So Minnesota: In 1964, local band was opening act for The Rolling Stones in Excelsior

Updated: January 03, 2020 06:53 PM

In the early days of rock 'n' roll, many bands played in ballrooms all across the Twin Cities.

One Pine County man has the claim to fame of being the opening act for The Rolling Stones.


In 1964, Mike Waggoner's band went on stage before The Stones at the old Danceland in Excelsior.

"Real nice guys," Waggoner said. "They went on to do some incredible things."

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The Stones were making their first tour of the United States. That night, Waggoner had no idea he was watching a rock god in the making.

"He's a heck of a showman, a heck of a singer and he knows how to be Mick Jagger, but he wasn't the same Mick Jagger then."

Waggoner was inducted into the Midwest Country and Rock Hall of Fame in 2008.

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