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The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
401 Gay St, Nashville, Tennessee 37219
The Rolling Stones Exhibit, delivered by DHL, the band’s first ever major exhibition, will have a limited exclusive U.S. Southeast engagement at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. beginning March 29, 2018. This will be the final stop in The Rolling Stones Exhibit’s U.S. tour and its first and only stop in the Southeast region. The exhibition is proudly presented and delivered by DHL, and supported by Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson®) in conjunction with global promoter TEG and producer iEC Exhibitions!
The Music City engagement follows The Rolling Stones Exhibit’s global premiere in London, its star-studded U.S. premiere in NYC, and limited engagement stops in Chicago and Las Vegas, all of which garnered rave reviews and drew huge crowds of music, art and fashion lovers. The Rolling Stones Exhibit is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has personally unlocked their vast private archive exploring the very beginning of their history to the Stones’ superstardom of today.
Advance public ticket sales for The Rolling Stones Exhibit will begin Wednesday, Feb. 14, available online at stonesexhibit.com. The Rolling Stones Exhibit will be staged in the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, which is located in the Historic Nashville Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville (401 Gay Street Nashville TN 37219).
“An exhibit that highlights the extraordinary career of one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands in history belongs in Music City,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “The Musicians Hall of Fame is the perfect location, and residents and visitors alike are in for a special music experience.”
“The Rolling Stones Exhibit is a once-in-a-lifetime, immersive experience that tells the story of the most influential rock band in the world,” said Joe Chambers, Founder and CEO of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. “We’re all in for a rare treat. Hosting The Rolling Stones Exhibit here at the Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum and pairing it with our museum that celebrates the achievements of all musicians around the globe establishes a can’t miss destination worth travelling from anywhere for music fans.”
DHL is the Presenting and Official Logistics Partner of The Rolling Stones Exhibit and is using the power of its global network to transport The Rolling Stones Exhibit to Music City and beyond. “As the world’s most international logistics company, DHL is thrilled to be bringing The Rolling Stones Exhibit to Nashville, a city that’s renowned for its music history,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas. “The Stones were the consummate professionals as musicians — they made it all look so easy. DHL has a similar workstyle of ‘excellence, simply delivered’ — no matter how complex the logistics.”
TEG CEO Geoff Jones echoed that Nashville is the natural final stop for The Rolling Stones Exhibit, which includes 500 rare artifacts and memorabilia spanning the band’s 54 year career and continued influence on fashion, film and art.
“Nashville is one of the great musical cities in the world and for a long-time it has had a profound influence on music around the globe, including the Stones themselves,” said Jones. “People go to Nashville to live and breathe music. Being able to be immersed in the Rolling Stones’ history with The Rolling Stones Exhibit, delivered by DHL, as part of that is truly an extraordinary entertainment opportunity.”
TEG has worked closely with the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. to secure Nashville as the exhibit’s final U.S. stop.
“The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is proud to have played a key role in bringing this unrivaled and immersive Rolling Stones experience to Nashville,” said Beth S. Courtney, NCVC board chair. “We’ve worked for two years to bring The Rolling Stones Exhibit to Nashville, and it will be well worth the effort. After achieving smash hit status in New York, Chicago, and Las Vegas, The Rolling Stones deserve a proper U.S. sendoff and no one will do it better than Music City.”
Jackson, a leading provider of retirement products, serves as the official U.S. Sponsor. “For Jackson, sponsoring The Rolling Stones Exhibit is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of the creative and age-defying journey of true rock-and-roll legends,” said Barry Stowe, CEO of Jackson. “Partnering with an exhibit focused on an artistic and cultural phenomenon that helped define and shape the baby boomer generation allows us to connect on a deep emotional level with an audience that initiated one of the most powerful eras of change and disruption in music, culture and philosophy. As a company focused on helping baby boomers plan for the next phase of their lives, we are pleased to be able to bring this world-class exhibit and the living legacy of The Rolling Stones to Music City, a place many of our associates and community partners call home.”
