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
No. 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."

Encores[edit]

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 Opening Act(s)
Leg 1: arenas, amphitheaters and festivals in Europe and Africa
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 21, 1996 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 22, 1996 Miltenberg Germany Landebahn
(Biker Jamboree)
Gotthard, Hank Davison Band
June 23, 1996 Düren Badesee
(Open Air '96)
The Levellers
June 24, 1996 Paris France Palais Omnisports Bercy
June 27, 1996 Bremen Germany Stadthalle
June 29, 1996 Turku Finland Ruissalo
(Ruisrock)
Dave Lindholm & Canpaza Gypsys, Jing & Jangsters
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 Dyrskuepladsen
(Midtfyns Festival)
Iron Maiden, The Kelly Family
July 8, 1996 Luxembourg Luxembourg Eissporthalle
July 9, 1996 Montreux Switzerland Auditorium Stravinski
(Montreux Jazz Festival)
Deep Purple, McGregor
July 11, 1996 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
July 12, 1996 Gdańsk Poland Hala Olivia
July 13, 1996 Tallinn Estonia Lauluväljak
(Rock Summer '96)
Zero Nine, Paul Young
July 14, 1996 Riga Latvia Mežaparks
(Rock Summer '96)
Babylon Zoo, The Mike Flowers Pops
July 16, 1996 Moscow Russia Gorky Park
July 17, 1996 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
July 19, 1996 Erfurt Germany Stausee Hohenfelden
July 20, 1996 Regensburg Sarchinger Weiher
(Open Air am Sarchinger Weiher)
Héroes del Silencio, Hank Davison Band
July 21, 1996 Balingen Messegelände
(SWF3 Open Air Festival)
Héroes del Silencio, Rainbow
July 24, 1996 Vienne France Théâtre Antique
July 25, 1996 Nyon Switzerland L'Asse
(Paléo Festival)
July 26, 1996 Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes
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
Leg 2: arenas, indoor theaters and amphitheaters in the United States
October 19, 1996 Atlanta United States Chastain Park Amphitheater Bonepony
October 20, 1996 Louisville 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
October 31, 1996 Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom
November 2, 1996 Chicago Aragon Ballroom
November 3, 1996 Mankato Mankato Civic Center
November 4, 1996 Minneapolis State Theatre
November 6, 1996 Denver Paramount Theatre
November 8, 1996 Las Vegas The Joint
November 9, 1996 Berkeley Berkeley Community Theatre
November 11, 1996 Los Angeles Universal Amphitheatre
November 13, 1996 Mesa Mesa Amphitheatre
November 15, 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 Jackson Municipal Auditorium
November 21, 1996 New Orleans Lakefront Arena
November 22, 1996 Birmingham Boutwell Memorial Auditorium Junior Brown
November 23, 1996 Shreveport Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium
Leg 3: arenas in Europe
January 29, 1997 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
January 31, 1997 Stockholm Sweden Johanneshovs Isstadion
February 1, 1997 Borlänge Kupolen
February 3, 1997 Malmö Baltiska Hallen
February 4, 1997 Copenhagen Denmark Valby-Hallen
February 5, 1997 Hamburg Germany Sporthalle
February 6, 1997 Rostock Stadthalle
February 7, 1997 Kassel Eissporthalle
February 9, 1997 Warsaw Poland Torwar Hall
February 10, 1997 Katowice Spodek
February 11, 1997 Prague Czech Republic Sportovní hala Yellow Dog
February 13, 1997 Graz Austria Eisstadion
February 14, 1997 Bratislava Slovakia Slovan Sports Hall
February 16, 1997 Memmingen Germany Eissporthalle
February 17, 1997 Munich Zenith
February 18, 1997 Offenbach Stadthalle
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 Coliseum da Coruña
March 6, 1997 Madrid La Riviera
March 7, 1997 Barcelona Palau dels Esports
March 8, 1997 Pau France Zénith
Leg 4: arenas in North America ("Mean Rhythm")
May 2, 1997 Atlanta United States Midtown Atlanta
(Music Midtown)
Los Lobos, Cravin' Melon
May 3, 1997 Memphis Tom Lee Park
(Beale Street Music Festival)
Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band, The Staple Singers
May 4, 1997 Bristol Viking Hall
May 6, 1997 Pelham Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
May 7, 1997 Myrtle Beach House of Blues
May 9, 1997 Tampa USF Sun Dome George Thorogood
May 10, 1997 Pompano Beach Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
May 11, 1997 Daytona Beach Ocean Center
May 13, 1997 Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
May 15, 1997 Austin Frank Erwin Center
May 16, 1997 Dallas Reunion Arena
May 18, 1997 Houston The Summit
May 19, 1997 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre
May 20, 1997 Odessa Ector County Coliseum
May 21, 1997 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
May 23, 1997 Las Vegas Star of the Desert Arena
May 24, 1997 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
May 25, 1997 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl
May 26, 1997 Concord Concord Pavilion
May 28, 1997 Reno Reno Hilton
May 30, 1997 Portland Rose Garden
May 31, 1997 George The Gorge Amphitheatre
June 1, 1997 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place Wide Mouth Mason, The Monoxides
June 3, 1997 Anchorage United States Sullivan Arena
June 4, 1997
June 6, 1997 Prince George Canada Prince George Multiplex Wide Mouth Mason, The Monoxides
