Rolling Stones Crew is Rocking Already as Gigantic High Tech Stage Readied in Rose Bowl for Thursday Concert

Rose Bowl CEO Darrel Dunn, left, and the Rolling Stones Production Director Dale Skjerseth have a conversation about the Rolling Stones tour at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Wednesday August 21, 2019. Over 35 semi-trucks for the Rolling Stones tour are parked in front of the Rose Bowl the day before the No Filter Stones concert at the Rose Bowl.The Rolling Stones No Filter stage is almost completed for their concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Thursday, August 22, 2019. Over 35 semi-trucks for the Rolling Stones tour are parked in front of the Rose Bowl the day before the No Filter Stones concert at the Rose Bowl.Stage hands work around the clock putting together the No Filter Rolling Stones concert stage. For their 25 anniversary at the Rose Bowl on Thursday August 22, 2019. Over 60,000 people are expected to attend.A Rolling Stones roady wears an All Access pass for the Rolling Stones No Filter tour.Four video screens stand a s tall as buildings for the Rolling Stones No Filter tour. Over 60,000 people are expected to attend.Stage hands work around the clock putting together the \The Rolling Stones tour trucks are parked in front of the Rose Bowl the day before the No Filter Stones concert at the Rose Bowl.

By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor | Photography by JAMES CARBONE

4:59 am | August 22, 2019


It takes a lot of numbers to mount the first Rolling Stones show at the Rose Bowl in 25 years.

There is a full-time crew of between 130 and 150 people scattered between two cities at a time on the band’s current “No Filter” tour.

Twenty-five universal tour trucks bring one of two systems to each U.S. city on the tour, along with an additional 40 steel trucks, which transport the two black steel stages, according to tour Production Director Dale Skjerseth. (There is currently a stage being built in Phoenix for the Stones’ show there. The Rose Bowl stage will travel to Miami. The black steel stage arrived in Pasadena for construction last week.)

Meanwhile, there are four towering six-story-tall LED video walls along with a 40-yard runway that runs from the massive stage itself to the middle of the field.

“That’s a lot of rock and roll,” says Skjerseth, who has been with the band since the mid-1990s.

The high tech stage puts more focus on the Stones themselves, says Skjerseth.

And of course, there will be about 60,000 fans in attendance.

“People should expect a fantastic show,” Skjerseth said Wednesday, standing under a blazing sun in the middle of the Rose Bowl field. “These are the Rolling Stones, the monsters of rock and roll.”

Meanwhile, Rose Bowl CEO Darryl Dunn isn’t thinking rock and roll, he’s thinking traffic.

“It’s Thursday, during the week in LA,” he said. “There is going to be a lot of traffic.” Dunn advised fans to arrive early, at least by 3:30 p.m, for the evening show.

“We’ll have a fan fair, and it’s the best place in the world to tailgate,” Dunn added. “People should come early and enjoy themselves.”

Dunn was leary about one thing, however: ridesharing.

“It will be easy to rideshare to get here,” he said, “But leaving will be more difficult. Imagine 3,000 to 4,000 people waiting for UBER.”

Dunn noted that there will be shuttle buses from the Memorial Park Metro Station, and that those will likely be the smartest ticket to ride. But that’s a whole different band.