The Riots Start

24 Jul

On July 24, 1964, a riot broke out during a Rolling Stones gig at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, Lancashire. Keith Richards noticed a man with his hands on the stage exhorting the crowd to spit, and warned him, but the spitting continued. Richards is then reported to have  kicked him in the face, whereupon some of the 7000 fans in attendance started fighting. This caused over £4,000 in damage. Blackpool City Council later voted to ban the Stones from playing in the city. Forty four years later, the 2008 council voted to lift the ban, but a spokesman for the group said they had no plans to return.

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