Rolling Stones’ Phallic Balloon Unzipped at Philly’s Spectrum Arena (6/30/75)


The Rolling Stones controversial stage prop was banned in a few cities during their 1975 tour. The phallic shaped balloon was inflated during Star Star, a song from their Goats' Head Soup album. © roger barone 1975

The Rolling Stones controversial stage prop was banned in a few cities during their 1975 tour. The phallic-shaped balloon was inflated during Star Star, a song from their Goats' Head Soup album. © roger barone 2009

ROLLING STONES: THE SPECTRUM (June 30, 1975)

During the move-in for the Stones’ Philly shows, several of my Spectrum co-workers and I were assigned to the coveted (if you were a Stones’ fan)  truck unloading detail. When the phallic balloon was being unveiled, large boxes of styrofoam packing peanuts were stocked with it. The styrofoam sperm would be ejaculated from the penis balloon into the audience during Star Star, a rocking Stones’ song about groupies.

Inside the truck, we had a virtual sperm fight  with  floating  debris  sailing in all directions, uncontrollably, like a slow-motion blizzard stirring within a holiday snow globe, littering equipment, floors and nesting in our hair.  John “Bluto” Belushi had nothing on us.

On Tuesday, September 4th, 2001, Bill Wyman made an apperance at Border’s Books on Walnut Street, near 17th. Wyman was doing a signing and lecture tour in support of his “Blues Odyessey” book. Wyman shared a hearty laugh when I told him the story. PHOTO: © ROGER BARONE

2009

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~ by photosfromphilly on May 3, 2009.

2 Responses to “Rolling Stones’ Phallic Balloon Unzipped at Philly’s Spectrum Arena (6/30/75)”

  1. I filmed the Cap Cntr Phallic exposure and Jagger read me the riot act but I still keep shooting. It is on 16mm b+w film and I suspect I am the only photographer to actually capture the Phallic on film with Jagger dancing around it !

    Patrick

    PS; Should I YouTube it ?

    • Patrick, absolutely post your video. People would love to see it. I certainly would. Tell your story, too, about Stones not liking it. Sounds very interesting if their management contacted you.

      Thanks for visiting and contributing to my Rolling Stones blog. Sorry I took awhile to respond, but I didn’t catch the message a second time.

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