Bridges to Babylon Tour

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Bridges to Babylon Tour 1997/1998
Tour by The Rolling Stones
Associated album Bridges to Babylon
Legs 3
Shows 58 in North America
37 in Europe
6 in Japan
7 in South America
108 in total
Box office US $274 million ($396.46 in 2014 dollars)[1]
The Rolling Stones concert chronology
Voodoo Lounge Tour
(1994-1995)
Bridges to Babylon Tour
(1997-1998)
No Security Tour
(1999)

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.

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.[2] 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 largest Rolling Stones tour at the time, exceeding the sales of their 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.

Tour band[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"

Typical set list[edit]

Variations on this typical set list were not uncommon:

  1. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  2. "Let's Spend the Night Together"
  3. "Flip the Switch"
  4. "Gimme Shelter"
  5. "Anybody Seen My Baby?"
  6. "Saint of Me"
  7. (varied)
  8. "Out of Control"
  9. the fan's "web vote" (see list below)
  10. "Miss You"
  11. "All About You" (sung by Keith Richards)
  12. "Wanna Hold You" (sung by Keith Richards)
  13. three numbers on the B-stage (see list below)
  14. "Sympathy for the Devil"
  15. "Tumbling Dice"
  16. "Honky Tonk Women"
  17. "Start Me Up"
  18. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  19. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
  20. "Brown Sugar"

List of "web vote" songs[edit]

listed in order of first tour appearance

  1. "19th Nervous Breakdown"
  2. "Under My Thumb"
  3. "Rock and a Hard Place"
  4. "The Little Red Rooster"
  5. "Let It Bleed"
  6. "Ruby Tuesday"
  7. "Sister Morphine"
  8. "She's a Rainbow"
  9. "Gimme Shelter"
  10. "Fool to Cry"
  11. "Memory Motel"
  12. "Factory Girl"
  13. "Love In Vain"
  14. "Star Star"
  15. "Far Away Eyes"
  16. "Shine a Light"
  17. "Dead Flowers"
  18. "Waiting on a Friend"
  19. "When The Whip Comes Down"
  20. "Like a Rolling Stone"
  21. "Respectable"
  22. "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
  23. "No Expectations"
  24. "Wild Horses"
  25. "All Down the Line"
  26. "Angie"
  27. "Street Fighting Man"
  28. "Time Is on My Side"
  29. "Love Is Strong"
  30. "Live with Me"
  31. "Paint It Black"

B-Stage songs[edit]

In order of first B-stage appearance:

  1. "Little Queenie"
  2. "Let It Bleed"
  3. "The Last Time"
  4. "Crazy Mama"
  5. "You Got Me Rocking"
  6. "It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It)"
  7. "Like a Rolling Stone"
  8. "Little Red Rooster"
  9. "I Just Want to Make Love to You"
  10. "Under My Thumb"
  11. "Respectable"
  12. "When the Whip Comes Down"

The second Bridges to Babylon Tour[edit]

After the No Security Tour, the Rolling Stones embarked on an 11-show European Tour, partly in order to make up for the shows that had been cancelled or postponed in 1998; this brief tour reverted to the title Bridges to Babylon Tour. The sets were similar to those of the No Security Tour, with some changes. One show was played in a theatre – Shepherds Bush Empire in London – in front of fewer than 2,000 people.

Songs played[edit]

Among the songs played at the ten standard shows were:

  1. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  2. "You Got Me Rocking"
  3. "Bitch"
  4. "Gimme Shelter"
  5. "Honky Tonk Women"
  6. "Angie"
  7. "Shattered"
  8. "Saint of Me"
  9. "Some Girls"
  10. "Out of Control"
  11. "Paint It Black"
  12. "You Got the Silver" (sung by Keith Richards)
  13. "Before They Make Me Run" (sung by Keith Richards)
  14. "Route 66"
  15. "Get off of My Cloud"
  16. "Midnight Rambler"
  17. "Tumbling Dice"
  18. "It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It)"
  19. "Start Me Up"
  20. "Brown Sugar"
  21. "Sympathy for the Devil"
  22. "Respectable"
  23. "Ruby Tuesday"
  24. "All About You" (sung by Keith Richards)
  25. "Thief in the Night" (sung by Keith Richards)
  26. "Like a Rolling Stone"
  27. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  28. "Live with Me"
  29. "You Don't Have to Mean It" (sung by Keith Richards)
  30. "Memory Motel"

Set list for the theatre show[edit]

  1. "Shattered"
  2. "It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It)"
  3. "Respectable"
  4. "All Down the Line"
  5. "Some Girls"
  6. "I Got the Blues"
  7. "Melody"
  8. "Brand New Car"
  9. "Moon Is Up"
  10. "Saint of Me"
  11. "Honky Tonk Women" (Duet with Sheryl Crow)
  12. "You Got the Silver" (sung by Keith Richards)
  13. "Before They Make Me Run" (sung by Keith Richards)
  14. "Route 66"
  15. "You Got Me Rocking"
  16. "Tumblin' Dice"
  17. "Brown Sugar"
  18. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"

Tour support acts[edit]

Opening acts included: Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews, Matchbox 20, Fiona Apple, The Corrs, Third Eye Blind, The Wallflowers, Simple Minds, Dżem, Big Country and Blues Traveler.

