Expect No Quarter Tour

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Expect No Quarter Tour
Concert by ZZ Top
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Location North America, Europe
Associated album Degüello
Start date November 20, 1979 (1979-11-20)
End date January 3, 1981 (1981-01-03)
Legs 3
No. of shows 84
ZZ Top concert chronology

The Expect No Quarter Tour was a concert tour by American rock band ZZ Top. Launched in support of Degüello, the band performed in coliseums from 1979 through 1981. Unlike the previous Worldwide Texas Tour, the Expect No Quarter Tour's stage set was simple and featured a drum riser with an animated screen of the band's logo. The tour saw band members Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill sport chest-length beards.

The Expect No Quarter Tour had three legs and 79 shows. The tour took ZZ Top to Europe for the first time. The set list included material from Degüello and their previous albums, along with several covers. A concert in Essen, Germany was filmed as part of the Rockpalast German television series, and was included on the DVD Double Down Live released in October 2009.

Concert overview[edit]

Out of the 79 concerts performed during the Expect No Quarter Tour, each show had a similar set list, with 19-24 songs played. The concerts began with mariachi-style music, with which the band members would walk on stage and begin the show. The March 21, 1980 concert at Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati was the first concert at the arena since 11 persons were killed in a crowd crush at The Who concert on December 3, 1979.

Main set[edit]

Each concert opened with a cover of Sam & Dave's "I Thank You", which often segued into "Waitin' for the Bus" and "Jesus Just Left Chicago." Following these songs, the band performed "Precious and Grace", "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide", "Manic Mechanic", "Lowdown in the Street", and "Heard It on the X." Every show included "A Fool for Your Stockings"; Gibbons gave a sermon leading into a short guitar solo that brought the song to a close. Many shows included "Arrested for Driving While Blind"; "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings", "El Diablo", and "Cheap Sunglasses", and "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers" were played at every show. "La Grange" was played at the end of the main set, often performed as a medley with a cover of "Sloppy Drunk Blues" and "Bar-B-Q."

Encores[edit]

After a brief break, the band would return to perform "She Loves My Automobile" and "Hi-Fi Mama." Both songs were performed with pre-recorded horn section parts; a video shown behind the stage featured Gibbons, Hill, and drummer Frank Beard playing saxophones. Gibbons introduced themselves as the "Lone Wolf Horns", a nod to their manager Bill Ham who was a part of the Lone Wolf Management Company in Austin, Texas. The rest of the first encore typically consisted of a cover of Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" followed, along with Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock." "Tush" usually closed the show.

Additional songs[edit]

A total of 26 different songs were played throughout the tour. An early version of "Tube Snake Boogie" and "Just Got Paid" were performed at the concert in Essen, Germany as a second encore. "Francine" and a cover of Robert Parker's "Barefootin'" were played only once.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold / Available Revenue
North America
November 20, 1979 Shreveport United States Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
November 22, 1979 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex
November 23, 1979 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
November 24, 1979 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
November 25, 1979 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
November 27, 1979 Indianapolis Market Square Arena 9,632 / 17,000 $69,604
November 28, 1979 Lexington Rupp Arena
November 30, 1979 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
December 1, 1979 Detroit Cobo Arena 12,151 / 12,151 $120,359
December 2, 1979 Lansing Lansing Civic Center
December 5, 1979 Trotwood Hara Arena
December 13, 1979 Norfolk Norfolk Scope
December 14, 1979 Johnson City Freedom Hall Civic Center
December 15, 1979 Salem Salem Civic Center
December 16, 1979 Charleston Charleston Civic Center
December 19, 1979 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
December 23, 1979 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
December 27, 1979 St.Louis Checkerdome
December 29, 1979 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center
December 31, 1979 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
January 4, 1980 San Antonio HemisFair Arena
January 5, 1980 Dallas Dallas Convention Center
January 6, 1980 Fort Worth, Texas Tarrant County Convention Center
January 16, 1980 Knoxville Civic Coliseum 7,633 / 7,633 $59,214
January 17, 1980 Mobile Mobile Civic Center
January 20, 1980 Lakeland Lakeland Center
February 1, 1980 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
February 5, 1980 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 10, 1980 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
February 12, 1980 Fresno Selland Arena 5,204 / 10,000 $45,156
February 14, 1980 San Bernardino Swing Auditorium 5,640 / 5,640 $49,610
February 15, 1980 Long Beach Long Beach Arena 13,933 / 13,933 $124,726
February 17, 1980 Daly City Cow Palace 14,500 / 14,500 $123,968
March 2, 1980 Madison Dane County Coliseum
March 4, 1980 Milwaukee Milwaukee Auditorium
March 8, 1980 Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
March 9, 1980
March 14, 1980 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
March 15, 1980
March 16, 1980
March 21, 1980 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum 11,600 / 17,000
March 22, 1980 Cleveland Public Auditorium
March 24, 1980 Saginaw Wendler Arena
March 26, 1980 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 16,496 / 16,496 $148,464
March 29, 1980 Philadelphia The Spectrum 18,365 / 18,365 $144,929
March 30, 1980 Landover Capital Centre
April 1, 1980 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
April 3, 1980 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
April 4, 1980 New Haven United States New Haven Coliseum 10,462 / 10,462 $83,975
April 6, 1980 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
April 9, 1980 Louisville Freedom Hall
Europe
April 20, 1980 Essen Germany Grugahalle
April 21, 1980 Paris France Pavillon Baltard
April 24, 1980 London England Hammersmith Odeon
North America
May 1, 1980 Springfield United States Springfield Civic Center 8,200 / 8,200 $66,985
May 2, 1980 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum 6,424 / 17,000 $60,270
May 4, 1980 Passaic Capitol Theatre 3,347 / 3,347 $34,040
May 8, 1980 Springfield Prairie Capital Convention Center
May 9, 1980 Carbondale SIU Arena 5,864 / 8,000 $46,782
May 10, 1980 Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum
May 16, 1980 Houston The Summit 51,144 / 51,144 $509,348
May 17, 1980
May 18, 1980
May 22, 1980 Edmonton Canada Northlands Coliseum
July 5, 1980 Orlando United States Tangerine Bowl
July 11, 1980 Salisbury Wicomico Youth and Civic Center
July 16, 1980 Waterbury Palace Theatre
July 18, 1980 Lebanon Lebanon Valley Speedway
July 26, 1980 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 27, 1980 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
August 20, 1980 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 23, 1980 Edwardsville Mississippi River Festival
August 30, 1980 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
August 31, 1980
September 3, 1980 Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena
October 29, 1980 Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Convention Center
October 30, 1980 Lake Charles Lake Charles Civic Center
November 12, 1980 West Palm Beach West Palm Beach Auditorium 6,200 / 6,200 $55,296
November 16, 1980 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
November 23, 1980 Champaign Assembly Hall
November 27, 1980 Mobile Municipal Auditorium
November 28, 1980 Atlanta Fox Theatre
December 3, 1980 Lubbock Municipal Coliseum 6,343 / 6,343 $54,026
December 5, 1980 Flagstaff Skydome
December 27, 1980 Mobile Expo Hall
December 28, 1980 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex
December 29, 1980 San Antonio HemisFair Arena
December 31, 1980 Dallas Reunion Arena 18,962 / 18,962 $205,165
January 2, 1981 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum 11,999 / 11,999 $104,079
January 3, 1981 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum

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