- no sex in Shanghai - no tusk in China - as tamely
Rolling Stones gave their first concert in
China. The eldest rock band of the world
performed in Shanghai before foreign
businessmen and the newly rich. The tamest
show in the history of Jagger & Co. .
"Grand Stage"- hall is only
for 8500 spectators. Under the few of them
who could afford and grab a ticket there
were almost no natives.
Up to 400 dollar cost's - for
most of Shanghai's inhabitants more than a
monthly salary. Other sources even speak of
black - market prices up to 600 dollar.
The concert started - delay, delay - with
..."Start me up". The mingle in of the
"Chinese answer to Bob Dylan", the musician
Cui Jian tried to turn up the head a little
bit. Cui Jian and Mick Jagger sang in duet.
Cuis songs were popular during the student
protests, that were knocked down by the
Chinese military in the massacre on the
place of the heavenly peace in 1989.
Among the spectators were mainly foreigners
and notably few Chinese. " Everything was
very disciplined", a concert-goer said. Some
others felt that the British rock oldies
were very low scale. The concert was up only
for 90 minutes plus three additions,
tried since the seventies to get a
permission to perform in China but for the
communists, rock music is "mental
contamination" , so all requests were
The Stones cancelled some songs, like "Honky Tonk Woman", "Brown Sugar", "Beast of
Burden" and "Let's Spend of the Night
It seems that
they also had to give way to the censor to
waive "Rough justice" from "Bigger
Bang", that's the theme of the tour.
Mick Jagger tried to put the restrictions
into context he mentioned: "I am happy that
the culture ministry guards the morals of
the foreign visitors who come to our