This report from the press conference is brief, as it is typed in from a modem on the Newark Airport. As soon as I'm home with my proper 20" UNIX box, I will brush up this and give you all the other details. But, all of the iofficial tour dates are in here anyway, don't worry!
The press conference were held under the Brooklyn Bridge, on the Brooklyn side. About 200-300 press people mostly from America, but also some from Europe, Asia and Sout America, were waiting impatiently for the Stones to arrive.
They were supposed to be on at 1:10 pm. At 1:15, the large video screen on site picked up filming off a helicopter circling above the Brooklyn Bridge. Driving on the bridge, coming from downtown Manhattan, were Mick Jagger himself, in a red 1955 Cadillac convertible. It had rained all morning, but luckily, the sum was just coming in to do the event perfect.
Driving with Mr. Jagger in the front seat was Mr. Richards. Throwing away his cigarette, smiling and laughing as always. Does he ever have a sad moment? And in the back seat, Ronnie and Charlie.
Five minutes later the car drives up to my feet, I mean, I was "lucky" to grab a 1st row seat at the press conference, but never in my life I had been dreaming about Mick Jagger parking his car about 6 feet away from me! The boys is leaving the car, and moves on to the smaall stage put up for questions and interviews.
Mick is handsomely dressed as usual, purple jacket. Charlie is dressed up in blue suit and tie as usual. Keith with his scull scarf, and Ronnie with his jeans outfit. All seems to be happy, really eager to get on with it. Charlie is the only one not having a microphone.
The press conference is over in 15 minutes. If you like, I can write it all up, give you all the impressions on Mick's face, and all the weired moved Charlie did (about 2 - 3), but I guess you all saw it on TV. It will be in IORR 29, with some great close up photos, of course.
Then the Stones left, and each of the other major players had their own sessons. The Sprint Manager talked about why they sponsored the tour. Then Virgin told the album wasn't cut until this very day, i.e. Aug. 18, and that the release date would be Sept. 30. There will be 3 - yes three - Keith tracks on the album - that's what Virgin said! The Tour Organizer Michael Cohl from TNA finished off with telling about the tour and the dates.
Then they played some tracks off tye album. They played Anybody Seen My Baby. I was stuck, could not move, cound not think, just listen. That track is a true winner. may be better than Memory Motel. At least in the same league, just a bit more beat to it. Then they played Already Over Me. Another great ballad. This album is all the best of the 70's, coupled with all the new sounds and ideas of the 90's. So rough, still so clear. So modern, still the Stones. You will love it. I can't wait until Sept. 30, and I can't wait until Chicago Sept. 23...
This is the tour list. This one is the official. There will be lots and lots of optional shows. For you to do all the travel planning, I will complete and combine the list of the official dates and the list of the optional dates (I have them all), but please be patient, as I return to home ground in a day or so. Have to do some business first, to save up for Chicago, you know...
This is the official list. I'll make it brief:
Sept 23 - Chicago
Sept 27 - Columbus, Ohio
Sept 30 - Winnipeg
Oct 2 - Edmonton
Oct 6 - Madison
Oct 8 - Buffalo
Oct 10 - Quebeq
Oct 12 - Philadelpha
Oct 16 - NY/New Jersey
Oct 20 - Boston
Oct 23 - Washington
Oct 26 - Nashville
Oct 28 - Norman
Oct 30 - Albuquerque
Nov 1 - Ft. Worth
Nov 7 - Phoenix
Nov 9 - Los Angeles
Nov 14 - Oakland
Nov 22 - MGM Las Vegas (Arena size)
Nov 26 - Seattle
Nov 28 - Vancouver
Dec 2 - Detroit
Dec 5 - Miami
Dec 9 - Atlanta
Dec 11 - St. Louis
Jan 9 - Toronto
Jan 13 - Montreal
Jan 17 - Hawaii
Jan 24 Minneapolis
Jan 30 - Portland
Feb 3 - San Diego
Feb 14 - Mexico
That's for the official list. Don't worry about MSG. It will be there; once the NJ shows are gone, I guess. And it seems they are planning some great stuff for San Francisco in November. Are there any MSG type arena in SF??? Please tell, anybody!
As I said, this will be nicely typed out and cleaned up in acouple of days. Still, I hope you can use it. I am on my long way back home, for Europe... Bye...
For more news see IORR 29 mailed out during the week of Aug. 25, 1997!
See the great IORR photos
from the press conference!
Also, see the
Mediadome pages, with more info, photos and even video!
You may also see some videos etc. from the press conference on the Wall of Sound pages.
It's Only Rock'n Roll 1997 -
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