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Like an Italian Woodstock, people of all ages and nationalities, wearing Rolling Stones t-shirts, poured into the walled Renaissance city of Lucca, Italy, to see what might be the last tour of the Rolling Stones. A reported 55,000 to 75,000 people made the pilgrimage for the Stones’s #NoFilter European tour. I was one of them. It’s always a great day when I get to see the Rolling Stones. They’ve been part of my life since I was 12 and had a front row, center seat to their second U.S. performance in San Antonio, Texas.

It’s an even better day when I get to see the Stones and meet an angel.

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Everyone has a favorite classic rock song that pops up on the radio and transports you to your younger days. Mine is “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones. Those were heady times Darlings! What fun we had! Mick and those lips! Let’s leave that one for another time, shall we? Continue Reading

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As long as the Rollings Stones continue performing, I’ll continue going to their concerts. The first time I saw the Stones, it was their second U.S. performance, June 6, 1964, at Teen Fair in San Antonio, Texas. I was there–by myself–to see Bobby Vee and Paul Peterson from the “Donna Reed” show. As far as the Rolling Stones go, you might say I’m a pioneer; one of the first. They changed my life but Paul Peterson? I don’t remember much about him.

This September I’m going to see the Stones again—by myself—only this concert is in Lucca, Italy.

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Twinkle, twinkle, little star. I sit on the floor, my tiny fingers plinking out notes on a plastic toy piano. Its tinny sound evokes thoughts of carnivals and calliopes, clowns and cotton candy. I can’t remember a time when music didn’t fill me with rhythm and wonder.

Music is like air and water, the most basic life-giving force. It’s my personal time machine that transports me back to forgotten memories. I climb inside…

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“For two and a half hours, Jagger ran the length of the stage and back like a rocket on rails.”
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My girlfriends and I had a blast at the Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour last weekend in Arlington, Texas. To the guys at the automotive place where I got an inspection sticker for my car… “No, the Rolling Stones are not on walkers!” I doubt my car friends have ever been in that great a shape!

PARDON THE CLICHÉ, BUT THE MAN IS A ROCK STAR!

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A rare photo of the Rolling Stones at Teen Fair, June 6, 1964, their second U.S. performance.
Photo, Bob Bonis Archives
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The first time I went to a concert, the Rolling Stones performed. It was only their second U.S. performance: June 6, 1964, at Teen Fair in San Antonio, Texas.

My mother dropped me off at the Joe and Harry Freeman Coliseum. I had a front row, center seat and brought my dad’s camera to take pictures of Paul Peterson, Bobby Rydell and Leslie Gore. I took photos of everyone, except the Rolling Stones. Looking back, perhaps I didn’t photograph the Stones because I was too busy trying to make sense of what was happening onstage.

ARE YOU LISTENING, SWEET MAN? CAN WE SETUP AN INTERVIEW?

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