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
Shows 111
Fleetwood Mac concert chronology
Rumours Tour
Tusk Tour
Mirage Tour

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
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
November 1, 1979
November 2, 1979 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
November 5, 1979 St. Louis Checkerdome
November 6, 1979
November 7, 1979 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
November 10, 1979 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
November 11, 1979 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
November 12, 1979
November 15, 1979 New York City Madison Square Garden
November 16, 1979
November 17, 1979 Boston Boston Garden
November 20, 1979 Rochester Rochester Community War Memorial
November 21, 1979 Philadelphia Spectrum
November 22, 1979 Providence Providence Civic Center
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
December 4, 1979 Inglewood The Forum
December 5, 1979
December 6, 1979
December 9, 1979 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
December 10, 1979 Inglewood The Forum
December 11, 1979
December 14, 1979 Daly City Cow Palace
December 15, 1979
December 16, 1979
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
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
Second North American Leg
March 27, 1980 Honolulu United States Neal S. Blaisdell Center
March 28, 1980
March 29, 1980
April 30, 1980 Portland Portland Memorial Coliseum
May 1, 1980 Seattle Hec Edmundson Pavilion
May 2, 1980 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
May 5, 1980 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
May 6, 1980
May 9, 1980 Bloomington United States Met Center
May 10, 1980
May 11, 1980 Madison Dane County Coliseum
May 14, 1980 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
May 15, 1980
May 16, 1980 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
May 19, 1980 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
May 20, 1980 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
May 21, 1980
May 23, 1980 Detroit Joe Louis Arena
May 24, 1980
European Leg
June 1, 1980 Munich Germany Olympia Reit Stadion
June 3, 1980 Bremen Stadthalle
June 4, 1980 Cologne Sportthalle
June 8, 1980 Kaiserslautern Betzenberg Stadion
June 9, 1980 Zurich Switzerland Hallenstadion Zurich
June 12, 1980 Brussels Belgium Vorst Nationaal
June 13, 1980 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam
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
August 6, 1980 Pembroke Pines Hollywood Sportatorium
August 8, 1980 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
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
August 17, 1980 San Antonio San Antonio Convention Center
August 18, 1980 Houston The Summit
August 21, 1980 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
August 22, 1980 Oklahoma City The Myriad
August 23, 1980 Valley Center Kansas Coliseum
August 24, 1980 Kansas City Kemper Arena
August 27, 1980 Las Cruces Pan American Center
August 28, 1980 Tucson McKale Center
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.


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 Perignon, 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)

Financial Indulgence[edit]

In light of all the mayhem the tour caused within the band, the members felt the only way to persevere and keep the show going was to indulge themselves with drugs, alcohol, elaborate transportation, and a high, rock star-like lifestyle. While in America the band would charter their own planes, and spend recklessly on “Caesar’s Palace casino’s private Boeing 707.” They hired their own luxury trains to transport them around Europe in order to escape the drug-seeking airport customs.

The band ended up spending unreasonable amounts of money upon ridiculous requests. Stevie Nicks, for example, required that her hotel rooms be custom painted pink for her upon her arrival. The Men in the band enjoyed spending the money on impractical reasons as well. A favorite, mentioned in Sutcliff’s article in Mojo, was an incident where the men filled former manager John Courage’s room with 50 chickens along with bales of straw. They also spent what they called a “King’s Ransom” on supplying this celebration with large amounts of alcohol and cocaine. The band members’ accountants had all come to a general understanding: While the tour nearly sold out at every location to massive crowds, it made virtually no money as a result of the band’s irresponsible spending.

In regards to the situation, Mick Fleetwood justifies their actions by explaining that that money was not the incentive. As he notes in the Tusk tour documentary, “I can really say and I think everyone in the band feels this way, that is not the reason we are doing this."[4]

Notable Quotes From "Fleetwood Mac Tusk: Documentary and Live Performance"[edit]

“We went through a really bad experience with- lets put it- our now ex-manager.. And it all got really really strange and there was a whole big mess up… the band was off the road and a fake band came out.. anyhow, after all that happened we never had another manager, and here it sits.” – Mick Fleetwood

“At the end of the day no matter how tiring traveling has been- which I enjoy- I get on the stage and I kick the shit out of my drums. And quite often instead of drum skins. If theres someone with whom I’ve had any distaste it will be there face sitting there.. it gets all that out!” – Mick Fleetwood

“What I am doing in the studio takes up so much of my energy really… that’s probably the main thing that I contribute to the band. Not as a guitar player or even necessarily as a writer but as someone who can take X amount of energy, you know, flowing through different people and somehow formulate how things should sound in the studio”- Lindsey Buckingham

"As far as the experience of working in the studio goes, its very subjective its different for everyone. John... he does his bass parts and spends a lot of time waiting, that’s not a lot of fun, because I’ve done that and its not fun.”- Lindsey Buckingham

“For me and John.. we’re a couple of old geeksters, really. I am really happy being on the road, that is the final thing.” – Mick Fleetwood

“I love being on the road, but I also like to be in the studio because you need a balance. You need to go from the live performing art of it back to the studio to work on it and that makes it really exciting to do both because you are constantly changing.” – Stevie Nicks

“[On the road]You do lose complete track of time because your days and your nights aren’t set up right”- Stevie Nicks.