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This week’s musical discussion centres around the Rolling Stones.
We all know who they are, so unlike The Kinks, I don’t need to do any retrospective about their career. At this point, they tour some part of the world every 4-5 years in order to protect their copyrights & keep up payments on however many kids Mick has with however many supermodels fell across his lap.
Instead, I want to tell a story about a cool thing I got to do in university, and it involves the Rolling Stones.
In 1989, they were on the “Steel Wheels” tour, and announced two shows in Vancouver. I was able to get seats for the second show fairly close to the stage; this was back in the old “lining up overnight” days, so I aimed for the Sunday second show figuring (correctly) that the first show (Saturday) would sell out quicker. Living Color was their opening act. (Fast-forward to 4:05 for where “Cult Of Personality” starts.)
Fast-forward six months, and it’s a random Friday night in university. My roommate at the time played rugby for UBC, and came bursting into our fraternity house (FIJI) with exciting news: UBC Rugby would be paid $50/head per day by Paladin Security for each person they could get to work additional security at the concerts at BC Place. He got 100 of us to sign up to attend BC Place four hours before the doors opened each day & work a particular section of the arena alongside the regular security detail.
On the first night, the discussion of our role took about 30 minutes, and then they gave us all sandwiches. While we were sitting down in the front rows, the Stones actually came out for their sound check. Mick looked down at 100 college guys and asked, “Are you wankers here for the show or the food?” They then started into the intros for various songs and Mick looked around the arena where I guess different sound techs were standing, asking if the sound was all right. After about 30 minutes he looked at us again & said, “Let me know what you think of this.” Then they started playing “Honky Tonk Women”.
I guess they were trying to time the inflation of the women. Anyway, he sneered down at us & asked, “Well?” We roared our approval, Keith threw a pick at one of us, Mick said, “Thanks boys” and they all left the stage.
I still have the security shirt from that show.
- All-Star Game: From San Jose – 8:00PM | NBC / CBC / Sportsnet
- Warriors at Celtics – 8:30PM | ABC / TSN4
- Arkansas at Texas Tech – 6:00PM | ESPN2
- Kansas at Kentucky – 6:00PM | ESPN
- Arizona State at Southern California – 8:00PM | ESPN2
- Colorado at Stanford – 8:00PM | FS1
- Syracuse at Virginia Tech – 8:00PM | ESPN
- Arizona at UCLA – 10:00PM | ESPN2
- Figure Skating:
- U.S. Figure Skating Championships – 7:00PM | NBCSN
- Auto Racing:
- IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona – 9:00PM | NBCSN
- Bellator 214 – 9:00PM | Paramount
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan “Darth” Bader
- Bellator 214 – 9:00PM | Paramount
- 2019 Australian Open Tennis: Men’s Final – 3:30AM | ESPN / TSN
FYI: If you’re in the Los Angeles area
tomorrow, TONIGHT motor on down to glamorous Torrance to the Alpine Village at the intersection of the 405 freeway and the 110 freeway. At 5:00 PM tomorrow (1/26/19) there will be a meet up of DFOers in the Alpine Restaurant. All are invited.
Remember – tomorrow night is the annual Professional Bowl of American Football, followed by [DFO] Hate Week Monday through Thursday. IT’S WHY WE’RE HERE!