Hans Remembers- News Headlines from the weekend of July 5 and July 6, 1969.
- Saturday July 5-The Show Must Go On. Two days after the death of their founder Brian Jones at the age of 27- The Rolling Stones took the stage at Hyde Park before 250,000 for their first performance in public in more than two years. Originally it was schedule to be the debut for new guitarist Mick Taylor who had replaced Jones in the band in May. Mick Jagger opened the show with a tribute to Brian Jones reading from Percy Shelley’s poem “Adonais”- which is an elegy to another artist who died young- John Keats. Hundreds of butterflies were released and then The Stones got down to business playing 14 songs.
- Sunday July 6- The penny arcade era comes to and end. The last known one-cent machine fortune teller that dispensed tickets for one penny is retired- and replaced by a new version -which cost five cents.