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Wednesday, ;tune 4, 1975


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Jagger still the no. 1 performer
as Stones make US, summer tour

AP Newsfeature Writer
For the upcoming three-month sum-
mer tour by the Rolling Stones - 42
concerts in the United States and Cana-
da and 16 in Mexico and South America
- lead singer Mick Jagger got an idea
for a roof for the outdoor concerts.
"I found this beautiful book of ten-
sile structures. So I designed one. They
said it would cost $300,000. We're doing
seven outdoor shows I think. They said,
then what was I going to do with it?
Nothing. So I couldn't have it. I could
put it out in a field and live in it. It's
still expensive, even as a house.
"I said maybe we could afford it; we
could take it to Australia next fall. Then
fou have to pay to take it. It has to go
by sea.
"You have to start compromising. You
have to. There'll be a roof, but it won't
be the one I imagined."
Ask Jagger whether ie's interested in
the mones side of the music business and
he explains. "I'm interested in earn-
ing money. I don't want to work for 20
years and have nothing." But he doesn't
sit around all day counting his money
and he has no investments other than
some shares received as a gift.
"I'm interested in touring. Apart
from performing, I'm interested in the
way the tour is promoted, the stage,
the transortation, personnel - all those
things. I like to go through those details.
Money comes into that. Every time I
wanta stage that measures X by X they
say it'll cost $150,000 to build and $20,000
a night to move. You have to get in-
volved in money.
Charlie Watts, the drummer, has got-
ten really involved in design, lights, art
work, everything like that. We were
here two months working on the tour
before we came in this time to rehearse
the music.
"Charlie, me and Christian Piper, a
German artist, worked ot the noster for
the tour - an eagle and a jet plane.
At first we couldn't find an eagle pic-
ture to draw from. We were in Ger-
many - we found some on the money.
We were recording in Munich. Charlie
can draw. I'm telling him, 'Do it this
way, do it that way."'
An album, "Made in the Shade," on
Rolling Stones Records, distributed by
Atlantic, is coming out at the start of
the tour. It's 10 hits by the group from
Lps of the last four years. "Brown Sug-
ar" an album of new music, will come
out in September.
The Rolling Stones toured the United
States last in 1972. In Europe the last
tour was in 1973. There have been rumors
that the 1975 tour will be the last but
Jagger says, "The 1972 tour was sup-
posed to be the last one; I read a lot
about that. I don't plan this one to be.
"After a layoff, you get a feeling of
wanting to tour again." -
When he isn't touring or recording,
Jagger says, "I'm always thinking about
working for a start. I don't ever really
go and not think about it. I always car-
ry a-guitar and tape recorder and book.
I write words down. I'm always listen-
ing to things we've done - records that
are in the middle of being done."
Also, Jagger says, he reads a lot,
history and other kinds of books, and
likes to travel. While in South America,

