Today is the 40th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ Brussels Affair, one of their most famous shows ever.
To commemorate this day, The Brussels Affair Collector’s Box is being reintroduced with a 7″ vinyl record of ‘Dancing With Mr D’ from the show, signed by Mick Taylor.
These box sets also include: A Limited-Edition Book, numbered and hand-signed by Mick Jagger, Michael Putland and Nick Kent; Limited-Edition Tour Litho; 180-gram Triple-Vinyl; ’70s-era “Tongue & Lips” Watch.
Long hailed by die-hard Stones fans as one of the band’s greatest live performances, The Brussels Affair has been a mainstay in the underground music world for years. The album is pulled from the two gigs that took place at the Forest National arena in Brussels, and was originally recorded by Andy Johns on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Bob Clearmountain applied the final mix in 2011.
In 1973, the government of France banned the Rolling Stones from entering French territory because of various run-ins with the law—most of them occurring during summer of 1971, while the band members were in the South of France, recording one of their masterpieces, Exile on Main St.
This was a blow to the Stones’ hordes of French fans, who would be shut out from experiencing the Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band In The World on their 1973 European Tour in support of the newly released Goats Head Soup
. That October, the band organized a concert across the Belgian border in Brussels, and a local radio station chartered a bus to transport French fans to the now-historic gig.All the sights and sounds from this historic show and tour have now been amassed for the first time in The Brussels Affair
, the inaugural release from the Stones Archive. The package features an 180-gram triple-vinyl album and rare photographs from the Brussels show by Claude Gassian, as well a book documenting the entire 1973 European tour, with exclusive photographs from Michael Putland and a newly written text by acclaimed NME
scribe Nick Kent.
Contributors: Michael Putland, Nick Kent, Claude Gassian