Fandango! Tour

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Fandango! Tour
Concert by ZZ Top
Location North America, Europe
Associated album Fandango!
Start date March 28, 1975 (1975-03-28)
End date February 20, 1976 (1976-02-20)
Legs 3
No. of shows 56
ZZ Top concert chronology

The Fandango! Tour was a concert tour by American rock band ZZ Top. Launched in support of their fourth studio album Fandango!, the tour's show took place in arenas and convention centers from March 1975 through February 1976. It had three legs and 55 shows, taking the band across North America and Europe. Band members Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill wore rhinestone suits designed by Nudie Cohn. The set list included songs from Fandango and their previous albums, along with various covers. The tour received mixed reviews from critics.

Concert overview[edit]

Main set[edit]

Each concert opened with a cover of The Nightcaps' "Thunderbird." Following "Thunderbird", the band performed "(Somebody Else Been) Shakin' Your Tree", and "Chevrolet." "Precious and Grace" was performed at every show, as well as "Waitin' for the Bus", which segued into "Jesus Just Left Chicago." "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings", "Heard It on the X", "Balinese", "Move Me on Down the Line", and "Blue Jean Blues" were also played. The band did a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Rattlesnake Shake", which followed with "Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers." Each show featured "La Grange" and "Tush" during the middle of the set. "La Grange" was often played as a medley with a cover of "Sloppy Drunk Blues" and "Bar-B-Q" from Rio Grande Mud. Many concerts featured "Mexican Blackbird" and "Just Got Paid." Covers of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" and Elvis Presley's "Jailhouse Rock" were performed. The show closed with "Backdoor Medley", a medley that consisted of four compositions and included a cover of Little Walter's "Mellow Down Easy."


David Sinclair wrote in a January 1988 retrospective appearing in the British magazine Q. "The opening segue of "Waitin' for the Bus" and "Jesus Just Left Chicago" stands as one of the great album-opening salvos of all time, up there with the likes of "Route 66" and "Whole Lotta Love."

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Opening act(s)
Leg 1
April 18, 1975 Huntington United States Veterans Memorial Fieldhouse Status Quo
April 19, 1975 Johnson City Freedom Hall Civic Center
April 23, 1975 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
April 27, 1975 Rockford Illinois National Guard Armory
May 10, 1975 Landover Capital Centre KISS, Brian Auger
May 11, 1975 Syracuse Onondaga War Memorial
May 17, 1975 Lewiston Central Maine Youth Center
May 21, 1975 Boston Music Hall Strawbs
May 22, 1975 Niagara Falls Niagara Falls Convention Center Peter Frampton
May 23, 1975 New York City Felt Forum Brian Auger
May 30, 1975 Erie Erie County Field House
Leg 2
June 8, 1975 San Francisco United States Winterland Ballroom Montrose, Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
June 12, 1975 Portland Memorial Coliseum
June 15, 1975 Spokane Spokane Coliseum R.E.O. Speedwagon
June 17, 1975 Winchester Sahara Hotel and Casino
June 19, 1975 Inglewood The Forum Status Quo, Aerosmith
June 20, 1975 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena Status Quo
June 21, 1975 Tempe Tempe Diablo Stadium Status Quo, R.E.O. Speedwagon, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Winter, Aerosmith
June 22, 1975 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
June 27, 1975 Lincoln Pershing Center Blue Öyster Cult
June 28, 1975 Sioux City Sioux City Municipal Auditorium
June 29, 1975 Fargo Red River Valley Fair
Leg 3
July 5, 1975 Tampa United States Tampa Stadium Pure Prairie League, Atlanta Rhythm Section
July 13, 1975 Charleston Charleston Civic Center R.E.O. Speedwagon
July 15, 1975 Louisville Freedom Hall
July 19, 1975 Long Beach Long Beach Arena Status Quo, Aerosmith
July 20, 1975 San Jose San Jose Civic Auditorium
July 23, 1975 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum Aerosmith
July 24, 1975 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum Status Quo, Aerosmith
July 25, 1975 San Antonio San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
July 26, 1975 New Orleans Tad Gormley Stadium Jay Boy Adams, Jeff Beck, Fleetwood Mac, Trooper, Aerosmith
July 27, 1975 Tulsa Tulsa Pavilion Status Quo, Aerosmith
July 28, 1975 Kansas City Memorial Hall
July 30, 1975 Milwaukee MECCA Arena
July 31, 1975 Dallas Dallas Market Center Aerosmith
August 1, 1975 Norfolk Norfolk Scope Circus
August 7, 1975 Hempstead Calderone Concert Hall
August 8, 1975 Harrisburg Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex
August 9, 1975 Asbury Park Asbury Park Convention Hall Status Quo, Slade
August 10, 1975 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center Slade
August 11, 1975 Memphis Ellis Auditorium
August 22, 1975 Philadelphia Spectrum The Marshall Tucker Band
August 27, 1975 Denver McNichols Sports Arena Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
August 28, 1975
August 29, 1975 Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium
Leg 4
September 13, 1975 Atlanta United States Omni Coliseum
September 20, 1975 Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway
September 24, 1975 Detroit Cobo Arena
September 25, 1975 Syracuse Onondaga War Memorial Slade
September 27, 1975 Albany Palace Theatre
October 2, 1975 Springfield Springfield Civic Center Blue Öyster Cult
October 3, 1975 Boston Boston Garden Duke & the Drivers, Blue Öyster Cult
October 31, 1975 Kansas City Kemper Arena Rory Gallagher
November 13, 1975 Henrietta Dome Arena
November 15, 1975 Passaic Capitol Theatre Slade
November 19, 1975 Cleveland Public Auditorium
November 20, 1975 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum Wet Willie
November 22, 1975 New York City Felt Forum Slade
November 26, 1975 San Antonio San Antonio Convention Center Ramiro Cervera Orchestra
November 27, 1975 Houston The Summit R.E.O. Speedwagon
November 28, 1975 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center
November 29, 1975 Dallas Dallas Memorial Auditorium
November 30, 1975 Lubbock Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
Leg 5
January 9, 1976 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens Downchild Blues Band
January 13, 1976 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena Heart
January 23, 1976 Des Moines United States Veterans Memorial Auditorium Styx
February 20, 1976 Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center Starz, Styx
February 23, 1976 Green Bay Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena Ozark Mountain Daredevils