Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour

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Steel Wheels Tour/Urban Jungle Tour
Tour by The Rolling Stones
Associated album Steel Wheels
Start date 31 August 1989
End date 25 August 1990
Legs 3
Shows 115
Box office US $98 million ($186.45 in 2014 dollars)[1]
The Rolling Stones concert chronology
European Tour 1982 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour Voodoo Lounge Tour

The Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels Tour was a concert tour which was launched in North America in August 1989 to promote the band's album Steel Wheels; it continued to Japan in February 1990, with ten shows at the Tokyo Dome. The European leg of the tour, which featured a different stage and logo, was called the Urban Jungle Tour; it ran from May to August 1990. These would be the last live concerts for the band with original member Bill Wyman on bass guitar. This tour would also be the longest the band had ever done up to that point, playing over twice as many shows as their standard tour length from the 1960s and 70s.

The tour was an enormous financial success, cementing The Rolling Stones' return to full commercial power after a seven-year hiatus in touring marked by well-publicized acrimony among band members.

History[edit]

A Steel Wheels pre-tour 'surprise show' took place on 12 August 1989 at Toad's Place in New Haven, Connecticut with a local act, Sons of Bob, opening the show for an audience of only 700 people who had purchased tickets for $3.01 apiece.[2] The official Steel Wheels Tour kicked off later that month at the now-demolished Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the opening show in Philadelphia, the power went out during "Shattered", and caused a slight delay in the show. Jagger came out and spoke to the crowd during the delay. The Stones returned to Vancouver, B.C. in Canada and played two sold out concerts at B.C. Place Stadium. Fan reaction for tickets was unprecedented. One local radio station 99.3 The Fox even had a man (Andrew Korn) sit in front of the station in a bath tub filled with brown sugar and water for free tickets to the concert.

The stage was designed by Mark Fisher with participation of Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger. Lighting design was by Patrick Woodroffe.

Canadian promoter Michael Cohl made his name buying the concert, sponsorship, merchandising, radio, television, and film rights to the Steel Wheels Tour. It became the most financially successful rock tour in history up to that time. Rival promoter Bill Graham, who also bid on the tour, later wrote that "Losing the Stones was like watching my favourite lover become a whore."

Performances from the tour were documented on the album Flashpoint, and the video Live at the Max, both released in 1991.

Opening acts for the tour included Living Colour, Dan Reed Network, Guns N' Roses and Gun.

Tour band[edit]

Additional musicians:

Tour Set Lists[edit]

For the opening night of the Steel Wheels Tour the setlist was as follows (all songs composed by Jagger/Richards unless otherwise noted):

  1. "Intro: Continental Drift"
  2. "Start Me Up"
  3. "Bitch"
  4. "Shattered"
  5. "Sad Sad Sad"
  6. "Undercover of the Night"
  7. "Harlem Shuffle" (Relf/Nelson)
  8. "Tumbling Dice"
  9. "Miss You"
  10. "Ruby Tuesday"
  11. "Play With Fire" (Nanker Phelge)
  12. "Dead Flowers"
  13. "One Hit (to the Body)" (Jagger/Richards/Wood)
  14. "Mixed Emotions"
  15. "Honky Tonk Women"
  16. "Rock and a Hard Place"
  17. "Midnight Rambler"
  18. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
  19. "Little Red Rooster" (Dixon)
  20. "Before They Make Me Run"
  21. "Happy"
  22. "Paint It Black"
  23. "2000 Light Years from Home"
  24. "Sympathy for the Devil"
  25. "Gimme Shelter"
  26. "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
  27. "Brown Sugar"
  28. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  29. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (encore)

For the final night of the Urban Jungle Tour (the last Rolling Stones concert with Bill Wyman) the band played:

  1. "Start Me Up"
  2. "Sad Sad Sad"
  3. "Harlem Shuffle"
  4. "Tumbling Dice"
  5. "Miss You"
  6. "Ruby Tuesday"
  7. "Angie"
  8. "Rock and a Hard Place"
  9. "Mixed Emotions"
  10. "Honky Tonk Women"
  11. "Midnight Rambler"
  12. "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
  13. "Before They Make Me Run"
  14. "Happy"
  15. "Paint It Black"
  16. "2000 Light Years from Home"
  17. "Sympathy for the Devil"
  18. "Street Fighting Man"
  19. "Gimme Shelter"
  20. "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)"
  21. "Brown Sugar"
  22. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  23. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (encore)

Other songs played on the tour:

