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June-Dec
1972

songs played on tour

There were 95 scheduled Jethro Tull concerts in 1973.
This page lists January-2 June, whilst 22 June-September dates are here.

We're still unsure of several setlists - can you help?
Please also let us know if you can identify either of the 2 unidentified venues.


29/1/73Wiener StadthalleWien, Austria
 
Support: Robin Trower.
2/2/73FesthalleFrankfurt, Germany
 
Support: Robin Trower.
The 133-min concert included 'Quartet' – played live – and closed with a 33-min encore medley.
Thick As A Brick (incl. flute solo, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Bourée, Quartet, and spoken interludes in German), Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind-Up/No Rehearsal/Guitar Solo/Locomotive Breath/Hard-Headed English General/Wind-Up (reprise)
4/2/73HallenstadionZürich, Switzerland
 
Support: Robin Trower.
Allegedly a benefit concert, with proceeds going to 'the youth of Montreux' (possibly for the rebuilding of the Montreux cultural centre following the infamous destruction of the Casino in 1971). Barrie recalls that Terry Ellis was considering living in Switzerland, and this concert was really intended to ingratiate him with the Swiss authorities!
2/3/73Scandinavium ArenaGöteborg, Sweden
 
Support: Robin Trower.
4/3/73Brøndby HallenKøbenhavn, Denmark
 
Support: Robin Trower.
The first concert in this new venue; audience: 5,000. Thick As A Brick (w. flute, organ and drum solos, plus spoken interludes), Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind Up, Instrumental, No Rehearsal, Locomotive Breath, Hard-Headed English General , Wind-Up (reprise)
Italicised tracks unconfirmed.
6/3/73Kongress Zentrum HalleHamburg, Germany
 
Support: Robin Trower.
7/3/73Kongress Zentrum HalleHamburg, Germany
 
Support: Robin Trower.
8/3/73MünsterlandhalleMünster, Germany
 
Support: Robin Trower.
Thick As A Brick (incl. By Kind Permission Of, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Bourée, Soirée), Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind-Up, No Rehearsal, Guitar Solo, Locomotive Breath, Hard-Headed English General, Wind-Up (reprise)
9/3/73PhilipshalleDüsseldorf, Germany
 
Cancelled, and replaced by a concert on 26/3.
11/3/73DeutschlandhalleBerlin, Germany
 One Seat In The Stalls
Support: Robin Trower.
Thick As A Brick 1-4/Organ Solo/Thick As A Brick 5 (incl. flute solo)/Thick As A Brick 6, News, Thick As A Brick 7/Drum Solo/Thick As A Brick 8-11, Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind Up, Instrumental, No Rehearsal, Locomotive Breath, Hard-Headed English General, Wind-Up (reprise)
13/3/73OlympiahalleMünchen, Germany
 Thick Brick - Live In Munich '73
Support: Robin Trower.
Thick As A Brick (incl. By Kind Permission Of, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Bourée, Soirée), Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind Up, Instrumental, No Rehearsal, Locomotive Breath, Hard-Headed English General, Wind-Up (reprise)
Italicised tracks unconfirmed.

Note that the recording does not include the encore – copies exist with the Berlin encore appended to the München show.
15/3/73PalasportVicenza, Italy
 
Different sources (ticket stubs) cite different venues. It is most likely that the show was scheduled to be performed at Dancing Nordest but moved to the larger venue.
Show began at 21:30. Not known whether Robin Trower played.
16/3/73Palazzo Dello SportRoma, Italy
 
21:00 start. Support: Robin Trower.
Thick As A Brick, Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind Up, Guitar Solo, No Rehearsal, Locomotive Breath/Hard-Headed English General/Wind Up (reprise)
18/3/73Palasport (Palazzo dello Sport)Bologna, Italy
 Bologna 17 Marzo 1973 or Complete 'Thick As A Brick' & More
Support: Robin Trower.
Thick As A Brick (parts 1-4)/Organ Solo/Thick As A Brick (part 5)/Flute Solo (incl. Quartet, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Bourée)/Thick As A Brick (parts 6-8)/News/Thick As A Brick (part 9)/Drum Solo/Quote/Thick As A Brick (parts 10-12), Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind Up, No Rehearsal, Locomotive Breath/Hard-Headed English General/Wind Up (reprise)
19/3/73Palasport (Palazzo dello Sport)Bologna, Italy
 
