Communiqué Tour

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Communiqué Tour
Communiqué Tour Poster.jpg
World tour by Dire Straits
Location Europe, North America
Associated album Communiqué
Start date 11 February 1979 (1979-02-11)
End date 21 December 1979 (1979-12-21)
Legs 4
Shows 116
Dire Straits concert chronology
Dire Straits Tour
(1978)
Communiqué Tour
(1979)
On Location Tour
(1980–81)

The Communiqué Tour was a 1979 concert tour of Europe and North American by the British rock band Dire Straits, supporting their second album, Communiqué, released in June 1979. The tour started on 11 February 1979 in Rotterdam and consisted of 116 concerts in Europe and North America, ending on 21 December 1979 in London. In the United States, 51 concerts were sold out during 38 days. All of the concerts in Europe were sold out as well. The tour lineup included Mark Knopfler (guitar, vocals), David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums).[1]

The Rockpalast show in Cologne, Germany on 16 February 1979 was filmed and broadcast by WDR TV channel. Two shows at the Rainbow Theatre in London were also filmed, and footage from these shows were included in the BBC documentary Arena (1980). The concert at the Roxy in Los Angeles on 28–29 March 1979 was filmed and included in the Bavarian TV report documentary (1979). Soundboard recordings from the tour include the concert at Old Waldorf in San Francisco on 31 March 1979, which was released as promo LP by Warner Bros. Records, the concerts at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia and the Orpheum in Boston were circulated as bootlegs.[1]

The tour consisted of seven preview concerts in February in Europe, followed by four legs:

  • North America: 23 February – 2 April
  • Europe: 23 May – 8 July
  • North America: 8 September – 7 October
  • Europe: 1 November – 21 December

Tour dates[edit]

