Rolling Stones play surprise charity concert
It's only rock 'n' roll but we like it! For nearly 40 years, Mick and the boys have had a torrid love affair with Toronto. From secret rehearsals and club gigs, to Keith Richards' heroin bust in 1977 and partying with Margaret Trudeau, the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band has called Toronto its home-away-from-home, and delivered the one thing they're famous for: Satisfaction. Ladies and gentlemen... The Rolling Stones.
• At the 1994 RPM show, the Stones played 16 songs in about an hour and a half.
• The Rolling Stones have gone to Toronto to rehearse for their last three world tours, in 1994, 1997 and 2002. A local school and a former Masonic temple have hosted the rehearsals, which lasted from four to six weeks.
• In 2002 guitarist Ron Wood explained why the Stones chose Toronto to rehearse: "The people are always nice and the atmosphere's great."
• A July 2003 article by the Canadian Press, however, suggests the city's appeal is that it's the home of the Stones' longtime tour manager and that Canada is a "traditional tax dodge" whose low dollar adds value for money.
• Proceeds from the RPM gig went to the Toronto chapter of Covenant House, a charity that offers shelter and support to homeless youth and runaways.
• The first time the band warmed up for a world tour by playing a small club was for the Tattoo You tour in 1981. The club was in Worcester, Mass.
• In 2002 Mick Jagger explained to reporters why the band chooses small venues to practice their set: "At a club like this, or in a theatre you can do that, you can take risks and do things but you know it is more difficult to do that the bigger place you get."
Program: Prime Time News
Broadcast Date: July 19, 1994
Host: Alison Smith
Reporter: Ron Izawa
Last updated: March 7, 2012
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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