Rolling Stones Shoot Video in Ottawa Club

Published: 2005-09-01
Not content to sit back and text the grandkids on their day off, the Rolling Stones decided to pop into a downtown Ottawa club Monday and shoot a video for their latest single, "Streets of Love." One day after rocking a stage in our capital for the first time in 40 years, the Stones commandeered Ottawa's Zaphod Beeblebrox club in the city's Byward Market district for the shoot.

According to a local film rep, Ottawa was the personal choice of Mick Jagger, who selected the city over Toronto and Boston as a location. Fortunate Zaphod's staff members were drafted in to be part of the cast as were about 100 more "edgy, young, visually hip, indie rock crowd variety" types picked out from the city's streets and malls, according to the Ottawa Sun newspaper.

As might be expected, fans soon found out about the filming and lined the streets for a glimpse of the band as they entered the bar. Nearby restaurant Foundation offered to feed Mick and the boys, to which the group agreed only if the joint could provide some down-home Yorkshire pudding for the apparently finicky taste buds of Keith Richards.

The band's show the previous night for 40,000-plus at Frank Clair Stadium was the Stones' first appearance in Canada's capital since their somewhat lower-profile show at the YMCA Auditorium in 1965.

The Rolling Stones' 900th studio album, A Bigger Bang, will be released on September 6th, with all songs from the album currently available for listenin' purposes only at the band's official website.

Writer: Neil McDonald



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