Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones
The Most Influential Rock ‘N’ Roll Band in the World Brings More Than 500 Rare Items to Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (August 30, 2017) – The Rolling Stones’ first ever major exhibition, Exhibitionism, delivered by DHL, will have a limited exclusive U.S. West Coast engagement at The Palazzo® Las Vegas beginning September 23, 2017, through January 31, 2018. The exhibition is proudly brought to the U.S. by Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®), in conjunction with global promoter TEG and producer iEC Exhibitions!
The Las Vegas engagement follows Exhibitionism’s global premiere in London, its star-studded U.S. premiere in NYC, and most recently, Chicago, all of which garnered rave reviews and drew huge crowds of music, art and fashion lovers. Exhibitionism is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has unlocked their vast private archive exploring the very beginning of their history to the Stones’ superstardom of today.
Tickets for Exhibitionism go on sale to the general public Saturday, Sept. 2 at 8 a.m. PST, with pre-sales beginning Thursday, Aug. 31 at 8 a.m. PST. Tickets will be available online at www.stonesexhibit.com. Exhibitionism will be located in The Palazzo Lower Lobby.
“Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie are some of the most iconic and beloved figures in music history. Being a longtime lover of rock ‘n’ roll, I couldn’t be more pleased to be the official marketing partner and local promoter of Exhibitionism,” said Adam Steck, founder and CEO of SPI Entertainment, Inc. “We are thrilled to bring iEC Exhibitions’ world-class exhibit to Las Vegas, showcasing the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world in the entertainment capital of the world.”
“Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones Exhibit is a once-in-a-lifetime, immersive experience that tells the story of the most influential rock band in the world,” said Lisa Marchese, chief marketing officer of The Venetian and The Palazzo. “Hosting Exhibitionism in the very heart of The Palazzo and Las Vegas is a great fit and we know our guests will be as excited about this exhibit as we are.”
TEG CEO Geoff Jones said Las Vegas is a natural stopover for Exhibitionism, which includes 500 rare artifacts and memorabilia spanning the band’s 54 year career and continued influence on fashion, film and art.
“Las Vegas is an iconic showbiz capital where the legends of entertainment have built an aura over many decades,” said TEG CEO Geoff Jones.
“People go to Las Vegas for the bright lights and an escape from the everyday. Being immersed in the Rolling Stones’ history makes a visit to Exhibitionism truly an extraordinary entertainment experience.”
Exhibitionism tells the story of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in history, allowing visitors to experience first- hand their incredible journey from early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world. Exhibitionism continues the Stones’ proud tradition of groundbreaking innovation combined with the highest production values.
Originated and produced by Australian-based iEC Exhibitions! with the full participation of Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, and curated by New York native Ileen Gallagher, this highly immersive and interactive exhibition explores the Stones’ extraordinary career featuring over 500 rare and original items from their archive.
From their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio that all culminate in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.
“We've been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale,” said Mick. “It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of The Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”
“While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about us,” said Keith. “It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable.”
Over the past 50 years, The Rolling Stones became, and have remained, one of the most culturally important acts in history. From the daring white dress worn by Mick Jagger in 1969, to the seminal Sticky Fingers (1971) album cover to their iconic tongue and lips logo, up to their chart-topping latest album Blue and Lonesome released in December 2016, The Rolling Stones have continued to break the boundaries of cultural norms throughout their incredible career.
The original works of key collaborators who helped to make the band not just musical but cultural icons are also on display, including Andy Warhol, John Pasche, who designed the band’s iconic tongue logo, fashion designers Ossie Clark and Alexander McQueen, artist Shepard Fairey, producer Don Was, and film director Martin Scorsese.
Exhibitionism gives visitors a look back at the high points of the band’s career through a new film, with a high-octane soundtrack. It then steps back into the early days, to an amazing recreation of the Edith Grove flat that Mick, Keith and Brian shared in 1962. The flat was located just off the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighborhood.
“Exhibitionism is a celebration and thematic exploration of the creative life of a band that has managed both to stay current and stay true to its artistic vision for more than half a century,” said Ileen Gallagher, curator.
“This was such a unique opportunity to collaborate with the band and get their insights into the project,” continues Gallagher. “The quotes on the wall and all of the text in the exhibition is in the voice of the band or people who work very closely with them. You’re actually having the band tell you what happened at the time.”
