Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rolling Stones Gather Mass, but Don't Sell out Concert Draws Over-30 Crowd

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rolling Stones Gather Mass, but Don't Sell out Concert Draws Over-30 Crowd

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From the moment Mick Jagger danced onto the stage Sunday night, Steve George was happy.

George knew he he wouldn't get back to his home in Ballwin until about 2 this morning, but he said it was worth it to see the Rolling Stones.

"Even though they're 50 years old, they don't just sit there and play," he said. "Jagger is in better shape than I am, and I'm 25."

A loyal fan, George said he saw the Stones' "Steel Wheels" tour in 1989 at Busch Stadium and also in Kansas City. He said that was the best concert he'd ever seen - until Sunday night's show at Faurot Field at the University of Missouri.

The Stones opened their "Voodoo Lounge" tour about 8:35 p.m. with Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away." The show was a spectacle of spotlights, computer animation and pyrotechnics. Smoke filled the stadium as a 92-foot steel snake breathed fire from above the band.

The majority of the faces at Sunday's show were of the over-30 set. The Stones, after all, are now old enough to be the parents of most of the students at the university.

Diane Acton of Columbia was at the concert, but she did not allow her teen-age son to go because "it's a school night, and I wanted to go myself," Acton said.

"I don't want to party in front of my teen-ager."

Acton bought her tickets on the first day they went on sale, back in May, and she bought four extras, hoping to make a profit.

She wound up selling them to friends at face value last week.

"We thought these tickets would go for $300 to $1,000," she said. "We thought the students would just go crazy for tickets."

But the $50 price tag for most tickets may have scared off students whose loyalty to the band was never deep.

"I knew I couldn't afford tickets - it's just too much," said Lisa Winch, an education major.

Winch and several of her friends held a barbecue Sunday behind their building, which sits just across the road from the stadium.

Heather Scheck, 23, got to see the concert for free, by working as an usher. But Scheck is hardly a fan.

"I knew who Mick Jagger is because of his mouth, but I didn't know he was with the Rolling Stones," said Scheck.

Though it didn't sell out, Sunday night's show drew more than 45,000 fans, exceeding the expectations of the production company, a spokesman said. …

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