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.
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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