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Rolling Stones concert at Rupp Arena, 1978

Posted on June 29, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards during a concert at Lexington’s Rupp Arena on June 29, 1978. The concert was a late addition to the group’s U.S. tour. It was the first Rupp Arena concert where all the tickets were not sold on a reserved seating basis. Face value of tickets were $8, $9 and $10. On the day of the show, ticket scalpers, who had expected a windfall outside the arena before the show, found out that there were more sellers than buyers. Tickets were going for $3, $1 and even for free. T-shirts were selling for $6 and $8. The legendary English rock band, which formed in 1962, arrived at Rupp Arena at 8:20 p.m., went onstage at 10:10 and jumped into their limousines at 11:45, headed for the airport. They played 19 songs, including “Miss You,” Beast of Burden,” “Brown Sugar” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” to close the show for the crowd of 23,000. There was no encore. Lexington was 11th stop on the band’s 24-city tour of the United States after the release of the group’s 1978 album, “Some Girls.” Eddie Money opened for the band and joined the group onstage during “Miss You” for a sax solo. Click here to see another photo from our archives of this concert. Photo by Ron Garrison | staff

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