At the start of a four-year, coast-to-coast tour of shopping malls and other popular venues, the statue was erected in Seattle's Northgate Centre, where a large crowd gathered, expecting to hear one of Lincoln's legendary speeches (from a political debate with Stephen Douglas) beginning, "What is it that we hold most dear amongst us? Our own liberty and prosperity..." Unfortunately, each of the computer's thirty-one channels was jammed by signals from a local radio station and what issued from Lincoln's lips was a creation, rather, of the Rolling Stones:
I wanna tell ya I can hardly speak!
I wanna get off, mamma!
I can hardly feel the pain no more...
I wanna get my rocks!
[Despite the efforts of an electrician, the statue continued its national tour in silence.]