Rolling Stones vs. Presidential Debate

On October 19, two major events will hit Las Vegas arenas: The Rolling Stones in concert and the final 2016 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Both candidates have had their encounters with the band: In the 2008 Stones documentary, Shine a Light, Hillary’s husband, Bill, drops by a preconcert rehearsal for a minute or two of backslapping and B.S.-ing with Mick, Keith and Woody; in 1989 the Rolling Stones played Atlantic City, and an irate Keith Richards pulled out a knife and demanded that Trump be escorted out of the building. However, this round should be pretty conflict-free, apart from some traffic congestion on Tropicana …

Mick & Keith & Charlie & Ron

Clinton & Trump


Average Age


As dinosaurs of rock festival at Coachella with Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney on October 14.

Most recent gig

A town hall-style throwdown at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9.

The Jagger “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” strut.

Signature dance move

The Clinton “Donald Just Said What?” shimmy.

T-Mobile Arena holds about 18,000 people, who will be paying between $300 to $7,000 a head.

Estimated audience

The Thomas & Mack Center will fill less than 1,000 of its 19,000 seats, but an audience of more than 80 million is expected to watch on television.

Well-heeled boomer types, a handful of L.A. visitors, media who managed to hustle their way in.

Audience profile

Well-connected political types, a handful of UNLV students, media who managed to hustle their way in.