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Rocking the Americas: The Rolling Stones’ Tour of 1975 in Photos

In the annals of rock ‘n’ roll, there are legendary tours that have taken on a life of their own, and The Rolling Stones’ Tour of the Americas in 1975 is certainly one of them. It was a tour that saw one of the most iconic rock bands of all time taking on a new member, introducing a new stage persona, and embarking on a wild journey across North and South America. Let’s roll back the years and revisit this significant milestone in the history of The Rolling Stones.

A Band in Transition

The 1975 tour was a pivotal moment for The Rolling Stones. It marked the first time the band toured with guitarist Ronnie Wood, who had recently replaced Mick Taylor. While Taylor’s departure had initially caused some anxiety among fans, Wood quickly proved himself to be a more than capable replacement. His chemistry with the band, both on and off the stage, was palpable, and it wasn’t long before he became an integral part of the Stones’ sound and identity.

A New Stage Persona

The tour also marked the introduction of a new stage persona for lead singer Mick Jagger. Donning a series of elaborate costumes and embracing a flamboyant performance style, Jagger commanded the stage with an unprecedented level of theatricality. He was no longer just a rock singer; he was a performer in the truest sense of the word. This transformation added a new layer to The Rolling Stones’ live performances and made the 1975 tour a visual spectacle as much as a musical one.

Touring the Americas

The Tour of the Americas saw The Rolling Stones playing in stadiums across North and South America, bringing their unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll to hundreds of thousands of fans. From the concrete jungles of New York to the vibrant landscapes of Brazil, the Stones left no stone unturned.

Each concert was an event, with the band playing a mix of their greatest hits and new songs from their then-recently released album, “It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll”. The response from the fans was overwhelming, further cementing The Rolling Stones’ status as one of the greatest rock bands in history.

The Legacy of the Tour

The Tour of the Americas ’75 was more than just a series of concerts; it was a defining moment in The Rolling Stones’ career. It helped to establish the band’s reputation as a dynamic live act and set a new standard for rock ‘n’ roll performances. Even today, the tour is remembered as one of the band’s most iconic outings.

Beyond its significance to The Rolling Stones, the tour also had a profound impact on the music industry. It demonstrated the potential of rock concerts as major events capable of filling stadiums, paving the way for the large-scale rock tours that have since become commonplace.

Relive the exhilarating energy and infectious rhythm of The Rolling Stones’ Tour of the Americas ’75 through these stunning stunning photos. These captivating images not only capture the electrifying performances of the iconic band but also showcase the vibrant and enthusiastic audiences that made each show an unforgettable experience.

#1 Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts perform live on stage , 1975.

#2 Mick Jagger, draped in an American flag, performs with Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Ronnie Wood , 1975.

#3 Mick Jagger, draped in an American flag, performs with Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, and Ronnie Wood , 1975.

#4 Mick Jagger, with Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts, performs with The Rolling Stones , 1975.

#5 Mick Jagger, wearing an American football shirt, performs with The Rolling Stones , 1975.

#6 Mick Jagger, wearing an American football shirt, performs with The Rolling Stones , 1975.

#7 Keith Richards, wearing a ripped vest, performs with The Rolling Stones , 1975.

#8 Keith Richards, wearing a ripped vest, performs with The Rolling Stones , 1975.

#9 Mick Jagger announces the ‘Tour of the Americas ’75’ on a flatbed truck on 5th Avenue, New York, May 1975.

#10 The Rolling Stones announce the ‘Tour of the Americas ’75’ on a flatbed truck on 5th Avenue, New York, May 1975.

#11 Mick Jagger performs on a flatbed truck to announce the ‘Tour of the Americas ’75,’ New York, May 1975.

#12 Mick Jagger announces the ‘Tour of the Americas ’75’ on a flatbed truck on 5th Avenue, New York, May 1975.

#13 The Rolling Stones announce the ‘Tour of the Americas ’75’ on a flatbed truck on 5th Avenue, New York, May 1975.

#14 Mick Jagger performs on a flatbed truck to announce the ‘Tour of the Americas ’75,’ New York, May 1975.

#15 Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Bill Wyman perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#16 Mick Jagger poses with a parasol, while Charlie Watts is visible, as The Rolling Stones perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#17 Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Bill Wyman perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#18 Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Bill Wyman perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#19 Mick Jagger and Billy Preston perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#20 Charlie Watts and Keith Richards perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#21 Billy Preston, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#22 Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#23 Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, and Bill Wyman perform on a flatbed truck on Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1975.

#24 The Rolling Stones perform on their tour in the United States, June 1975.

#25 Mick Jagger seated in a limousine car during the tour, June 1975.

#26 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform on stage during the tour, June 1975.

#27 Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger perform on stage during the tour, June 1975.

#28 Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood perform on stage during the tour, June 1975.

#29 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform on stage during the tour, June 1975.

#30 Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards perform on stage during the tour, June 1975.

#31 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform on stage during the tour, June 1975.

#32 The Rolling Stones perform on their tour in the United States, June 1975.

#33 The Rolling Stones perform at Arrowhead Stadium during their “Tour Of The Americas” on June 6, 1975, in Kansas City, Missouri.

#34 Mick Jagger performs on stage at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on July 23, 1975, in New York, New York.

#35 Mick Jagger performs on stage at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on July 23, 1975, in New York, New York.

#36 Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards perform on stage at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on July 23, 1975, in New York, New York.

#37 Mick Jagger performs on stage at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on July 23, 1975, in New York, New York.

#38 Billy Preston, Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards perform on stage at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on July 23, 1975, in New York, New York.

#39 Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger perform on stage at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on July 23, 1975, in New York, New York.

#40 The Rolling Stones perform at Madison Square Garden with Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Billy Preston, and Ollie Brown on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#41 Mick Jagger swings over the crowd at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#42 Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts perform with percussionist Ollie Brown at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#43 Mick Jagger swings over the crowd at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#44 Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Charlie Watts perform with percussionist Ollie Brown at Madison Square Garden during the band’s ‘Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#45 Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, and Bill Wyman perform with percussionist Ollie Brown at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#46 Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, and Keith Richards perform with percussionist Ollie Brown at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#47 Mick Jagger performs at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#48 Mick Jagger performs with Ronnie Wood at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#49 Mick Jagger performs at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#50 Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Ollie Brown, and Billy Preston perform at Madison Square Garden during the band’s “Tour of America ’75” on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#51 Mick Jagger performs with Keith Richards at Madison Square Garden during the band’s ‘Tour of America ‘ 75″ on June 25, 1975, in New York, New York.

#52 Mick Jagger performs on one date of The Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas ’75 in July 1975.

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Written by Heather Brown

Heather Brown is a writer and historian with a passion for all things vintage. She shares her knowledge of the past through her blog, with a particular focus on historical photos and the stories they tell.

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