Evolution Tour (Journey)

The Evolution Tour was a concert tour by the American rock band Journey. The tour was in support of their 1979 album Evolution which peaked at #20 on the Billboard 200 like the previous album Infinity.[1]

Evolution Tour
Tour by Journey
Associated albumEvolution
Start dateMarch 1, 1979
End dateSeptember 2, 1979
Legs3
No. of shows118
Journey concert chronology

BackgroundEdit

From this tour, the band would further commit themselves to more touring, they would perform shows in Japan after having made a considerable dent in the music scene there. Following that was a lengthy tour in the United States, with ticket and album sales at their highest ever. The tour also included the show at the 1979 World Series of Rock on July 28, 1979 in Cleveland, Ohio, where they would perform with headliners Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC and Scorpions. The show was notable for the violence with the rowdy audience, as well as the death of one person before the show started.[2][1][3]

At the August 5 show in Chicago's Day in the Park festival, security was much tighter for the band as they performed alongside Santana. The festivities were peaceful, nearly 200 people were arrested for a variety of minor infractions.[4]

At the conclusion of the tour on September 2, 1979, the band would take a bit of a rest before beginning work on their next album Departure. Despite the album and ticket sales they have made, the band were more received by British critics than the American critics.[1] The band had expanded its operation to include a lighting and trucking operation for their future performances as the tour had grossed more than $5 million, making the band as popular as it had ever been in five years.[5]

ReceptionEdit

John Quayle, who attended the Pittsburgh performance, stated in a review for the Observer-Reporter: "Primed by a hot Graham Parker and The Rumour, a near capacity crowd greeted Journey with open arms at the Stanley Theater and Journey responded very well, giving Pittsburgh a night of driving rock, sweetsung harmonies and a truly unforgettable performance." He concluded his review by stating that it was a 'fine concert', praising the setlist and noting on the approval of the audience.[6]

