Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside landmarks, buildings, streets and events from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows the Rolling Stones playing the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, on August 10th 1964.

Visible on stage are bass guitarist Bill Wyman, rhythm guitarist Brian Jones, vocalist Mick Jagger and lead guitarist Keith Richards. Drummer Charlie Watts is just out of shot.

Heavy security surrounds the band in the shape of men in suits. They’re warding off over-zealous fans doing their best to get a much closer look at their idols!

The Stones were on Merseyside as part of their 3rd British tour which included gigs in London, Manchester and the Channel Islands. They also played Scheveningen in the Netherlands.

Most of June had been spent across the Atlantic as the band had embarked on their first concert tour of the USA to a mixed reception. Dean Martin was less than kind about their hair and their performance on a TV variety show.

There were some high points. In Chicago, the Stones managed to record a cover version of Bobby and Shirley Womack’s single It’s All Over Now which became their first UK Number One.

Our modern image shows the band an astonishing 54 years later – again in the North West.

Original group members Jagger, Watts and Richards are still tearing up the stage. On the left is guitarist Ronnie Wood, who joined from the Faces in 1975.

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