Attendants had to remove an over-excited teenager's foot from Little Richard's face before they could help him to his feet and rescue him from the mob.
Little Richard virtally invited
himself to be dragged off the stage at the second performance of
He had been on stage only a few minutes before he peeled off the coat of a blue costume, akin to a pair of pyjamas, he was wearing. "Singing" barechested in his pants, with the top of his underpants showing, and removing his red-and-white shoes, he appeared to tear small pieces from the coat and threw them into the audience.
Later, he threw a belt and gestured as though about to throw a ring and watch. When he quivered and rolled and dropped to the floor near the footlights during the initial "songs," teenagers reached across the footlights apparently trying to help themselves to pieces of his pants.
A tug-o'-war, which at first seemed jocular, then began between the teenagers on one side and members of Little Richard's band on the other for possession of the perspiring "body." Two girls scrambled on to the stage from the audience, evidently to help get the "singer" over the footlights, and before stadium attendants could get through the mob. Little Richard was lying on the floor in front of the stage being trampled.
Little Richard was helped back to the stage, disappeared momentarily into the wings and returned to continue his act.
Pandemonium broke loose at Sydney Stadium
last night when Negro rock 'n' roll shouter, Little Richard,
stripped partly on the stage piano.
Hundreds of screaming teenagers fought with each other to souvenir a shirt, tie, belt, socks and three sets of underwear which Little Richard stripped off and threw to them.
After the show ended squeaking girls mobbed the singer and knocked over a police sergeant who tried to hold them back.
Little Richard's strip act was the climax to a frantic eardeafening rock 'n' roll concert which attracted 22.000 people in two shows.
Teenagers in leather jackets, bright red shirts, vivid greenish-blue sweaters and white sport coats jived in the bleachers with girls, stamped their feet, clapped and counted throughout both shows.
The Centennial Hall was all
"shook up" last night with the syncopated din of rock-n'-roll.
While clap-happy "cats" stomped, swayed and swung to Little Richard's rhythmic racket, a greyhaired old lady clapped her hands to her ears-and them there.
Scores of fans jumped mad, milling rush when Little Richard cast his cloak into the crowd.
From beginning to end, it was blaring sound, frantic
rhythm, and frenzied body contortions.
Although sometimes harsh on the ears, the entertainment was always good to watch.
Little Richard, the star of the show, made his entrance in a green, jewelled turban and a canary yellow suit, partially covered by a crimson cloak.
By an amusing and quite decent strip tease, he was soon entertaining the early show audience wearing only his green turban and a pair of pyjama trousers.
A near riot broke out in the ring-side seats as Little Richard threw the clothes he was shedding to the crowd.
It took attendants some time to break up a group of
fighting teen-agers trying to gain possession of the first pair
of pyjama trousers the showman tossed away.
Police told him not to do the strip tease in the second session.
Beginning with the popular "Long Tall Sally," Little Richard shook and sang his way through his repertoire which even included a Rock 'n Roll version of "By the Light of the Silvery Moon."
Little Richard was making his
first appearance at the Stadium.
Uniformed police attended last night's performances, but there were no serious disturbances.
Stadium officials stepped in when Little Richard threw his tie, shirt, and a spare pair of pyjamas trousers at the audience.
They broke up a near brawl as fans struggled to snatch each article as it flew over their heads.
Little Richard slipped off the stage half way through his last number and police hustled him out a side door before the screaming teenage audience could get near him.
He had made an impressive entry, wearing a brilliant red coat over a canary yellow suit, topped off with a bright green turban.
But he discarded all the trimmings until he was left with only pyjama pants and the turban.