Rolling Stones ‘dumbfounded’ as exhibition poster banned from tube stations for being too risque

Band say they're 'dumbfounded and perplexed' at the 'rather silly decision'

Posters advertising The Rolling Stonesupcoming London exhibition have reportedly been censored in London Underground tube stations.

‘EXHIBITIONISM’ is the veteran band’s first ever major exhibition and will open at London’s Saatchi Gallery next year.

The exhibition will consist of over 500 Rolling Stones artefacts from the band’s personal archives, including original stage designs, rare guitars and instruments, backstage paraphernalia, rare audio tracks and unseen video clips. There will also be personal diaries and correspondence from members of the Stones, original poster and and album artwork and cinematic presentations.


Now, The Guardian reports that a poster for the event – which depicts a scattily-clad woman with the band’s iconic logo positioned at her crotch – has been rejected by advertising regulators.

The poster, the work of British designer Mark Norton, was recently submitted to tube advertising regulators Exterion Media and bus regulators Clear Channel, both of whom deemed the placing of the band’s John Pasche-created lips logo was too risque and suggestive.

Instead, London stations and bus stops will see an altered version of the poster featuring the logo positioned over the woman’s belly button instead. They will launch on Monday (July 13), while the original posters will be unveiled elsewhere nationwide.

A spokesperson for the Rolling Stones said: “We are dumbfounded and perplexed at this rather silly decision. Perhaps something to do with the fact that it’s the Rolling Stones and controversy still seems to follow them everywhere.”


‘EXHIBITIONISM’ will run from April 6 2016 until September of the same year.

The band have also vowed that they are not splitting up during a video message broadcast at the launch of the exhibition.


Guitarist Keith Richards said: “People have said we’re splitting up since every tour from about 1975. If anybody should be interested in when we’re going to quit, it should be the Stones, and they’re not particularly interested in doing so.”

Fellow guitarist Ronnie Wood added: “The exhibition is an insight into an ongoing machine and institution that will never stop rumbling. We didn’t get into this exhibition with the thought of retiring. It’s just another input into the travelling circus.”