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Rolling Stones 1972 North American Tour

“What It Looked Like”

Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor and Keith Richards on stage at San Francicso’s Winterland Arena.

The Rolling Stones’ vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarist Keith Richards, drummer Charlie Watts, bassist Bill Wyman and lead guitarist Mick Taylor conquered North America in their widely acclaimed 1972 tour. The personnel also included sidemen Bobby Keys on Saxophone, Jim Price on Trumpet and Trombone,  Nicky Hopkins on Piano, along with occasional piano chords by former co-founding member, Ian Stewart, who had transitioned from the group as the Stones’ road manager. The first leg of the Rolling Stones’ 1972 North American Tour began in Vancouver, BC at Pacific Coliseum on June 3, 1972, concluding at Madison Square Garden In New York City with three consecutive nights, ending on Jagger’s 29th birthday on July 26, 1972.

This installment features live renditions of many Rolling Stones songs performed on the tour, primarily compositions by Jagger and Richards: Brown Sugar, Bitch, Gimme Shelter at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC; followed by Happy, Dead Flowers and Rocks Off at the Hollywood Palladium; and closing with Tumbling Dice, plus a cover version of Robert Johnson’s Love in Vain, at the Los Angeles Forum.

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5 Comments

  1. Kent

    March 14, 2024 at 12:51 pm

    I remember what a big event this was. Even then, the Stones were already ancient.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    Reply

  2. Nanker Phelge

    March 17, 2024 at 2:10 pm

    Best 1972 tour photo collection ever! Well done Traveling Boy.

    Reply

    • Phil, Seattle

      March 29, 2024 at 7:40 am

      The Stones Live on Traveling Boy. Well, you got me rockin’. I know many regard the ’72 concerts as their best, in fact, I attended both show in the Seattle, the matinee and evening. Having to camp out all night at the ticket booth was a little trying. But well worth it. A friend always boasts that the ’69 tour was the greatest, and his boast includes his attendance at the Oakland show. Regardless which two tours were the best; they both ad the other Mick on stage with his slide guitar.

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    • Ed Boitano

      March 29, 2024 at 9:09 am

      Thank you, Nanker. I’m pleased, as we all are at T-Boy, that you enjoyed the Emperor of Oldies’ photos and the live sounds of the Stones’ 1972 concert tour. Next up will be the Stones’ 1970 European Tour. Stay tuned, for it will be nothing lest than rockin’. Ed

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  3. Phil, Seattle

    March 29, 2024 at 9:11 am

    The Stones Live on Traveling Boy. Well, you got me rockin’. I know many regard the ’72 concerts as their best, in fact, I attended both show in the Seattle, the matinee and evening. Having to camp out all night at the ticket booth was a little trying. But well worth it. A friend always boasts that the ’69 tour was the greatest, and his boast includes his attendance at the Oakland show. Regardless which two tours were the best; they both ad the other Mick on stage with his slide guitar.

    Reply

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