The Rolling Stones in Wales: were you there?

Thursday 12 July 2012, 10:47

James McLaren James McLaren

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As rock fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Rolling Stones playing their first live concert, we want your memories of the veteran band playing in Wales.

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

They first played at the Royal Lido Ballroom in Prestatyn, on 31 August 1963, with subsequent performances at Kings Hall in Aberystwyth, Capitol Theatre in Cardiff, Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Cardiff Arms Park and the Millennium Stadium.

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    I was present at Sophia Gardens Pavilion with my best friend Mary Huhtala, in the middle of the front row. My favourite was Mick while Mary's favourite was Brian Jones. We had mitched school in order to be at the head of the ticket queue, thus the best seats. We didn't scream, just sat in awe. At that time The Stones were very conventional, wearing matching dogtooth check jackets on stage; of course that soon changed. Luckily, my son, James, who led me to this blog, is old enough not to be shocked at the school-dodging that occurred in those heady days.


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