The Rolling Stones Chile press photos and rehearsals

This is the story behind the IORR report about The Rolling Stones Photo session and rehearsals at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago de Chile, Chile, Monday February 1, 2016. May be it sounds easy and random, but to be honest, there is very little I do by random on Stones tours, and especially not just before tour start, on a day when I expect The Rolling Stones to be doing soundcheck and rehearsals at the stadium…
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Santiago de Chile

The Rolling Stones Latin America Olé Tour 2016 is opening Wednesday February 3 at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago de Chile, Chile. It is always great to arrive a few days early for the tour start. There might be rehearsals, soundcheck at the venue, and you get to meet local fans as well as friends and fans on travel. Santiago de Chile is a large city, and a beautiful one. You just have to walk the city and enjoy it.

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Stones Life – From Oslo Norway to Santiago de Chile

My life has been a life with The Rolling Stones. You may say I have been living a Stones Life. Not as or with the Stones, but always following them. As a fan. Ever since I was sixteen years old I have made my plans in life so that it would be possible to see The Rolling Stones – if and when they tour. My first show with the Rolling Stones was in Scandinavium Gothenburgh 1973. Since then the Stones have taken me across the world many many times.

The Rolling Stones will be on tour in Latin America starting Wednesday Feb 3, 2016. When I saw The Rolling Stones in Buenos Aires in 1998, five shows at River Plate Stadium, I said to my self if they ever go back to South America, I have to be there. Every show. Every time. Every city. There is so much energy in the band and in the crowds in Latin America. So here I am, once more, on a flight from my home town Oslo Norway via London and Toronto to Santiago de Chile.
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The Los Angeles rehearsals 2015

The reason why I arrive early is because I love the rehearsals. Also my wife ask me to go as soon as they start rehearsing. I don’t listen, I am not present at home in my mind anymore. This is the part where we look for the rehearsals, what happens, and what we see.

After one and a half week staying in thye central Hollywood Hills area I move near the rehearsals site. I need to keep in walking distance, so I stay at the nearby Marriott. Soon I meet old friends from the crew there, it is a small world.

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San Diego, Friday May 22, 2015

I took the Amtrak train ride from Los Angeles to San Diego the day after the Fonda Theatre show. The train ride was great, you go by the coast and you have the Pacific ocean to your right all the way. Highly recommended ride. Also, by adding $19, I got business class seats, which means great seats, lots of space, free coffee, free food, and I could work on my PC doing the Fonda show reports on my way, no time lost on this train ride. I will for sure look for more great train rides on this tour. So far I have no flights booked, I need to book 14 flights very soon!

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Fonda Theatre, Wednesday May 20, 2015

I arrived to Hollywood Los Angeles by Monday at noon, moving into a hotel in walking distance to the Fonda Theatre. When there is a club show then rule number one is stay close.

I walk over to the Fonda many times, I see they are building up for the show. Trucks, security, all the signs I need to see. By Tuesday I see people queuing up outside the Fonda.

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Los Angeles, CA, USA, Sunday May 3rd, 2015

Nine time zones and two long flights later, I am arriving at my good friend Dean’s home in Hollywood, Los Angeles. This will be my home for one and a half weeks from now on.

I am in LA before the Stones. That is part of my plan. I want to be here before they start the rehearsals. There are rumours about rehearsals in Europe, NYC, also other places in USA. I use my best judgement and go to LA.

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