Czechoslovakia’s new-found freedom was underlined in August 1990 by a concert at Prague’s Strahov Stadium by the Rolling Stones, who became the first major Western band to perform in the country. In a now famous video message broadcast before the gig, Mick Jagger told fans – in Czech – “the Stones are rolling to Prague”. The man who taught the rock star the phrase was Jan Rubeš. A Czechoslovak TV employee in those years, he later brought shows such as Dallas and The Simpsons to the country’s TV screens. When I spoke to Rubeš, who now works in film
The Czech capital is in the grip of rock fever. The legendary Rolling Stones are back in Prague for a long-anticipated concert that is part of their European No Filter tour. The Stones have a special place in Czech hearts –they first performed in Prague in 1990 in what was a symbolic celebration of the country’s new-found freedom.
Massive interest in purchases of Rolling Stones concert tickets for a
Prague performance caused the sales server to collapse.
The booking site collapsed under the pressure within minutes of opening for business on March 9. Buyers had to be redirected to a second site where they were warned that they might have to wait in line for up to two hours.
The Rolling Stones are due to play in Prague as part of their No Filter tour on July 4.
The band set a Czech record in 1995 when around 130, 000 attended their Prague performance in a sports stadium.
The legendary rock band The Rolling Stones will perform in Prague on July 4
of this year, the company Echo Promotion confirmed on Monday. The band –
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood – performed
five times before in the former Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.
The concert, at Prague’s Letňany airport, is part of the European leg of
the bands No Filter tour.
Advance ticket sales are to begin on March 9. A maximum eight tickets will be available per transaction.
Tuesday is the 25th anniversary of the first major rock concert in Prague following the fall of communism when the Rolling Stones performed at the city’s Strahov Stadium. Around 100,000 people attended the now legendary show, for which tickets cost CZK 250, a considerable sum at the time. A visit by the band to President Václav Havel at Prague Castle was much reported on and the proceeds of the concert went to his wife Olga Havlová’s Good Will Committee.
The Rolling Stones are giving a concert in Brno on Sunday night, a part of their world-wide A Bigger Bang Tour. The concert was supposed to take place last year, but had to be postponed due to Mr Richards' accident. About 30,000 people are expected to attend including the Brno Mayor Roman Onderka who wants to present the rock'n'roll legends with gift of four hand-made walking sticks. Traffic on the Brno-Prague motorway is expected to be quite dense on Sunday night also due to the fact that the Brno racing circuit is hosting a Superbike championships event.
In today's One on One Jan's guest is Zdenek Lukes, one of the country's most respected architectural historians, employed at the Office of the President's heritage section overseeing Prague Castle. Mr Lukes first began working there in 1990 and in our interview recalls changes that he's seen, the fate of a secret atomic bunker, and a famous visit by the "world's greatest rock n' roll band". Jan began by asking him first what coming to the Castle was like.
The Rolling Stones will not appear in the Czech Republic this summer, after plans to reschedule a date in Brno were abandoned. The British rock band had been due to play in the Moravian capital in mid-June, but pulled out when guitarist Keith Richards underwent an operation. The Rolling Stones have appeared in Prague four times in the past decade and a half.
Legendary British rock band the Rolling Stones are set to play in the
Czech Republic's second city Brno next summer, with the promoters due
to announce the exact date next week.
The Rolling Stones were one of the first big foreign rock bands to appear in Czechoslovakia after the fall of communism when they performed at Prague's Strahov stadium in August 1990. They have since played here several times.