If They'd Only Cut Their Hair Like The Beatles 1 May 1964: Jack Hutton, editor of the Melody Maker at the time, commented on hostile press conference at San Antonio, Texas. 'As if by a pre-arranged signal all five simultaneously pulldown the skin under their eyes and push up their noses. Believe me, it's frightening' ¦Illl 27th May 1964: Headline, Daily Mirror: 'Beatle Your Rolling Stone Hair'. A headmaster ruled yesterday: Beatle Haircuts are IN—but Rolling Stone Haircuts are OUT. The Head, Mr Donald Thompson has suspend- ed eleven of his boys from Woodlands Comprehensive School, Coventry, because they wear their hear like the Rolling Stones pop group. 'Long and Scruffy' Mr Thompson calls it. But yesterday he said they could return if they cut their hair neatly, like the Beatles. CRAZY MOST OF the 300,00 fans who get to see the Stones this time around will come away thinking the Great European Tour '73 is basically big lips, gymnastics and a lot of hot hard rock. But like any successful organisation in these computerised times, the people up front are usually only the tip of the iceberg - Dick and Spiro gigging in "the" White House with the plumbers hidden down in the pits, getting the show on the road. With a quarter million pound budget and upwards of fifty people touring with the band, a Stones tour is no hick town gig. Besides the camp followers, groupies and hangers on, an entourage of roadies, make-up men and even guitar tuners trail around from city to city just cfh the edge of the spotlights. The man behind this year's tour is 26- year-old Peter Rudge from Wolverhamp- ton. Working out of an office in New Bond Street — one of those ones with the electric grilles on the door into which you have to state your business before getting up the stairs — Rudge, surrounded by The Team and protected by a secretary that could teach the Iron Maiden a few tricks, is about as easy to get hold of as cheap cocaine. 31st March 1966: from the Daily Worker: 'The Stones Send Paris-Some 250 teenage fans howled wept wrecked fifty seats and fought the police here last night during a perform- ance by the Rolling Stones. Ten police- men were injured. Police held 85 fans but released them all except one this morning—he had bitten a policeman. Said one of the Stones afterwards^ 'It's one of the best nights we've ever had'.' ¦Illl 29th October 1968: Daily Mirror: 'The gilt edged secret of the Rolling Stones golden records came out yesterday. The Stones discovered the awful truth after playing one of them. Instead of the wild Stones beat, out came the voice of... pop star Buddy Holly. A Decca spokesman said that the matter would be investigated'. ¦Illl sro/ues p/sseo on/\ Organising hotels, passes, schedules, promotions and almost constantly phon- ing the more exotic quarters of the globe, keeps the guy pretty wired — last week he succumbed and was bed-ridden for two days. Getting to see the Great Man can mean a good two hours between the bottom stair and the oval office. In contrast to the high-pressure hustle of his organisation, Rudge himself, surprisingly, seems about as hard as a 44 inch bust. "Fuck knows how I got into this" he sighed between Transatlantic calls. "I used to put on concerts at Cam- bridge while I was at University and I guess I just drifted into it It seems to go crazy in the last week no matter what you do. It is such a big thing and some- times gets a bit much. AS TOUR Manager, Rudge is the man who has to solve the problems, arrange the security, soothe para- noid police chiefs and reassure frig- htened hall-managers that the fans won't leave the Mannheim Dance Palace a scarred shell. But on top of this, he seems genuinely concerned that the kids in each country get their deutschmark's worth or what- ever. "You can't win in this game — either the tickets are too dear, or too cheap, or we don'tplay this town, or we don't play iriything ¦ with, but Che kids who stand in line for three days fox their two tickets. I'm sorry that a lot of people are going to miss out — 50,()00 people were turned away from Wembley — but you just can't 6 December 1968: Daily Mail: 'Top of the Plops-Pieman Mick gets a faceful. The Rolling Stones, those apostles of present day grooviness, ' came out with the oldest gag in show business yesterday—custard pie throwing. It came at the end of a £1000 Beggar's Banquet named after their new LP. Suddenly they began pelting their guests—including Lord Harlech, who had been handed boxes and told 'Don't open until next Wednesday'.' ¦Illl 14 January 1969: Evening News: 'Rolling Stones guitar- ist Brian Jones now on holiday in Ceylon is 'furious' with several hotel managers there. Jones complained that they had refused him accommodation several times in Kandy, thinking he was an unkempt penniless beatnik. Jones, clad in tightfitting pink suit with a psychedelic scarf, pulled out a bundle of notes and said: 'I am not a beatnik, I work for my living. I have money and do not wish to be treated as a second class citizen'.' cater for everyone. If we played Wembley for three days straight then we would almost do it." And how do the Stones feel about touring? "They love it. They expect a certain standard and you have to stick to it, but they present no problems as long, as they get through Europe protected and hassle-free as possible. They don't have to do it of course. They could sit down for a year, make a nice album the. same as I could sit around just booking groups for a year. But you get out on the road and put your balls on the line.; that is what rock and roll is all about." A five-year veteran of Stone organising is the charming Jo Bergman from San Francisco who "looked after" the past two States tours, Europe in '70 and England the following year. 'A Stone's tour is just like a military operation or a presidential campaign" she said last week before flying off to New York for a calm and cushy recording company job. "If you're a stadium owner or hotel manager on the receiving end of the Stones party it must be pretty fright- ening. After my last tour I went away to the country and slept for several days; you haye'to do it unless you're like Mick, who just went on playing. A tour is like riding an orbiting planet relatedto nothing else, operated by a bunch of crazies. That's what the manage- ment is, a bunch of dedicated crazies".