The Rolling Stones in Chicago 1978
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July 8, 1978: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL, USA
Let It Rock/All Down The Line/Honky Tonk Women/Star Star/When The Whip Comes Down/Lies/Miss You/Beast Of Burden/Just My Imagination/Shattered/Respectable/Far Away Eyes/Love In Vain/Tumbling Dice/Happy/Sweet Little Sixteen/Brown Sugar/Jumping Jack Flash/Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones’ US Tour 1978 was a concert tour of the United States that took place during June and July 1978, immediately following the release of the group’s 1978 album Some Girls. Like the 1972 and 1975 U.S. tours, Bill Graham was the tour promoter. One opening act was Peter Tosh, who was sometimes joined by Mick Jagger for their duet “Don’t Look Back”. The Outlaws backed up Peter Tosh. Another act opening that day was Etta James, famous for her classic song “At Last”.
The tour used a stripped back, minimal stage show compared to the previous Tour of the Americas ’75 and Tour of Europe ’76, possibly due to the emergence of the punk rock scene and its emphasis solely on music and attitude rather than presenting a grandiose stage extravaganza.
Continuing a schedule started in 1966 of touring the United States exactly every three years, the Stones played in a mixture of theatres, sometimes under a pseudonym (i.e., at the start of the 1978 US Tour in Lakeland, Florida, The Stones were billed on the ticket as “The Great Southeast Stoned Out Wrestling Champions”), arenas, and stadiums, a practice that they would follow for many of their future tours as well. The tour was the first in which Charlie Watts used the famous Gretsch drum set that he continued to play with the Stones until his death, as well as his first employment of a china cymbal as a crash. The concerts featured backing vocals by Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, something that the Stones would get away from beginning with their next tour when Richards handled the majority of the backing vocals himself.
However, this United States tour did not carry on into Europe in 1979, breaking the group’s similar schedule of performing in Europe every three years, which had started in 1967. This gap-year from touring prompted Keith Richards to join Ronnie Wood on his 1979 United States solo tour, to promote his then-album Gimme Some Neck, in the process forming the band The New Barbarians.
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July 8, 1978: The Stones jam with Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and Pinetop Perkins at the Quiet Knight Club, in Chicago, USA
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