Bridges to Babylon Tour

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Bridges to Babylon Tour
Tour by The Rolling Stones
Associated album Bridges to Babylon
Start date 23 September 1997 (1997-09-23)
End date 19 September 1998 (1998-09-19)
Legs 5
Shows
  • 6 in Asia
  • 37 in Europe
  • 47 in North America
  • 7 in South America
  • 97 Total
Box office $274 million ($396.46 in 2014 dollars)[1]
The Rolling Stones concert chronology
  • Bridges to Babylon Tour
  • (1997-98)


The Bridges to Babylon Tour was a worldwide concert tour by The Rolling Stones in support of their then-latest album Bridges to Babylon, followed by 1999's No Security Tour. The tour grossed over $274 million, becoming the second highest grossing tour at that time, behind their own Voodoo Lounge Tour of 1994-1995.[2]

History[edit]

The tour was announced in a press conference held underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.

The tour began on 9 September 1997 in Toronto, Canada, and comprised 56 shows in North America, 9 shows in South America, 6 shows in Japan and 37 shows in Europe. It concluded on 19 September 1998 in Istanbul, Turkey. Five shows were cancelled (in Marseilles, Paris, Lyon, Bilbao and Gijón), and five more were postponed (in Italy, Ireland and Great Britain).

The production was designed by Mark Fisher, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger and Patrick Woodroffe.[3] The show opened with a circular central screen exploding with fireworks, from which guitarist Keith Richards emerged playing the classic riff from "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction". The stage design included a 46 m (150 ft)long telescoping cantilever bridge that extended from the main stage to a 'B' stage in the center of the field.

One of the innovations on this tour was the "web vote": Fans who had purchased a ticket could vote for a song which they wanted to hear. If a song was picked by the web vote 4 shows in a row it became a permanent part of the set list ("Gimme Shelter" was added early on in the tour and "Under My Thumb" came one shy of 4 on 6 occasions, but never was requested for 4 consecutive shows). A few shows had no web vote (for example at the Brazil shows where the band performed a duet with Bob Dylan on "Like a Rolling Stone").

This was the first tour where a B-stage was featured at most shows (they had used one on the Voodoo Lounge Tour, but only at one show). The band normally played three numbers on the B-stage, with the exception of the final show where only two songs were played there.

The Bridges to Babylon Tour was the second largest grossing tour at the time, behind their own record-breaking 1994–1995 Voodoo Lounge Tour. It was believed 4,577,000 people attended the tour over the 108 shows: 2,020,000 in Europe, 2,009,000 in North America, 348,000 in Argentina and Brazil, and 200,000 in Japan. The tour reached 25 countries and is the second largest North American tour of all time - second to the Rolling Stones' 2005–2007 A Bigger Bang Tour.

The tour is documented by a concert album called No Security and a DVD release of the St. Louis, Missouri show. In 1999 the band commenced another tour called the No Security Tour, which played much smaller venues and fewer destinations.

Set list[edit]

