The Rolling Stones' Tour of the Americas '75
|Tour by The Rolling Stones|
|Start date||1 June 1975|
|End date||8 August 1975|
|Number of shows||46|
|The Rolling Stones concert chronology|
The Rolling Stones' Tour of the Americas '75 was a 1975 concert tour originally intended to reach both North and South America. The plans for concerts in Central and South American never solidified, however, and the tour covered only the United States and Canada.
This was the Stones' first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood, after Mick Taylor had left the band. (A 14 April announcement merely said he would be playing on the tour; he was not officially named a Rolling Stone until 19 December 1975). Long time sidemen Bobby Keys and Jim Price on brass were not featured on this tour, being replaced by Billy Preston on keyboards and Ollie E. Brown on percussion. Bobby Keys made a guest appearance on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Brown Sugar" at the Los Angeles shows.
The Tour of the Americas '75 was not tied to support of any newly released material, as it began more than seven months after the release of their last studio album at the time, It's Only Rock'n Roll; therefore the compilation album Made in the Shade was released to capitalise on the tour's publicity.
The announcement of the tour became famous in itself. On 1 May, reporters were gathered inside the 5th Avenue Hotel on 5th and 9th Street to attend a press conference where the Stones were scheduled to appear. But the Stones never went into the hotel. The handful of curiosity seekers standing outside the hotel - who'd heard a rumor of the press conference and who were hoping to catch a glimpse of the Stones entering the hotel - were instead treated to the sight of a flatbed truck rolling down 5th Avenue carrying the Stones, their instruments and a wall of amps. The truck stopped in front of the hotel entrance and the band played an extended version of "Brown Sugar". Charlie Watts had suggested this adaptation of a promotional gimmick often used by New Orleans jazz musicians; the idea was later emulated by groups like AC/DC and U2. After the Stones finished the song, the flatbed truck rolled down 5th Avenue another block and the band jumped into limousines. They never attended the press conference.
The mid-1970s were the era of extravagant stage shows, from the likes of Elton John, Alice Cooper, Kiss, and Queen—a new format for the Stones, with their usual act freshly aided by theatrical stage props and gimmicks, including a giant inflatable phallus (nicknamed 'Tired Grandfather' by the band, since it sometimes malfunctioned) and, at some shows, an unfolding lotus flower-shaped stage that Charlie Watts had conceived.
The tour officially began on 3 June 1975 at the Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas; however first the group played two warmup shows on 1 June at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The tour continued, playing mostly arenas in the United States and Canada, including six consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden in New York and five nights at The Forum in Los Angeles. However a planned series of dates in Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela for the balance of August was cancelled, due to a combination of currency fluctuations and security concerns. Four additional US dates were then added, concluding the tour on 8 August at Rich Stadium in Buffalo, New York.
In 2012, the entire show from Los Angeles, 13 July 1975 was released as part of the 'Rolling Stones Archive', mixed and remastered by Bob Clearmountain. This show was previously available in excellent audience quality on the 'LA Friday' bootleg. The title is a reference to a Rolling Stone review of the Friday, 11 July 1975 show, even though the actual featured show was from Sunday, 13 July.
The Rolling Stones
- Mick Jagger - lead vocals, guitar, harmonica
- Keith Richards - guitars, vocals
- Ronnie Wood - guitars, backing vocals, bass guitar
- Bill Wyman - bass guitar, synthesizer
- Charlie Watts - drums, percussion
- Billy Preston - keyboards, vocals
- Ollie Brown - percussion, backing vocals, drums
- Ian Stewart - piano
- Trevor Lawrence - saxophone
Tour set list
The most typical set list for the shows was:
Intro music: Fanfare for the Common Man
- "Honky Tonk Women"
- "All Down the Line"
- "If You Can't Rock Me"/"Get off of My Cloud"
- "Star Star"
- "Gimme Shelter"
- "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
- "You Gotta Move"
- "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
- "Tumbling Dice"
- "It's Only Rock'n Roll (But I Like It)"
- "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)"
- "Fingerprint File"
- "Wild Horses"
- "That's Life" (sung by Billy Preston)
- "Outa-Space" (led by Billy Preston)
- "Brown Sugar"
- "Midnight Rambler"
- "Rip This Joint"
- "Street Fighting Man"
- "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
- Encore: for the New York and Los Angeles shows "Sympathy for the Devil" was played as an encore, with Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana guesting in New York and Jesse Ed Davis guesting in Los Angeles.
The set was longer than on previous tours, and set list variation was a bit more frequent, with several tunes making sporadic appearances: Rocks Off, Luxury, Dance Little Sister, Cherry Oh Baby and Sure The One You Need. Otherwise, as with their 1972 American Tour, the band's pre-1968 catalog was almost completely ignored except "Get off of My Cloud", and their signature song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" absent.
- 'Rocks Off' page tour setlists
- Concert Stage Design Tour of the America's Stage Production Feature
- T.O.T.A '75 The official book of the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas '75