Tusk Tour

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Tusk World Tour
Tour by Fleetwood Mac
Start date October 26, 1979
End date September 1, 1980
Legs 6
Number of shows 111
Fleetwood Mac concert chronology
  • Rumours Tour
    (1977-78)
  • Tusk Tour
    (1979-80)
  • Mirage Tour
    (1982)

The Tusk Tour was a world concert tour by the rock group, Fleetwood Mac. The tour began on October 26, 1979 in Pocatello, Idaho and ended on September 1, 1980 in Hollywood, California. The Live album contained many of the live recordings of songs from The Tusk Tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold / available Revenue
North America
October 26, 1979 Pocatello United States Minidome
October 27, 1979 Ogden Dee Events Center
October 28, 1979 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
October 31, 1979 Denver McNichols Arena 20,978 / 25,000 $299,714
November 1, 1979
November 2, 1979 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum 10,700 / 10,700 $107,000
November 5, 1979 St. Louis Checkerdome 25,200 / 25,200 $303,353
November 6, 1979
November 7, 1979 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum 12,639 / 17,000 $174,348
November 10, 1979 New Haven New Haven Coliseum 9,635 / 9,635 $135,647
November 11, 1979 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
November 12, 1979
November 15, 1979 New York City Madison Square Garden 34,958 / 34,958 $438,254
November 16, 1979
November 17, 1979 Boston Boston Garden 12,491 / 15,000 $183,333
November 20, 1979 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial
November 21, 1979 Philadelphia The Spectrum 15,109 / 18,000 $194,504
November 22, 1979 Providence Providence Civic Center 10,699 / 12,000 $127,319
November 25, 1979 Landover Capital Centre
November 26, 1979 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
November 29, 1979 Ann Arbor Crisler Arena
November 30, 1979 Champaign Assembly Hall
December 1, 1979 Cedar Falls UNI-Dome 25,556 / 25,556 $255,560
December 4, 1979 Inglewood The Forum 42,359 / 42,359 $560,560
December 5, 1979
December 6, 1979
December 9, 1979 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena 11,748 / 11,748 $143,278
December 10, 1979 Inglewood The Forum 26,658 / 26,658 $356,108
December 11, 1979
December 14, 1979 Daly City Cow Palace 33,858 / 33,858 $384,779
December 15, 1979
December 16, 1979
Japan
February 3, 1980 Tokyo Japan Budokan
February 4, 1980
February 5, 1980
February 8, 1980 Kyoto Kyoto Kaikan
February 9, 1980 Gifu Shimin Kaikan
February 11, 1980 Sapporo Kuseinenkin Hall
February 13, 1980 Yokohama Kenmin Hall
February 14, 1980 Sendai Kenmin Hall
February 16, 1980 Osaka Osaka Festival Hall
February 17, 1980
Oceania
February 21, 1980 Perth Australia Perth Entertainment Centre
February 22, 1980
February 25, 1980 Adelaide Tennis Stadium
February 27, 1980 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
February 28, 1980
March 1, 1980 Melbourne Festival Hall
March 2, 1980
March 3, 1980
March 7, 1980 Brisbane Brisbane Festival Hall
March 8, 1980
March 11, 1980 Melbourne Festival Hall
March 12, 1980
March 16, 1980 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
March 17, 1980
March 20, 1980 Wellington New Zealand Athletic Park
March 22, 1980 Auckland Western Springs Stadium
Second North American Leg
March 27, 1980 Honolulu United States Neal S. Blaisdell Center 22,500 / 22,500 $287,225
March 28, 1980
March 29, 1980
April 30, 1980 Portland Portland Memorial Coliseum 11,000 / 11,000 $137,238
May 1, 1980 Seattle Hec Edmundson Pavilion 9,215 / 9,215 $114,188
May 2, 1980 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
May 5, 1980 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum 25,851 / 25,851 $322,593
May 6, 1980
May 9, 1980 Bloomington United States Metropolitan Sports Center 27,404 / 27,404 $319,005
May 10, 1980
May 11, 1980 Madison Dane County Coliseum 10,100 / 10,100 $111,000
May 14, 1980 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
May 15, 1980
May 16, 1980 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
May 19, 1980 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium 13,777 / 17,000 $187,974
May 20, 1980 Richfield Richfield Coliseum 28,037 / 28,037 $308,407
May 21, 1980
May 23, 1980 Detroit Joe Louis Arena 23,747 / 23,747 $291,455
May 24, 1980
European Leg
June 1, 1980 Munich Germany Olympiastadion
June 3, 1980 Bremen Stadthalle
June 4, 1980 Cologne Sporthalle
June 8, 1980 Kaiserslautern Betzenbergstadion
June 9, 1980 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
June 12, 1980 Brussels Belgium Vorst Nationaal
June 13, 1980 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy
June 14, 1980 Paris France Palais Des Sports
June 16, 1980 Stafford England Bingley Hall
June 17, 1980
June 20, 1980 London Wembley Arena
June 21, 1980
June 22, 1980
June 25, 1980
June 26, 1980
June 27, 1980
Third North American Leg
August 5, 1980 Lakeland United States Lakeland Civic Center 10,000 / 10,000 $120,000
August 6, 1980 Pembroke Pines Hollywood Sportatorium
August 8, 1980 Atlanta Omni Coliseum 13,764 / 17,000 $188,631
August 11, 1980 Mobile Municipal Auditorium
August 12, 1980 Birmingham Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex
August 13, 1980 Baton Rouge Riverside Centroplex
August 16, 1980 Dallas Reunion Arena 16,713 / 18,000 $208,912
August 17, 1980 San Antonio HemisFair Arena 10,309 / 15,000 $128,862
August 18, 1980 Houston The Summit 13,684 / 16,000 $174,574
August 21, 1980 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium 11,729 / 11,729 $140,478
August 22, 1980 Oklahoma City The Myriad 12,976 / 15,000 $162,200
August 23, 1980 Valley Center Kansas Coliseum 12,000 / 12,000 $146,400
August 24, 1980 Kansas City Kemper Arena 14,055 / 18,000 $175,687
August 27, 1980 Las Cruces Pan American Center 10,879 / 10,879 $114,583
August 28, 1980 Tucson McKale Center 11,400 / 11,400 $140,372
August 29, 1980 Phoenix Compton Terrace
August 31, 1980 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
September 1, 1980