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, opening act, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening act Attendance Revenue
North America[4]
23 September 1997 Chicago United States Soldier Field Blues Traveler 107,186 / 107,186 $6,260,000
25 September 1997
27 September 1997 Columbus Ohio Stadium 60,621 / 60,621 $3,553,069
30 September 1997 Winnipeg Canada Winnipeg Stadium 34,685 / 40,000 $1,575,160
2 October 1997 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium 44,036 / 44,036 $2,033,971
6 October 1997 Madison United States Camp Randall Stadium 27,087 / 35,000 $1,460,425
8 October 1997 Orchard Park Rich Stadium 30,404 / 35,000 $1,655,588
10 October 1997 Charlotte Ericsson Stadium 54,436 / 54,436 $3,126,945
12 October 1997 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium 56,651 / 56,651 $3,275,572
16 October 1997 East Rutherford Giants Stadium Foo Fighters 118,610 / 118,610 $6,823,242
17 October 1997
20 October 1997 Foxborough Foxboro Stadium Sheryl Crow 84,696 / 84,696 $4,839,760
21 October 1997
23 October 1997 Landover Jack Kent Cooke Stadium 55,654 / 55,654 $3,195,710
26 October 1997 Nashville Vanderbilt Stadium 45,193 / 45,193 $2,551,578
28 October 1997 Norman Owen Field N/A 53,327 / 53,327 $3,076,378
30 October 1997 Albuquerque University Stadium Sheryl Crow 34,362 / 34,362 $2,075,326
1 November 1997 Fort Worth Texas Motor Speedway Smashing Pumpkins
Dave Matthews Band
Matchbox 20
43,496 / 50,000 $3,030,330
7 November 1997 Tempe Sun Devil Stadium Third Eye Blind 47,056 / 47,056 $2,699,842
9 November 1997 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium Wallflower 90,519 / 90,519 $5,338,429
10 November 1997
14 November 1997 Oakland Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Pearl Jam 186,220 / 186,220 $10,955,527
15 November 1997
18 November 1997
19 November 1997
22 November 1997 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena Jamiroquai 12,750 / 12,750 $2,925,800
25 November 1997 Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome Third Eye Blind 46,265 / 46,265 $2,674,383
28 November 1997 Seattle Kingdome 42,258 / 42,258 $2,411,261
2 December 1997 Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome 51,466 / 51,466 $2,801,714
5 December 1997 Miami Orange Bowl Smashing Pumpkins
Dave Matthews Band
Third Eye Blind
53,547 / 55,000 $3,680,635
7 December 1997 Orlando Citrus Bowl Santana 32,723 / 35,000 $1,817,499
9 December 1997 Atlanta Georgia Dome Third Eye Blind 52,232 / 52,232 $3,008,665
12 December 1997 St. Louis TWA Dome Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Dave Matthews
Taj Mahal
Joshua Redman
46,474 / 46,474 $2,538,881
5 January 1998 Quebec City Canada Colisée de Quebec Our Lady Peace 11,993 / 11,993 $415,705
14 January 1998 New York City United States Madison Square Garden Fiona Apple 53,626 / 53,626 $6,395,815
16 January 1998
17 January 1998
23 January 1998 Honolulu Aloha Stadium Jonny Lang 54,006 / 60,000 $3,317,190
24 January 1998
28 January 1998 Vancouver Canada BC Place Stadium 37,058 / 40,000 $1,472,119
30 January 1998 Portland United States Rose Garden Santana 35,059 / 35,059 $2,975,914
31 January 1998
3 February 1998 San Diego Qualcomm Stadium 55,507 / 55,507 $3,220,069
7 February 1998 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol N/A 88,700 / 88,700 $3,902,244
9 February 1998
12 February 1998 Houston United States The Summit Jonny Lang 23,612 / 23,612 $2,244,058
13 February 1998
Asia[5]
12 March 1998 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome N/A 130,020 / 130,020 $10,025,470
14 March 1998
16 March 1998
17 March 1998
20 March 1998 Osaka Osaka Dome 69,427 / 69,427 $5,317,800
21 March 1998
South America[6]
29 March 1998 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium N/A 271,766 / 271,766 $14,819,850
30 March 1998
2 April 1998
4 April 1998
5 April 1998
11 April 1998 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Praça da Apoteose Bob Dylan 27,984 / 27,984 $1,253,277
13 April 1998 São Paulo Estádio Ícaro de Castro Mello 48,606 / 48,606 $2,591,148
North America[6]
17 April 1998 Syracuse United States Carrier Dome Our Lady Peace 26,047 / 28,000 $1,231,694
