At the Rolling Stones concert at Spartan Stadium, of course!
That night, 46,000 MSU students, alumni and community members attended the first ever rock concert at Spartan Stadium – the Rolling Stones on their Voodoo Lounge tour, with Lenny Kravitz opening. The only other concert held in Spartan Stadium was seven years later when U2 performed for more than 65,000 fans on June 26, 2011.
Renovations to the stadium were completed just in time for Stones concert and included a new tunnel large enough for trucks to haul in the stage and lighting. When assembled, the stage was 92 feet tall and 220 feet wide, stretching across the entire north end zone.
“The set was pretty amazing. There were massive balloons that dwarfed the stage. The Rolling Stones, and their backup singers, were phenomenal,” remembers University Archives cataloger Susan O’Brien. Fireworks accompanied the final song, and the Stones sang their classic Jumpin’ Jack Flash as an encore.
Video footage from the Rolling Stones concert was recently discovered among the Archives’ film and video holdings, which we’re digitizing with help from our many supporters. Your gift to the MSU Film and Video Preservation Fund will preserve valuable footage like the Rolling Stones concert and our treasured history of Spartan athletics and campus events.
To contribute to the MSU Film and Video Preservation Fund visit archives.msu.edu/giving.
Photographs of the concert and a set list can be viewed on our On the Banks of the Red Cedar website.
Written by Ed Busch, Electronic Records Archivist