The Rolling Stones live in Detroit 1978
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July 6, 1978: Masonic Temple Auditorium, Detroit, MI, 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
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”.
Rock critic Robert Christgau wrote that the 1978 Tour was an improvement over the group’s previous go-around, “especially when Mick [Jagger] stopped prancing long enough to pick up a guitar and get into the good new songs from Some Girls.” This was billed as the “Farewell Tour’ as, at the time, it was going to be their last. The tour is widely believed among fans to be one of the band’s greatest, largely because it was in many ways back to basics both in musical and visual terms.
It meant a return to a mixture of classic Stones numbers (“Tumbling Dice”, “Star Star”, “Happy”, “Street Fighting Man”, etc.) mixed with blues numbers and Chuck Berry covers (“Sweet Little Sixteen” in particular, in light of his music’s influence on Keith Richards and 1978 being the Stones’s sixteenth anniversary), as well as including a large number of songs from the then-newly-released Some Girls LP.
It was the first tour featuring songs written with Ronnie Wood as an official member of the Rolling Stones, and his contributions from this period are considered by many Stones fans as some of his greatest with the band. While no live album was released immediately following this tour, a fair amount of bootleg releases showcased its musical qualities – most notably the multi-show King Biscuit Flower Hour FM recording often known as “Handsome Girls”. In 2011, a CD and DVD set was released of a July 1978 performance from Fort Worth, Texas entitled Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78. In addition to the complete concert, the DVD included footage of the tour rehearsals and the three songs the Rolling Stones performed live on the Saturday Night Live television show in October 1978.
Guest artists that played with the Stones during individual shows included Linda Ronstadt, Eddie Money, Doug Kershaw, Bobby Keys and Nicky Hopkins. Opening acts included Van Halen, Journey, Peter Tosh, Patti Smith, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Foreigner, Eddie Money, Kansas, Etta James, Furry Lewis, Atlanta Rhythm Section, April Wine, The Outlaws, and the Doobie Brothers.
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