The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 29, 1981 · Page 86
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Page 4 The Sallna Journal^ Sunflower Sunday/N6v6iiber'»,' Rolling Stones tour biggest moneymaker By JOSEPH GAMBARDELLO NEW YORK (UPI) - Once decried as a threat to youth but now hailed as pop heroes, the Rolling Stones have hopscotched across the nation for the past two months — a small band of survivors proclaiming "Rock n' Roll never dies." Although the one-time bad boys are at the dawn of middle age, their first tour in three years has been a floating spectacle that is expected to be the biggest moneymaker in rock's 25-year history. More than two million people will have paid up to $40 million for tickets alone to see the Stones before the nationwide musical jaunt ends at a planned concert Saturday, Dec. 5, in New Orleans. While the path that brought the quintet almost to the end of their tour has been profitable, it also has been marked by fan violence, death and hundreds of drug arrests. Still it is obvious the Stones have won the hearts and minds of those wherever they go and that is perhaps best illustrated by the press coverage they have received. While most entertainers have to get arrested or die to make headlines, the Rolling Stones do it just by playing. That is due, more than anything, to the notion that a Stones' show nowadays is not just a concert but an event that borders on the historic and seems to demand interpretation. The Stones, who have been together almost two decades, making the band the most enduring in rock history, are in their late 30s and early 40s. Many in the crowds they play to were not born when the Stones exploded on the scene in their native England in 1963 at the vanguard of what became known as the British rock music invasion. An often asked question of the 1981 tour has been: "Can a bunch of grown men who were once portrayed by parents as 'anti-Christs corrupting our children' still do it?" The first shows at Philadelphia's JFK stadium, home of the Army-Navy Game, offered a taste c' what was to come with Mick Jagger prancing, danc- Mick Jagger ing and teasing the crowd against the backdrop of the group's symbol — an open mouth with a big, red tongue sticking out. Sophisticated props While Jagger's theatrics required few stage props in the past, this year's tour has been more sophisticated with lifts, cherry pickers, moving stages and countless balloons introducing new color and motion to the fanfare. The critical response has been mixed. Rolling Stone magazine, for example, described the group's two Philadelphia shows as "sloppy," but added, "They proved there's still nothing remotely like them in Rock & Roll." Mick Jagger himself conceded in a recent interview with the New York Times that "we're not slick." "We're still trying to 'be'; making mistakes is embarrassing," he said. "But as far as us actually getting as slick as most of the bands playing today, I doubt we ever will. We've been trying for 20 years, and we haven't managed it yet." The fans, however, have seen it otherwise if their ecstatic enthusiasm is any indicator. They scream and shout, dance and sing, and show affection to such a degree that one magazine writer turned to the reporters around him at the one of the two New York shows and said "Billy Graham, eat your heart out," as the 20,000 strong crowd joined in singing "You Can't Always Get What You Want." Aside from their music and charisma, the Stones' notoriety has been due to a seemingly dark and sinister side of sex, drugs and violence. Death first intruded when Stones' guitarist Brian' Jones drowned in London. A year later, a fan who pulled a pistol was stabbed to death allegedly by a member of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang, which was hired to provide security during an open air concert in Altamont, Calif. This year's tour has not been free of its violent and sometimes deadly incidents. On Oct. 15, a 16-year-old fan plunged 75 feet to her death when she fell over backward from a concrete railing at Seattle's Kingdome. Two weeks later in Houston, a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death during a dispute at the Astrodome. On Nov. 9, police clashed with a group of unruly fans outside a Hartford, Conn., arena where the Stones were playing. There were 56 arrests and 12 injuries. At all the stops along the way there have been hundreds of arrests for drugs and disorderly conduct. While all of this fits the Stones' image as bad boys, it runs somewhat counter to what they really are — millionaires