The Rolling Stones concerts
Since forming in 1962, the English rock band The Rolling Stones have performed more than two thousand concerts around the world, becoming one of the world's most popular live music attractions in the process.
In their early years of performing, the band would undertake numerous short tours of the United Kingdom and North America, playing in small- and medium-size venues to audiences composed largely of screaming girls. As time moved on, their audience base expanded (in terms of both size and diversity) and they would increasingly favour larger arenas and stadiums. For many years, the group would choose to play North America, Continental Europe, and the United Kingdom on a three-year rotating cycle.
Many audio recordings exist of Rolling Stones concerts, both official and unofficial. Seventeen official concert albums (eighteen in the US) have been released by the band; 6 of which were previously unreleased concert recordings released from 2011–2012, including the highly bootlegged Brussels Affair. Several of their concerts have also been filmed and released under a variety of titles, such as Stones in the Park which records the band's performance at Hyde Park in 1969.
The most famous and heavily documented of all the band's concerts was the Altamont Free Concert at the Altamont Speedway in 1969. For this concert, the biker gang Hells Angels provided security, which resulted in a fan, Meredith Hunter, being stabbed and beaten to death by the Angels. Part of the tour and the Altamont concert were documented in Albert and David Maysles' film Gimme Shelter. As a response to the growing popularity of bootleg recordings, the album Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! (UK 1; US 6) was released in 1970; it was declared by critic Lester Bangs to be the best live album ever.
The biggest concert the band gave was in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the "Bigger Bang Tour", in 2006.
Concert tour chronology
In bold, the tours which, when completed became the highest-grossing of all time.
- 12 July 1962: first ever gig at the Marquee Club, 165 Oxford Street, London.[nb 1]
- September–November 1963 – British Tour 1963
- January 1964 – 1st British Tour 1964
- February–March 1964 – 2nd British Tour 1964
- June 1964 – 1st American Tour 1964
- August 1964 – 3rd British Tour 1964
- September–October 1964 – 4th British Tour 1964
- October–November 1964 – 2nd American Tour 1964
- January 1965 – Irish Tour 1965
- February 1965 – Far East Tour 1965
- March 1965 – 1st British Tour 1965
- 26 March–3 April 1965 – 1st Scandinavian Tour 1965
- April 1965 – 2nd European Tour 1965
- April–May 1965 – 1st American Tour 1965
- 15–18 June 1965 – Scottish Tour 1965
- 24–29 June 1965 – 2nd Scandinavian Tour 1965
- September 1965 – 2nd Irish Tour 1965
- September 1965 – 4th European Tour 1965
- September–October 1965 – 2nd British Tour 1965
- October–December 1965 – 2nd American Tour 1965
- February–March 1966 – Australasian Tour 1966
- March–April 1966 – European Tour 1966
- June–July 1966 – American Tour 1966
- September–October 1966 – British Tour 1966
- March–April 1967– European Tour 1967
- November–December 1969 – American Tour 1969
- August–October 1970 – European Tour 1970
- March 1971 – UK Tour 1971
- June–July 1972 – American Tour 1972
- January–February 1973 – Pacific Tour 1973
- September–October 1973 – European Tour 1973
- June–August 1975 – Tour of the Americas '75
- April–June 1976 – Tour of Europe '76
- June–July 1978 – US Tour 1978
- September–December 1981 – American Tour 1981
- May–July 1982 – European Tour 1982
- August 1989–August 1990 – Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle Tour
- August 1994–August 1995 – Voodoo Lounge Tour
- September 1997–September 1998 – Bridges to Babylon Tour
- January–June 1999 – No Security Tour
- September 2002–November 2003 – Licks Tour
- August 2005–August 2007 – A Bigger Bang Tour
- November 2012–July 2013: 50 & Counting Tour
- February–November 2014: 14 On Fire
- May–July 2015: Zip Code Tour
- February–March 2016: América Latina Olé Tour 2016
- October 2016: Fall 2016 US Tour
- September–October 2017: No Filter Tour
- The Rolling Stones' 12 July 1962 debut show 14-song setlist was as follows: Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison cover); Honey What's Wrong (Bully Fury cover); Confessin' The Blues (Chuck Berry cover); Bright Lights, Big City (Jimmy Reed cover); Dusty My Blues (Elmore James cover); Down The Road Apiece (Chuck Berry cover); I Wanna Love You (Charles Smith cover), I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters cover); Back In The U.S.A. (Chuck Berry cover); Kind Of Lonesome (Jimmy Reed cover); Blues Before Sunrise (Elmore James cover); Big Boss Man (Jimmy Reed cover); Don't Stay Out All Night (Billy Boy Arnold cover); Happy Home (Elmore James cover). The line-up was: Mick, Keith, Brian, Stu, and Dick, but no drummer.
- Burks, John, "Rock & Roll's Worst Day: The aftermath of Altamont", Rolling Stone, 1970-02-07, URL retrieved 18 April 2007
- Bangs, Lester. "The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out". Rolling Stone. 12 November 1970 (accessed 28 April 2007)
- "Blues before sunrise – Marquee Club, 165 Oxford St, London W1D 2JW". stonesexhibitionism.com. July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
- "12th July 1962". rollingstones.com. July 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.