June 7, 1997 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
June 8, 1997 Saskatoon Saskatchewan Place
June 10, 1997 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
June 13, 1997 Toronto Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Cheap Trick
June 14, 1997 Ottawa Corel Centre
June 15, 1997 Corfu United States Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 16, 1997 Pittsburgh I.C. Light Amphitheater Whiskey High
June 18, 1997 Mansfield Great Woods Center Cheap Trick
June 19, 1997 Augusta Augusta Civic Center
June 21, 1997 Montreal Canada Parc des Îles
June 22, 1997 Scranton United States Montage Mountain Amphitheater
June 25, 1997 North Charleston North Charleston Coliseum
June 26, 1997 Charlotte Independence Arena
June 27, 1997 Virginia Beach GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater
June 28, 1997 Bristow Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge
June 30, 1997 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre Sister Hazel
July 1, 1997 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center Loverboy
July 2, 1997 Columbus Polaris Amphitheater Kansas
July 3, 1997 Grand Rapids Van Andel Arena
July 5, 1997 Traverse City Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds
(National Cherry Festival)
July 6, 1997 Tinley Park New World Music Theatre Kansas
July 8, 1997 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center
July 10, 1997 Atlantic City Etess Arena
July 11, 1997 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
July 12, 1997 Hartford Meadows Music Theater
July 13, 1997 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheater
July 15, 1997 Roanoke Roanoke Civic Center
July 16, 1997 Nashville Nashville Arena
July 18, 1997 Cadott Chippewa Valley Fairgrounds
(Rock Fest)
July 19, 1997 Oshkosh Sunnyview Expo Centre Grounds
(Rock America)
REO Speedwagon
August 2, 1997 Salt Lake City Utah State Fairpark
(Rockfest)
Ted Nugent, Eddie Money
August 3, 1997 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre Kansas
August 5, 1997 Rapid City Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
August 7, 1997 West Allis Wisconsin State Fair Park Grandstand
(Wisconsin State Fair)
Son Volt
August 8, 1997 Springfield Illinois State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Illinois State Fair)
August 9, 1997 Omaha Levi Carter Park
(Douglas County Fair)
Sister Hazel, The Romantics
August 10, 1997 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater Son Volt
August 12, 1997 Tulsa Tulsa Convention Center Los Lobos
August 13, 1997 Little Rock Barton Coliseum
August 15, 1997 Louisville Kentucky State Fair
August 16, 1997 Maryland Heights Riverport Amphitheater
August 17, 1997 Des Moines Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Iowa State Fair)
Los Lobos
August 18, 1997 Moline MARK of the Quad Cities
August 20, 1997 Sedalia Missouri State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Missouri State Fair)
August 21, 1997 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Arena
August 22, 1997 Fargo Fargodome
August 23, 1997 Minneapolis Minnesota State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Minnesota State Fair)
August 26, 1997 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 27, 1997 Syracuse New York State Fair Grandstand
(Great New York State Fair)
August 28, 1997 Allentown Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Great Allentown Fair)
Wayne Hancock
August 29, 1997 Essex Junction Champlain Valley Exposition Grandstand
(Champlain Valley Fair)
August 31, 1997 Van Wert Van Wert County Fair
September 1, 1997 Du Quoin Du Quoin State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(DuQuoin State Fair)
Los Lobos
September 2, 1997 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center Wayne Hancock
September 5, 1997 Missoula Adams Center Loverboy
September 6, 1997 Nampa Idaho Center
September 7, 1997 Spokane Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
September 8, 1997 Puyallup Western Washington Fair
September 10, 1997 San Jose San Jose Arena Los Lobos
September 11, 1997 Tulare Tulare County Fairgrounds
(Tulare County Fair)
September 12, 1997 Sacramento Arco Arena
September 13, 1997 Kelseyville Konocti Field Amphitheatre
September 16, 1997 Tucson Tucson Convention Center
September 17, 1997 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
(New Mexico State Fair)
September 19, 1997 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
September 20, 1997 San Bernardino Blockbuster Pavilion 38 Special, Little Feat
September 21, 1997 San Diego Mission Bay
(GTE Summer Pop Bowl)
Wide Mouth Mason
September 25, 1997 Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center Los Lobos
September 26, 1997 Lubbock Lubbock Municipal Coliseum
September 27, 1997 San Antonio Sunken Garden Theater
September 30, 1997 Evansville Mesker Amphitheatre John Kay & Steppenwolf
October 1, 1997 Asheville Asheville Civic Center
October 3, 1997 Pensacola Pensacola Civic Center
October 4, 1997 Tupelo Tupelo Coliseum Kansas
October 5, 1997 Shreveport Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
October 11, 1997 Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell Arena

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