Support: Robin Trower.
20/3/73?Milano, Italy
 
Support: Robin Trower.
26/3/73PhillipshalleDüsseldorf, Germany
 
Replacing the cancelled 9/3 concert.
Support: Beast.
Thick As A Brick 1-4/Organ Solo/Thick As A Brick 5 (incl. flute solo)/Thick As A Brick 6, News, Thick As A Brick 7/Drum Solo/Thick As A Brick 8-11, Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind Up, Instrumental, No Rehearsal, Locomotive Breath, Hard-Headed English General , Wind-Up (reprise)
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A Passion Play - fully annotated at the Ministry of Information
26/4/73Festival TheatreMalvern, UK
 
Low-key, unscheduled 'rehearsal' concert in an unusual venue - the neighbouring Winter Gardens was more usual for rock concerts.
Date unconfirmed. Thought to have been postponed/cancelled anyway, but an audience member recalls attending, and it being before the US tour.
A ticket stub, printed with this date then hand-amended to 20/6/73, seems to exist, but it states a name the venue acquired several years later, so is thought to be fake.
28/4/73Empire Pool, WembleyLondon, UK
 
Support: Robin Trower.
Was to have been the live premiere of 'A Passion Play', but was cancelled, despite being a sold-out show.
29/4/73Empire Pool, WembleyLondon, UK
 
Support: Robin Trower.
Also cancelled.

 
There is considerable confusion about the start of the US tour, and particularly about the date of the premiere of 'A Passion Play'.
4/5/73Roberts StadiumEvansville, In. USA
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley.
Featured the 'Lifebeats' intro (without the film), but this led straight into 'Thick As A Brick', omitting 'A Passion Play'. The APP interval film was shown, out of context, but broke down.
5/5/73Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson U.Clemson, SC. USA
 
The band's equipment arrived late, so there was no time for the support band (Brewer and Shipley) to play, the soundcheck was done in front of the audience, and since they did not begin until 10pm, Ian apologised to the audience then Tull skipped 'A Passion Play' completely, instead performing the same set as earlier in the year.
'Lifebeats' intro (with the film), Thick As A Brick (including organ, flute and drum solos), Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind Up, Instrumental, No Rehearsal, Locomotive Breath, Hard-Headed English General , Wind-Up (reprise)
6/5/73University of MarylandCollege Park?, Md. USA
 
Cancelled, due to the equipment truck having broken down in N. Carolina, according to local radio reports.
This show isn't mentioned at all in the Circus magazine article.
7/5/73Hershey Park ArenaHershey, Pa. USA
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley. Circus magazine and three audience members claim there was a concert in Johnstown on this date, but three other audience members with specific memories and evidence prove otherwise. See 16/5/73.
'Thick As A Brick' was played in full, but not 'A Passion Play'.
8/5/73Civic Coliseum?Knoxville, Tn. USA
 
Not a concert - Circus magazine said Tull spent four days on more rehearsal here before the Hampton, Va. show on 11 June; if that's correct, this would have been the first rehearsal day. However, this is very doubtful, as the 9 May show definitely went ahead, in Ohio.
9/5/73Miami UniversityOxford, Oh. USA
 
Circus magazine implies that this show was originally scheduled to be in Dayton (40 miles away), but was cancelled and definitely replaced with this one.
The 'Thick As A Brick' set was performed again, but Ian announced that this would be the last concert before the debut of 'A Passion Play'.
10/5/73Kent State UniversityKent, Oh. USA
 
Circus magazine mentioned a concert in Columbus was cancelled, as the venue couldn't accommodate Tull's 'electrically heavy' equipment. Two other sources record the show as having been at Kent State University, over 100 miles from Columbus, which suggests the Columbus show was relocated to Kent.
11/5/73ScopeNorfolk, Va. USA
 
The A Live Passion - Live European Tour 1973 and Live May 73 boots were thought to include two tracks from this concert, but an audience member of other shows in this region in May confirms that Tull did not perform at the Scope at all in 1973. A newpaper advert also lists an entirely different event at the Scope on this date.
12/5/73Jenison Fieldhouse, MSUEast Lansing, Mi. USA
 