After opening, the exhibit will continue in Nashville into the Summer. As the exhibit wraps up in Las Vegas and heads Nashville’s way, prepare for more information and exciting updates about The Rolling Stones Exhibit’s final U.S. engagement in Music City.
ABOUT THE ROLLING STONES EXHIBIT
The Rolling Stones Exhibit tells the story of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in history, allowing visitors to experience first- hand their incredible journey from early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world. The Rolling Stones Exhibit continues the Stones’ proud tradition of groundbreaking innovation combined with the highest production values.
Originated and produced by Australian-based iEC Exhibitions! with the full participation of Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, and curated by New York native Ileen Gallagher, this highly immersive and interactive exhibition explores the Stones’ extraordinary career featuring over 500 rare and original items from their archive.
From their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio that all culminate in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.
“We've thought about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale,” said Mick. “It’s not like walking into a museum. It’s an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of The Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”
“While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about us,” said Keith. “It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable.”
Over the past 50 years, The Rolling Stones became, and have remained, one of the most culturally important acts in history. From the daring white dress worn by Mick Jagger in 1969, to the seminal Sticky Fingers (1971) album cover to their iconic tongue and lips logo, up to their chart-topping latest album Blue and Lonesome released in December 2016, The Rolling Stones have continued to break the boundaries of cultural norms throughout their incredible career.
The original works of key collaborators who helped to make the band not just musical but cultural icons are also on display, including Andy Warhol, John Pasche, who designed the band’s iconic tongue logo, fashion designers Ossie Clark and Alexander McQueen, artist Shepard Fairey, producer Don Was, and film director Martin Scorsese.
The Rolling Stones Exhibit gives visitors a look back at the high points of the band’s career through a new film, with a high-octane soundtrack. It then steps back into the early days, to an amazing recreation of the Edith Grove flat that Mick, Keith and Brian shared in 1962. The flat was located just off the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighborhood.
“The Rolling Stones Exhibit is a celebration and thematic exploration of the creative life of a band that has managed both to stay current and stay true to its artistic vision for more than half a century,” said Ileen Gallagher, curator.
“This was such a unique opportunity to collaborate with the band and get their insights into the project,” continues Gallagher. “The quotes on the wall and all of the text in the exhibition is in the voice of the band or people who work very closely with them. You’re actually having the band tell you what happened at the time.”
There is a recreation of a Stones’ recording studio complete with their original instruments, plus a “backstage” area to give fans a sense of what it truly feels like just before the band heads out on stage. A guitar gallery brings together examples of some of Keith, Ronnie and Mick’s prized instruments, including a rosewood Fender Telecaster and a Maton that Keith played on Let It Bleed, which famously disintegrated as he reached the final notes of ‘Gimme Shelter.’
Other unique items include the cassette player on which Keith famously sketched out the idea for ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ just before falling asleep in a Florida motel room, Mick’s lyric book which features the hand written words for ‘Miss You,’ ‘Hey Negrita’ and ‘Worried About You,’ Keith’s 1963 diary, and the toy drum kit that Charlie used in the recording of ‘Street Fighting Man.’
The Rolling Stones officially opened The Rolling Stones Exhibit, delivered by DHL, on April 5, 2016 at London’s Saatchi Gallery and played through September 4, 2016. Giving it a four-star review, The Daily Telegraph called it “The most magnificent multi-sensory barrage of Stones 'stuff' you’re ever likely to encounter.” The Guardian exclaimed it as “genuinely jaw-dropping” with London’s Daily Mail adding that it is “The most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band's fascinating 50-year history.”
The Rolling Stones Exhibit also played at New York City’s Industria in the West Village, Chicago’s Navy Pier and at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. Rolling Stone says The Rolling Stones Exhibit is “An elaborate and immersive Stones exhibit;” Good Morning America raves it’s “Spectacular;” Billboard says “'The Rolling Stones Exhibit is an enthralling look at decades of rock history that even diehards can learn from!” and People.com says “The exhibit is the closest you’ll get to hanging out with the band at key moments in their history.”