Communiqué Tour

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Communiqué Tour
World tour by Dire Straits
Communiqué Tour Poster.jpg
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
Number of shows 116
Dire Straits concert chronology

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]

Date[1] City Country Venue
Preview concerts
11 February 1979 Rotterdam Netherlands De Doelen
12 February 1979 Hanover Germany Niedersachsenhalle
13 February 1979 Düsseldorf Philipshalle
14 February 1979 Mannheim Mannheimer Rosengarten
15 February 1979 Stolberg Stadthalle
16 February 1979 Cologne Rockpalast
18 February 1979 Bremen Stadthalle Bremen
North America
23 February 1979 Boston United States Paradise Theater
24 February 1979
25 February 1979 Providence Alumni Hall
26 February 1979 Willimantic Shaboo Inn
28 February 1979 Albany Hullabaloo
2 March 1979 New York City The Bottom Line
3 March 1979
6 March 1979 Upper Darby Township Tower Theater
8 March 1979 Washington, D.C. The Bayou
9 March 1979
11 March 1979 Buffalo After Dark
12 March 1979 Cleveland Agora Theatre and Ballroom
13 March 1979 Toronto Canada University of Toronto
14 March 1979 Montreal Plateau Hall
15 March 1979 Detroit United States Centerstage
16 March 1979 Chicago Park West
17 March 1979 Milwaukee Palms
19 March 1979 Kansas City Memorial Hall
21 March 1979 Houston Opry House
22 March 1979 Austin Opry House
23 March 1979 Dallas Palladium
25 March 1979 Denver Regis University
27 March 1979 San Diego Roxy
28 March 1979 West Hollywood Roxy Theatre
29 March 1979
31 March 1979 San Francisco Old Waldorf
1 April 1979
2 April 1979 Davis University of California, Davis
Europe
23 May 1979 Offenbach am Main Germany Stadthalle Offenbach
24 May 1979
25 May 1979 Stuttgart Stadthalle
26 May 1979 Würzburg Küernackhalle
27 May 1979 Wettingen Switzerland Stadthalle
29 May 1979 Munich Germany Circus Krone
30 May 1979 Neunkirchen am Brand Hemmerleinhalle
31 May 1979 Eppelheim Rhein-Neckar-Halle
1 June 1979 Munich Circus Krone
2 June 1979 Freiberg Stadthalle
4 June 1979 Geleen Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
Burgemeester Damen Sportpark
5 June 1979 Paris France Palais des Sports
8 June 1979 Liverpool England Liverpool Empire Theatre
9 June 1979 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo
10 June 1979 Edinburgh Odeon
11 June 1979 Sheffield England Sheffield City Hall
13 June 1979 Birmingham Birmingham Odeon
14 June 1979 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle City Hall
15 June 1979 Manchester Manchester Apollo
16 June 1979 Bristol Colston Hall
17 June 1979 London Hammersmith Odeon
18 June 1979 Brighton Brighton Dome
20 June 1979 London Hammersmith Odeon
21 June 1979
23 June 1979 Frankfurt Germany Loreley Festival
24 June 1979 Dortmund Westfalenhallen (festival)
29 June 1979 Berlin Deutschlandhalle (festival)
1 July 1979 Munich Olympiastadion (festival)
7 July 1979 Torhout Belgium Festival
8 July 1979 Brussels Rock Werchter
North America
8 September 1979 Boston United States Orpheum Theatre
9 September 1979 Providence Ocean State Theater
10 September 1979 Hempstead Calderone Concert Hall
11 September 1979 New York City Palladium
13 September 1979 Passaic Capitol Theatre
14 September 1979 Upper Darby Township Tower Theater
15 September 1979 Washington, D.C. Charles E. Smith Center
17 September 1979 Norfolk Chrysler Hall
18 September 1979 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum Complex
20 September 1979 Charlotte Charlotte Park Center
21 September 1979 Atlanta Fox Theatre
23 September 1979 Jacksonville Civic Auditorium
24 September 1979 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
25 September 1979 Miami Casino Miami Jai-Alai
28 September 1979 Columbia Township
29 September 1979 Knoxville Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
1 October 1979 Louisville Louisville Gardens
2 October 1979 Cincinnati Bogart's
3 October 1979 Cleveland Palace Theatre
4 October 1979 Detroit Centerstage
6 October 1979 St. Louis Kiel Opera House
7 October 1979 Chicago Uptown Theatre
Europe
1 November 1979 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
2 November 1979 Nijmegen Concertgebouw de Vereeniging
3 November 1979
4 November 1979 Amsterdam Carré Theatre
5 November 1979
7 November 1979 Zwolle IJsselhallen
8 November 1979 Essen Germany Grugahalle
9 November 1979 Cologne Messehalle
11 November 1979 Münster Halle Münsterland
12 November 1979 Braunschweig Stadthalle
13 November 1979 Hamburg Congress Center Hamburg
14 November 1979 Kiel Ostseehalle
16 November 1979 Vejle Denmark Idraettenshus
17 November 1979 Lund Sweden Olympen
18 November 1979 Copenhagen Denmark Tivoli Theatre
19 November 1979
20 November 1979 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
21 November 1979 Oslo Norway Ekeberghallen
23 November 1979 Stockholm Sweden Johanneshov
26 November 1979 Oldenburg Germany Weser-Ems Halle
27 November 1979 Brussels Belgium Forest National
11 December 1979 Dublin Ireland Stadium
12 December 1979
13 December 1979 Belfast Northern Ireland Whitla Hall
14 December 1979
18 December 1979 London England Lewisham Odeon
19 December 1979
20 December 1979 Rainbow Theatre
21 December 1979

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.