Following the release of their 1972 album “Exile on Main St.,” the Rolling Stones launched a much-publicized tour with stops in Canada and the United States. They hit Hollywood’s Palladium on June 9.
“Mick gathers weird crowds,” one concertgoer told WWD. “It always feels like there’ll be trouble.” And there was certainly reason to worry. At the tour’s inaugural concert in Vancouver, more than 30 policemen were injured when crazed fans tried to trash the Pacific Coliseum. In Tucson, Ariz., police were driven to use tear gas against 300 youths. And in Montreal, a bomb blew up in the band’s equipment van, delaying the concert until replacement gear could be flown in.
But all in all, the Stones’ Los Angeles following — sporting everything from afros and velvet bell-bottoms to oriental-print halters — behaved themselves.
Ticket prices ranged from $6.50 to $500 just to get inside. There was no seating, so some people had camped out on Hollywood Boulevard for 24 hours prior to the concert to ensure a good square-inch spot on the floor. “I’d wait three days for the Stones,” one man said.
Of course, the throng had a little help relaxing. In spite of signs over every entrance stating “no drugs or alcoholic beverages,” many Los Angelenos came with their own stashes. A shutterbug in the crowd who claimed he would follow the group on their cross-country tour said, “There’s no point in going to a Stones’ concert without getting off.”