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.)
“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.
“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.