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The Rolling Stones US Tour 1978

The Rolling Stones US Tour 1978
Tour by The Rolling Stones
Associated album Some Girls
Start date 10 June 1978
End date 26 July 1978
Legs 1
Shows 25
The Rolling Stones concert chronology

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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 Jagger for their duet "Don't Look Back".


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 Gretch drum set that he continues to play with the Stones to this day, as well as his first employment of a china cymbal as a crash and dropping out his hi-hat when hitting the snare drum, two unique techniques that he continues to employ today. 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 Keith handled the majority of the backing vocals himself.

However, this US 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 US solo tour, to promote his then-album Gimme Some Neck, in the process forming the band The New Barbarians.


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."[1] 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, as well as including a large number of songs from then newly released Some Girls LP. It was the first tour featuring songs written with Ron 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 Roliing 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, Sugar Blue, Doug Kershaw, Bobby Keys and Nicky Hopkins. Other opening Acts included Van Halen, Journey, Peter Tosh, Patti Smith, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, The Henry Paul Band and the Doobie Brothers.

Tour band

Additional musicians

Tour set list

A typical set list for the tour, with minor variations involving one or two of the numbers being omitted:

  1. "Let It Rock"
  2. "All Down the Line"
  3. "Honky Tonk Women"
  4. "Star Star"
  5. "When the Whip Comes Down"
  6. "Beast of Burden"
  7. "Lies"
  8. "Miss You"
  9. "Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)"
  10. "Shattered"
  11. "Respectable"
  12. "Far Away Eyes"
  13. "Love in Vain"
  14. "Tumbling Dice"
  15. "Happy"
  16. "Sweet Little Sixteen"
  17. "Brown Sugar"
  18. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  19. Encore: "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "Street Fighting Man" (most shows had no encore).
  1. "Hound Dog" (Played Only In Lexington & Memphis)

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
10 June 1978 Lakeland, Florida United States Lakeland Civic Center
12 June 1978 Atlanta, Georgia Fox Theatre
14 June 1978 Passaic, New Jersey Capitol Theatre
15 June 1978 Washington, D.C. Warner Theatre
17 June 1978 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania JFK Stadium
19 June 1978 New York City, New York The Palladium
21 June 1978 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Roads Coliseum
22 June 1978 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Myrtle Beach Convention Center
26 June 1978 Greensboro, North Carolina War Memorial Coliseum
28 June 1978 Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum
29 June 1978 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
1 July 1978 Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland Stadium (World Series of Rock)
4 July 1978 Buffalo, New York Rich Stadium
6 July 1978 Detroit, Michigan Masonic Hall
8 July 1978 Chicago, Illinois Soldier Field
10 July 1978 Saint Paul, Minnesota Saint Paul Civic Center
11 July 1978 St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Opera House
13 July 1978 New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome
16 July 1978 Boulder, Colorado Folsom Field
18 July 1978 Fort Worth, Texas Will Rogers Memorial Center
19 July 1978 Houston, Texas Sam Houston Coliseum
21 July 1978 Tucson, Arizona Community Center
23 July 1978 Anaheim, California Anaheim Stadium
24 July 1978
26 July 1978 Oakland, California Oakland Coliseum


  1. ^ Robert Christgau, "The Rolling Stones", entry in The Rolling Stone History of Rock & Roll, Random House, 1980. p. 200.

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