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Rolling Stones rehearse in Toronto

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.

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Even at 2 a.m. the Stones can still draw a crowd. After attending the opening of Sassafraz, a trendy Toronto nightspot, Jagger and Ron Wood are spotted by fans and paparazzi outside as they're ushered into a waiting car. One female fan attempts to talk to Jagger but is cautioned by his bodyguard. "I'm not gonna touch him," she pleads in her defence in this CBC Television clip. After exchanging a few words with fans, the car speeds off into the night.  
• At the time of this 1997 report the Stones were camped out in Toronto rehearsing for their Bridges to Babylon tour. On Sept. 4, the band played a surprise gig at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern before the tour kicked off a few weeks later in Chicago. After several months of touring the U.S., the band rolled into Toronto's SkyDome on April 26, 1998.

• Sassafraz is located in the heart of Toronto's trendy Yorkville district. Its motto — "Where the stars dine. Dine until 2 a.m." — is well earned. Stars who have eaten there over the years include Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Duval, Bono, Mike Meyers, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jackie Chan. The restaurant serves a combination of Italian, French and Californian fare.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Evening News
Broadcast Date: Aug. 28, 1997
Reporter: John Northcott
Duration: 0:44

Last updated: March 7, 2012

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