Sam Cutler from Dragging Canoe Records, in Bangalow
Sam Cutler from Dragging Canoe Records, in Bangalow Patrick Gorbunovs

Anniversary Stones tour

TO CELEBRATE their 50th anniversary, the Rolling Stones last week announced they will be playing just two shows in London and two shows in New York later this year.

And fans around the world are already up in arms about the lack of a full tour and the price of tickets.

Tickets for the London show start at $175 and range up to $1470 for VIP tickets and that's before a booking fee is added.

Possum Creek resident Sam Cutler, a former tour co-ordinator for the Stones in the 1960s, said there was better value for your rock and roll dollar to be had right here on the North Coast.

"Nothing in the world comes close to Bluesfest for the bands you can see for the money. Peter Nobel re-invented the wheel in terms of delivering a successful music festival," he said.

 

Sam Cutler with the Rolling Stones in 1969: l-r Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Nick Jagger, Sam Cutler and Keith Richard.
Sam Cutler with the Rolling Stones in 1969: l-r Bill Wyman, Mick Taylor, Nick Jagger, Sam Cutler and Keith Richard.

But Mr Cutler doesn't begrudge the Stones making money.

 

"They have an absolutely unique stage performance," he said.

"There is a kind of humanity at work as they strive to get it together on stage.

"This whole theatrical thing happens and it's because they care about their music."

These days Mr Cutler is working with ex-Sony publicist Bianca Lindstrom setting up Dragging Canoe Records in Bangalow.

He is still in contact with the Stones and wrote a book about his experiences touring with them, titled "You Can't Always Get What You Want".

And he still maintains an attitude of affectionate disrespect for Mick Jagger.

"Maybe if they make enough money on this tour they can finally pay me the money they owe me," he said.

"Mick's a shocker; he's tighter than a duck's bottom, and that's water tight, and you can quote me on that."



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