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The Rolling Stones’ 1965 Far East Tour was their first concert tour of Australiasia. They played 16 concerts in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne before flying to New Zealand for 10 shows. They came back to Australia to continue the tour with a further seven concerts in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The Sydney dates were 22nd January (two shows) and 23rd January 1965 (three shows) and were held at the Manufacturer’s Auditorium, Agricultural Hall at the Sydney Showgrounds. The tour was part of a package tour with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats, and Ray Columbus & the Invaders.
In the first months of 1965 the Rolling Stones’ appeal to parents, hardly a great success to date, fell to its lowest point yet. The headlines kept coming, and they tended to be on the dark side. While touring Australiasia in the new year, the band managed to display a sort of greatest-hits collection of bad behaviour, which included fighting with photographers, trashing successive dressing rooms, dropping whiskey glasses from their hotel balcony in to the car park five floors below and, in Brian Jones’ case, smuggling in girls hidden inside the room-service trolley. Sydney’s Morning Herald didn’t care much for it, and declared the Stone to be a ‘blatantly wild bunch’ who ought to be banned. ‘They’re shockers. Ugly Looks, Ugly Speech, Ugly Manners” the paper noted.
Keith Richards confined himself to sparring with a couple of teenage male fans who chased and rammed him when, in an improbable alignment, he put out one afternoon in to a seemingly tranquil Sydney bay in a rowing boat stocked with a picnic hamper and a supply of books.”
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