The Rolling Stones
' Tour of the Americas '75
was a concert tour
, intended for North
and South America
, that took place during 1975.
This was the Stones first tour with new guitarist Ron Wood
, after Mick Taylor
left the band. (A 14 April
announcement merely said he would be playing on the tour; he was not officially named a Stone until 19 December
.) Photographs published at the time showed guitarist Keith Richards
standing behind or next to Wood, demonstrating to him the fingering positions for various Stones songs, as Wood had to come up to speed on the group's repertoire in a hurry.
Tour of the Americas '75 was not tied to support of any newly released material, as it began more than seven months after the release of their last studio album at the time, It's Only Rock'n Roll; therefore the compilation album Made in the Shade was released to capitalise on the tour's publicity.
The announcement of the tour became famous in itself. At a 1 May 'press conference' in Manhattan, the band surprised the throng of waiting reporters by ignoring them and driving down Broadway, playing "Brown Sugar" on the back of a flatbed truck in the middle of New York traffic, a gimmick that groups such as AC/DC and U2 would emulate in years to come.
The mid-1970s were the era of extravagant stage shows, from the likes of Elton John, Alice Cooper and Queen—a new format for the Stones, with their usual act freshly aided by theatrical stage props and gimmicks, including a giant inflatable phallus—nicknamed 'Tired Grandfather' by the band, since it sometimes had erectile dysfunction. This represented a further breakdown in Jagger and Richards' relationship; the pragmatic Richards considering it entirely superfluous and distracting from the music. Once again, Jagger was, if nothing else, shrewdly interpreting market trends. In addition to proposing the tour announcement idea, based on the common way for New Orleans jazz bands to promote upcoming dates, Stones drummer Charlie Watts was responsible for the design of the lotus flower-shaped stage for the tour, facts that were touted at the time to help give visible importance to band members other than Jagger and Richards.
The tour officially began on 3 June 1975 at the Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas; however first the group played two warmup shows on 1 June at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The tour continued, playing mostly arenas in the United States and Canada including six consecutive nights at New York's Madison Square Garden and five nights at The Forum in Los Angeles, through the scheduled final North American show 2 August at Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. However a planned series of dates in Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela for the balance of August was cancelled in its entirety, due to some combination of currency flunctuations and security worries regarding both fans and outside forces. Four additional U.S. dates were then adding, concluding the tour on 8 August at Rich Stadium in Buffalo, New York. Thus when all was said and done, Tour of the "Americas" was a misnomer.
The 1977 live album Love You Live partly documents this tour. The epic song "Memory Motel" on the group's 1976 album Black and Blue also describes the tour in an emotional sense.
Tour set list
The most typical set list
for the shows was:
Intro music: Fanfare for the Common Man
- "Honky Tonk Women"
- "All Down the Line"
- "If You Can't Rock Me"/"Get off of My Cloud"
- "Star Star"
- "Gimme Shelter"
- "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
- "You Gotta Move"
- "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
- "Tumbling Dice"
- "It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It)"
- "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
- "Fingerprint File"
- "Wild Horses"
- "That's Life" (sung by Billy Preston)
- "Outa-Space" (led by Billy Preston)
- "Brown Sugar
- "Midnight Rambler"
- "Rip This Joint"
- "Street Fighting Man"
- "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
- Encore: sometimes none, sometimes "Sympathy for the Devil"
The set was longer than on previous tours, and set list variation was a bit more frequent, with seven or eight other tunes making sporadic appearances, perhaps most notably an a cappella "Lady Jane." Otherwise, as with their 1972 American Tour, the band's pre-1968 catalog was almost completely ignored, and their signature song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" absent.
- 01/06/1975 Assembly Center, Dunkirk Hall - Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA (2 shows)
- 03/06/1975 Convention Center - San Antonio, TX
- 06/06/1975 Arrowhead Stadium - Kansas City, MO
- 08/06/1975 County Stadium - Milwaukee, WI
- 09/06/1975 Civic Center- Saint Paul, MN
- 11/06/1975 Garden - Boston, MA
- 12/06/1975 Garden - Boston, MA
- 14/06/1975 Municipal Stadium - Cleveland, OH
- 15/06/1975 Memorial Auditorium - Buffalo, NY
- 17/06/1975 Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON
- 18/06/1975 Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto, ON
- 22/06/1975 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
- 23/06/1975 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
- 24/06/1975 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
- 25/06/1975 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
- 26/06/1975 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
- 27/06/1975 Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
- 29/06/1975 Spectrum Sports Arena - Philadelphia, PA
- 30/06/1975 Spectrum Sports Arena - Philadelphia, PA
- 01/07/1975 Capitol Center Arena - Largo, MD
- 02/07/1975 Capitol Center Arena - Largo, MD
- 04/07/1975 Memorial Stadium - Memphis, TN
- 06/07/1975 Cotton Bowl - Dallas, TX
- 09/07/1975 Los Angeles Forum - Los Angeles, CA
- 10/07/1975 Los Angeles Forum - Los Angeles, CA
- 11/07/1975 Los Angeles Forum - Los Angeles, CA
- 12/07/1975 Los Angeles Forum - Los Angeles, CA
- 13/07/1975 Los Angeles Forum - Los Angeles, CA
- 15/07/1975 Cow Palace - San Francisco, CA
- 16/07/1975 Cow Palace - San Francisco, CA
- 18/07/1975 Seattle Center Coliseum - Seattle, WA
- 19/07/1975 Hughes Stadium - Fort Collins, CO
- 23/07/1975 Chicago Stadium - Chicago, IL
- 24/07/1975 Chicago Stadium - Chicago, IL
- 26/07/1975 Assembly Hall - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
- 27/07/1975 Cobo Hall - Detroit, MI
- 28/07/1975 Cobo Hall - Detroit, MI
- 30/07/1975 The Omni Coliseum - Atlanta, GA
- 31/07/1975 War Memorial Coliseum - Greensboro, NC
- 02/08/1975 Gator Bowl - Jacksonville, FL
- 04/08/1975 Freedom Hall - Louisville, KY
- 06/08/1975 Coliseum - Hampton, VA
- 08/08/1975 Rich Stadium - Buffalo, NY
- Carr, Roy. The Rolling Stones: An Illustrated Record. Harmony Books, 1976. ISBN 0-517-52641-7
The Stones played two shows in San Antonio. June 3 & 4 .