SetlistEdit

Tour datesEdit

Date[7] City Country Venue
Europe
March 5, 1979 London England Hammersmith Odeon
March 6, 1979
March 8, 1979 Hamburg West Germany Audimax
March 9, 1979 Cologne Sartory-Säle
March 10, 1979 Neunkirchen am Brand Hemmerleinhalle
March 12, 1979 Munich Deutsches Museum
March 13, 1979 Mannheim Rosengarten
March 15, 1979 Würzburg Frankenhalle
March 16, 1979 Offenbach Stadthalle
March 19, 1979 Paris France Le Stadium
March 21, 1979 Manchester England Manchester Apollo
March 22, 1979 Glasgow Scotland Apollo Theatre
March 23, 1979 Newcastle England Mayfair Ballroom
March 24, 1979 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
March 26, 1979 London Hammersmith Odeon
March 27, 1979 Leicester De Montfort Hall
March 28, 1979 Birmingham Birmingham Odeon
April 2, 1979 The Hague Netherlands Congresgebouw
April 3, 1979 Sittard Stadsschouwburg
April 5, 1979 Copenhagen Denmark Tivoli
April 7, 1979 Stockholm Sweden Konserthuset
Asia
April 12, 1979 Nagoya Japan Nagoya Kokai-do
April 14, 1979 Osaka Koseinenkin Hall
April 15, 1979 Tokyo Shibuya Kokai-do
April 16, 1979 Osaka Koseinenkin Hall
April 18, 1979 Tokyo Shibuya Kokai-do
United States
May 2, 1979 Medford United States Jackson County Fairgrounds
May 3, 1979 Eugene McArthur Court
May 4, 1979 Seattle Seattle Center Arena
May 5, 1979 Portland Paramount Theatre
May 6, 1979 Boise Fairgrounds Exposition Building
May 8, 1979 Salt Lake City Terrace Ballroom
May 9, 1979 Denver Rainbow Music Hall
May 10, 1979
May 11, 1979 Kansas City Memorial Hall
May 12, 1979
May 13, 1979 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
May 14, 1979 Bloomington Metropolitan Sports Center
May 15, 1979 Milwaukee Milwaukee Auditorium
May 16, 1979 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
May 17, 1979
May 18, 1979
May 19, 1979
May 20, 1979
May 22, 1979 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
May 23, 1979 Detroit Cobo Arena
May 24, 1979
May 25, 1979 Port Huron McMorran Arena
May 26, 1979 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
May 27, 1979 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
May 28, 1979 Flint IMA Auditorium
May 29, 1979 Detroit Cobo Arena
May 30, 1979 Cleveland Public Auditorium
May 31, 1979 Cincinnati University of Cincinnati
June 1, 1979 Buffalo Shea's Performing Arts Center
June 2, 1979 Pittsburgh Stanley Theater
June 3, 1979 Syracuse Onondaga War Memorial Auditorium
June 4, 1979 Henrietta Dome Arena
June 5, 1979 Buffalo Shea's Performing Arts Center
June 6, 1979 Albany Palace Theatre
June 7, 1979 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
June 8, 1979 Boston Orpheum Theatre
June 10, 1979 Passaic Capitol Theatre
June 12, 1979 Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
June 13, 1979 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 14, 1979 Croton-on-Hudson Croton Point Park
June 15, 1979 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 16, 1979 Boston Orpheum Theatre
June 17, 1979 Shelton Pinecrest Country Club
June 19, 1979 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
June 20, 1979 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center
June 21, 1979 Austin Municipal Auditorium
June 22, 1979 San Antonio HemisFair Arena
June 23, 1979 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
June 24, 1979 Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
June 26, 1979 Albuquerque University Arena
June 27, 1979 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 29, 1979 San Bernardino Swing Auditorium
June 30, 1979 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
July 1, 1979
July 2, 1979 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
(Day on the Green 1979)
July 3, 1979
July 4, 1979
July 6, 1979 Reno Centennial Coliseum
July 12, 1979 Valley Center Kansas Coliseum
July 13, 1979 Tulsa Tulsa Assembly Center
July 14, 1979 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center
July 15, 1979 Little Rock Barton Coliseum
July 16, 1979 Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
July 17, 1979 Joplin Joplin Memorial Hall
July 18, 1979 New Orleans The Warehouse
July 19, 1979 Shreveport Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
July 21, 1979 St. Petersburg Bayfront Center
July 22, 1979 Miami Miami Jai-Alai Fronton
July 24, 1979 Atlanta Fox Theater
July 25, 1979 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
July 26, 1979 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
July 28, 1979 Cleveland Cleveland Stadium
(Worlds Series of Rock 1979)
July 29, 1979 Grand Rapids George Welsh Civic Auditorium
July 30, 1979 Saginaw Wendler Arena
August 1, 1979 New York City Wollman Skating Rink
(Dr. Pepper Summer Music Festival 1979)
August 2, 1979 Springfield Hammons Center
August 3, 1979 Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center
August 4, 1979 St. Louis Checkerdome
August 5, 1979 Chicago Comiskey Park
August 6, 1979 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
August 7, 1979 Madison Dane County Coliseum
August 8, 1979 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 10, 1979 Lansing Lansing Civic Center
August 11, 1979 Detroit Cobo Arena
August 12, 1979
August 13, 1979 Shelton Pinecrest Country Club
August 14, 1979 New York City Central Park
August 17, 1979 Las Vegas Convention Center
August 28, 1979 San Antonio HemisFair Arena
August 29, 1979 Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
August 30, 1979 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
September 2, 1979 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

Box office score dataEdit

List of box office score data with date, city, venue, attendance, gross, references
Date (1979) City Venue Attendance Gross Ref(s)
May 11 Kansas City, United States Memorial Hall 6,528 $55,488 [8]
May 12
May 13 St. Louis, United States Kiel Auditorium 10,586 $88,695
July 4 Oakland, United States Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum N/A $632,684 [9]
July 28 Cleveland, United States Cleveland Stadium $834,690

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Daniels 2011, pp. 40–41.
  2. ^ Daly, Joe (October 17, 2019). "The wild and deadly story behind the 1979 World Series of Rock". Louder.
  3. ^ "Rowdy Crowd Leaves 1 Dead Before Concert". Cleveland: The Sunday Star-News. Associated Press. July 29, 1979. p. 4-A. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Tight Security At WLUP-FM Concert". Billboard. Vol. 91, no. 45. Chicago: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 1, 1979. p. 24. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Kozak, Roman (November 3, 1979). "Lighting And Trucking Areas Attract Journey". Billboard. Vol. 91, no. 44. New York: Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 36. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  6. ^ Hazlett, Terry (June 13, 1979). "Disc Talk". Observer-Reporter. p. B-5. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "Journey's Past Tour Information". www.journey-tribute.com. Retrieved 2020-08-30.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Top Box Office". Billboard. Vol. 91, no. 20. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. May 26, 1979. p. 41. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  9. ^ "Top Box Office Of The Year". Billboard. Vol. 91, no. 51. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 22, 1979. p. 50. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 23, 2021.

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