Technical Ecstasy Tour

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Technical Ecstasy Tour
Promotional tour by Black Sabbath
LocationNorth America
Europe
Associated album Technical Ecstasy
Start date22 October 1976 (1976-10-22)
End date22 April 1977 (1977-04-22)
Legs2 in North America
2 in Europe
4 total
No. of shows83 (87 scheduled)
Black Sabbath concert chronology

Overview

Background

North America leg

Having toned down the band's 'black magic' image for Technical Ecstasy, Geezer Butler assured Circus , "Parents can take their kids to our shows now." [1] Opening acts included Ted Nugent.

Contents

Europe leg

A notorious encounter occurred between Geezer Butler and Malcolm Young of support band AC/DC when the tour reached Europe. "Flick-knives were banned in England," Butler recalled, "but, when we were playing in Switzerland, I bought one. I was just flicking it, when Malcolm Young came up to me and started slagging Sabbath… He came over and said, 'You must think you're big, having a flick-knife.' I said, 'What are you talking about?' And that was it. Nobody got hurt." [2]

AC/DC's support slot had, in any case, begun inauspiciously. "All the gear was blowing up," reported Angus Young of their first show, in Paris. "We played about twenty minutes then destroyed the stage." [3]

Personnel

Setlist

Tour dates

Date [4] [5] [6] CityCountryVenue
North America (1st leg)
22 October 1976 Tulsa United States Tulsa Assembly Center Arena
23 October 1976 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
24 October 1976 San Antonio Convention Center Arena
26 October 1976 Dallas Dallas Memorial Auditorium
28 October 1976 Des Moines Veterans Memorial Audtiorium
29 October 1976 Lincoln Pershing Memorial Auditorium
30 October 1976 Kansas City Memorial Hall
31 October 1976 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
1 November 1976 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
2 November 1976San Francisco Winterland Ballroom
3 November 1976 Santa Monica Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
5 November 1976 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
6 November 1976 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
7 November 1976 San Bernardino Swing Auditorium
9 November 1976 Fresno Selland Arena
11 November 1976 Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum
12 November 1976 Spokane Spokane Coliseum
13 November 1976 Seattle Seattle Center Arena
23 November 1976 Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum
24 November 1976 Chicago International Amphitheatre
25 November 1976 Charleston Charleston Civic Center
26 November 1976 Detroit Cobo Center
28 November 1976 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
29 November 1976 Chicago International Amphitheatre
30 November 1976 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
1 December 1976 Providence Providence Civic Center
2 December 1976
3 December 1976 Boston Boston Garden
4 December 1976 Philadelphia Spectrum
6 December 1976New York Madison Square Garden
7 December 1976Springfield Civic Center
8 December 1976 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
9 December 1976 Landover Capital Centre
10 December 1976 Niagara Falls Niagara Falls Convention Center
11 December 1976 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
12 December 1976 Syracuse War Memorial Auditorium
North America (2nd leg)
20 January 1977 Miami Miami Jai-Alai Fronton Arena
21 January 1977 Jacksonville United States Coliseum
23 January 1977 Tampa USF Sun Dome
25 January 1977 Birmingham Boutwell Memorial Auditorium
26 January 1977 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
28 January 1977 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
29 January 1977 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
30 January 1977 Fayetteville Cumberland County Memorial Arena
2 February 1977 Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk Scope
4 February 1977 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
6 February 1977 Erie Erie County Field House
7 February 1977 Salem Salem Civic Center
9 February 1977 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
10 February 1977 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
11 February 1977 Terre Haute Hulman Center
12 February 1977 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
13 February 1977 Springfield Hammons Student Center
14 February 1977 Indianapolis Indiana Convention Center
15 February 1977 Fort Wayne Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
16 February 1977 Little Rock Barton Coliseum
18 February 1977 Lexington Rupp Arena
20 February 1977San Francisco Winterland
23 February 1977 Inglewood Inglewood Forum
Europe (2nd leg)
2 March 1977 Glasgow Scotland The Apollo
4 March 1977 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall
6 March 1977 Stafford New Bingley Hall
7 March 1977 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre
9 March 1977 Cardiff Wales Capitol Theatre
10 March 1977 Southampton England Southampton Gaumont Theatre
12 March 1977London Hammersmith Odeon
13 March 1977
14 March 1977
15 March 1977
Europe (2nd leg)
supported by AC/DC
5 April 1977ParisFrance Pavillon de Paris
6 April 1977 Colmar Colmar Expo Hall
7 April 1977 Offenbach Germany Stadthalle Offenbach (Easter Rock Festival)
9 April 1977 Cologne Sporthalle (Easter Rock Festival)
10 April 1977 Nuremberg Messezentrum (Easter Rock Festival)
11 April 1977 Ludwigshafen Friedrich-Ebert-Halle (Easter Rock Festival)
13 April 1977 Thonex SwitzerlandThonex Party Hall
14 April 1977 Zürich Volkshaus
15 April 1977 Odense DenmarkFyns Forum
16 April 1977 Brussels Belgium Cirque Royal
17 April 1977 Amsterdam NetherlandsRAI Arena
18 April 1977 Hamburg Germany Ernst-Merck-Halle
19 April 1977 Copenhagen Denmark Falkoner Center
21 April 1977 Lund Sweden Olympen
22 April 1977 Gothenburg Scandinavium
24 April 1977 Helsinki Finland House of Culture

References

  1. Barackman, Michael (October 26, 1976). "Sabbath surfaces". Circus #142.
  2. Elliott, Paul (June 2014). "Heavy Load: Geezer Butler". Classic Rock #197. p. 138.
  3. Wall, Mick (May 2012). "Let there be light! Let there be sound! Let there be rock!". Classic Rock #170. p. 42.
  4. http://www.ozzyhead.com/olddates/olddates.htm
  5. http://www.black-sabbath.com/tourdates/1977tour/
  6. Black Sabbath Concert at the Scope Advertisement. The Virginian Pilot [Norfolk] 2 Feb. 1977: A18. Print.