Blackout Tour

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Blackout Tour
Tour by Scorpions
Start date March 16, 1982
End date December 18, 1983
No. of shows 110
Scorpions concert chronology
  • Animal Magnetism Tour
    (1980)
  • Blackout Tour
    (1982-83)
  • Love at First Sting Tour
    (1984-86)

The Blackout Tour was a concert tour by the heavy metal band Scorpions from March 16, 1982 to December 18, 1983. It supported their same named album. The 1982's European leg of the tour was supported by Blackfoot and Wolf[1] and the 1982's North American leg was supported by Iron Maiden, Girlschool, Rainbow and Riot.[2][3][4]

Background[edit]

The tour began on March 1 in Kaunitz, a month before Blackout's official release in Europe. During March, the band performed in Luxembourg, performing almost fifteen performances in France, and performed for the first time in Spain with concerts in San Sebastián, Madrid and Barcelona. In the same way they visited Italy for the first time, with concerts in Bolzano - where they were supported by Trust - Reggio Emilia and Milan. In April and after appearing in the French cities of Nice and Grenoble, the group embarked on an extensive tour of the United Kingdom, with more than twenty shows in fifteen English cities and a Scottish one, and then playing in Belgium and the Netherlands. Their first leg in Europe culminated in May in West Germany, where they had Blackfoot as a guest artist.

June 6 began the first leg in North America, with a concert in Binghamton, New York in the United States. The next day they traveled to Canada, where they performed five concerts as guest artist for the British group Rainbow. On the 13th of that same month, they returned to the United States, but this time as main act with Rainbow and Riot as the opening act, and during the next days of July they had Girlschool and Iron Maiden as support bands. Three special concerts; One in Orchard Park, New York and the other in Anaheim where they shared the stage with Foreigner, Loverboy and Ted Nugent, as well as the British band Iron Maiden and were part of the poster of the festival Day on the Green, held on July 18 in Oakland, California. This first leg in North America continued with six more shows for Canada and more than thirty in the United States, the last of which was held on September 13 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

At the beginning of October they traveled to Japan to performed eight concerts, playng three sold-out concerts in Tokyo, at the Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan. In the end, the last dates of 1982 were in Canada, with a show in Québec City and another one in Winnipeg -where they played as a support act for the British band Judas Priest-.

