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The Rolling Stones - 1966

We've heard tales of wild, shrieking crowds at mid-'60s British Invasion shows, and the Rolling Stones' June 27, 1966 appearance at Hartford's Dillon Stadium was no different. Courant "Teen-on-the-scene" reporter Mary MacDonald of Avon went backstage to meet the Stones before the show, noting that guitarist Brian Jones "wore a pink and blue striped gangster jacket" adorned with "a huge button proclaiming, 'I Love the Beatles.'" The kids behaved for a while, particularly during warm-up sets by the Standells, the McCoys (featuring a young guitarist named Rick Derringer) and the Ronettes. "But when the Stones struck up something called 'Satisfaction,'" Courant reviewer Barbara Carlson wrote, 'the double barricades between the audience and stage were breached, kicking girls - some barefooted - were hoisted off by police, and husky young barechested men battled police officers." Despite the efforts of the more than 60 police officers brought on board to keep the peace, the show ended early. See the review here.
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