who have made rock and roll their business. During the past couple of weeks, the Stones' tour took them to Cleveland, St. Louis, and Cedar Falls, Iowa. Some open dates have yet to be announced. Entwistle still a Who Q: Can you tell me if John Entwistle is still a member of the Who? I heard that he left the band recently. — Jerry Barton, Norton, Kan. A: Entwistle, the Who's bass guitarist, is still a member, although he's also the only member to do a solo tour (1975). Entwistle recently released his first solo album in six years, "Too Late the Hero." Although he sang all lead vocals and played bass guitar, synthesizer and piano, he was joined once again by guitarist Joe Walsh and drummer Joe Vitale. •ff -£f -tr Q: I have some original albums and 45s from the '50s that 1 believe Paul McCartney would be interested in. How can I contact him? I would like to bypass the fan mail to make sure he gets my letter personally. — Tom Draudt, Wakeman, Ohio. A: We can't guarantee that your correspondence will go directly to Paul McCartney (we're not at liberty to give out his home address) but this is worth a try. You can write to the noted musician, c/o his attorneys, Eastman and Eastman, 39 W. 5th St., New York, N.Y. 10019. * -tr -tr Q: Do the Rolling Stones have anything to do with the music from the movie "Tattoo?" - John Sears, Madison, Wis. A: No, they don't, but that's a logical assumption. The Rolling Stones' latest LP is "Tattoo You," but the music from John Entwistle the movie was written by Barry DeVor- zon. "Tattoo" is a suspense drama. •fr -tr -tr Q: Can you tell me what the date is for next year's Country Music Radiothon with Johnny Cash? — Marty Forrest, Nashville, Tenn. A: Johnny Cash and his wife, June Carter Cash, are both chairmen next year, but the show has been renamed. The Radiothon will become the 1982 National Kidney Foundation Country Music Festival and will be held the weekend of April 3 and 4,1^82. If you want more details, such as who the other musical participants will be, contact your local National Kidney Foundation affiliate. it * * Got a question? Mail it to Pop Scene Service, United Feature Syndicate, 200 Park Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017. Former Doors drummer Densmore now a dancer John Densmore, former drummer for the Doors, has become a dancer. That doesn't mean he has given up drumming. He has joined a dance company formed by choreographer Bess Snyder, who lives near him in Los Angeles. Densmore drums for the six-member company that incorporates theater with dance and also takes part in one number, a duet with Snyder. "There's a community of three or four little avant-grade companies where I live," Densmore says, "and I realized that I really miss performing." Densmore cites two factors — the use of the Doors' song "The End" in the 1979 film, "Apocalypse Now" and the best-selling 1980 biography of Morrison, "No One Here Gets Out Alive" — as causing the recent rise of interest in the group. "But it's more than that," je says. "If Jim's songs weren't as universal and strong as they are, they wouldn't have lasted over a decade." Densmore says that he and the other members of the group, Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, had considered getting a new singer but they realized no one could replace Morrison. However, he adds, they are working on putting together a film documentary about the Doors, which would include previously unreleased film footage of Morrison. Top singles Top albums RECORD, Performer (Last Week) 1. Private Eyea, Daryl Hall & John Gates (3) 2. Start Me Up, Rolling Stones (2) 3. Tryin' to Live My Life Without You, Bob Seger 4 the Silver Bullet Band (5) 4. Arthur's Theme, Christopher Cross (1) 5. The Night Owls, Little River Band (6) 6. I've Done Everything for You, Rick Springfield (7) 7. Hard to Say, Dan Fogelberg (4) 8. Here I Am, Air Supply (9) 9. Waiting for a Girl Like You, Foreigner (17) 10. For Your Eyea Only, Sheena Easton (8) WATCH THESE: Yesterday's Songs, Neil Diamond; Centerfold, J. Ceils Band. RECORD, Performer (Last Week) 1. Tattoo Vou, Rolling Stones (1) 2. Nine Tonight, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band (2) 3. Escape, Journey (3) 4. Ghost in the Machine, the Police (6) 5. 4, Foreigner (5) 6. Private Eyes, Hall & Dates (7) 7. Abacab, Genesis (10) 8. The Innocent Age, Dan Fogelberg (4) 9. Songa in the Attic, Billy Joel (8) 10. If I Should Love Again, Barry Manilow (19) UP'N'COMING: Why Do Foola Fall in Love, Diana Ron; Controversy, Prince,

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