Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones Las Vegas Exhibit

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“Please allow me to introduce myself / I’m a man of wealth and taste”
-Sympathy For The Devil

Exhibitionism is coming to Las Vegas, and it’s enough to make a grown man cry! Exhibitionism tells the story of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world: The Rolling Stones. The exhibition allows visitors to experience their incredible journey through an immersive exhibit, from their early days living together in a tiny flat, to headlining the biggest stages in the world.

I have had the liberty and good fortune to have seen the Stones perform live at many a storied venue: the Pontiac Silverdome in Detroit “Rock City”, the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Camp Randall in Madison, Wisconsin, the original Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino here in Las Vegas, and Soldier Field in Chicago on opening night for the Bridges to Babylon Tour that was simulcast live on VH1 with my then 6-year-old son Chase Chancellor.

To this day my son fondly remembers his first concert (imagine… how many people can say that?), and being pat-down by security as he entered a stadium that held as many people as the state he hailed from. Camera-equipped helicopters circled the stadium like bees to a hive capturing every angle of an audience waiting with baited breath to see Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie take the stage in dramatic fashion for all the world to see. Keith, entered center stage first with the opening riff to (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction donning a leopard print trench coat that was as gauche and ostentatious as the set that was at his back. Explosions and fireworks coincided with the “licks” as Chase bolted back in his seat mesmerized by a crossfire hurricane that was transpiring before his young little eyes.

Street Fighting Man
From that moment on, he was smitten, and by age 7 he was a hard-core die-hard fan. While his contemporaries Mmmbopped to Hanson, he sang and pranced to “You Got Me Rocking” while expounding the lyrics; I was a hooker/ losing her looks / I was writer/ can’t write another book / I was all dried up dying to get wet / I was a tycoon / Drowning In debt / Hey Hey / You got me rocking now. Clearly, there were no Tipper Gore Parental Advisory Warnings at the Parks household.

Let’s Spend The Night Together
Our last shared Stones event was at the T-Mobile this past October where “Number One Son” treated his “Brubakeresque” father to an evening that neither of us wanted to end. From the opening announcement… “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones” to the final notes of (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, and then being the last to be ushered out of our seats by overly aggressive octogenarians. We, relished every moment of a performance by the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band in the world…The Rolling Stones. This is “our” band. So, this brings us full circle to a recent text from my son who via a tweet from Mick received word that Exhibitionism is headed for Vegas!

Gimme Shelter
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!

Kudos, to Lisa Marchese, chief marketing officer of The Venetian and The Palazzo for scoring this amazing exhibition and the showcasing thereof at a world-class property befitting of The Stones.

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. Exhibitionism gets right to the heart of what makes the Stones tick-as musicians, songwriters, and performers and colleagues.

It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll
Exhibitionism is an immersive exhibit that tells the story of the Rolling Stones. The exhibit features more than 500 items, including a vintage guitar gallery, rare instruments and lyric books, backstage and tour paraphernalia, album art, photography, stage designs, and personal diaries and letters.

Exhibitionism includes more than 190 original artworks by Andy Warhol, David Bailey, John Pasche, Walton Ford, Shepard Fairey, Michael Cooper, Christian Piper, Robert Frank and many more. The exhibit also includes sound mixing desks, interactive displays, a screening narrated by Martin Scorsese, and video experiences throughout. The exhibit culminates in an immersive backstage recreation, leading into a spectacular 3d concert finale.

It’s All Over Now
No other rock ‘n’ roll band has been working, creating music and magic together so continuously. At Exhibitionism in their own words and images, is the life of a band who for the last 54 years have been playing the soundtrack to our lives. Destination Fabulous, strongly recommends this Las Vegas tour and activity to our clients and fellow colleagues as the can’t be missed event of the season!

In closing, a quote from Ronnie Wood has resonated with me throughout the years, and I sent the following words to Chase via text as he left for the airport to head back to “The Big D” after the end of the evening’s concert festivities …” It’s a wonderful gift: The Rolling Stones for young and old. For the old it brings back memories. For the young it brings new discoveries.” I guess you know where you’ll find the two of us on September 23rd.

Get off my cloud,
Trent Allen Parks aka TAP
SVP Destination Fabulous LLC

Sources: Songwriters:
Sympathy For The Devil lyrics © Abkco Music, Inc.
You Got Me Rocking – Writer(s): Michael Phillip Jagger, Keith Richards
According to The Rolling Stones – Chronicle Books – San Francisco