Yesterday, I went to the David Bowie exhibit at the MCA in Chicago. Some great Mick Rock photographs, and a bunch of stuff from Bowie’s junk drawer. All in all, not very interesting. It reminded me of some good times. In 1989, I was on tour with the Rolling Stones on the Steel Wheels Tour of America. As we were flying into Los Angeles, one of the managers joked to me that I had my work cut out for me with a backstage celebrity parade coming up over the next four days!

So, over the next four days, I photographed some of the greatest film stars of our generation with the Stones. The first day Jack Nicholson came up to me , put his arm around my shoulder and said “ I am going to stick with you. That way I know I will get my picture taken with the Stones!!  YIKES!!!!! Over the course of the next four days, I photographed Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Barbra Streisand, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton and David Bowie. Three of the more surreal moments of my life occurred during those four days in LA.

  1. I found myself playing team billiards backstage one night. It was Keith Richards and I playing against Ron Wood and David Bowie. They kicked our asses!!
  2. The second day of the stand, I was asked to set up a photo backstage with The Rolling Stones and Guns and Roses. SURE no problem. I almost completed that task. I got a bunch of the Stones and four out of five members of G&R. (Slash was “Sick” and couldn’t be disturbed. But I got most of them.
  3. At a party after one of the shows, I was sitting at a corner table with a few of the tour publicists (both from the New York/New Jersey area) when Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patty decided to come and sit with us! What do you say to a legend?? Not a problem, as he started the conversation, wanting to know what the Stones were like!

Stones Collage

All in all a pretty productive week in the City of Angels! I think it resulted in 2 full pages in People Magazine the next week. And some great memories.


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