Spirits Having Flown Tour

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Spirits Having Flown Tour
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Tour by Bee Gees
Associated album Spirits Having Flown
Start date June 28, 1979 (1979-06-28)
End date October 6, 1979 (1979-10-06)
Legs 1
Shows 53 in North America
Box office $10.9 million
Bee Gees concert chronology
  • Children of the World Tour
  • (1976)
  • Spirits Havin Flown Tour
  • (1979)
  • One For All World Tour
  • (1989)

The Spirits Having Flown Tour is the eighth concert tour by the Bee Gees in support of their fifteenth studio album Spirits Having Flown. The tour began on 28 June 1979 in Fort Worth, Texas reaching 28 cities before coming to a close on 6 October 1979 in Miami, Florida. It was their most lavish and successful tour during the height of their popularity following two straight number-one albums and six number-one singles and grossed over $10 million as reported by Billboard by the end of its run.

Background[edit]

After the release of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, The Bee Gees were unable to tour due to their commitment to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie. Then from March to November, 1978, they spent much of their time in the studio recording Spirits Having Flown, the follow-up album to Saturday Night Fever.

Prior to the kickoff of the tour, The Bee Gees popularity grew even further following Saturday Night Fever, when they were the headline act on the Music for UNICEF Concert in January. Then they won four Grammy awards in February for Fever and by June, they pulled off a feat only matched by The Beatles with six consecutive number one singles, when "Love You Inside Out" topped the charts in June, setting the stage for the hottest summer tour since The Beatles in 1964.

Considering the group's popularity was at an all-time high, stringent security precautions were taken, though The Bee Gees themselves setup base in only five cities. They would fly to the next venue and return to their home base immediately following the show. They leased a custom 55-seat Boeing 720 jet at a cost of over one million dollars with a specially designed logo on the exterior of the plane. The Bee Gees were accompanied on the tour by a film crew capturing highlights of the shows, for use in a NBC-TV special which aired in November, hosted by David Frost.[1]

The Bee Gees were joined on stage with their usual band featuring Alan Kendall on guitar, Blue Weaver on keyboards and Dennis Bryon on drums, as well as Boonero Horns, a 6-piece brass section and Sweet Inspirations, which provided backing vocals.

The show[edit]

Being that this was the most ambitious tour The Bee Gees ever embarked on, there was a lot of preparation that went into the tour, from an extensive rehearsal schedule (in which The Bee Gees missed that year's Billboard music awards, where they won an astonishing 11 awards), staging and special effects, merchandising and tight security. The tour consisted of a 41-date schedule starting in Fort Worth, TX and ending in their hometown of Miami, FL. The 3 Gibb brothers were identically dressed in white satin trousers and dazzling white spangled jackets throughout the tour. During the Houston show on June 30, a bearded John Travolta joined the Bee Gees on stage during "You Should Be Dancing" to reprise some of his footwork from Saturday Night Fever. Travolta was in Houston shooting the film Urban Cowboy.[1] Besides the surprise appearance by John Travolta at the Houston concert, many celebrities were in attendance at many of the concerts. Among the 60,000 fans at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium were Cary Grant, Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, Olivia Newton-John, Karen Carpenter, Jack Nicholson and Harry Wayne Casey of KC & The Sunshine Band.[1] Prior to their September 24 concert in Landover, the Bee Gees were invited to the White House where President Carter congratulated them for their efforts with UNICEF.[1]

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[2]
28 June 1979 Fort Worth United States Tarrant County Convention Center Sweet Inspirations 13,901 / 13,901 $202,480
29 June 1979 Austin Frank Erwin Center 17,440 / 17,440 $231,410
30 June 1979 Houston The Summit 16,654 / 16,654 $231,285
2 July 1979 Denver McNichols Sports Arena N/A N/A
3 July 1979 Salt Lake City Salt Palace 12,920 / 12,920 $177,748
5 July 1979 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 12,714 / 12,714 $175,853
7 July 1979 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium 56,000 / 56,000 $700,000
9 July 1979 Oakland Oakland Coliseum Arena 38,078 / 38,078 $530,305
10 July 1979
11 July 1979
13 July 1979 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum 26,707 / 26,707 $369,443
14 July 1979
15 July 1979 Vancouver Canada PNE Coliseum 15,158 / 15,158 $215,828
17 July 1979 Portland United States Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum 22,769 / 22,769 $320,458
18 July 1979
21 July 1979 St. Paul Saint Paul Civic Center Arena 31,040 / 31,040 $434,445
22 July 1979
24 July 1979 Ames Hilton Coliseum 14,685 / 14,685 $204,220
25 July 1979 Madison Dane County Coliseum 9,883 / 9,883 $144,573
26 July 1979 Indianapolis Market Square Arena 17,730 / 17,730 $245,328
28 July 1979 Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome 36,270 / 36,270 $453,375
30 July 1979 Chicago Chicago Stadium 36,196 / 36,196 $507,573
31 July 1979
1 August 1979 St. Louis St. Louis Checkerdome 16,834 / 16,834 $238,290
3 August 1979 Tulsa Mabee Center 10,586 / 10,586 $151,250
4 August 1979 Oklahoma City Myriad Convention Center 15,477 / 15,477 $217,920
27 August 1979 New Haven New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum 10,880 / 10,880 $157,768
28 August 1979 Providence Providence Civic Center 26,139 / 26,139 $371,368
29 August 1979
31 August 1979 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens 18,249 / 18,249 $264,265
1 September 1979 Montreal Montreal Forum 34,733 / 34,733 $484,984
2 September 1979
4 September 1979 Pittsburgh United States Pittsburgh Civic Arena N/A N/A
5 September 1979
7 September 1979 New York City Madison Square Garden 39,364 / 39,364 $376,000
8 September 1979
9 September 1979
14 September 1979 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 16,800 / 16,800 $236,492
15 September 1979 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum 33,334 / 33,334 $469,545
16 September 1979
18 September 1979 Cleveland Coliseum at Richfield 35,000 / 35,000 $496,000
21 September 1979 Philadelphia The Spectrum 29,056 / 29,056 $399,015
22 September 1979
24 September 1979 Landover Capital Centre 36,674 / 36,674 $515,568
25 September 1979
26 September 1979 Norfolk Norfolk Scope 11,854 / 11,854 $163,783
28 September 1979 Birmingham Birmingham–Jefferson Civic Center Arena 17,901 / 17,901 $243,583
29 September 1979 Atlanta Omni Coliseum 31,951 / 31,951 $455,315
30 September 1979
2 October 1979 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 18,299 / 18,299 $213,980
3 October 1979 Columbia Carolina Coliseum 12,151 / 12,151 $171,065
4 October 1979 Jacksonville Jacksonville Coliseum 10,117 / 10,117 $140,580
6 October 1979 Miami Miami Stadium N/A N/A
Total 803,544 / 803,544 $10,911,095

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Tales Of The Brothers Gibb, First Edition, Omnibus Press, 2000.
  2. ^ North American box score data: