The Rolling Stones’ Tour of Europe ’76
was a concert tour of Europe that took place in Spring 1976.
On 1 April the promoters announced that they had received more than one million applications in the mail for tickets for three shows at London’s Earls Court.
Subsequently three more dates were added there. The routing also saw two dates in Yugoslavia – the Stones’ second visit to a Communist country after 1967.
The tour began a few days after the 23 April release of the group’s album Black and Blue, and is documented by the 1977 concert release Love You Live.
Much of the material on that album is from the shows at Les Abattoirs in Paris from 4 June to 7 June. Keith Richards’ 10-week-old son died of sudden infant death syndrome on 6 June.
But Richards elected to keep the news secret and to play the shows as scheduled.
Tony Vandeputte, played two nights at Earls Court as guest of his brother-in-law Steve Marriott (of Humble Pie and formerly Small Faces).
“All Down the Line” was played at the Frankfurt Festhalle. “Sympathy for the Devil” was played at Earls Court on 21-23 & 27 May. “Cherry Oh Baby” was played in Paris on 7 June.
The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London, England in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Mick Jagger (lead vocals)
Keith Richards (guitar, backing vocals), Bill Wyman (bass), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano).
Stewart was removed from the official line-up in 1963 but continued as a touring member until his death in 1985. Jones left the band less than a month prior to his death in 1969.
Having already been replaced by Mick Taylor, who remained until 1974.