FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) An exhibit will be unveiled at the University of St. Francis on Saturday where rarely seen photos of The Rolling Stones only visit to Fort Wayne will be on display.
The year was 1964 and The Rolling Stones were one of many bands that had gained popularity in the United states in what was known as the British Invasion. While not as big as the Beatles, The Rolling Stones were immensely popular and drew large crowds wherever they appeared.
During their second North American tour that year, the band played the Memorial Coliseum on November 12. Prior to the concert, they visited the WANE-TV studios for an appearance on the Ann Colone Show. Ann Colone had made quite a name for herself by landing interviews with major celebrities from the entertainment world.
A WANE-TV employee, Stephen Perfect snapped dozens of photographs of the band’s appearance and until only recently they had never been seen by anyone other than Perfect.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the band’s visit to Fort Wayne, the University of St. Francis will be showing off the photos in its Spotlight Gallery. The 50th Anniversary Rolling Stones Exhibition will feature the photos along with proof sheets of every photo Stephen Perfect took on that day.
An opening reception for the photo exhibit will take place Saturday, November 8 from 6-9 pm in the Weatherhead, Goldfish and Spotlight Galleries in the School of Creative Arts located on Leesburg Road. The exhibit will also feature national contemporary paintings. It will run until December 21 with a break from November 27-30 for the Thanksgiving holiday.