Never-before-seen photos of Rolling Stones on display in San Antonio

If only Norman Avila had brought his Pentax camera that first night.

On June 3, 1975, the Rolling Stones arrived at HemisFair Arena for a two-night stand. The opening night was one of the most notorious in San Antonio rock ’n’ roll lore, generating front-page headlines and threats of a vice squad bust.

It was the official kickoff of the Stones’ “Tour of the Americas ’75,” though the band had played two tuneup gigs a couple of days earlier in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The lasting image from the San Antonio tour stop is of the band — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and newest member, Ron Wood — posing in front of the Alamo.

It’s a dazzling visual. Jagger is wrapped in a British flag. A menacing looking Richards is holding a confederate flag. Wood, wearing a halter top, is holding the Texas flag and Wyman is wearing a coonskin cap. Watts just glares.

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