Due to the success of the tour in the United States, the band returned to that country in May 1983 with six more shows. performing in the US Festival, where they shared the stage with Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, Judas Priest and Van Halen. Already in December they began their second and final leg in Europe, with concerts in Sweden, Denmark and West Germany. The last show of the tour was performed on December 17 in Dortmund as part of the Rock Pop Festival that also featured Def Leppard, Krokus, Michael Schenker Group, Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support act(s)
First European Leg
1 March 1982 Kaunitz Germany Ostwestfalenhalle Blackfoot
2 March 1982 Obercorn Luxembourg Centre Sportif de Diffrange
4 March 1982 Lille France Palais des Sports Saint-Saveur
5 March 1982 Dijon Palais des Sports
6 March 1982 Paris Hippodrome de Pantin
8 March 1982 Reims Maison des Sports
9 March 1982 Strasbourg Hall Rhénus
11 March 1982 Saint-Étienne Palais des Sports
12 March 1982 Montpellier Palais des Sports
14 March 1982 San Sebastián Spain Velódromo de Anoeta
15 March 1982 Madrid Pabellón de Deportes del Real Madrid
16 March 1982 Barcelona Palau dels Esports de Barcelona
17 March 1982 Toulouse France Hall Comminges Trust
19 March 1982 Clermont-Ferrand Maison des Sports
20 March 1982 Nantes Stade de La Beaujoire
22 March 1982 Brest Parc de Penfeld
23 March 1982 Rennes Salle Omnisports
25 March 1982 Caen Parc des Expositions
26 March 1982 Mulhouse Salle des Fêtes
28 March 1982 Bolzano Italy Palazzo del Ghiaccio
29 March 1982 Reggio Emilia Palasport
30 March 1982 Milan Teatro Rolling Stone
1 April 1982 Nice France Théâtre de Verdure
2 April 1982 Grenoble Alpexpo
4 April 1982 Manchester England Manchester Apollo Bigfoot, Wolf
5 April 1982
7 April 1982 Hanley Victoria Hall Blackfoot
8 April 1982 Birmingham Birmingham Odeon
10 April 1982 Derby Assembly Rooms
11 April 1982 Wolverhampton Wolverhampton Civic Hall
12 April 1982 Ipswich Gaumont
14 April 1982 Edinburgh Scotland Edinburgh Playhouse
15 April 1982 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall
16 April 1982
18 April 1982 Bradford St George's Hall
19 April 1982 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
20 April 1982 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre
22 April 1982 Leicester De Montfort Hall
23 April 1982 London Hammersmith Odeon
24 April 1982
26 April 1982 Southampton Gaumont Theatre
27 April 1982 Bristol Colston Hall
28 April 1982 St Austell Cornwall Coliseum
29 April 1982 London Hammersmith Odeon
30 April 1982 Brussels Belgium Forest National
1 May 1982 Amsterdam Netherlands Jaap Edenhal Blackfoot, Iron Maiden
3 May 1982 Bremen Germany Stadthalle Bremen Blackfoot
6 May 1982 Offenbach Stadthalle Offenbach
7 May 1982 Karlsruhe Schwarzwaldhalle
8 May 1982 Saarbrücken Saarlandhalle
10 May 1982 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
11 May 1982 Hamburg Congress Centrum
12 May 1982 Berlin Metropol
14 May 1982 Hanover Eilenriedehalle
15 May 1982 Köln Köln Sporthalle
16 May 1982 Bochum Ruhrstadion
18 May 1982 Sindelfingen Messehalle
21 May 1982 Nüremberg Hemmerleinhalle
22 May 1982 Munchen Olympiahalle
23 May 1982 Würzburg Carl-Diem-Halle
First North American Leg
6 June 1982 Binghamton United States Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena Riot
7 June 1982 London Canada London Gardens Rainbow
8 June 1982 Kitchener Kitchener Memorial Auditorium
9 June 1982 Toronto CNE Grandstand
10 June 1982 Québec City Colisée de Québec
12 June 1982 Montréal Verdun Auditorium
13 June 1982 Glen Falls United States Glens Falls Civic Center
15 June 1982 Allentown Allentown Fairgrounds Rainbow, Riot
17 June 1982 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial
18 June 1982 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
19 June 1982 New York City Madison Square Garden
21 June 1982 Harrisburg City Island
22 June 1982 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
25 June 1982 Providence Providence Civic Center
26 June 1982 South Yarmouth Cape Cod Coliseum
27 June 1982 Philadelphia The Spectrum
30 June 1982 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium Girlschool
2 July 1982 Chicago UIC Pavilion Iron Maiden, Girlschool
3 July 1982 Orchard Park Rich Stadium with Ted Nugent, Loverboy and Foreigner
4 July 1982 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre Iron Maiden, Girlschool
6 July 1982 Danville David S. Palmer Arena
7 July 1982 Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Center
9 July 1982 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
10 July 1982 Kansas City Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Coliseum
11 July 1982 Des Moines Veterans Memorial Auditorium
14 July 1982 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
16 July 1982 Seattle Hec Edmundson Pavilion
17 July 1982 Anaheim Anaheim Stadium
18 July 1982 Oakland Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum

(Day on the Green Festival)

