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THE ROLLING STONES' OPENING ACTS: A PARTIAL LIST

Here's an incomplete list of the artists who have opened for the Rolling Stones throughout their performing career (on the 1963 shows and some early special shows, the Stones were not necessarily the headliners):
 

July 12, 1962, Marquee Club (London): Long John Baldry's Kansas City Blue Boys.

January 1963 London club shows: Cyril Davies' All Stars, The Velvets, Long John Baldry.

August 11, 1963 Richmond Jazz Festival: Long John Baldry, Cyril Davies' All Stars, The Velvets, Acker Bilk's Paramount Jazz Band, Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen, Freddy Randall Band, Blue Note Jazz Band.

August-September 1963 British concerts: Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, The Ghost Riders, Tommy Bruce & the Bruisers, The Checkmates, The Young Ones, The Merseybeats, Dave Berry & The Cruisers, The Doodle-Bugs, The Dynatones.

Fall 1963 UK Tour: The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Julie Grant, Mickie Most, The Flintstones.

November-December 1963 British concerts: The Checkmates, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Liverbirds, The Strangers, The Big 3, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, The Sheffields, Johnny Tempest & the Cadillacs, The Vantennas, Karen Young, Vance Arnold & the Avengers, The Downliners Sect, The Valiants, Frankenstein & His Monsters, The Crestas, The Rattles, The Escorts, Mike Sagar & the Tornados, The Ricky Allen Trio, The Exchequers, The Detours, The Overlanders, Pete McClaine & the Clan, The Art Tilburn All-Stars, Group One, Glyn Johns & the Presidents, The Graham Bond Quintet, Georgie Fame & the Blue Fames, The Yardbirds, The 4 Plus 1, Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions.

January 1964 UK Tour (& others concerts): The Ronettes, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Marty Wilde & the Wildcats, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, the Cheynes, Al Paige, Joe Brown & His Bruvvers, The Four Aces, Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Bern Elliott & the Fenmen, Johnny, Mike & the Shades.

February-March 1964 UK Tour (& other concerts): John Leyton, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Mike Sarne, Jet Harris, Billie Davis, Mike Berry & the Innocents, Bern Eliott & the Fenmen, Dustry Springfield & the Echoes, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, LeRoys, Billy Boyle, The Hollies, The Paramounts, Eden Kane.

March-May 1964 UK concerts: The Marauders, Denny Laine & the Diplomats, Group Z, Barron Knights, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Mike Sarne, Alex Harvey Band, Chris Farlowe & the Thunderbirds, Jet Harris, Big Dee Irwin, Terry Judge & the Barristers, Mike Berry, The Falcons, The League of Gentlemen, Billie Davis, The Rattles, Mickey Finn & the Bluemen, The Innocents, Miss Olivia Dunn, Dene Hunter & the Sunliners, The LeRoys, The Lou Prager Orchestra, Heinz & the Saints, Pete McClaine, The Mandrakes, Mark Anthony & the Avengers, Four Just Men, The Swinging Hi-Four, Millie Small & the No Names, Julie Grant, Overlanders, Gene Vincent & the Shouts, Avon Cities, Christine Marlowe, Mike Tobin & the Magnettes, Gamblers, Ray Bush Rhythm & Blues Band, Johnny Carr & the Cadillacs, The Echoes, Keith Powell & the Valets, Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, Chris Carlsen, David John & the Mood, Cliff Bennett & the Rebel Rousers, Applejacks, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, Mark Peters & the Silhouettes, Caravelles, The Monarchs, Freddie & the Dreamers, Simon Scott, Peter & Gordon, Pat Wayne & the Beachcombers, The Outlaws, Dave Dee & the Bostons, The Johnny Quantrose Five, The Barracudas, The Bachelors.

April 26,  1964 New Musical Express Poll-Winners' Concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Merseybeats, The Searchers, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Brian Poole & the Tremeloes, Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Dave Clark Five, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Kathy Kirby, Freddie & the Dreamers, the Hollies.

May 31, 1964 Wembley concert: Adam Faith, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Freddie & the Dreamers, Julie Grant, The Hollies, Eden Kane, The Barron Knights, The Merseybeats, The McKinleys, The Roulettes, Kevin Scott & the Kinsmen, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Undertakers.

1st U.S. Tour (June 1964): The Cascades, George Jones, Bobby Vee, The Counts, Kathy Carr, Jay & the Americans.

