July 18, 1972 marked a day the Rolling Stones would rather forget, but thanks to the news and the internet that’s impossible. Listen above for a clip of a 1972 radio broadcast reporting the incident.
The band flew into New England for a show at the Boston Garden, but as they arrived their plane had to be diverted to the Green Airport in Warwick, R.I. It was there that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew belligerent, eventually getting arrested for obstructing police and assaulting a photographer.
Boston’s then-Mayor Kevin White pulled the strings he needed to get them out of jail in time to make the show, but not before they’d already made headlines for their unruly behavior.
Past radio news reports like this would have to make Mick and Keith chuckle if they heard it today. The reporter in the clip has a subtle “Kids these days!” attitude in the way he refers to them and his tone of voice.
Many of the Stones’ detractors may have pointed to an incident like this as the beginning of their downward spiral as a band, but nope. They’re still going strong, to say the least.