Rolling Stones: the Backstage’s

The Big Question

Mick Jagger leans on his stylist Pierre Laroche during their American tour in 1975. They kicked off their tour in New York City by performing “Brown Sugar” on a flatbed driven down Broadway, and their stage props included a giant phallus.

Bianca's Pass

Bianca Jagger displays her backstage pass on her white platform shoe during the 1975 Tour of the Americas. The couple married in 1971 and divorced in 1978. “My marriage ended on my wedding day,” Bianca said later.

Jagger & Annie Liebovitz on Camera

Singer Mick Jagger and photographer Annie Liebovitz pose at Niagara Falls during the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas in 1975. Perhaps her most famous portrait of a musician, however, was the one she took of John Lennon and Yoko Ono five hours before Lennon was killed.

Back Rub for Bill

Bassist Bill Wyman receives a shoulder massage backstage during the Rolling Stones’ 1975 Tour of the Americas. “I always got great respect as a bass player,” he said.

Keeps Balance

Mick Jagger balances in a backstage corridor in 1975. “Anarchy is the only slight glimmer of hope,” he said.

Keith Gets Made Up

Keith Richards puts on make-up for a show in 1975.“If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet,” he said.

Lovely Couple

Jovial guitarist Ron Wood holds inebriated colleague Keith Richards backstage in 1975. “I never thought I was wasted, but I probably was,” Richards said later.

who's need practice? The rockstars!

Guitarist Ron Wood tunes up before a concert during the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas, 1975. It was the band’s first tour with Wood, and he had to practice to get up to speed with the band’s songs.

Stands Up

Keith Richards leans against a wall backstage in 1975. “John Lennon … seemed to be in competition with me over drugs, and I never really understood that,” Richards once said.

Studded Stud

Bill Wyman quietly downs a beer backstage in 1975. Wyman wasn’t a big drinker or drug user. Instead, he was “girl mad.”

Here's Custard in Your Eye

Mick Jagger (R), Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts enjoy a custard pie fight at the Kensington Gore Hotel, where they held a ”Beggars Banquet” in celebration of the release of their new album of that name in 1968.

Necessary Supplies

The Stones keep a stash of alcohol on hand backstage in 1975. When asked how he keeps fit, Keith Richards replied: “Passing the vodka bottle. And playing the guitar.”

Leibovitz's shot

Photographer Annie Leibovitz gets her camera ready during the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas in 1975.


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