19 April 1998 Montreal Canada Molson Centre N/A 32,097 / 32,097 $1,339,778
20 April 1998
23 April 1998 Chicago United States United Center Buddy Guy 18,672 / 18,672 $2,234,920
26 April 1998 Toronto Canada SkyDome Wide Mouth Mason 54,986 / 54,986 $2,222,969
Europe[7]
13 June 1998 Nuremberg Germany Zeppelinfeld Jonny Lang 91,590 / 91,590 $4,366,698
20 June 1998 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter Simple Minds 95,104 / 95,104 $4,095,315
21 June 1998
24 June 1998 Düsseldorf Germany Rheinstadion Dave Matthews Band 59,022 / 59,022 $3,958,940
26 June 1998 Hanover Expo Gelaende 89,963 / 89,963 $4,253,451
29 June 1998 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA 261,277 / 261,277 $11,094,308
1 July 1998
2 July 1998
5 July 1998
6 July 1998
9 July 1998 Frauenfeld Switzerland Pferderennbahn 59,768 / 59,768 $2,641,315
11 July 1998 Wiener Neustadt Austria Flugfeld N/A 57,216 / 57,216 $2,497,966
13 July 1998 Munich Germany Olympiastadion Hothouse Flowers 74,588 / 74,588 $4,303,476
16 July 1998 Málaga Spain Puerto de Málaga 34,450 / 40,000 $1,477,476
18 July 1998 Vigo Estadio Balaídos Seahorses 33,116 / 35,000 $1,527,642
20 July 1998 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Hothouse Flowers 52,375 / 52,375 $2,464,319
25 July 1998 Paris France Stade de France Jean-Louis Aubert 76,716 / 76,716 $4,406,313
27 July 1998 Gelsenkirchen Germany Parkstadion Hothouse Flowers 34,610 / 40,000 $2,139,815
29 July 1998 Copenhagen Denmark Idraetsparken Seahorses 47,726 / 47,726 $2,832,622
31 July 1998 Gothenburg Sweden Nya Ullevi 56,683 / 56,683 $2,630,783
2 August 1998 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin 30,447 / 35,000 $1,522,378
5 August 1998 Helsinki Finland Olympic Stadium 45,236 / 45,236 $2,282,011
8 August 1998 Tallinn Estonia Song Festival Grounds Big Country 28,152 / 40,000 $1,134,161
11 August 1998 Moscow Russia Luzhniki Stadium Splean 45,304 / 45,304 $1,513,838
14 August 1998 Chorzów Poland Stadion Śląski Dżem 44,598 / 44,598 $1,440,020
20 August 1998 Zagreb Croatia Zagreb Hippodrome Big Country 76,755 / 76,755 $2,313,386
26 August 1998 Berlin Germany Olympiastadion 70,900 / 70,900 $4,194,917
28 August 1998 Leipzig Festwiese 74,348 / 74,348 $3,510,436
30 August 1998 Hamburg Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld 90,000 / 90,000 $4,235,411
2 September 1998 Bremen Weserstadion 32,288 / 40,000 $2,149,934
5 September 1998 The Hague Netherlands Malieveld 86,000 / 86,000 $3,699,393
8 September 1998 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena Soundtrack of our Lives 15,580 / 15,580 $932,377
10 September 1998 Berlin Germany Waldbühne The Corrs 16,403 / 16,403 $1,560,032
12 September 1998 Mannheim Maimarkt 85,913 / 85,913 $4,448,942
16 September 1998 Athens Greece Olympic Stadium N/A 79,446 / 79,446 $3,859,407
19 September 1998 Istanbul Turkey Ali Sami Yen Stadium 14,873 / 20,000 $642,999
Total 4,511,567 / 4,592,578 $248,495,791

Personnel[edit]

Additional musicians:

  • Darryl Jones: bass, backing vocals
  • Chuck Leavell: keyboards, backing vocals
  • Bobby Keys: saxophone
  • Andy Snitzer: saxophone, keyboards (except on 1999 concerts)
  • Tim Ries: saxophone, keyboards on (1999 concerts)
  • Michael Davis: trombone
  • Kent Smith: trumpet
  • Lisa Fischer: backing vocals
  • Bernard Fowler: backing vocals, percussion
  • Blondie Chaplin: backing vocals, percussion
  • Johnny Starbuck: shaker on "Out Of Control" (some dates)
  • Leah Wood: backing vocals on "Thief In The Night"
  • Pierre de Beauport: wurlitzer electric piano on "Thief In The Night"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Murry R. Nelson (2010). "The Rolling Stones: A Musical Biography". p. 141. ABC-CLIO,
  3. ^ Stufish: The Mark Fisher Studio
  4. ^ North America box score:
  5. ^ "Billboard Boxscore — Concert Grosses". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 110 (16): 12. 18 April 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Billboard Boxscore — Concert Grosses". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc.) 110 (19): 14. 9 May 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  7. ^ European box score:

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