Originally created 08/20/05

Noise from Rolling Stones concert to be measured



BOSTON - While fans are rocking to the Rolling Stones inside Fenway Park, police officers armed with noise meters will be positioned outside the ballpark Sunday night.

If the noise surpasses 70 decibels on the surrounding streets, Patricia Malone, director of the Mayor's Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing, will be alerted, and she will tell concert host Clear Channel to turn it down.

It's all part of the city's efforts to minimize the impact of the Fenway concerts - now in their third year - on the neighborhood.

"It's something they've done for the past two concerts, and I've asked them to do it for this concert as well," Malone told The Boston Globe.

She said any major problems would be fixed between Sunday and the second Stones concert on Tuesday night.

The Stones are kicking off their North American tour at Fenway Park. The 93-year-old ballpark had never hosted a concert before Bruce Springsteen played there in the summer of 2003. Jimmy Buffett played two shows at Fenway last September.