Tickets to the Rolling Stones‘ New York City career spanning Exhibitionism show go on sale on Wednesday, September 14th to the general public at 10:00 am ET. Tickets are for a timed entry with limited availability in each slot so advance bookings are recommended. Exhibitionism, which is the band’s first ever major exhibition, will hit Manhattan’s Industria Superstudio in November 2016. The groundbreaking traveling museum ends its critically acclaimed five-month run at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery this month.
The press release announcing Exhibitionism stated: “as well as over 500 of the Rolling Stones’ important and unseen artifacts from the band’s personal archives, the exhibition will take the public through the band’s fascinating 50 year history, embracing all aspects of art & design, film, video, fashion, performance, and rare sound archives.” Mick Jagger reportedly got the idea for the Stones’ exhibit after being wowed during a visit to ABBA‘s official museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
- Jagger said about the multimedia exhibition: “We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale. It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of the Rolling Stones — it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”
- Keith Richards added: “While this is about the Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about us. It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable.”
- Among the one-of-a-kind items found in the exhibit are the cassette player on which Keith Richards famously demoed “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” just before passing out in a Florida motel room; Mick Jagger’s lyric book featuring the handwritten lyrics for such mid-period classics as “Miss You,” “Hey Negrita” and “Worried About You”; Richards’ 1963 diary; and the toy drum kit that Charlie Watts used during the recording of “Street Fighting Man.”
- Mick Jagger explained that the contents and construction of Exhibitionism went far beyond him just signing off on the show as an executive producer, or band member: “My role in it is to, y’know, make it as fun and interesting an experience as possible, and to make it irreverent and funny. Of course it’s nostalgic in some way, but that’s not the immediate emotion. Y’know, my thing is to try and get it to be a fun thing for, y’know, the punter that’s gonna walk in the room. ‘Is this interesting?’ — that’s what I’m asking — ‘Is this fun, is this interesting, is this boring?’ Y’know, ‘chuck that out, or. . . ‘ — Y’know what I mean.”
- The Stones’ Exhibition includes an interactive tour, which features original stage designs, dressing room and backstage paraphernalia; rare guitars and instruments, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips; personal diaries and correspondence; original poster and album cover artwork, and unique cinematic presentations.
- High profile artists, designers, and collaborators including Andy Warhol, Ossie Clark, Tom Stoppard, and Martin Scorsese have also contributed.
- The Rolling Stones tour dates (subject to change):
October 7, 14 – Indio, CA – Desert Trip at Empire Polo Club
October 19 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena