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Classic Rock Concerts

July 11, 1972

The Rolling Stones
at Rubber Bowl, Akron

Date July 11, 1972
Band The Rolling Stones
Tour American Tour 1972
Venue Rubber Bowl
City Akron, Ohio, United States

Brown Sugar
Rocks Off
Gimme Shelter
Tumbling Dice
Love in Vain
Sweet Virginia
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
All Down the Line
Midnight Rambler
Bye Bye Johnny
Rip This Joint
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Street Fighting Man

Recordings An audience recording of the full show (with a couple small parts clipped off for tape flips, and due to other tiny glitches) exists.

People who were at this concert

Stories from this concert

maharisji 2010 Jan 24

Stones at the Rubber Bowl

First image is of a 12-foot hi pile of liquor bottles outside the gate-result of cop searches upon entrance. During Stevie Wonder's set, ONE Akron cop decided to bust ONE of 10,00-plus pot smokers in the audience! As he handcuffed the 'criminal', a soaring whiskey bottle tossed from the stands hit him in the head and
RIOT!!!!!!!! Akron's finest mobbed the crowd, belly-clubbing them at will whether they were involved or not. The whole time Stevie's still playing--he can't SEE what's going on......until he's finally told about the riot! By the way, the Stones were great---as always.

RealityCheck 2010 Mar 7

Yeah that was quite a night!

You could still hear the songs echoing walking back to the cars parked all over downtown. No cops- they gave up.

Bear 2013 Jul 20

From Bombs to Fireworks

A lengthy drive from Toledo to Akron didn't dampen our spirits for the event. After all, we were going to see the Rolling Stones!

We had to park our 1962 Chrysler 300 a long way from the concert stadium, but that didn't dampen our spirits. After all, we were going to see the Rolling Stones!

I later learned that before the show began a pipebomb went off under the stage. No one was hurt. We never heard it.

We found a spot near the stage in the massive throng, and waited, and smoked, and waited. Finally, some action. An announcer, Chip Monck of Woodstock fame, presented the opening act, Stevie Wonder. He was truly gawd-awful, the worst noise I've ever heard at a high profile show. A combination of Motown soul and Africian funk. It just didn't work (for me, at least). David Sanborn was part of Wonder's group.

During Wonder's set, not far from where Helm, Patty and I were "stationed" for the concert, a melee of some sort ensued. Apparently some cops attempted to arrest a pot-smoking audience member, and other audience members would have none of it. The announcer stopped Wonder's set, and pleaded for everyone to chill out.

A lull between sets, and finally out strutted Mick Jagger, dressed in a skin-tight purple jump suit, Levi jacket, and a flowing purple boa. The band took their stage spots and launched into "Brown Sugar." More familiar hits follow, but there were problems with the PA system, as evident on the existing audience tape. They have their trusty horn section (Bobby Keys on sax, and Jim Price playing both trumpet and trombone), and Nicky Hopkins on piano.

Cruising through songs old and new, Mick announces its time for some acoustic blues, and the band goes into "Love in Vain," followed by "Sweet Virginia." Excellent renditions, again as evidenced from the audience recording (more than from my memory, to be honest).

The highlight of the night was "Midnight Rambler." From the Cleveland Press: "Then came the scorching 'Midnight Rambler.' Jagger whipped off his golden sash and started flogging the stage with it, and the spotlights turned to Satanic crimson light. Then the purple belt and scarf came off and Jagger used them to tease ecstatic girls near the edge of the stage. Jagger also plays harmonica during this 10-minute rocker, and finally puts on one of his trademarks--a red, white and blue Uncle Sam top hat. The crowd crushed forward and moved a wooden fence in front of the stage, but a menacing Jagger look and a gesture for them to back off was immediately obeyed.”

The final tune was a highly powered "Street Fighting Man." And the audience seems startled when a loud round of fireworks was shot up over the Rubber Bowl.

The concert was over. We headed back to the car, we were all a bit buzzed, both from the event itself, and the smoke in our heads. The girls are much more blitzed than I was, so I offered to drive. As I turned the old Chrysler around in a parking lot, trying to maneuver through a drive-thru bank, I crashed into the wall dividing the drive-thru lanes. We got out to access the damage. It was minimal, we laughed, after all we had just seen the Rolling Stones.


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