Preview concerts
  1. 11 February 1979 – De Doelen, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  2. 12 February 1979 – Niedersachsenhalle, Hanover, Germany
  3. 13 February 1979 – Philipshalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
  4. 14 February 1979 – Rosengarten, Mannheim, Germany
  5. 15 February 1979 – Stadthalle, Stolberg, Germany
  6. 16 February 1979 – Rockpalast, WDR (TV), Cologne, Germany
  7. 18 February 1979 – Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany
North America
  1. 23 February 1979 – Paradise, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 24 February 1979 – Paradise, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 25 February 1979 – Alumni, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  4. 26 February 1979 – Shaboo, Willimantic, Connecticut, USA
  5. 28 February 1979 – Hullabaloo, Albany, New York, USA
  6. 2 March 1979 – Bottom Line, New York, New York, USA
  7. 3 March 1979 – Bottom Line, New York, New York, USA
  8. 6 March 1979 – Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  9. 8 March 1979 – Bayou, Washington DC, USA
  10. 9 March 1979 – Bayou, Washington DC, USA
  11. 11 March 1979 – After Dark, Buffalo, New York, USA
  12. 12 March 1979 – Agora, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  13. 13 March 1979 – University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  14. 14 March 1979 – Plateau Auditorium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  15. 15 March 1979 – Centerstage, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  16. 16 March 1979 – Park West, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  17. 17 March 1979 – Palms, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
  18. 19 March 1979 – Memorial Hall, Kansas City, Kansas, USA
  19. 21 March 1979 – Opry House, Houston, Texas, USA
  20. 22 March 1979 – Opry House, Austin, Texas, USA
  21. 23 March 1979 – Palladium, Dallas, Texas, USA
  22. 25 March 1979 – Regis College, Denver, Colorado, USA
  23. 27 March 1979 – Roxy, San Diego, California, USA
  24. 28 March 1979 – Roxy, Los Angeles, California, USA
  25. 29 March 1979 – Roxy, Los Angeles, California, USA
  26. 31 March 1979 – Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA
  27. 1 April 1979 – Old Waldorf, San Francisco, California, USA
  28. 2 April 1979 – University Of Davis, Sacramento, California, USA
Europe
  1. 23 May 1979 – Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany
  2. 24 May 1979 – Stadthalle, Offenbach, Germany
  3. 25 May 1979 – Sporthalle, Stuttgart, Germany
  4. 26 May 1979 – Küernackhalle, Würzburg, Germany
  5. 27 May 1979 – Stadthalle, Wettingen, Switzerland
  6. 29 May 1979 – Circus Krone, Munich, Germany
  7. 30 May 1979 – Hemmerleinhalle, Nurnberg, Germany
  8. 31 May 1979 – Rhein-Neckar-Halle, Heidelberg, Germany
  9. 1 June 1979 – Circus Krone, Munich, Germany
  10. 2 June 1979 – Stadthalle, Freiberg, Germany
  11. 4 June 1979 – Pinkpop Festival, Sportpark, Geleen, Netherlands
  12. 5 June 1979 – Palais Des Sports, Paris, France
  13. 8 June 1979 – Empire, Liverpool, England
  14. 9 June 1979 – Apollo, Glasgow, Scotland
  15. 10 June 1979 – Odeon, Edinburgh, Scotland
  16. 11 June 1979 – City Hall, Sheffield, England
  17. 13 June 1979 – Odeon, Birmingham, England
  18. 14 June 1979 – City Hall, Newcastle, England
  19. 15 June 1979 – Apollo, Manchester, England
  20. 16 June 1979 – Colston Hall, Bristol, England
  21. 17 June 1979 – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
  22. 18 June 1979 – Dome, Brighton, England
  23. 20 June 1979 – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
  24. 21 June 1979 – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
  25. 23 June 1979 – Loreley Festival, Frankfurt, Germany
  26. 24 June 1979 – Westfalenhalle (Festival), Dortmund, Germany
  27. 29 June 1979 – Deutschlandhalle (Festival), Berlin, Germany
  28. 1 July 1979 – Olympiastadion (Festival), Munich, Germany
  29. 7 July 1979 – Festival, Torhout, Belgium
  30. 8 July 1979 – Werchter Festival, Brussels, Belgium
North America
  1. 8 September 1979 – Orpheum, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 9 September 1979 – Ocean State Theater, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  3. 10 September 1979 – Calderone Theater, Hempstead, New York, USA
  4. 11 September 1979 – Palladium, New York, New York, USA
  5. 13 September 1979 – Capitol Theater, Passaic, New Jersey, USA
  6. 14 September 1979 – Tower Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  7. 15 September 1979 – Smith Center, Washington DC, USA
  8. 17 September 1979 – Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
  9. 18 September 1979 – Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA
  10. 20 September 1979 – Park Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
  11. 21 September 1979 – Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  12. 23 September 1979 – Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
  13. 24 September 1979 – Curtis Hixon, Tampa, Florida, USA
  14. 25 September 1979 – Jai Alai Miami, USA
  15. 28 September 1979 – Township, Columbia, South Carolina, USA
  16. 29 September 1979 – Coliseum, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
  17. 1 October 1979 – Gardens, Louisville, Kentucky, USA
  18. 2 October 1979 – Bogarts, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
  19. 3 October 1979 – Palace Theater Cleveland, USA
  20. 4 October 1979 – Centerstage, Detroit, Michigan, USA
  21. 6 October 1979 – Kiel Opera House, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  22. 7 October 1979 – Uptown Theater, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Europe
  1. 1 November 1979 – Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  2. 2 November 1979 – Vereeniging, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  3. 3 November 1979 – Vereeniging, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  4. 4 November 1979 – Carre Theatre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  5. 5 November 1979 – Carre Theatre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. 7 November 1979 – Ijsselhal, Zwolle, Netherlands
  7. 8 November 1979 – Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
  8. 9 November 1979 – Messehalle, Cologne, Germany
  9. 11 November 1979 – Münsterlandhalle, Münster, Germany
  10. 12 November 1979 – Stadthalle, Braunschweig, Germany
  11. 13 November 1979 – CCH Hamburg, Germany
  12. 14 November 1979 – Ostseehalle, Kiel, Germany
  13. 16 November 1979 – Idraettenshus, Vejle, Denmark
  14. 17 November 1979 – Olympen, Lund, Sweden
  15. 18 November 1979 – Tivoli Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  16. 19 November 1979 – Tivoli Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark
  17. 20 November 1979 – Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden
  18. 21 November 1979 – Ekeberghalle, Oslo, Norway
  19. 23 November 1979 – Johanneshov, Stockholm,Sweden
  20. 26 November 1979 – Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Germany
  21. 27 November 1979 – Forêt Nationale, Brussels, Belgium
  22. 11 December 1979 – Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
  23. 12 December 1979 – Stadium, Dublin, Ireland
  24. 13 December 1979 – Whitla Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  25. 14 December 1979 – Whitla Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  26. 18 December 1979 – Lewisham Odeon, London, England
  27. 19 December 1979 – Lewisham Odeon, London, England
  28. 20 December 1979 – Rainbow Theatre, London, England
  29. 21 December 1979 – Rainbow Theatre, London, England[1]

Setlist[edit]

A typical setlist from the Communiqué Tour consisted of the following sixteen songs:

  1. "Down to the Waterline"
  2. "Six Blade Knife"
  3. "Once Upon a Time in the West"
  4. "Lady Writer"
  5. "Single Handed Sailor"
  6. "Water of Love"
  7. "In the Gallery"
  8. "Follow Me Home"
  9. "News"
  10. "What's the Matter Baby"
  11. "Lions"
  12. "Sultans of Swing"
  13. "Wild West End"
  14. "Where Do You Think You're Going?"
  15. "Eastbound Train"
  16. "Southbound Again"

The following additional songs were performed on the tour.

  • "Angel of Mercy"
  • "Portobello Belle"
  • "Nadine"
  • "Setting Me Up"
  • "Bernadette"
  • "Twisting by the Pool"
  • "Solid Rock"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Communique tour 1979". Mark Knopfler Info. Retrieved 30 November 2012.