with Foreigner, Loverboy and Iron Maiden
20 July 1982 Victoria Canada Victoria Memorial Arena Iron Maiden, Girlschool
21 July 1982 Vancouver Pacific Coliseum
23 July 1982 Edmonton Kinsmen Field House
24 July 1982 Calgary Max Bell Arena
26 July 1982 Regina Agridome
27 July 1982 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
28 July 1982 Fargo United States Bison Sports Arena
30 July 1982 Bloomington Met Center
31 July 1982 Springfield Prairie Capital Convention Center Rainbow, Iron Maiden and Girlschool
1 August 1982 Indianapolis Market Square Arena Iron Maiden, Girlschool
3 August 1982 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
4 August 1982 Columbus Battelle Hall
5 August 1982 Chicago Comiskey Park
6 August 1982 Louisville Louisville Gardens
7 August 1982 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
8 August 1982 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
10 August 1982 Beaumont Beaumont Civic Center
11 August 1982 Corpus Christi Memorial Coliseum
13 August 1982 Houston The Summit
14 August 1982 Dallas Reunion Arena
16 August 1982 San Antonio HemisFair Arena
17 August 1982 Odessa Ector County Coliseum
18 August 1982 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
19 August 1982 Tucson Tucson Community Center Girlschool
20 August 1982 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
21 August 1982 Boulder Folsom Field
25 August 1982 San Bernardino Orange Pavilion
27 August 1982 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
28 August 1982 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
31 August 1982 Fresno Selland Arena
1 September 1982 Long Beach Long Beach Arena Iron Maiden, Girlschool
3 September 1982 Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
4 September 1982 Oakland Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
5 September 1982 Reno Mackay Stadium
7 September 1982 Boise BSU Pavilion
9 September 1982 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
11 September 1982 Portland Memorial Coliseum
12 September 1982
13 September 1982 Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell Arena
First Japananese Leg
23 September 1982 Tokyo Japan Shibuya Public Hall -
24 September 1982 Kyoto Kyoto Kaikan
27 September 1982 Fukuoka Fukuoka Sports Center
28 September 1982 Osaka Festival Hall
30 September 1982 Nagoya Aichi Ken-Taiikukan
2 October 1982 Tokyo Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan
3 Oktober 1982
4 October 1982
Second North American Leg
16 October 1982 Québec City Canada Colisée de Québec Judas Priest
4 November 1982 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
Third North American Leg
18 May 1983 Rochester United States Mayo Civic Center Blackfoot, Ratt
20 May 1983 Dubuque Five Flags Center
27 May 1983 Portales Greyhound Stadium Quiet Riot, Vandenberg
29 May 1983 San Bernardino Glen Helen Regional Park

(US Festival)

with Quiet Riot, Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Triumph, Judas Priest and Van Halen
30 July 1983 Springfield Springfield Civic Center -
Second Japananese Leg
23 September 1983 Tokyo Japan Shibuya Public Hall -
Second European Leg
8 December 1983 Lund Sweden Olympen -
9 December 1983 Copenhagen Denmark Saga Cinema
10 December 1983 Weiden Germany Ziegelei
17 December 1983 Dortmund Westfalenhallen

Set list[edit]

As in the previous tours, the set list varied in certain presentations. Most played songs from Taken by Force to Blackout, but during the last concerts of 1983, they played "Coming Home" and "I'm Leaving You" from their future album Love at First Sting. Here's the average setlist from the tour:

1982 setlist

  1. "Blackout"
  2. "Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)"
  3. "Loving You Sunday Morning"
  4. "Make It Real"
  5. "We'll Burn the Sky"
  6. "Can't Live Without You"
  7. "Coast to Coast"
  8. "Always Somewhere"
  9. "Holiday"
  10. "Lovedrive"
  11. "He's a Woman – She's a Man"
  12. "Another Piece of Meat"
  13. "Dynamite"
  14. "The Zoo"
  15. "Steamrock Fever"
  16. "Can't Get Enough"

1983 setlist

  1. "Blackout"
  2. "Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)"
  3. "Loving You Sunday Morning"
  4. "Make It Real"
  5. "We'll Burn the Sky"
  6. "I'm Leaving You"
  7. "Coast to Coast"
  8. "Holiday"
  9. "Always Somewhere"
  10. "No One Like You"
  11. "Can't Live Without You"
  12. "Coming Home"
  13. "Dynamite"
  14. "The Zoo"
  15. "Another Piece of Meat"
  16. "Can't Get Enough"

Songs performed[edit]

  1. From Taken by Force: "Steamrock Fever", "We'll Burn the Sky", "He's a Woman – She's a Man"
  2. From Lovedrive: "Loving you Sunday Morning", "Another Piece of Meat", "Always Somewhere", "Coast to Coast", "Can't Get Enough", "Is There Anybody There", "Lovedrive", "Holiday"
  3. From Animal Magnetism: "Make It Real", "Don't Make No Promises (Your Body Can't Keep)", "The Zoo", "Animal Magnetism"
  4. From Blackout: "Blackout", "Can't Live Without You", "No One Like You", "Dynamite", "Now!", "China White"[5]
  5. From Love at First Sting: "I'm Leaving You", "Coming Home"

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/wolf/1982/apollo-manchester-greater-manchester-england-3c18587.html
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-21. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 
  3. ^ Wall, Mick (2004). Iron Maiden: Run to the Hills, the Authorised Biography (3rd ed.). Sanctuary Publishing. p. 250. ISBN 1-86074-542-3. 
  4. ^ Bushell, Garry; Halfin, Ross (1985). Running Free, The Official Story of Iron Maiden (2nd ed.). Zomba Books. p. 104. ISBN 0-946391-84-X. 
  5. ^ setlist.fm