Randi’s ROLLING STONES Rock Report: Stones Truckin’ Through the Big Apple

Randi’s ROLLING STONES Rock Report: Stones Truckin’ Through the Big Apple

Ronnie Wood‘s first performance with The Rolling Stones was 45 years ago, on May 1st, 1975, when the band announced their Tour of the Americas from the back of a moving flatbed truck in New York City. (Ronnie’s first full concert with the Stones took place on June 1st, 1975 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which was also his 28th birthday.)

Ronnie Wood on The Rolling Stones performing on a flatbed truck on May 1st, 1975 in New York City….”it was really funny”

“I remember going down Fifth Avenue and seeing [Alice Cooper‘s manager] Shep Gordon come around the corner with his briefcase going to work, and all the police are going, ‘Get me tickets. Get me tickets.’ And I’m going, ‘Where you want to come to Madison Square Garden? Get your own tickets.’ You know, it was really funny.”

It was Charlie Watts‘s idea to announce their tour in that way.

Charlie Watts on The Rolling Stones performing on a flatbed truck in New York City on May 1st, 1975.

“Playing in the middle of the street I thought was fantastic. It’s like they do in New Orleans. That was the best one.

Reporters were gathered in the Fifth Avenue Hotel in Greenwich Village expecting a press conference when the truck came around the corner.