History of the tour[edit]

In 1979, Fleetwood Mac embarked on their 111 show-long world tour promoting their new album, Tusk. Beginning in Pocatello, Idaho on October 26, 1979 and ending September 1, 1980 at the Hollywood Bowl, this tour was a crazy roller-coaster that was nearly detrimental to the survival of the band. In order to provide a cheaper option after the million dollars of expenses blown on the tour itself, every one of their shows performed were filmed and recorded to create a "Live" album.

Setbacks[edit]

On top of this tour being excessively expensive it was also physically and mentally exhausting for the band members- and these two setbacks together were a recipe for disaster. As Christine Mcvie, singer-songwriter and keyboardist in the band puts it, "Somebody once said that with the money we spent on champagne on one night they could have made an entire album", she later recalls, "I used to go onstage and drink a bottle of Dom Pérignon, and drink one offstage afterwards . It's not the kind of party I’d like to go to now. There was a lot of booze being drunk and there was blood floating around in the alcohol, which doesn’t make for a stable environment." [1] On top of all the drinking the band members indulged in heavy amounts of cocaine and marijuana. McVie even jokes that the strength of the marijuana was so strong that the actual act of smoking it was not needed- it only needed to be blown in her face and she would feel the effects.[2] With all the substance abuse the band members endured atop all the stress, the tour was not only disadvantageous but also extremely unhealthy.

As the tour progressed the band members became less and less fond of each other. As a result of this tension as well as the financial setbacks endured, the band nearly parted ways. As explained in Uncut's Article, Fleetwood Mac: 'Everybody was pretty weirded out' – the story of Rumours, by the end of the tour the band members were "barely able to stand the sight of each other" http://www.uncut.co.uk/fleetwood-mac/fleetwood-mac-everybody-was-pretty-weirded-out-feature) While In Aukland, New Zealand in 1980, Stevie Nicks was physically and emotionally attacked by fellow band member Lindsey Buckingham. She explains that he began to mimic her by pulling his jacket up over his head to mirror what she did stylistically with her shawl. She ignored his provoking gestures. As she explains it "This must have infuriated him, because he came over and kicked me. 'And I’d never had anyone be physical with me in my life. Then he picked up a black Les Paul guitar and he just frisbee’d it at me. He missed, I ducked – but he could have killed me.’"

[3] (Adrian devoy)

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