There is a recreation of a Stones’ recording studio complete with their original instruments, plus a “backstage” area to give fans a sense of what it truly feels like just before the band heads out on stage. A guitar gallery brings together examples of some of Keith, Ronnie and Mick’s prized instruments, including a rosewood Fender Telecaster and a Maton that Keith played on Let It Bleed, which famously disintegrated as he reached the final notes of ‘Gimme Shelter.’
Other unique items include the cassette player on which Keith famously sketched out the idea for ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ just before falling asleep in a Florida motel room, Mick’s lyric book which features the hand written words for ‘Miss You,’ ‘Hey Negrita’ and ‘Worried About You,’ Keith’s 1963 diary, and the toy drum kit that Charlie used in the recording of ‘Street Fighting Man.’
DHL is the Presenting and Official Logistics Partner of Exhibitionism and is using the power of its global network to transport Exhibitionism to Las Vegas and beyond. “As the world’s most international logistics company, DHL is thrilled to be bringing Exhibitionism to Las Vegas, a city that’s renowned for its rich entertainment history,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “The Stones were the consummate professionals as musicians — they made it all look so easy. DHL has a similar workstyle of ‘excellence, simply delivered’ — no matter how complex the logistics.”
Jackson, a leading provider of retirement products, will serve as the official U.S. Sponsor. “For Jackson, sponsoring the exhibit is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the creative and age-defying journey of true rock-and-roll legends,” said Barry Stowe, CEO of Jackson. “By embracing the living legacy of The Rolling Stones, Jackson can connect on a deep emotional level with a generation that is defined by these very ideals. The baby boomers helped to usher in one of the most powerful eras of change and disruption in music, culture and philosophy. As a company focused on helping baby boomers plan for the next phase of their lives, we are pleased to be able to bring to North America this world-class exhibit focused on an artistic and cultural phenomenon that helped define and shape a generation."
The Rolling Stones officially opened Exhibitionism, delivered by DHL, on April 5, 2016 at London’s Saatchi Gallery and played through September 4, 2016. Giving it a four-star review, The Daily Telegraph called it “The most magnificent multi-sensory barrage of Stones 'stuff' you’re ever likely to encounter.” The Guardian exclaimed it as “genuinely jaw-dropping” with London’s Daily Mail adding that it is “The most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band's fascinating 50-year history.”
Exhibitionism also played at New York City’s Industria in the West Village and Chicago’s Navy Pier. Rolling Stone says Exhibitionism is “An elaborate and immersive Stones exhibit;” Good Morning America raves it’s “Spectacular;” Billboard says “'Exhibitionism is an enthralling look at decades of rock history that even diehards can learn from!” and People.com says “The exhibit is the closest you’ll get to hanging out with the band at key moments in their history.”
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About Tommy Hilfiger
Founded in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands and is internationally recognized for celebrating the essence of classic American cool style. Tommy Hilfiger is the official apparel sponsor for Exhibitionism – The Rolling Stones. “The Rolling Stones was one of the first bands I fell in love with as a kid, and their music has remained a huge source of inspiration for me,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “Throughout my career, I’ve always looked for ways to blend fashion and music, and our sponsorship of EXHIBITIONISM is another incredible opportunity to fuse our two worlds.” Hilfiger has previously sponsored the Rolling Stones’ acclaimed ‘No Security’ tour in 1999. For Exhibitionism, Tommy Hilfiger has designed a limited-edition Hilfiger Denim capsule collection of graphic t-shirts and custom jackets adorned with Rolling Stones imagery and the band’s iconic logo.
About SPI Entertainment
SPI Entertainment, helmed by award-winning Producer Adam Steck, is a leading Theatrical Production Company with six buzzed-about resident shows in the entertainment capital of the world, Las Vegas, and several shows touring internationally. With a successful track record of building entertainment brands and partnering with world-class celebrities, SPI has become the preeminent Theatrical Producer & Talent Agency in Las Vegas and beyond. SPI Entertainment is behind dozens of sold-out and critically acclaimed shows such as Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth Round 2 at MGM Grand, Human Nature: Jukebox at The Venetian, Boyz II Men at The Mirage, The Australian Bee Gees Show at The Excalibur, Divas - Starring Frank Marino at The LINQ, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man at The Paris Hotel and more. One of SPI's biggest hits include Australia's Thunder from Down Under at The Excalibur, one of the longest running productions in the history of Las Vegas and highest-grossing male revue in the world, with over 1,000 shows a year throughout the United States and beyond.
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