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Stones Tour: All Ends Well Despite Bust, Bomb

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Word of the Stones' presence in Warwick spread, quickly. About 25 kids hung around outside the shed in hot, sticky weather while customs agents went through the Stones' bags. Also present were Dante Ionata, a reporter for the Providence Journal and Bulletin, and Andy Dickerman, a 30-year-old staff photographer for the papers.

Dickerman apparently started shooting pictures without introducing himself. Stromberg, who handles press relations for the Stones, reportedly asked Dickerman to stop.

"You can't tell me not to take pictures," Dickerman replied.

Enter Stanley A. Moore, 40, of the Stones' security force. He and Stromberg escort Dickerman away from the scene. Dickerman calls the police. Sirens blaring, Sgt. Frank Ricci and three other cops race up. Ricci tries to negotiate a compromise. There is another ruckus, and the police start making arrests.

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Keith Richards, simple assault; Stanley Moore, simple assault; Mick Jagger, obstruction of a police officer; Marshall Chess, obstruction of a police officer, and Robert Frank (the filmmaker), obstruction of a police officer.

At police headquarters, the five were arraigned by a justice of the peace. All but Frank were released on $50 bail. Frank, who filmed the whole affair right up to the arraignment, paid $100 bail. All pleaded innocent.

(The five were represented by Warwick attorney Joseph Gallucci, who said his clients agreed to return August 23rd for trial. Before the Stones were whisked to Boston, Gallucci obtained their autographs for his 14-year-old daughter.)

The Providence Journal Company announced the next day it would file a civil suit against Moore and Richards on behalf of Dickerman, who said he was hit by someone wielding a leather belt.

The Stones' quick arraignment and release was arranged by Boston Mayor Kevin White, who took the stage at the Boston Garden and told the crowd the Stones were on the way. He arranged for late transit service to handle the throng and before leaving the stage added, "Now I've got a favor to ask of you in return. Part of my city is in flames. I'm going to have take part of the police details out of here." He asked that everyone behave.

With the crowd perched on the backs of the garden chairs, the Stones hit the stage at 12:45 AM and plowed into "Brown Sugar" to open up. The show developed loosely – and at times bordering on sloppiness. Charlie Watts, in particular, seemed exhausted. Mick, while displaying all his moves – the struts, the curtsies, the kisses, the confetti and the ciao-ciao waves – was not in his best voice. The performance ended at about 2 AM with "Street Fightin' Man."

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BOSTON — Violence erupted for the third consecutive night in Boston's south end Tuesday as roving gangs of youths threw fire bombs that ignited a seven-story apartment building and several businesses, police said.

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Before the tour took off from Boston for Philadelphia, two other members of the entourage were arrested. Jim Cullie, a driver, and Rita Redmond were charged with possession of narcotics. A spokesman for the tour said the two stayed at a "friend of a friend's house" which apparently had been under police surveilance and was due for a bust. The spokesman said the two were innocent.

By the time the tour reached Philadelphia, the incidents at Montreal and Boston began to fade in the tour members' mind. There was New York – and, oh yeah, the Pittsburgh concert – to prepare for.

"We're running downhill now," said manager Peter Rudge. "And," he added, "we're beginning to feel it." Then his mind lurched off into a maze of statistics. "You know," he said, "this will be our 49th show, and then we've got five to go . . . "

This story is from the August 17th, 1972 issue of Rolling Stone.


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