Expect No Quarter Tour

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Expect No Quarter Tour
Concert by ZZ Top
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LocationNorth America, Europe
Associated albumDegüello
Start dateNovember 20, 1979 (1979-11-20)
End dateJanuary 3, 1981 (1981-01-03)
Legs6
No. of shows126
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 six legs and 126 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 118 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]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s) Attendance Revenue
Leg 1: United States
November 20, 1979 Shreveport United States Hirsch Memorial Coliseum Point Blank N/A N/A
November 21, 1979 Little Rock Barton 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 / 15,000 $69,604
November 28, 1979 Lexington Rupp Arena 5,108 / 5,700 N/A
November 29, 1979 Dayton Hara Arena N/A
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 N/A N/A
December 5, 1979 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
December 7, 1979 Fayetteville Cumberland County Memorial Arena
December 8, 1979 Asheville Asheville Civic Center
December 9, 1979 Columbia Carolina Coliseum
December 11, 1979 Evansville Roberts Municipal Stadium
December 13, 1979 Norfolk Norfolk Scope 3,618 / 5,000 $28,944
December 14, 1979 Johnson City Freedom Hall Civic Center 4,629 / 6,000 $37,032
December 15, 1979 Salem Salem Civic Center Henry Paul Band 3,937 / 5,000 N/A
December 16, 1979 Charleston Charleston Civic Center N/A
December 19, 1979 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium Point Blank
December 20, 1979 Wichita Britt Brown Arena
December 22, 1979 Tucson Tucson Community Center Eric Johnson
December 23, 1979 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum Point Blank 9,653 / 10,500 $86,877
December 27, 1979 St. Louis Checkerdome N/A N/A
December 28, 1979 Tulsa Tulsa Assembly Center
December 29, 1979 Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena
December 30, 1979 New Orleans The Warehouse Jay Boy Adams
December 31, 1979 Atlanta Omni Coliseum Point Blank
January 4, 1980 San Antonio San Antonio Convention Center Arena Eric Johnson
January 5, 1980 Dallas Dallas Convention Center
January 6, 1980 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center
January 10, 1980 Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center
January 11, 1980 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum Point Blank
January 16, 1980 Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum The Rockets 7,633 / 12,000 $59,214
January 17, 1980 Mobile Mobile Municipal Auditorium N/A N/A
January 19, 1980 Hollywood Hollywood Sportatorium
January 20, 1980 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
February 1, 1980 Denver McNichols Sports Arena Point Blank
February 5, 1980 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
February 8, 1980 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
February 10, 1980 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
February 12, 1980 Fresno Selland Arena 5,204 / 10,000 $45,156
February 13, 1980 Reno Centennial Coliseum N/A N/A
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 Gamma 14,500 / 14,500 $123,968
Leg 2: North America
February 29, 1980 Cedar Rapids United States Five Seasons Center The Rockets N/A N/A
March 2, 1980 Madison Dane County Coliseum
March 4, 1980 Milwaukee Milwaukee Auditorium
March 8, 1980 Kansas City Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
March 9, 1980
March 11, 1980 Springfield Hammons Student Center
March 14, 1980 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
March 15, 1980
March 16, 1980
March 20, 1980 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
March 21, 1980 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
March 22, 1980 Cleveland Public Auditorium
March 24, 1980 Saginaw Wendler Arena
March 25, 1980 Ann Arbor Crisler Arena
March 26, 1980 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena 16,496 / 16,496 $148,464
March 27, 1980 Binghamton Broome County Arena N/A N/A
March 29, 1980 Philadelphia Philadelphia Spectrum 18,365 / 18,365 $144,929
March 30, 1980 Landover Capital Centre N/A N/A
April 1, 1980 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 38 Special
April 2, 1980 Rochester Rochester War Memorial
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 5, 1980 Syracuse Onondaga War Memorial N/A N/A
April 6, 1980 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center 7.051 / 7,500
April 9, 1980 Louisville Freedom Hall Roadmaster N/A
April 11, 1980 Augusta Augusta Civic Center
April 12, 1980 Savannah Savannah Civic Center Ron Goedert, Roadmaster
Leg 3: Europe
April 19, 1980 Essen Germany Grugahalle Ian Hunter, Joan Armatrading N/A N/A
April 21, 1980 Paris France Pavillon Baltard Ian Hunter
April 24, 1980 London England Hammersmith Odeon Billy Karloff
Leg 4: North America
May 1, 1980 Springfield United States Springfield Civic Center Pure Prairie League 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 Missouri N/A N/A
May 9, 1980 Carbondale SIU Arena 5,864 / 8,000 $46,782
May 10, 1980 Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum N/A N/A
May 16, 1980 Houston The Summit Rocky Hill 51,144 / 51,144 $509,348
May 17, 1980
May 18, 1980
May 22, 1980 Edmonton Canada Northlands Coliseum Powder Blues Band N/A N/A
May 25, 1980 Seattle United States Seattle Center Coliseum Pure Prairie League
May 27, 1980 Portland Portland Memorial Coliseum
May 30, 1980 Billings MetraPark Arena
Leg 5: United States
July 5, 1980 Orlando United States Tangerine Bowl Rossington Collins Band, 38 Special N/A N/A
July 11, 1980 Salisbury Wicomico Youth and Civic Center Humble Pie
July 12, 1980 Tarrytown Westchester Theatre
July 13, 1980 Allentown Allentown Fairgrounds
July 16, 1980 Waterbury Palace Theatre
July 17, 1980 Asbury Park Asbury Park Convention Hall
July 18, 1980 Lebanon Lebanon Valley Speedway
July 26, 1980 Jacksonville Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum Point Blank
July 27, 1980 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum Rocky Hill
Leg 6: United States
August 17, 1980 Toledo United States Toledo Speedway AC/DC, Sammy Hagar N/A N/A
August 20, 1980 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre The Outlaws
August 23, 1980 Edwardsville Mississippi River Festival Henry Paul Band
August 30, 1980 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre The Outlaws
August 31, 1980
September 18, 1980 Honolulu Blaisdell Center Shnazz
September 21, 1980 Whitney Las Vegas Silver Bowl Pure Prairie League, Tower of Power
September 24, 1980 Huntsville Von Braun Civic Center
October 29, 1980 Pine Bluff Pine Bluff Convention Center Point Blank
October 30, 1980 Lake Charles Lake Charles Civic Center
October 31, 1980 Monroe Monroe Civic Center
November 12, 1980 West Palm Beach West Palm Beach Auditorium Alvin Lee 6,200 / 6,200 $55,296
November 15, 1980 Dadeville Sandy Creek Campground Alvin Lee, Tokyo Rose N/A N/A
November 16, 1980 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum Alvin Lee
November 19, 1980 Wheeling Wheeling Civic Center
November 23, 1980 Champaign Assembly Hall
November 28, 1980 Atlanta Fox Theatre Ron Kimble
November 29, 1980
December 3, 1980 Lubbock Lubbock Municipal Coliseum Van Wilks 6,343 / 6,343 $54,026
December 5, 1980 Flagstaff Walkup Skydome Rick Derringer N/A N/A
December 27, 1980 Mobile Mobile Municipal Auditorium
December 28, 1980 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex
December 29, 1980 San Antonio San Antonio Convention Center Arena
December 31, 1980 Dallas Reunion Arena Rick Derringer, The BusBoys 18,962 / 18,962 $205,165
January 2, 1981 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum Rick Derringer 11,999 / 11,999 $104,079
January 3, 1981 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum N/A N/A