The Rolling Stones and the Beatles performed on the same concert bill on just two occasions. One of those concerts (which was called the Great Pop Prom) took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sept. 15, 1963. The concert is now getting a 50th anniversary photo exhibit called "The Great Pop Prom," which features rare photos of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles at the historic concert. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public at the Royal Albert Hall, runs from Sept. 21 to Oct. 22, 2013.
The exhibit can be viewed when attending performances at the Royal Albert Hall, or from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. BST on days:
- Sept. 22, 2013
- Sept. 28, 2013
- Oct. 5, 2013
- Oct. 19, 2013
The exhibit is being presented by conjunction with Mirrorpix, Getty Images and artist John Pasche, who designed the iconic Rolling Stones "tongue" logo. Some of Pasche's other original artwork that he did for the Stones are included in the exhibit.
According to Music News, Pasche said, "My first contact with The Rolling Stones was during my final year at the Royal College of Art in 1970. Mick Jagger commissioned me to produce a poster for their 1970 European Tour. In the following year he asked me to design a logo for the band. I went on to design posters for their following three tours and work on the 'Sticky Fingers' and 'Goats Head Soup' album projects. It seems appropriate and a great pleasure to now exhibit some of that work at the neighboring building to the RCA, the Royal Albert Hall."
The Rolling Stones and the Beatles were on the same concert bill just one other time: at the New Musical Express poll winners concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley, in London on April 26, 1964. We'll have to wait until 2014 to see if there will be some kind of retrospective to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that concert.