Rolling Stones live in Houston 1981 video
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Astrodome, Houston, Oct. 28 1981 – Part 1
Under My Thumb/When The Whip Comes Down/Let’s Spend The Night Together/Shattered/ Neighbours/Black Limousine
The Rolling Stones’ American Tour 1981 was a concert tour of stadiums and arenas in the United States to promote the album Tattoo You. It was the largest grossing tour of 1981 with $50 million in ticket sales. Roughly two million concert goers attended the concerts, setting various ticket sales records. The 5 December show in New Orleans set an indoor concert attendance record which stood for 33 years.
Initially, singer Mick Jagger was not interested in another tour, but guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood were, as were elements of the press and public. Jagger eventually relented. As with previous tours, the American Tour 1981 was promoted by Bill Graham.
The band rehearsed at Long View Farm, North Brookfield, Massachusetts, from 14 August to 25 September 1981. and played a warm-up show at the Sir Morgan’s Cove club in Worcester, Massachusetts on 14 September. Although they were billed as Little Boy Blue & The Cockroaches, word got out and some 11,000 fans pushed and shoved outside the 300-capacity venue. The Mayor of Boston Kevin H. White stopped the notion of further public rehearsals, saying, “The appearance here of Mr. Jagger is not necessarily in the public interest.
The tour was the largest-grossing tour of 1981, and for several years to come. It grossed $50 million in ticket sales when the average ticket price was $16. Roughly three million attended the concerts. The Stones set many records that remain unbroken. The JFK Stadium shows in Philadelphia prompted nearly 4 million requests via post cards for tickets (a method used at the time to prevent scalping); requests for the five arena shows in the New York metropolitan area were in the millions.The New York Times stated, “The tour is expected to be the most profitable in the history of rock & roll; its sheer size has been staggering…ticket requests for these shows ran into the millions…” The tour indeed did turn out to be profitable: the Stones were estimated to have reaped about $22 million after expenses.
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