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The problem this time was that the sore throat came on mere hours to doors in Atlantic City.At the urging of doctors, the show could not go on.Once catering to vaudeville acts, the eighty-six-year-old venue now plays hosts to countless touring musicians.Its Grecian décor played perfectly idiosyncratic host to the band, who’d specifically chosen the location to shoot their Martin Scorsese-directed documentary “Shine A Light,” released in 2008.This is how Henke ended up stuck on one of the longest drives of his career.The Atlantic City stop not only stretched the crew to their brink from Nampa to New Jersey, but forced them back across the coast to California right afterwards.Giving a bleary-eyed assessment of his cramped quarters, the trucker couldn’t help but smile.“It has just about everything I need and a lot of things I don’t: TV, microwave, fridge and one heck of a view everyday,” Henke says, lamenting.
Instead, roadies and local stagehands found themselves rushing to re-load gear onto trucks as if the show had, in fact, gone on as planned.
It was during the fall 2006 leg of the Rolling Stone’s “A Bigger Bang” tour that the charismatic frontman was hit with a throat ailment yet again.
Jagger faced similar issues before and during this tour, developing a case of laryngitis so severe over the summer that it resulted in a complete restructuring of the band’s European portion of the tour.
The bulk of the load was heavy black rolling cases and open-air set pieces held tight by neon criss-crossed ratchet straps.
A total of thirty-two trucks had embarked on this trek, with more being added at larger stops like Nampa—all in the effort of getting to the next stop even faster.
Former President Bill Clinton had reserved the venue for his sixtieth birthday party and his house band was to be the Rolling Stones themselves.