The Rolling Stones’ Exhibitionism — the band’s first ever multimedia career retrospective — will have a limited exclusive Nashville run at the Musicians Hall Of Fame & Museum starting on March 29th, with no end date announced. The exhibit follows five month runs in London, Manhattan, Chicago, and will wind down its Las Vegas run on February 25th. In the announcement for Exhibitionism, Mick Jagger explained: “We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale. It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be 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.” Jagger explained to us that every era of the Stones is chronicled in an exhaustive — but still entertaining — manner: “It’s interesting because you go from a long time ago into, almost, the present day. It is not an exhibition about the ’60s only. It’s a long thing. So, you say, ‘Okay, more or less, I saw him in that outfit, y’know, when I lost saw the concert.’ So, I think it’s good, it’s pretty bang up to date.”

Jagger went on to explain how Exhibitionism, with its multi-faceted design and layout, breaks new ground: “You’re seeing all the obvious things, y’know, you’re seeing a lot of guitars that you’d expect from a rock band — but you’re also seeing the art, you’re seeing the staging. There’s some really incredible staging — if you’re interested in that kind of thing. And you think, ‘Well, who’s interested in that?’ But, actually, they’re really fascinated in those stage things. And when I look at all those, I think, ‘Oh, I’m really proud of being involved in this staging.’ And I’m still working on staging. And y’know, I mean, like, how are you gonna stage the Desert (Trip) show?” One of the most brilliant parts of the exhibit is the recreation of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and co-founder Brian Jones’ squalid apartment in London’s Edith Grove, complete with filthy bedroom and kitchen. The exhibit underscores the horrible living conditions with a putrid smell that can only be described as spoiled milk, garbage, and filthy clothes pushed through from the overhead vents. Keith Richards admitted to us he was taken aback at how well the production team got the vibe of Edith Grove: “Man, uncannily accurate. I mean. . . I’m lookin’ at it and I’m going — a weird feeling, like ‘I’m home’ (laughs).”

We asked Keith Richards what he thinks late-Rolling Stones founders, Brian Jones and Ian Stewart, would make of the new exhibit: “He’d probably be very proud of it — I’m sure. Y’know, because he was part of the band that started this thing off, y’know? And I’m sure that he’d be very proud and happy to be here. Stu’s the other one. The main man. Y’know, Stu would probably be in the corner there, laughing his head off.”


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