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    THE STONES STILL STRUGGLING TO BE SEEN & HEARD

    The Rolling Stones 1964 Second-Tour U.S. Concert Poster, Dayton, OH. An original concert-advertising window card for The Rolling Stones playing a show in Dayton, Ohio on Friday night, November 13, 1964. This was only the group's second American tour, and their first tour in June had hit only eight U.S. cities. This second jaunt in the fall, itself consisting of only 12 cities, coincided with the band achieving their first-ever Top 20 hit in America the very week of this show, "Time Is on My Side."

    The poster features a great, very popular design of red, white & blue (very possibly an intentional color choice) utilizing fun pop-art fonts and two early publicity photos taken back in London. When this poster was designed, the Stones had yet to hit the American Top 20 with anything. (Just "Tell Me" at #24 in Billboard, and "It's All Over Now" at #26.)

    "November 13th, Hara Arena, Dayton, Ohio," the left side says. A little odd that they didn't include "Friday." On the right side it says, "Tickets on Sale: Mayors (Record Shop), Sears, Wamplers Arena." Wamplers was the bigger entertainment complex; Hara was the brand new arena within it. Nobody wrote in the opening act, local band Ivan and the Sabers, nor what the tickets cost.

    The poster may be terrific, but the show was sort of a dud. But then maybe that adds to its early, innocent charm. According to the newspaper review, the 6,000-capacity Hara Arena held less than 1,000 Stones fans at showtime. They might as well have been in a nightclub. Most amazing of all, Mick Jagger & company played only six songs in less than 20 minutes! And then called it a night. The 10 songs they had in rotation for this tour were the above three singles plus "Not Fade Away" (of course), "Around and Around," "Off the Hook," "I'm All Right," "If You Need Me," "Carol" and "I'm a Kingbee."

    Finally, the condition. We are very pleased at the beautiful condition this poster is still in; it surely has to be the best of the few that exist. We did have one of these in our auctions before, just one, in 2016. In worse condition than this, it sold for $15,000. And we know the Stones won't be fading away anytime soon.

    Measures 14" x 22" and grades to Near Mint Minus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: This is one of those rare tour-blank concert posters where the venue box was filled in by hand, rather than printed in by a machine. A very small stash of these was found a couple of decades ago, and they were carefully vetted by the collecting community, and checked out fine. The handwriting down below was obviously all done in the same hand, and a very long time ago.

    We've attached two photos of the event which were simply borrowed from the Internet and are NOT included in the sale, but anyone can go find them. The first is the stunning photo of the venue before showtime, and the incredibly sparse crowd that attended; photo credit goes to Bill Koehler. The second image is the newspaper review in the Dayton Daily News the following day; credit for this image goes to the Wright State University Library in Dayton.

    Condition details: The board is in great, sturdy shape, with just a very light sheen of aging visible over the white areas. We suppose that's toning, only with a slightly different feel. There's just very little or no ‘damage' worth mentioning on this specimen, other than a lightly nudged upper left corner, leaving only a harmless half-inch crease on the very edge. The other corners are in terrific shape, with only the slightest bit of very soft rounding – if even that. The best news here is that on the verso, there's a water stain along the top edge which, gloriously, does not appear at all on the poster's front. A great bullet to have dodged! This is just a beautiful specimen that any condition freak would be pleased as punch with.




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