The Rolling Stones 1973 European Tour was a concert tour of Great Britain and Continental Europe in September and October 1973 by The Rolling Stones.
The tour followed the release of the group’s album Goats Head Soup on 31 August. It began at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria on 1 September. It then saw, in large halls to mid-sized arenas, West Germany, England (including four shows at the Empire Pool in London), Scotland, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Belgium, finishing on 19 October with the band’s fourth entry into and thirteenth show in West Germany, at the Deutschlandhalle in West Berlin, which would turn out to be Mick Taylor’s last live performance with the Stones as a member of the band. Altogether 42 shows were played in 22 cities, with two shows in a day a commonplace.
This was the Stones’ first trip to Europe since the European Tour 1970, and was part of parallel three-year cycles of touring the United States and Europe.
Without all the ballyhoo, media attention, and jet set hangers-on of the group’s 1972 American Tour, the 1973 European Tour was seen as having less drama — the biggest pending issue was the resolution of Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg’s 25 June drugs and weapons bust, which hung over them until a 24 October £205 fine from the Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court resolved it — while showcasing consistently good musicianship.
Songs like “Brown Sugar” and “Gimme Shelter” were well received and Billy Preston’s organ and clavinet added a contemporary and funky edge to the “classic” Stones sound, although the tour’s relatively conventional delineation between rhythm (primarily Richards) and lead guitar (primarily Taylor) parts were later criticised by Richards. By the time of the group’s following Tour of the Americas ’75, Ron Wood would be in the band and Richards’ preferred interweaved approach would be restored.
(Ref. rolling stones record mirror 1973)
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