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The Rolling Stones American Tour in 1981 set a record that would stand for 33 years

It’s the Summer of ’81 and Keith Richards, attired in a black bomber jacket, black t-shirt, black jeans and blue suede boots, strides into the rural Massachusetts recording studio basement—Long […]

Tour of the Americas: The Rolling Stones launch in Baton Rouge.

It’s the night before the Rolling Stones launch the biggest rock event of 1975—the Tour of the Americas ’75 at LSU in Baton Rouge—and Keith Richards goes down to Rock […]

A Ticket to Rock Royalty: Gregg Allman’s Midnight Ride through New Orleans

It’s the Summer of ’69 and the Allman Brothers are opening for Dr. John at the Boston Tea Party. They’re just 18 months away from the first of three consecutive […]

Paul McCartney Goes to Mardi Gras

It’s Mardi Gras 1975 as Paul and Linda McCartney arrive in New Orleans to celebrate the New Year and record a new album—Venus & Mars—at Allen Toussaint’s Sea-Saint Studios. Just […]

Bill Johnston’s Warehouse

It’s a cool Saturday night in October, and Chicago is performing its greatest-hits catalog on the West Bank of the Mississippi, directly across the river from where the Warehouse once […]

Eric Clapton: Under a Hoodoo Moon

Photojournalist Ronnie LeBoeuf remembers seeing Eric Clapton for the first time like it was yesterday: “He was coming out the Half Moon Bar down on Magazine Street one night and […]

Neil Young Heeds New Orleans’ Call

It’s New Orleans Jazz Festival 2009 and from 50 feet away seeing Neil Young is a spiritual experience. With every bar of music, he’s still feeling it, and he makes […]

Freddie Mercury and Queen: A Night at the Fairmont

By the time Freddie Mercury arrived in his favorite American city for a sold-out 1978 Halloween night concert at Municipal Auditorium, Queen had already crossed that threshold from popular to […]

Man Signs Dog: Jimi Hendrix in New Orleans

On July 30, 1968, the Jimi Hendrix Experience kicked off its second United States tour with two shows in Baton Rouge. According to Hendrix biographer Charles Cross, Hendrix was never […]

Stairway to Bourbon Street: Led Zeppelin in New Orleans

It’s May of 1973 and the British Gods of Rock—Led Zeppelin—sweep into New Orleans at the height of their mysterious and epochal powers as arguably the best rock band in […]