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A BIT OF HISTORY: ST. MARK’S BAR AND GRILL / ‘WAITING ON A FRIEND’ VIDEO

Greenwich Village bar on the corner of St. Mark’s Place and First Avenue, New York City, where the indoor sequence of the promo video of ‘Waiting on a Friend’ was shot, directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (who also directed the Stones’ 1968 TV special The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus, and the Beatles’ Let It Be film, among other works) There used to be a poor painting of them on the back wall of the place. The place is long gone now.
Shot on July 2 1981, the video became very popular on MTV. Matching the song’s lyrics, Jagger is seen waiting for Keith in the doorway of an apartment block. The building, at 96–98 St. Mark’s Place in Manhattan, is notable for having also appeared on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s 1975 album Physical Graffiti. The two then walk down the street and enter the St. Mark’s Bar & Grill where the other three band members are already drinking. Ronnie appears in the video, although he was not a musician on the original recording. Mick sings the song to Keith, and the video concludes with the band setting up for a gig at the back of the bar, largely ignored by the other patrons.

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