Minimation: Charlie Watts on the Rolling Stones’ High Tech Stage Show

By Brian Ives 

On Minimation, we comb through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists. In this interview from 1977, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones discuss the spectacle of their stadium and arena concerts. 

The Rolling Stones recently announced their latest U.S. trek, the ZIP CODE Tour. The press release informed us that the stage design for the tour will include “a thrust that extends deep into the audience allowing the Stones to interact directly with their fans.” In a recent interview with Rolling StoneMick Jagger said that they will bring a  “video-based stage with lots of screens,” and he also noted that he picks the design of their stages, describing this one by saying, “It’s a video-based stage with lots of screens, so it’s important what goes on them. We’ve got some new pieces for the video. I’m pretty involved in all that.”

Their stage design is something that he’s been involved with for decades. Over the years, the Stones have sported stages in the shape of their logo (with fans buying high-priced general admission tickets to be inside the lips-shaped runway), stages with towers with limited seating (also high-priced), stages that move through the crowd, and stages with elevators that put Jagger on the top of whatever stadium they’re in.


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