The precise date is unconfirmed, but an audience member clearly recalls a Spring '73 concert in East Lansing, unexpectedly announced on the morning of the performance. It was announced as a surprise show to test crowd response to the unreleased material, which was understood to mean it was the live premiere. However, see 15/5/73.
Whatever the correct date, an audience member recalls the East Lansing concert as very scary. The sole entrance to the hall opened over an hour late, by which time the crowd outside was so dense people were lifted off their feet; several passed out. When the doors opened, people were crushed against the door frames in a stampede for the best seats (general admission). "...it was no surprise to later hear about 11 deaths at the 'The Who' concert in Cincinnati not much later [Actually 1977]. It could easily have happened in East Lansing.". Confusingly, an audience member at the East Lansing show in 1975 says this description fits that show. Based on the numbers attending (venue capacity: 11-13,000), there is doubt about whether this really was a surprise show.
Yet another audience member recalls that the 'Lifebeats' film was played.
Support: Brewer and Shipley, received badly by a rude crowd.
13/5/73Civic ColiseumKnoxville, Tn. USA
 
The first confirmed live performance of 'A Passion Play', with no timing, equipment of other problems reported. The audience were "spellbound". Included 'A Passion Play', 'Thick As A Brick', and 'Chateau D'isaster' material.
14/5/73Convention CenterLouisville, Ky. USA
15/5/73Mid-South ColiseumMemphis, Tn. USA
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley.
Confusingly, a poster claims that Tull played in East Lansing, Mi. on this date. Could this have been the unscheduled 'surprise' show mentioned above? There has to be doubt about the accuracy of the poster - see one explanation. Another would be that an East Lansing concert booked and billed for this date was moved to 12 May, maybe following the cancellation of a show previously planned for that date.
16?/5/73Cambria County War MemorialJohnstown, Pa. USA
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley.
Three PA failures interrupted 'Thick As A Brick'.
Circus magazine and three audience members claim this was 7 May, but three other audience members with specific memories, one also with a ticket stub dated 7/5/73, confirm otherwise.
There is no doubt that there was a concert in Johnstown; this is the most likely date, but unconfirmed.
Featured the 'A Passion Play' masks and possibly the 'Lifebeats' film, but 'A Passion Play' itself wasn't performed.
Thick As A Brick, Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, Aqualung, Wind Up, Instrumental, No Rehearsal, Locomotive Breath, Hard-Headed English General , Wind-Up (reprise)
Italicised tracks unconfirmed.
17/5/73ColiseumHampton, Va. USA
 
Thought to have been at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY., but an audience member and newspaper report prove otherwise.
Support: may have been Brewer and Shipley.
18/5/73ColiseumRichmond, Va. USA
 
Listed as having been at the Coliseum in Hampton Roads. However, an audience member confirms that was on 17 May, and both that audience member and another recall the Richmond show. Definitely included 'A Passion Play'.
19/5/73ColiseumGreensboro, NC. USA
20/5/73Omni ColiseumAtlanta, Ga. USA
 
A Passion Play, Thick As A Brick, Cross-Eyed Mary, No Rehearsal, Drum Solo, Thick As A Brick (reprise), Aqualung
21/5/73Municipal AuditoriumNashville, Tn. USA
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley.
22/5/73Indiana Convention Exposition CenterIndianapolis, In. USA
23/5/73Kiel Convention HallSt Louis, Mo. USA
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley.
24/5/73Kiel Convention HallSt Louis, Mo. USA
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley.
25/5/73Henry Levitt ArenaWichita, Ks. USA
 
Support reportedly a solo artist playing an acoustic guitar.
'Lifebeats' intro (with film), A Passion Play (incl. 'Hare' film), Thick As A Brick (w. organ, flute and drum solos, incl. Animalée, Bourée, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen), Cross-Eyed Mary, Left Right, Audition, No Rehearsal, Aqualung (intro played by Martin on a plastic ukelele bought locally earlier in the day), Wind Up, Instrumental, Locomotive Breath, Hard-Headed English General, Phone Call
26/5/73Assembly CenterTulsa, Ok. USA
29/5/73Memorial AuditoriumKitchener, Canada
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley.
30/5/73Maple Leaf GardensToronto, Canada
 
Audience: 19,000.
A review says the sound accompanying the 'Hare' film broke down, and Tull briefly played along live, then abandoned it. Does this mean 'The Hare' was performed truly live?
31/5/73Civic CenterOttawa, Canada
1/6/73Colisée Aud.Quebec City, Canada
 
Multiple support acts? One was Black Oak Arkansas.
2/6/73ForumMontréal, Canada
 
Support: Brewer and Shipley, who were heckled by the audience. Martin Barre was boo'd during a guitar solo later in the Tull set itself
The show also featured a couple of choruses of 'Rock Around The Clock' (taped?).

A Passion Play

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