The Rolling Stones' Tour of the Americas '75
|Tour by The Rolling Stones|
|Start date||1 June 1975|
|End date||8 August 1975|
|No. 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 America never solidified, however, and the tour covered only the United States and Canada.
After the departure of Mick Taylor, this was the Rolling Stones' first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Announced on 14 April as merely playing with the band on the tour, it would not be until 19 December that he would be officially named a Rolling Stone. 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. 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. Instead, 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 Fifth Avenue Hotel on 9th Street in New York City's Greenwich Village 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 Fifth 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 Fifth 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. In keeping with this, the Stones embraced a new format for the 1975 concerts. Their act was 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 Latin American leg 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, culminating in a final performance on 8 August at Rich Stadium near 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, harmonica, guitar on Fingerprint File
- Keith Richards – guitars, vocals
- Bill Wyman – bass guitar, synthesizer on Fingerprint File
- Charlie Watts – drums, percussion
- Ronnie Wood – guitar, bass guitar on Fingerprint File
- Billy Preston – keyboards, vocals
- Ollie Brown – percussion, drums on "That's Life" (sung by Billy Preston) and "Outa-Space" (led by Billy Preston)
- Ian Stewart – piano
July 11, 12 and 13 shows only:
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 catalogue was almost completely ignored except "Get Off of My Cloud", and their signature song "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" absent.