Saturday, March 30, 2013

1973 Australasian Tour

After a Christmas break the Rolling Stones started rehearsals for an upcoming Australasian tour (January 21- February 27, 1973), with planned shows in Honolulu, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Hong Kong. Rehearsals took place at Village Recorders, Los Angeles (January 13-15). The tour was due to commence on January 21 in Honolulu and then proceed to, for the first time ever, Japan. But, at the last minute, the Japanese authorities refused to grant Mick Jagger a visa due to his British drug conviction in 1967.

The tour was preceded by a benefit concert for the Nicaraguan earthquake victims at the Los Angeles Forum, Inglewood, California (January 18). Just as during the 1972 US tour, Bobby Keys and Jim Price provided the brass work. and both Nicky Hopkins and Ian Stewart (some shows) played piano. Stu especially filled the gap when Hopkins had to jet back and forth between live dates with the Stones, and mixing and mastering sessions for his upcoming solo album in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Adapted from the following sources:
Martin Elliott, The Rolling Stones: Complete Recording Sessions 1962-2002, Cherry Red Books, 2002.
Julian Dawson, And On Piano.....Nicky Hopkins, Backstage Press, 2011.

1 comment:

  1. January 18, 1973: Benefit concert for Nicaragua earthquake victims, Forum, Los Angeles, California, USA.

    730118A 18th January: Los Angeles, Califonia, The Forum. Benefit concert for the victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake. Line-up: see tour line-up below. Note: With conga players Armando Peraza and Jose Chepito Areas from supporting act Santana’s band on You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

    January 21 (Honolulu, USA) - February 27 (Sydney, Australia), 1973: 1973 Australasian Tour (aka Winter Tour).
    Line-up: Mick Jagger (voc, harm)/Keith Richards (gtr, voc)/Mick Taylor (gtr)/Bill Wyman (bass)/Charlie Watts (dr)/Nicky Hopkins (p)/Ian Stewart (p, some shows)/Bobby Keys (sax)/Jim Price (tp, tb).