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The Rolling Stones live in Boston, MA 1975
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June 11, 1975: Garden, Boston, MA, USA
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/Happy/Tumbling Dice/Luxury/Band introduction/Heartbreaker/ Fingerprint File/Angie/Wild Horses/That’s Life/Outa Space/Brown Sugar/ Midnight Rambler/It’s Only Rock’n Roll/Rip This Joint/Street Fighting Man/Jumping Jack Flash

Pomp Rock. Now that would be a great name for the 1975 Tour of the Americas by the Rolling Stones, an enormous one among the biggest that a band had ever taken on compared to the group’s earlier North American excursion in the early 1970s.
The Stones originally intended to play some South American dates, where they had never performed before, beginning in Mexico City on August 7 before moving on to Rio De Janeiro, So Paulo, and concluding the tour on August 31 in Caracas, Venezuela. This is why the tour was dubbed Tour Of the Americas. Unfortunately, those plans never quite materialized, and it would take the Stones more than 20 years before they would perform in South America. The Stones ended up performing in front of more than a million people (1,101,800) at 45 shows in 26 cities across 21 states (plus Washington, D.C.). plus Canada). The tour’s revenue exceeded $10 million, a significant increase from the first US tour’s $3.5 million opening day revenue in San Bernardino almost exactly 11 years prior.

From Rolling Stone magazine:
The scariest moment came in Boston, when overzealous fans grabbed the writhing, confetti-spitting dragon that appears at the end of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” yanking its head off. Jagger and percussionist Ollie Brown lost their grip on the head as it skittered across the stage, and the flying skull bumped Billy Preston into the front row seats. But the crowd was in good humor (more carnivorous sorts would have eliminated his solo spot) and tossed Preston back up.

This has been the sort of tour where beds are filled with ice cubes, mattresses soaked with beer (and the covers replaced so that an unsuspecting victim will come up soggy rather than snoozing) and a lady’s brown plastic handbag stuffed with a hamburger (everything on it, emphasis on the ketchup). In Toronto, Jagger even had to borrow a pair of green Henri Bendel bikini underwear after his jockstrap fell apart from the strain of touring. Similarly, the Stones have spent their off moments sightseeing everywhere from the Alamo to Niagara Falls. And, based on the two Toronto shows, the last stop before the six-show Stones-produced big deal of New York, they deserved every break they could get.
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