The Rolling Stones US Tour 1978

The Rolling Stones' US Tour 1978 was a concert tour of the United States that took place during June and July 1978, immediately following the release of the group's 1978 album Some Girls. Like the 1972 and 1975 U.S. tours, Bill Graham was the tour promoter. One opening act was Peter Tosh, who was sometimes joined by Mick Jagger for their duet "Don't Look Back". The Outlaws backed up Peter Tosh. Another act opening that day was Etta James, famous for her classic song "At Last".

The Rolling Stones US Tour 1978
Tour by The Rolling Stones
Associated albumSome Girls
Start date10 June 1978
End date26 July 1978
No. of shows25
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History edit

The tour used a stripped back, minimal stage show compared to the previous Tour of the Americas '75 and Tour of Europe '76, possibly due to the emergence of the punk rock scene and its emphasis solely on music and attitude rather than presenting a grandiose stage extravaganza.

Continuing a schedule started in 1966 of touring the United States exactly every three years, the Stones played in a mixture of theatres, sometimes under a pseudonym (i.e., at the start of the 1978 US Tour in Lakeland, Florida, The Stones were billed on the ticket as "The Great Southeast Stoned Out Wrestling Champions"), arenas, and stadiums, a practice that they would follow for many of their future tours as well. The tour was the first in which Charlie Watts used the famous Gretsch drum set that he continued to play with the Stones until his death, as well as his first employment of a china cymbal as a crash. The concerts featured backing vocals by Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, something that the Stones would get away from beginning with their next tour when Richards handled the majority of the backing vocals himself.

However, this United States tour did not carry on into Europe in 1979, breaking the group's similar schedule of performing in Europe every three years, which had started in 1967. This gap-year from touring prompted Keith Richards to join Ronnie Wood on his 1979 United States solo tour, to promote his then-album Gimme Some Neck, in the process forming the band The New Barbarians.

Reception edit

Rock critic Robert Christgau wrote that the 1978 Tour was an improvement over the group's previous go-around, "especially when Mick [Jagger] stopped prancing long enough to pick up a guitar and get into the good new songs from Some Girls."[1] This was billed as the "Farewell Tour' as, at the time, it was going to be their last. The tour is widely believed among fans to be one of the band's greatest, largely because it was in many ways back to basics both in musical and visual terms. It meant a return to a mixture of classic Stones numbers ("Tumbling Dice", "Star Star", "Happy", "Street Fighting Man", etc.) mixed with blues numbers and Chuck Berry covers ("Sweet Little Sixteen" in particular, in light of his music's influence on Keith Richards and 1978 being the Stones's sixteenth anniversary), as well as including a large number of songs from the then-newly released Some Girls LP. It was the first tour featuring songs written with Ronnie Wood as an official member of the Rolling Stones, and his contributions from this period are considered by many Stones fans as some of his greatest with the band. While no live album was released immediately following this tour, a fair amount of bootleg releases showcased its musical qualities – most notably the multi-show King Biscuit Flower Hour FM recording often known as "Handsome Girls". In 2011, a CD and DVD set was released of a July 1978 performance from Fort Worth, Texas entitled Some Girls: Live In Texas '78. In addition to the complete concert, the DVD included footage of the tour rehearsals and the three songs the Rolling Stones performed live on the Saturday Night Live television show in October 1978.[2]

Guest artists that played with the Stones during individual shows included Linda Ronstadt, Eddie Money, Doug Kershaw, Bobby Keys and Nicky Hopkins. Opening acts included Van Halen, Journey, Peter Tosh, Patti Smith, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Foreigner, Eddie Money, Kansas, Etta James, Furry Lewis, Atlanta Rhythm Section, April Wine, The Outlaws, and the Doobie Brothers.

Personnel edit

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Additional musicians edit

Tour set list edit

A typical set list for the tour, with minor variations involving one or two of the numbers being omitted:

  1. "Let It Rock" (Chuck Berry)
  2. "All Down the Line"
  3. "Honky Tonk Women"
  4. "Star Star"
  5. "When the Whip Comes Down"
  6. "Beast of Burden"
  7. "Lies"
  8. "Miss You"
  9. "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
  10. "Shattered"
  11. "Respectable"
  12. "Far Away Eyes"
  13. "Love in Vain"
  14. "Tumbling Dice"
  15. "Happy"
  16. "Sweet Little Sixteen (Chuck Berry)"
  17. "Brown Sugar"
  18. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  19. Encore: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "Street Fighting Man" (most shows had no encore).
  1. "Hound Dog" (played only in Lexington and Memphis)

Tour dates edit

List of tour dates with date, city, country, venue, references
City Country Venue Attendance Gross Support act(s)
10 June Lakeland United States Lakeland Civic Center Henry Paul Band
12 June Atlanta Fox Theatre Patti Smith Group
14 June Passaic Capitol Theatre 3,506 / 3,506 $36,813[3] Etta James
15 June Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre Etta James
17 June Philadelphia John F. Kennedy Stadium Foreigner
Peter Tosh
19 June New York City Palladium Peter Tosh
21 June Hampton Hampton Roads Coliseum
22 June Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach Convention Center
26 June Greensboro Greensboro Memorial Coliseum 15,744 / 15,744 $152,030[4] Etta James
28 June Memphis Mid-South Coliseum 11,999 / 11,999 $118,240
29 June Lexington Rupp Arena 24,928 / 24,928 $213,613[4] Eddie Money
1 July[a] Cleveland Cleveland Stadium 82,500 / 82,500 $1,025,037 Peter Tosh
4 July Orchard Park Rich Stadium Journey
Atlanta Rhythm Section
April Wine
6 July Detroit Detroit Masonic Temple
8 July Chicago Soldier Field 70,725 / 70,725 $919,425[5] Journey
Peter Tosh
Southside Johnny
10 July Saint Paul Saint Paul Civic Center 18,000 / 18,000 $180,000[6] Peter Tosh
11 July St. Louis Kiel Opera House 3,557 / 3,557 $35,570[6] Peter Tosh
13 July New Orleans Louisiana Superdome 80,173 $1,060,000[6] The Doobie Brothers
Van Halen
16 July Boulder Folsom Field 60,000 / 60,000 $690,000[6] Kansas
Eddie Money
Peter Tosh
18 July Fort Worth Will Rogers Memorial Center
19 July Houston Sam Houston Coliseum 12,271 / 12,271 $122,710[7] Peter Tosh
21 July Tucson Tucson Community Center 10,875 / 10,875 $108,750[7] Etta James
23 July Anaheim Anaheim Stadium Outlaws, Etta James, Peter Tosh
24 July
26 July[b][8] Oakland Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 60,000 / 60,000 $750,000[9] Santana
Eddie Money
Peter Tosh
TOTAL 359,779 $4,268,911

Notes edit

  1. ^ The concert on 1 July was a part of the World Series of Rock.
  2. ^ The concert on 26 July was a part of Day on the Green.

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Robert Christgau, "The Rolling Stones", entry in The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, Random House, 1980. p. 200.
  2. ^ "The Rolling Stones: Some Girls Live In Texas '78 DVD/LP Review". 3 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Top Box Office". Billboard. 1 July 1978. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Top Box Office". Billboard. 15 July 1978. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Top Box Office". Billboard. 22 July 1978. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d "Top Box Office". Billboard. 29 July 1978. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Top Box Office". Billboard. 5 August 1978. Retrieved 2 July 2020.
  8. ^ "Rare 1978 photos of Rolling Stones fans at an epic Day on the Green". 1 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Top Box Office". Billboard. 12 August 1978. Retrieved 2 July 2020.

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