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Rolling Stones Take it to the MAX

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (August 1, 2001) - "Rolling Stones at the Max" takes the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band and puts them on the world's largest film format -IMAX. For four shows only, August 17 and 18, fans here can live the band's STEEL WHEELS/Urban Jungle Tour at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater.

This 89-minute concert film gives viewers more than "satisfaction" through a powerful big-screen, big sound movie. Shot over a period of five nights on location in Europe, IMAX captures the infamous rock and roll band blasting out 15 of their biggest hits. Songs like "Start Me Up," "Honky Tonk Woman," "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll," "Brown Sugar" and, of course, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" put you on stage with the band.

The Los Angeles Times calls it "An overwhelming experience"; Ebert gives it "two thumbs up"; and Daily Variety says, "The future of concert films is here, and its name is IMAX."

"Just as no rock band in the world can rival the thrill of the Rolling Stones at the peak of their form, so no ordinary film can match the impact of IMAX," said Cindy Todd, marketing director of the Aquarium & IMAX Theater. "Put the Stones and IMAX together and you have one of the most exciting concert films ever made."

In the fall of 1989, 27 years after their inception, the Rolling Stones launched one of the most ambitious and successful concert events in rock 'n' roll history. Through 117 shows in 60 cities across three continents, the band's Steel WheelsS/Urban Jungle Tour garnered unprecedented critical praise and public support. By the tour's end in August 1990, more than 6.2 million tickets were sold.

IMAX has transformed all expectations of what watching a film can be. In a world of large-screen television and video, a trip to an IMAX theater delivers what home entertainment cannot: wide-eyed, open-mouthed delight. With IMAX-a system that combines a screen as big as an eight-story building with pin-sharp clarity and studio sound-not only do you experience what is on screen, you are part of it. It's larger than live...it's the ultimate experience for fans of all ages.

The Rolling Stones were labeled "The World's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band" in the late 60s, and few disputed the claim. The band formed in London in 1962 and named themselves after a Muddy Waters song. In June 1963, the Stones released their first single, Chuck Berry's "Come On," which reached number 21 on the British charts. In April 1964 their first album was released in the U.K., and two months later they made their first American tour.

The band, inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in January 1989, recorded their 39th album, "Steel Wheels," and released it in August 1989. The Steel Wheels North American Tour opened at Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia on Aug. 31, 1989, and was eventually seen by 3.2 million people in 30 U.S. cities. The astonishing success of the tour continued in Japan with a record-breaking string of 10 shows at the Tokyo Dome.

In May the Rolling Stones Urban Jungle/Europe 1990 Tour continued the momentum, covering 10 countries and playing to over 2.5 million fans. "Steel Wheels" became the best-selling Rolling Stones album in 10 years, and "Flashpoint," the live album of the tour, was released in May 1991.
Showtimes are Aug. 17 and 18
7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
$11 for members; $12 for non-members; no child prices; no passes.
Advance tickets may be purchased by phone at 1-800-262-0695.

 

 

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