UPDATE: The Wellington show has now been cancelled due to low ticket sales.
Sam Cutler was tour manager for The Rolling Stones during the tumultuous Altamont show that capped the 1969 tour. He was left to clean up the mess – and eventually wrote about it, along with so many other stories from his life in his book, You Can’t Always Get What You Want. He went from the Stones to tour managing The Grateful Dead on their classic 1972 European Tour.
Cutler knows where the bodies are burying, he sometimes had to do the initial digging.
He is in New Zealand next week for a series of talks that will include a screening of the legendary Gimme Shelter documentary.
And it will be my great honour to introduce Sam and the film and then to interview him in front of an audience in Wellington, next Thursday, May 24 at The Pit in Wellington.
Cutler’s tour of New Zealand starts at The Foundry in Christchurch, May 22, then to Wellington. On May 26 he’ll be at Lot 23 in Auckland and May 28th will be the final show and screening, at Rialto Cinema in Dunedin.
Tickets are on sale from www.eventbrite.co.nz.
From the press release:
A Night with the Rolling Stones – Sam Cutler Toured With Bands You Never Will
Former Rolling Stones & the Grateful Dead Manager, Sam Cutler, will be a special guest at a screening of the landmark documentary “Gimme Shelter” to be held throughout the Country in May.
The documentary, about the ill-fated Altamont Free Concert where The Rolling Stones performed in 1969, will be followed by an audience Q&A with Mr Cutler.
Sam Cutler literally wrote the book on touring with rock stars. Putting on shows for bands like Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton’s band Blind Faith, and the Rolling Stones, he became a key player in the newly emerging rock and roll era of the 60s.
Sam lived the highs and lows of touring with rock stars, most notably as tour manager when The Stones headlined the infamous Altamont Free Concert.
Kicking off at The Foundry in Christchurch, Sam Cutler will tell of the intimate portraits of other stars of the psychedelic circus that was the music industry in the sixties and seventies, including Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, and Eric Clapton. This is an exhilarating, all – areas – access rock reveal from someone who has seen – and done – it all.
From Christchurch, Sam Cutler then heads to Wellington, Auckland & Dunedin as part of the UCSA Students Association’s Music & Arts in May program during NZ Music Month, and will also feature a meet & greet & book signing.
Mr Cutler says this event will also be the first time he has visited New Zealand.
“I’ve never been to New Zealand before but I have always wanted to visit and see the beautiful sights”.
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