Re: Stones 1981-1982 Wardrobes
Date: June 1, 2017 05:25
Rolling Stones give 'Satisfaction' to 90,000 fans
By LESLEY TAYLOR | Sept. 25, 1981
PHILADELPHIA -- A massive roar -- 90,000 voices strong - welcomed Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones to Philadelphia Friday for the start of their first U.S. tour in three years.
The young crowd, hungry for hard-driving rock and the free spirit of the 1960s, went wild as Jagger, suspended above them in a cherry picker, sang 'Jumpin' Jack Flash,' threw flowers, doused them with water and stripped to white knickers and sneakers.
Jagger, who started the performance wearing a yellow sweater, white pants and white sneakers, opened the concert with the song 'Under My Thumb,' one which has raised the hackles of feminists who picketed outside the jammed stadium.
Shortly after the song, a plane circled the John F. Kennedy stadium trailing a banner that said, 'Black and blue hurts women.'
The Britain rock group, considered by many to be the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, responded to wild cheers at the end of the set by coming back to perform 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction' as an encore while a volley of fireworks exploded.
Authorities said only a handful of people were drinking beer and smoking marijuana in the stadium. Security was tight with guards checking bags and coats as people entered the stadium.
Most fans were in their teens and early 20s. It appeared that the only middle-aged rockers on hand were the Stones themselves. Drummer Charlie Watts, at age 43, may have been the oldest person in the stadium.
'I've never seen kids so well-behaved,' said George Fowler, a volunteer at one of six Red Cross stations set up in the stadium.
Fowler said about 50 people were sent to hospitals because they felt ill due to excessive drinking combined with other medical problems. There were no drug-related medical problems during the center, he said.
Another 100 fans were treated for headaches and minor cuts.
Performing on a 200-foot-long purple and orange stage, the Stones played for slightly more than two hours, opening and closing with some of their most popular songs of the 1960s, including 'Let's Spend the Night Together' and 'Brown Sugar.'
In his last song, 'Street Fightin' Man,' a song the Stones seldom do in concert, Jagger drenched the crowd with a bucket of water, a trademark of his from the 60s.
For the encore, Jagger stripped off his yellow jacket and red sleeveless T-shirt and wore a cape made from the Union Jack and lined with the American flag.
The 90,000 fans generally were cooperative, but about 20 minutes before the Stones appeared -- nearly an hour late -- the restless crowd began to boo every announcement and record played. The last warm-up band had finished playing two hours before the main event began.
However, by the second song, 180,000 hands applauded in rhythm and everyone was on his feet.
Before the Stones appeared, a 20-foot high pink curtain with a pale blue mouth and tongue covering it was pulled across the stage. The mouth and tongue is Jagger's symbol taken from his nickname 'The Lips.'
Scalpers apparently had a tough time selling the $15 tickets to the show. One was trying to dump his for $5.
Thousands of people arrived outside the stadium in the early hours for a chance to be among the first admitted when gates opened at 7 a.m. Equipped with sleeping bags, radios, musical instruments and food, they took part in a vigil as much a part of big-time rock concerts as the music.
'I'm here to have a good time. I'm going to get up and dance,' said T.J. Johnson, 28, of Mount Holly, N.J., as he and his girlfriend, Sharon Herbert, sat in wheelchairs. Both were left paralyzed by a motorcycle accident several years ago.
Johnson called the Stones the 'founding fathers of rock 'n' roll. This is good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll and there aren't many (such bands) left.'
Ms. Herbert, 20, who saw the Stones in 1978, said the group 'brings all the memories back from the '60s. Nobody else can do it the way they can.'
Candy Carver, 17, of suburban Yardley, Pa., said she arrived at 3 a.m. and partied the night away.
'The old groups are great,' said Ms. Carver, who wasn't even born when the Stones began playing together. 'They have the right kind of image.'
The main stage, which promoters called the largest ever built for a rock concert, was 50 feet high and 200 feet long. It was bedecked with purple and orange streamers and highly stylized 1950s representations of a racing car, an electric guitar, four LP-type records and an American flag.
Two television news helicopters hovered above and a number of planes towed advertisements across the sky above the crowds, which filled the bleachers and football field to capacity.
'They hired young security guards which is good,' said security guard Suzanne Femia. 'I'm not going to get upset by that guy over there throwing up on his shoes.'
When the Stones last played at JFK in 1978, Jagger performed with a 105 degree fever and the band quit after 45 minutes without coming back for an encore. The fans responded by tearing the stage apart.
Dr. Fred Goldstein, who was manning the main Red Cross station, said they had treated only 30 people with minor medical problems since the crowd arrived.
'We've had no real drug problems,' Goldstein said.
'This is a lot mellower than the last Stones concert,' Hampel said. 'We had drug oevrdoses then but we've seen no sign of drugs now.'
Paul Stevens, another security guard, said he heard of no drug-related arrests.