there will be enough time between some
dates for Jagger to "do a bit more ex-
le and his wife Bianca are sometimes
photographed, beautifully dressed, at fes-
tive occasions. "Social life is not for me
a full-time activity," Jagger says. "I
like to see all kinds of people. When I go
to the gutter, I don't get photographed.
I don't like going to movie openings. I
have to be dragged. Sometimes it's by
my wife and sometimes the people do-
ing the movie.
"I don't like being called a jet setter.
It's boring. Which doesn't mean I don't
like to see the motor racing in Monte
Carlo. I like motor racing. Then I get
called a jet setter. I go to a party in
Paris and that photograph goes round
and rsond. It looks like the only places
I was ever at. The rest of the time
you're sitting on somebody else's floor
or out dancing or walking around."
Being labeled a jet setter is far dif-
ferent from being labeled the scruffy
epitome of the anti-estabsihment as the
Rolling Stones were first known. "What's
the establishment? In England the es-
tablishment means the monarchy which
includes the aristocracy, the church and
the government. As far as England is
concerned, those institutions are in a
state of abject spiritual decay. If that
makes me anti-establishment . . . But
it doesn't mean anything, anyway; it's
just a term."
Whether the Stones have mellowed
over the years since their formation in
1962, Jagger says is in the mind of the
person writing a story about them on anP
particular day. "It's a group of five
people. How can they be the same?
Sometimes we feel very mellow. The sun
is shining. The next day, everything
goes wrong and we want to shoot holes
through the hotel wall.
"I don't think I'm very moody at all.
I try to maintain an equilibrium. But
each persons has many sides."
And whether he's the best-known, No.
1 rock star in the world, Jagger, now
31, says is impossible to measure. "The
No. 1 band in England today is the Bay
City Rollers. So what? I like them, ac-
There are a few bands that have very
good track records. They've been play-
ing a long while with more or less the
same people and done well on tour,
which is good. It's a bit awful to be the
only band. There was sort of a vacuum
for a period when we felt we were kind
of lost. The Beatles broke up and Dylan
didn't tour. No one was really doing any-
thing. Now some are. You need all that;
you need competition."
High points in the Rolling Stones' 13
years, Jagger lists as ''when our first,
record got on the charts in England.
'Come On' I think got to like 32. That
was a great thing. Our first big hit in
America was 'I Think Time Is on my
Side' in 1964. We got really well known
here in 1965 with 'Satisfaction.'
"It's the most well-known song. Not
that we play it any more. We havn't
played it in years."

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Slash in arts fund
may hit area events
By CATHERINE REUTTER grants in the past, including the Ars Mu-
A $625,010 budget cut proposed by a sica and Art Worlds.
House subcommittee for the state's arts University groups like the Professional
budget could hurt theater and perform- Theater Program and the University
ing arts in the Ann Arbor area. Theater Program have also received
grants in the past.
Reactions to the 25 per cent cut "ts in that
vary from arts groups around town. "I ",The people that it will hurt are the
think it could have devastating conse- young groups who need seed money,"
quences for the arts in Michigan," says says Secil Taylor of Art Worlds, which
Edward Szabo, Ann Arbor Symphony has received a minigrant for its the-
Eodatrd San AbrSypoy ater project.
conductor. "Many groups are in a per- "WE'REtNOT directly affected," says
iod of transition and growth now." The Bret Waller, University art museum
symphony has applied for $5,000 to con- director, although the Detroit Institute
duct children's concerts and hire a sec- of Arts has had to close for a month.
retary. "Everyone's expecting some belt-tight-
"I DON'T THINK the cut will go ening," Waller comments, "but this cut
through as large as it is," Joe Wilson seems a bit drastic."
of the Ann Arbor Council for the Per- The proposed cut was provoked by the
forming Arts (AACPA) says hopefully. current recession. During the last De-
"We are enormously concerned about pression, the movie businesshboomed
the budget cut," says Jean Gaisfo, also because of the many people who sought
of the AACPA. "We've been delighted escape from reality. "Today, a lot of
by the current year's budget appropria- people have free time," says Taylor.
tions." "It's possible that people are frustrated,
The size of the budget, Galan believes, so they go out to be entertained."
could be the second largest state bud- Szabo emphasizes "the importance of
get in the nation, second only to New the quality of life. The arts are a neces-
York's. sity. They have to do with the spirit of
"THE BUDGET CUT would be a set- man." Yet, Wilson says, "the first place
beck, but not a serious one," says Wil- the government turns to when it needs
son. The AACPA has never received a to make budget cuts is to the arts."
grant from the Michigan Council for GALAN says, "Finances are difficult
the Arts, the group which administers for everyone, however, the spirit needs
the state budget. a little encouragement, too." She adds,
The Ann Arbor group has applied, how- "There were threats of this kind of
ever, for a grant to help the stage they thing last year. Many of -the euts pro-
set up at the Anil Arbor Art Fair on posed last year were eventually rein-
South University. Many of the AACPA's. stated because enough people got in
member organizations have received touch with their congressmen."

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