Monday, May 24, 2010

Dome Stones

On Monday, July 4 1966, The Rolling Stones played the Dome in Virginia Beach during a U.S. tour in support of their latest LP, "Aftermath" (released in the States on  June 20) and their latest single "Mother's Little Helper/Lady Jane" (July 2).

Yep, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts probably swung into town around 3 or 4 in the afternoon after a 6 hour bus trip from a show in Asbury Park, NJ the night before.  I can't prove it, but they probably took the 2-year-old Chesapeake Bay Bridge instead of the more time consuming I-95 South route.  Before the show, they went t-shirt shopping along Atlantic Avenue, ate some salt water taffy, and jumped off the end of the fishing pier.  Well...I don't have proof of that either, but who knows what they did?   Did you go to the show?  What do you remember about it?  I've heard that they stayed at the Viking Motor Inn on 27th Street (demolished December 2010).  Can anybody verify that?  Any information would be appreciated.

Not only did concert attendee Tom Moore write down the set list (after the show)...

1) Not Fade Away

2) The Last Time

3) Paint It Black

4) Lady Jane

5) Doncha Bother Me

6) Mother's Little Helper

7) Get Off My Cloud

8) 19th Nervous Breakdown

9) Satisfaction
...he took pictures.

Neat, huh?  The only other picture I've found is from a 1998 Beacon...

The Stones didn't play the next day.  Their next show was in Syracuse, NY at the War Memorial Hall on July 6. Seems like Brian Jones wore an American flag as a cape during the concert.  Oooops.

The tour concluded in Honolulu, Hawaii on July 28.  It was to be Brian's final U.S. concert performance (introducing Hendrix at the Monterey Pop Festival in June 1967 doesn't count).  The concert was broadcast on Hawaiian radio and can be found on some bootlegs.  Listen to the disc jockey's introduction and "Not Fade Away" here.  Check here or here to download the whole show.  If those don't work, google it.  It's out there somewhere and probably captures how the Stones sounded in the Dome. 

The next time The Rolling Stones played in Hampton Roads was almost exactly 6 years away...on July, 5 1972 at the Scope.  Hear a little snippet of that show here.