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    The Rolling Stones 1964 Concert Handbill for Show Canceled Due to Slow Ticket Sales An original paper advertising flyer for a show by the Rolling Stones on their first U.S. tour on Thursday, June 18, 1964 in New Haven, CT. Since the band had not cracked the American Top 40 yet, the concert was subsequently canceled due to lack of interest.

    It takes quite an imagination to conjure up "the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band" in such infancy that a disc jockey got billed above them, it had to be explained twice in the top two inches that they were from England, they hadn't stepped foot yet in America's Top 40 singles chart, and that even at two bucks a throw they didn't generate enough interest to keep a scheduled concert from completely collapsing.

    But everybody has to start somewhere.

    If you love the early "Not Fade Away" Rolling Stones, this is a magnificent collector's item. A very rare advertising handbill for Mick Jagger & company in a New England town that couldn't care less. This was going to be their seventh stop on a very naively-planned debut "tour" of America, which amounted to only a dozen shows when all was said & done. They were all in June '64, and it was just a bit too early: "Tell Me (You're Coming Back)" was released later this month and would go Top 25, and "Time Is On My Side" would arrive in the fall and go Top 10. ("Not Fade Away" had come first and peaked at only #48 nationally.) And the Stones would be back to America in the fall, of course, to take advantage of those hits.

    But first, this fiasco. Why New Haven on the 18th was canceled but other shows that week weren't, is a mystery. According to bassist Bill Wyman's book Rolling with the Stones, "Omaha [Nebraska] was not ready for the Stones - just 650 people turned up at a gig that could accommodate 15,000. In Minneapolis there were about 400 people; Detroit and Harrisburg had audiences of less than a thousand each - in stadiums with a capacity 10 times that size."

    But almost no concert posters or handbills are known for those shows, or anything on this miniscule eight-city tour. (Only this New Haven plus Harrisburg, PA and Carnegie Hall. Like one or maybe two each known of. If you want something from this tour, good luck.)

    But you can surely say one thing... it certainly is a catchy, attractive flyer. Blue ink on white paper, that classic early publicity photo of the Stones, their band name in a great type font, and three opening acts: The Chiffons (why didn't they sell any tickets? "He's So Fine" and "One Fine Day" had been national Top 5 hits the year before), the Younger Bros. and The Epics. And, of course, let's not forget 42-year-old New York City deejay Murray Kaufman in his very-60's V-neck sweater and turtleneck. Maybe that turned off the teenagers.

    Measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2". In Near Mint Minus condition with some soiling in the bottom left corner, along with creasing marks. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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