Stones Light Up Prague Castle

A new lighting system for

Prague Castle, financed by the Rolling Stones, was switched on

by Czech President Vaclav Havel last night (August 6), according to

Reuters wire service. The Stones spent some $32,000 to pay for an

overhaul of the lighting in four of the castle's ornate grand halls. The

group performed for Czech President Vaclav Havel and more than 120,000 fans

at Prague's Strahov Stadium Saturday night. The Stones own lighting designer

for the "Voodoo Lounge" tour headed the three-week project at the

six-centuries-old castle. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron

Wood presented Havel with a remote control to operate the chandeliers

and spotlights, now strategically casting their beams on baroque

statues and tapestries. According to Reuters, Havel, the dissident

playwright who helped lead the 1989 bloodless ``Velvet Revolution'' over

communism, is an unabashed rock enthusiast who has struck up a friendship

with the Stones since they played Prague in 1990. Lou Reed interviewed Havel

for Rolling Stone some years ago, and the piece was published in a

book of Reed's writings.