At the Brazilian and Argentine leg of the tour, Bob Dylan was the main opening act and joined the band for the performance of "Like a Rolling Stone" on both concerts.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
4 September 1997 Toronto Canada Horseshoe Tavern
18 September 1997 Chicago United States Double Door
23 September 1997 Soldier Field
25 September 1997
27 September 1997 Columbus Ohio Stadium
30 September 1997 Winnipeg Canada Winnipeg Stadium
2 October 1997 Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium
6 October 1997 Madison United States Camp Randall Stadium
8 October 1997 Orchard Park Rich Stadium
10 October 1997 Charlotte Ericsson Stadium
12 October 1997 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium
16 October 1997 East Rutherford Giants Stadium
17 October 1997
20 October 1997 Foxborough Foxboro Stadium
21 October 1997
23 October 1997 Landover Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
25 October 1997 Port Chester Capitol Theater
26 October 1997 Nashville Vanderbilt Stadium
28 October 1997 Norman Owen Field
30 October 1997 Albuquerque University Stadium
1 November 1997 Fort Worth Texas Motor Speedway
7 November 1997 Tempe Sun Devil Stadium
9 November 1997 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
10 November 1997
14 November 1997 Oakland Oakland Alameda County Coliseum
15 November 1997
18 November 1997
19 November 1997
22 November 1997 Las Vegas MGM Grand Garden Arena
25 November 1997 Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
28 November 1997 Seattle Kingdome
2 December 1997 Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome
5 December 1997 Miami Orange Bowl
7 December 1997 Orlando Citrus Bowl
9 December 1997 Atlanta Georgia Dome
12 December 1997 St. Louis TWA Dome
Recorded and shown on television as a Pay-per-view special, then later released on DVD
5 January 1998 Quebec City Canada Colisée de Quebec
14 January 1998 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
16 January 1998
17 January 1998
21 January 1998 Honolulu The Pepsi Tent Hall
23 January 1998 Aloha Stadium
24 January 1998
28 January 1998 Vancouver Canada BC Place Stadium
30 January 1998 Portland United States Rose Garden
31 January 1998
3 February 1998 San Diego Qualcomm Stadium
7 February 1998 Mexico City Mexico Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez
9 February 1998
12 February 1998 Houston United States The Summit
13 February 1998
15 February 1998 Las Vegas The Joint
Asia
12 March 1998 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
14 March 1998
16 March 1998
17 March 1998
20 March 1998 Osaka Osaka Dome
21 March 1998
South America
29 March 1998 Buenos Aires Argentina Estadio Monumental
30 March 1998
2 April 1998
4 April 1998
5 April 1998
11 April 1998 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Praça da Apoteose
13 April 1998 São Paulo Estádio Ícaro de Castro Mello
North America
17 April 1998 Syracuse United States Carrier Dome
19 April 1998 Montreal Canada Molson Centre
20 April 1998
23 April 1998 Chicago United States United Center
26 April 1998 Toronto Canada SkyDome
Europe
13 June 1998 Nuremberg Germany Zeppelinfeld
20 June 1998 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter
21 June 1998
24 June 1998 Düsseldorf Germany Rheinstadion
26 June 1998 Hanover Expo Gelaende
29 June 1998 Amsterdam Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA
1 July 1998
2 July 1998
5 July 1998
6 July 1998
9 July 1998 Frauenfeld Switzerland Pferderennbahn
11 July 1998 Wiener Neustadt Austria Flugfeld
13 July 1998 Munich Germany Olympiastadion
16 July 1998 Málaga Spain Puerto de Málaga
18 July 1998 Vigo Estadio Balaídos
20 July 1998 Barcelona Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
25 July 1998 Paris France Stade de France
27 July 1998 Gelsenkirchen Germany Parkstadion
29 July 1998 Copenhagen Denmark Idraetsparken
31 July 1998 Gothenburg Sweden Nya Ullevi
2 August 1998 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin
5 August 1998 Helsinki Finland Olympic Stadium
8 August 1998 Tallinn Estonia Song Festival Grounds
11 August 1998 Moscow Russia Luzhniki Stadium
14 August 1998 Chorzów Poland Stadion Śląski
20 August 1998 Zagreb Croatia Zagreb Hippodrome
22 August 1998 Prague Czech Republic Prague Sport Hall
26 August 1998 Berlin Germany Olympiastadion
28 August 1998 Leipzig Festwiese
30 August 1998 Hamburg Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld
2 September 1998 Bremen Weserstadion
5 September 1998 The Hague Netherlands Malieveld
8 September 1998 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Globe Arena
10 September 1998 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
12 September 1998 Mannheim Maimarkt
16 September 1998 Athens Greece Olympic Stadium
19 September 1998 Istanbul Turkey Ali Sami Yen Stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Stufish: The Mark Fisher Studio

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