  1. "Almost Hear You Sigh" (Jagger/Richards/Jordan)
  2. "Blinded By Love"
  3. "Boogie Chillen" (Hooker)
  4. "Can't Be Seen"
  5. "Factory Girl"
  6. "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (Dixon)
  7. "Salt of the Earth"
  8. "Terrifying"
 9. "Indian Girl"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America
12 August 1989 New Haven United States Toad's Place
31 August 1989 Philadelphia Veterans Stadium
1 September 1989
3 September 1989 Toronto Canada CNE Stadium
4 September 1989
6 September 1989 Pittsburgh United States Three Rivers Stadium
8 September 1989 East Troy Alpine Valley
9 September 1989
11 September 1989
14 September 1989 Cincinnati Riverfront Stadium
16 September 1989 Raleigh Carter-Finley Stadium
17 September 1989 St. Louis Busch Stadium
19 September 1989 Louisville Cardinal Stadium
21 September 1989 Syracuse Carrier Dome
22 September 1989
24 September 1989 Washington, D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Stadium
25 September 1989
27 September 1989 Cleveland Municipal Stadium
29 September 1989 Foxboro Sullivan Stadium
1 October 1989
3 October 1989
5 October 1989 Birmingham Legion Field
7 October 1989 Ames Cyclone Field
8 October 1989 Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium
10 October 1989 New York City Shea Stadium
11 October 1989
18 October 1989 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
19 October 1989
21 October 1989
22 October 1989
25 October 1989 New York City Shea Stadium
26 October 1989
28 October 1989
29 October 1989
1 November 1989 Vancouver Canada BC Place Stadium
2 November 1989
4 November 1989 Oakland United States Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
5 November 1989
8 November 1989 Houston Astrodome
10 November 1989 Dallas Cotton Bowl
11 November 1989
13 November 1989 New Orleans Louisiana Superdome
15 November 1989 Miami Orange Bowl
16 November 1989
18 November 1989 Tampa Tampa Stadium
21 November 1989 Atlanta Grant Field
25 November 1989 Jacksonville Gator Bowl
26 November 1989 Clemson Death Valley Stadium
29 November 1989 Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
30 November 1989
3 December 1989 Toronto Canada Sky Dome
4 December 1989
6 December 1989 Indianapolis United States Hoosier Dome
7 December 1989
9 December 1989 Pontiac Silverdome
10 December 1989
13 December 1989 Montreal Canada Olympic Stadium
14 December 1989
17 December 1989 Atlantic City United States Convention Center
19 December 1989
20 December 1989
Asia
14 February 1990 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
16 February 1990
17 February 1990
19 February 1990
20 February 1990
21 February 1990
23 February 1990
24 February 1990
26 February 1990
27 February 1990
Europe
18 May 1990 Rotterdam Netherlands De Kuip
19 May 1990
21 May 1990
23 May 1990 Hanover Germany Niedersachsenstadion
24 May 1990
26 May 1990 Frankfurt Waldstadion
27 May 1990
30 May 1990 Cologne Müngersdorfer Stadion
31 May 1990
2 June 1990 Munich Olympiastadion
3 June 1990
6 June 1990 Berlin Olympiastadion
10 June 1990 Lisbon Portugal Estádio José Alvalade
13 June 1990 Barcelona Spain Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc
14 June 1990
16 June 1990 Madrid Estadio Vicente Calderón
17 June 1990
20 June 1990 Marseille France Stade Vélodrome
22 June 1990 Paris Parc des Princes
23 June 1990
25 June 1990
27 June 1990 Basel Switzerland St. Jakob Stadium
4 July 1990 London England Wembley Stadium
6 July 1990
7 July 1990
9 July 1990 Glasgow Scotland Hampden Park
16 July 1990 Cardiff Wales Cardiff Arms Park
18 July 1990 Newcastle England St James' Park
20 July 1990 Manchester Maine Road
21 July 1990
25 July 1990 Rome Italy Stadio Flaminio
26 July 1990
28 July 1990 Turin Stadio Delle Alpi
31 July 1990 Vienna Austria Praterstadion
3 August 1990 Gothenburg Sweden Eriksberg Docks Concert Grounds
4 August 1990
6 August 1990 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin Stadium
7 August 1990
9 August 1990 Copenhagen Denmark Idrætsparken
13 August 1990 Berlin Germany Radrennbahn Weißensee
14 August 1990
16 August 1990 Gelsenkirchen Germany Parkstadion
18 August 1990 Prague Czechoslovakia Strahov Stadium
24 August 1990 London England Wembley Stadium
25 August 1990

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Rolling Stones Steel Wheels North American Tour 1989 (Paperback)

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