.youtube.com] VIDEO: Phantom, Rocker & Slick - "My Mistake" (1985) [www.youtube.com] VIDEO: Phantom, Rocker & Slick - "No Regrets" [www.youtube.com] More: [www.maritimevinyl.ca] Earl Slick played with Mick Jagger and David Bowie on "Dancing in the Street" in 1985.[/size] More: [www.iorr.org]
Mick arriving at the 1982 Press Conference in London.
exilestonesMick arriving at the 1982 Press Conference in London.
Mick Announces 1982 European Tour in SohoMick Jagger at the 1982 Tour press conference at the La Beat Route Club in London. April 28, 1982 - photo Bob Dear
Post 1982 London Press Conference
Publicist Alan Edwards on right
[www.stones.at] Legendary Open Air events in Vienna's Prater Stadium - Wolfgang Morscher Ernst Happel Stadium (51,000 visitors) 1982 made the Rolling Stones on July 3 as part of the former European Tour with a gigantic spectacle in the Ernst-Happel-Stadion talked about. The gig was great to Mick Jagger show in front of 60,000 fans on a huge 70 meters long and thirty meters wide stage. The Stones "rolled" to Duke Ellington's "Take The E-Train" to the stage, which was bathed in purple light. Thousands of colorful balloons up to opener "Under My Thumb" in the sky. What followed were two decades of rock history in fast motion. Fit as rarely before sprinting and jogging Mick Jagger on stage, circled in a crane basket over the heads of the audience away. Keith Richards and Ron Wood mimed as usual the "Bad Boys '', swinging nonchalantly guitars and threshed in the strings. Something quiet it went to bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts. The band played a total of twenty of their greatest hits from "Time Is On My Side" on "Honky Tonk Woman" to "Start Me Up" and "Satisfaction" obligate addition including fireworks. European Tour 1982: Austrian band Wolf & Wolf in the interlude VIDEO: [www.youtube.com] Vienna, Praterstadion, 3 July, 1982