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The Rolling Stones live in Virginia Beach 1966
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July 4, 1966: Under The Dome Theater, Virginia Beach, VA, USA

From The Virginian Pilot:
The Rolling Stones – England’s No.1 rock ‘n’ roll group plays at the Alan B. Shepard Civic Center on July 4, 1966.
Some 3,500 screaming teenagers packed the house to see the five shaggy singers perform a 15 minute “concert” showcasing their hits, ‘I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” and “Mother’s Little Helper.”

The band’s plane landed at Norfolk Airport at 6:30 p.m for a 7:30 show at the Dome. After eating dinner on board the chartered plane, the group strolled briefly on the tarmac.
A fast, police-escorted limousine ride to Virginia Beach ends with the Stones being led into the Dome in the middle of a police flying wedge that pushed its way through the crowd.

The Stones’ act followed those of the Standels, The McCoys and the Syndicate of Sound.
After the McCoys finished, the curtain was drawn and a line of policemen ringed the stage. From behind the closed curtains, the sounds of the Rolling Stones warming up became more regular until they burst out in their first song as the curtain opened. (Ref. rolling stones live virginia beach 1966)

To prevent a riotous situation from developing, a wall of policemen guarded the stage to discourage too much enthusiasm.
Virginian-Pilot staff writer Frank Delano had the opportunity to conduct a light-hearted interview with the group after the show.

-When asked what he thought of the Beatles, Jagger said “Nice lads”
-When asked if he thought their music was serious, Brian Jones said: “I think it’s a serious threat to juvenile morals.”

Describing the audience at the dome Jagger said they were “a rather quiet lot.”
Delano goes on to report that the Stones appear to be quiet young men, their show a loud multicolored, flailing affair. Colored spotlights danced quickly moving Jagger. At times, a barrage of flashbulbs lit the dome as brightly as sunlight.

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