Continental Safari Tour

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Continental Safari Tour
World tour by ZZ Top
Location Europe, Africa, North America
Associated album Rhythmeen
Start date June 14, 1996 (1996-06-14)
End date March 8, 1997 (1997-03-08)
Legs 4
Number of shows 91
ZZ Top concert chronology

The Continental Safari Tour was a worldwide concert tour by rock band ZZ Top. Launched in support of the group's 1996 album, Rhythmeen, the tour's shows were performed in stadiums and arenas from 1996 through 1997. The tour consisted of four legs and 91 shows, and took ZZ Top to South Africa for the first time.

Concert overview[edit]

Out of the 91 shows performed during the Continental Safari Tour, each show had a similar set list. There were 19-22 songs performed by the band at each show. The concerts typically began with African drum/electronic music played through the PA system, during which the band members would walk on stage.

Main set[edit]

During the first European leg, each show opened with a performance of "I Thank You." Following "I Thank You", the band performed "Stop Breaking Down", "I Walked from Dallas", "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings", "Mexican Blackbird", "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide", "Brown Sugar", "What's Up with That", and "She's Just Killing Me." "Blue Jean Blues" was featured during the middle of the set, as well as "Heard It on the X." "Pearl Necklace", "Cheap Sunglasses", and "Just Got Paid" were played at most of the early European shows. Those songs were followed by the trio of hits from the Eliminator album, which included "Gimme All Your Lovin'", "Sharp Dressed Man", and "Legs."

For the rest of the tour, the band's set had small changes, opening with "Got Me Under Pressure." "Mexican Blackbird" was omitted, adding the songs "Pincushion" and "Party on the Patio." Songs from Rhythmeen were performed, including "Vincent Price Blues", "Rhythmeen", and "Bang, Bang."


The band would walk from backstage to perform old fan favorites like "La Grange" and "Tush." In later shows, "She's Just Killing Me" was featured in the encore instead of the main set. This was followed by another brief break, and the show would close with "Tube Snake Boogie" and a cover of "Jailhouse Rock."

A total of 25 different songs were played throughout the tour. Out of the 12 songs on Rhythmeen, only five of them were played in full at least once.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support act(s)
Leg 1: arenas and stadiums in Europe
June 14, 1996 London England Brixton Academy  
June 17, 1996 Den Bosch Netherlands Brabanthallen
June 18, 1996 Mulhouse France Palais des Sports
June 19, 1996 Ghent Belgium Flanders Expo
June 20, 1996 Mulhouse France Parc Expo
June 21, 1996 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 22, 1996 Miltenberg Germany Landebahn
June 23, 1996 Düren Badesee Festival Neil Young
June 24, 1996 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy  
June 26, 1996 Hanover Germany Eilenriedehalle
June 27, 1996 Bremen Stadthalle
June 29, 1996 Turku Finland Ruisrock CMX, J. Karjalainen, Suburban Tribe, Grant Lee Buffalo, Jackson Browne, Bunny Wailer
June 30, 1996 Finspång Sweden Finspång Castle  
July 2, 1996 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
July 5, 1996 Varberg Sweden Varberg Fortress
July 6, 1996 Ringe Denmark Midtfyns Festival
July 8, 1996 Luxembourg Luxembourg Eissporthalle
July 9, 1996 Montreux Switzerland Montreux Jazz Festival Deep Purple
July 11, 1996 Berlin Germany Waldbühne  
July 12, 1996 Gdańsk Poland Hala Olivia
July 13, 1996 Tallinn Estonia Lilleküla Stadium
July 14, 1996 Riga Latvia Rock Summer Festival Jauns Mēness, Ultima Thule, The Mike Flowers Pops, Babylon Zoo
July 16, 1996 Moscow Russia Gorky Park  
July 17, 1996 Vienna Austria Stadthalle
July 19, 1996 Erfurt Germany Stausee Hohenfelden
July 20, 1996 Regensburg Regensburg Festival
July 21, 1996 Balingen SWF3 Open Air Festival
July 24, 1996 Vienne France Théâtre Antique
July 25, 1996 Nyon Switzerland Paléo Festival
July 26, 1996 Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes
Leg 2: arenas in Africa
July 30, 1996 Johannesburg South Africa Standard Bank Arena  
July 31, 1996
August 1, 1996
August 2, 1996 Durban Village Green
August 3, 1996
August 4, 1996 Cape Town Three Arts Theatre
August 5, 1996
August 7, 1996 Johannesburg Standard Bank Arena
Leg 3: arenas and stadiums in North America
October 19, 1996 Atlanta United States Chastain Park Amphitheater Bonepony
October 20, 1996 Louisville Palace Theatre  
October 22, 1996 Cleveland State Theatre Reverend Horton Heat
October 24, 1996 Worcester Centrum in Worcester
October 25, 1996 New York City Radio City Music Hall
October 26, 1996 Fairfax Patriot Center  
October 27, 1996 Upper Darby Tower Theater
October 30, 1996 Detroit Fox Theatre Reverend Horton Heat
October 31, 1996 Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom  
November 2, 1996 Chicago Aragon Ballroom Reverend Horton Heat
November 3, 1996 Mankato Mankato Civic Center  
November 4, 1996 Minneapolis State Theatre
November 6, 1996 Denver Paramount Theatre Reverend Horton Heat
November 8, 1996 Paradise The Joint
November 9, 1996 Berkeley Berkeley Community Theatre
November 11, 1996 Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre
November 13, 1996 Mesa Mesa Amphitheatre
November 14, 1996 Albuquerque Kiva Auditorium
November 16, 1996 Tulsa Brady Theater
November 17, 1996 Memphis Orpheum Theatre
November 18, 1996 Nashville Tennessee Performing Arts Center
November 19, 1996 Jackson Municipal Auditorium
November 21, 1996 New Orleans Lakefront Arena
November 22, 1996 Birmingham Boutwell Auditorium Junior Brown
November 23, 1996 Shreveport Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Leg 4: arenas in Europe
January 29, 1997 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall  
January 31, 1997 Stockholm Sweden Hovet
February 1, 1997 Borlänge Kupolen
February 3, 1997 Malmö Baltiska Hallen
February 4, 1997 Copenhagen Denmark Valby-Hallen
February 5, 1997 Hamburg Germany Sporthalle Hamburg
February 6, 1997 Rostock Stadthalle Rostock
February 7, 1997 Kassel Eissporthalle Kassel
February 9, 1997 Warsaw Poland Torwar Hall
February 10, 1997 Katowice Spodek
February 11, 1997 Prague Czech Republic Sportovní hala
February 13, 1997 Graz Austria Eisstadion Graz Liebenau
February 14, 1997 Bratislava Slovakia Slovan Sports Hall
February 16, 1997 Memmingen Germany Eissporthalle
February 17, 1997 Munich Zenith
February 18, 1997 Offenbach Stadthalle Offenbach
February 20, 1997 Bern Switzerland Festhalle
February 21, 1997 Nuremberg Germany Frankenhalle Bryan Adams
February 23, 1997 Brussels Belgium Forest National  
February 24, 1997 Utrecht Netherlands Central Studios
February 27, 1997 Paris France Le Zénith
February 28, 1997 Bordeaux Patinoire de Bordeaux
March 1, 1997 Huesca Spain Palacio Municipal de Deportes
March 2, 1997 Bilbao Pabellón de la Casilla
March 4, 1997 A Coruña Plaza de Toros
March 6, 1997 Madrid La Riviera
March 7, 1997 Barcelona Palau dels Esports
March 8, 1997 Pau France Zénith de Pau