A special look inside the life of The Rolling Stones
In the summer of 1965, The Rolling Stones reached the top of the charts with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” More than a half-century later, the Stones are delivering plenty of satisfaction to their fans in the form of Exhibitionism, an aptly named traveling exhibition that recently began a four-month run at The Palazzo.
The immersive exhibit showcases more than 500 original items from the Stones’ archives, and takes fans backstage, onstage, into the studio and all the way back to where it all began. That would be the Edith Grove flat that founding members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones shared in London’s Chelsea neighborhood in 1962, a flat that was recreated with meticulous detail to give visitors a glimpse into what life was like before the Stones—one of the key groups to explode in America as part of the mid-’60s British Invasion—became one of the world’s biggest rock bands.
The interactive experience continues in a faux studio, where fans will see the original instruments the band used to lay down tracks for 30 studio albums, followed by a visit “backstage” for a glimpse into the environment before the lights go down and the boys plug in.
Exhibitionism also includes a guitar gallery featuring replicas of famous axes used by Jagger, Richards and Ronnie Wood, as well as clothing worn both on- and offstage, lyric books, personal diaries, a screening cinema, and exclusive film and photos. There are also prized original works from such cultural icons as artist Andy Warhol, and fashion designers Ossie Clark and Alexander McQueen.
And because no Rolling Stones exhibition would be complete without a concert, visitors are treated to a 3-D show. “It’s not going to be like walking into a museum,” Jagger says of Exhibitionism. “It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of The Rolling Stones—it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.” (Not to mention feeling satisfied …)
The Stones have spent their career being talked about. Exhibitionism promises to continue that legacy.
The Palazzo, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily, $36.50-$58.15 VIP plus tax and fee. 702.414.9000