On August 13, 1998, the Rolling Stones gave a great show in Moscow. It was the first visit to Russia in the history of famous musicians. The long-awaited visit was made during the legendary world tour – Bridges to Babylon 97-98. It was the greatest event for true fans of the Rolling Stones’ creativity and real live rock music. The organizer of the concert was the Moscow company Silence Pro. JSA Stage Company was invited to work for this event, as a company by local production and support of staging.
It was our third strong job in a big project with a world star of high level (before was: Michael Jackson – 1996 and Jean Michel Jarre -1997). We successfully coped with our task and our team outstripped all working schedules of production. We were lucky enough to work on this project with Jake Berry – an outstanding personality in this business. From the side of JSA worked with about 500 people including the team: staff of managing, scaffolders, stagehands, and crew for all local services of technical and other matters.
During the preparation and installation works, there were a lot of new and interesting for our team. There were also amusing moments: In Russia, there was at that time no professional cover for the stadium fields, and had to get out of the situation. Especially remembered “Plywood Madness” – the project used a lot of plywood to cover the treadmills and other areas. “Bridges to Babylon” – for a young company this was a great experience and became the next bridge to professional life in the future!
Special thanks: JSA Team of that period (especially – Natasha Korchagina (Lukianova), Natasha Kozmina, Andrey Sukharev, Mikhail Kapnik, Alexander Gunyaev, Igor Vereshchagin, Marek Spindovsky, and many others
Below you can see the exclusive archive photos from this project. All photos published here are the property of Alexander Strizhak and are stored in the archive of the JSA Stage Company. Most of them were published for the first time.
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P.S.As we learned later – the project was not very simple: the promoter had many unexpected problems (external challenges) in the course of implementation, but the result of the Great Show was done.
By the way, at the finale, the Artists left and continue their tour. But just a week later in Russia there was a financial collapse and it was already a new “serious show”.