MICK JAGGER AND BILLY PRESTON ARRIVE BACKSTAGE AT THE SPECTRUM


Mick Jagger and Billy Preston direct band mates to the dressing rooms after arriving at the Spectrum. © ROGER BARONE 1975

Mick Jagger and Billy Preston direct band mates to the dressing rooms after arriving at the Spectrum. © ROGER BARONE 1975

ROLLING STONES: THE SPECTRUM (JUNE 29, 1975)

Billy Preston, left, and Mick Jagger point in  the direction of the  dressing rooms for the rest of the Rolling Stones touring party. Backstage area is not what you’d expect for Mick Jagger. Piles of trash are stacked near the freight elevator, buffing machines are visible up the back hallway just outside the officials’ dressing rooms. A Sixers’ backboard is visible hanging from the upper wall. Darryl Dawkins’ notorious slam dunks shattered a few of these during his days in Philadelphia. Nonetheless, this very rare photo captures the ambiance of the Rolling Stones arriving at the Spectrum on June 29, 1975.

Annie Leibovitz, who photographed the Stones on this tour, said the two Philly shows were the best she’s ever seen them perform.

George Willis, one of four  full-time Spectrum laborers and the union representative for LOCAL 57, is seen walking in the background between Jagger and Preston.

NOTEWORTHY LINK: Michael T Regan: Annie Leibovitz on shooting the Rolling Stones in Philadelphia, 1975

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~ by photosfromphilly on August 12, 2009.

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