When did the trend for naming tours start?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by OobuJoobu, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. OobuJoobu

    OobuJoobu Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Leeds, UK
    I don't mean naming a tour after the album it's promoting (although I'd be interested to hear of early examples of that also), or the geographical area it's covering (e.g. "European Tour") but in terms of giving the tour itself some sort of stand alone name.

    Nowadays comedians are just as likely to do this as music acts, though I'm assuming (maybe incorrectly) that the trend started in music with bands/solo artists.

    So does anyone know what the early examples were of this happening, dating prior to, for example "Wings Over America" (the tour name coming before the album of the same name of course)?
  2. Solace

    Solace Forum Resident

    Brussels, Belgium
    That would be when touring soley in support of an album became the norm, surely, rather than all the time? Though I can't say when that was. Early 70s?
  3. Thievius

    Thievius Forum Resident

    I always associated it with the Rolling Stones.
    RogerB likes this.
  4. zen

    zen Forum Resident

    Perhaps, Yes' UNION tour.
  5. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    Lots of punk era tours were named (Anarchy Tour, Clash Take the 5th, etc). You could even go back to the ill fated Winter Dance Party.
    Purple Jim likes this.
  6. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson Forum Resident

    Palm Springs, CA
    The first time I remember hearing a named tour was the Rolling Thunder Revue, in 1975.

    Before that, I think Led Zeppelin's 1971 Back to the Clubs Tour was well-known under that name to folks in England, but here in the US, I didn't even hear that it happened, much less that there was a name for it, until decades later.

    But it's possible to me that 1970 was Ground Zero, with two big ones: Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen (which I only knew about as the live album and movie name at the time -- Joe just wasn't a big deal to me yet) , and the The Fstival Express in Canada, that tour with the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, et al traveling from stop to stop by train.

    Those are the earliest that I can remember sticking out anyway...
  7. Haristar

    Haristar Forum Resident

    Southampton, UK
    David Bowie - Isolar (1976)
    Purple Jim likes this.
  8. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    That was early 1990s - there'd been scores of "named tours" by then...
    Purple Jim likes this.
  9. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Chili Cheese Nuggets

    Hmm, when did Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour got its name?
    Some artists are even lazy and just call the tour after their recent album.
  10. SJB

    SJB Forum Resident

    A tragically fateful tour in 1959 was called the Winter Dance Party.
    Purple Jim and andrewskyDE like this.
  11. MYKE

    MYKE Get Off My Lawn

    Already going on when I stepped in, 1974.
  12. SJB

    SJB Forum Resident

    Not to mention the tour was named after the album it was promoting.
    OobuJoobu likes this.
  13. It's a good thing it was their final tour, but this was the one I first remembered (for the "beer" not the "rocks") glad they retired after that, who knows maybe they might have started licensing their classic music for TV shows & commercials (sarcasm, I still love them & just saw them). [​IMG] [​IMG]
  14. Olompali

    Olompali Forum Resident

    OobuJoobu likes this.
  15. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    Good point - I missed that caveat from the OP! :righton:

    Maybe zen will explain, but I'm totally puzzled that he'd claim a 1991 tour from Yes was influential/trailblazing in terms of naming - especially because it was named after the album, which had been common for years...
  16. DesertChaos

    DesertChaos Forum Resident

    ELP - "Get Me A Ladder" euro tour, spring 73 pre-BSS recording sessions?
  17. mwheelerk

    mwheelerk Believe In Music

    Mesa, AZ
    I think it was the "In The Beginning" tour.
  18. Ninja Bomber

    Ninja Bomber Well-Known Member

    I have no idea.

    But I once did a tour called "Incantations For The World's End". If that matters.

    So yeah. Weird question.
  19. Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson Forum Resident

    Toronto, Ontario
  20. Whizz Kid

    Whizz Kid Well-Known Member

    One of the earliest ones I remember noticing was Elton in 1976...

    "Louder Than Concorde... But Not Quite As Pretty!"

    Always sounded kinda awkward... lame... made no sense. :confused:

  21. Rhett

    Rhett Forum Resident

    Cool City
  22. SJB

    SJB Forum Resident

    Regarding the "Schlitz Rocks America" tour by the Who, 1982:
    The Who had a very short named tour in 1976, "Who Put the Boot In":

Share This Page