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July 9, 1975: Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger flies around the Forum during a concert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Mick Jagger during a Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: A fire-breathing dragon helps set the stage for the Rolling Stones at the Forum. Percussionist Ollie E. Brown, left, joins Mick Jagger. This photograph was published in the July 11, 1975, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Mick Jagger performs during the first of five sold-out shows at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Mick Jagger during a concert at the Forum. This photo was published in the July 11, 1975, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Ghiselle and Rudy Genelback did themselves up like a Rolling Stones album cover in sequined tongue-and-lip T-shirts and faded blues. This photo was published in the July 14, 1975, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Rolling Stones in concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: The Rolling Stones perform during the first of five concerts at the Forum. The band performed 46 shows during its 1975 tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 1975: Mick Jagger during a Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: During the 1975 tour, the five-member Rolling Stones added four more musicians.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Rolling Stones in concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones in concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Rolling Stones in concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Rolling Stones in concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Mick Jagger with a rope, lowered from the ceiling during the concert, that he would use to swing over the audience.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 1975: Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards during a concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Mick Jagger at the edge of the petal stage with members of the audience.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July, 1975: Musician Billy Preston, center, during a Rolling Stones concert at the Forum. Preston joined the Stones on the keyboards during the 1975 tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Mick Jagger, right, and Ron Wood on the stage's petal section that could be raised and lowered.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Mick Jagger during a Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Mick Jagger flying 30 to 40 feet above the audience during a Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Bobby Keys on saxophone during a Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Mick Jagger peeks over the edge of the stage during the Rolling Stones performance at the Forum. The stage was a flower-like design with six petals that could be raised or lowered by hydraulic ramps.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Rolling Stones concert at the Forum in Inglewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards during a concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Rolling Stones concert at the Forum. This photo was published in the July 15, 1975, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Mick Jagger flying during a Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 13, 1975: Mick Jagger flying during a Rolling Stones concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

July 1975: The Stones' Mick Jagger pours water on himself during a concert at the Forum in Inglewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

July 9, 1975: Rolling Stones in concert at the Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kathleen Ballard / Los Angeles Times

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The Rolling Stones’ Tour of the Americas ’75 stopped at the Forum in Inglewood for five days, July 9-13th.

Pop music critic Robert Hilburn began his July 15, 1975, Los Angeles Times column:

If “Honk Tonk Women” and Midnight Rambler” emerged as the respective anthems on the Rolling Stones’ 1969 and 1972 U.S. tours, “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll” best exemplifies the spirit of the group’s current tour. The song, which comes exactly at the midpoint to the band’s two-hour-20-minute show, best points out the celebrative, festive atmosphere that surrounds the Stones in concert these days.

Not only does Mick Jagger invite the audience to sing along during the song, but the lighting – a series of searchlights that crisscross the arena in a way reminiscent of a gala movie premiere – underscores the “entertainment” tone of the Stones’ concert. As previously noted (in a July 11, 1975 column), the mysterious even occasionally satanic undercurrents from past Stones tours have disappeared. The emphasis now, strictly, is on fun and, of course, music. And it is deliberate.

The staging – a flower-like design with six petals or points that reach out into the audience to make the band more physically accessible than in the past – was aimed at bringing the Stones and its audience closer together.

Research in the Los Angeles Times archives revealed that at least two Stones performances were documented by Times photographers. Staffer Kathleen Ballard covered the July 9 performance. Tony Barnard covered the July 13 show. The exact performance date for several of the images in this gallery is unknown.

All the images in this gallery were recently scanned from the original 35-millimeter Tri-X black and white negatives.

For more, check out The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary photo gallery on the Pop and Hiss blog.

Los Angeles Times Photo department assignment for Wednesday, July 9, 1975, Rolling Stones Concert at the Forum. Kathy Ballard was assigned. Phone number has been blurred.

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