Through the ‘60s and ‘70s, The Rolling Stones had been, well, on a roll, churning out a new album every year or two. By the time the ‘80s had, well, rolled around, more years passed between albums, and by 1989, the band hadn’t toured in seven years. So what better way to stay relevant than to hit the road with a mega-rig, monstrous stage, and the most financially successful tour for its time? Lighting designer Patrick Woodroffe and set designer Mark Fisher have long collaborated on tours for The Rolling Stones, and this particular tour took the cake (or rather, “took the biscuit,” if you’re Woodroffe, Fisher, and The Stones). The stage was designed by Fisher with the participation of Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger, and the tour grabbed one of Pollstar’s first awards for Most Creative Stage Production.

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