People, Aug. 7, 1972

Mick Jagger had promised to celebrate his 29th birthday—and the end of a U.S. tour that grossed the Rolling Stones $3 million—by tearing off his clothes on the stage of Manhattan's Madison Square Garden. As it turned out, that was one of the few things that didn't happen. At the Garden itself, packed with 20,000 screaming fans, the Stones presented their Pied Piper with a huge birthday cake, then cannonaded him with custard pies that splattered over the front-row customers. Then on to the birthday party at the normally staid St. Regis Roof, where...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!