June-August 1964 British concerts: Millie & the Five Embers, John Lee Hooker, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Barron Knights, Jimmy Powell & the Five Dimensions, The Downliners Sect, Tony Colton & the Crawdaddies, Kenny Lynch, The Echoes, Simon Scott, The LeRoys, The Executives, Mandrakes, The Mysteries, Lulu & the Luvvers, Ray Kennon & the Guvnors, The Sabres, Tom Jones, Patrick Dane & the Quiet Five, Prince & the Paupers, Danny Clarke & the Jaguars, The Falcons, The Worryin' Kind, Ray Anton & the Peppermint Men, Westcoasters, Ryles Brothers with Dallas, Gene Vincent & the Shouts, The Avengers, Marty Wilde & the Wildcats, Tony Rivers & The Castaways, Kremlins, The Ken Turner Orchestra, The Redcaps, Julie Grant, Long John Baldry & the Hoochie Coochie Men (incl. Rod Stewart).

Fall 1964 UK Tour: The Mojos, Charlie & Inez Foxx, Simon Scott & the LeRoys, Mike Berry & the Innocents.

October 1964 Paris concerts: The Vince Taylor Band, Ron & Mel.

October 28-29, 1964 TAMI Show (Santa Monica): The Beach Boys, the Supremes, James Brown, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Marvin Gaye, Jan & Dean, Gerry & Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Lesley Gore.

2nd U.S. Tour (October-November 1964): The Righteous Brothers, Keith Allison & the Goodnighters, Jody Miller, Tony Bigg, Dick & Dee Dee, Jimmy Clanton, The Spats, The Vibrants, The Soul Brothers, The Misfits, Joel Scott Hill, Alan Black, Fort Wayne, The Shangri-Las, Ivan & the Sabers.

1965 Tour of Australia & New Zealand: Roy Orbison, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, The Newbeats, Chris Hall & the Torquays, The Flies, The Clefs.

Spring 1965 UK Tour: The Hollies, Dave Berry & the Cruisers, Goldie & the Gingerbreads, The Checkmates, The Konrads.

April 11, 1965 New Musical Express Poll Winners' concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Kinks, The Animals, Dusty Springfield, Tom Jones, Them, Donovan, Cilla Black, Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, Twinkle, Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames, Freddie & the Dreamers, The Moody Blues.

April 1965 Paris, France concerts: Les Jets, Vince Taylor, Evy & Rocky Roberts.

Spring 1965 North American Tour: The Beach Boys, The Righteous Brothers, The Byrds, Marty Robbins, Herman's Hermits, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Jenny Rock, J. B. & The Playboys, The Staccatos, The Esquires, David Clayton Thomas & the Shays, The Runarounds, The Nottingham Three, The Fortune Tellers, The Knickerbockers, The Sundowners, Bobby Vee, Freddie Cannon, Bobby Freeman, Reparata & The Delrons, Brenda Holloway, The Hondells, The Ikettes, The Detergents, Billy Stewart, The Roemans, The Intruders, Pam Hall & The Catalinas, The Canadian Legends, Sonny James, Cannibal & the Headhunters, The Premiers, Skeeter Davis, Del Reeves, Archie Campbell, The Newbeats, The Buschmen, The Driftwoods, The Torquays, Don & the Deacons, The Vibrants, The Dartells, The Ladybirds, The Cindermen, The Road Runners.

Spring 1965 Tour of Scotland: The Hollies, The Original Checkmates, The Cannon Brothers, Doris Troy, The Drumbeats, Mike & the Shades, The West Five, The Modells.

Spring 1965 Scandinavian Tour: The Pussycats (Norway).

July-August 1965 British concerts: Long John Baldry, The Walker Brothers, Rod Stewart, Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, The Quiet Five, The Fourmost, Sugar Pie Desanto, Julie Grant.

September 1965 Tour of West Germany & Austria: The Rackets, Didi & the ABC Boys, Team Beats, The Rivets.

Fall 1965 UK Tour: The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4+2, the Moody Blues, the Checkmates, Charles Dickens, The Habits, The End, Ray Cameron.

Fall 1965 North American Tour: Patti Labelle & the Blue Belles, The Rocking Ramrods, The Vibrations, The Embers.

1966 Tour of Australia & New Zealand: Max Merritt & the Meteors, Tony Barber, Marty Rhone, The Four Fours.

Spring 1966 European Tour: Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, Ian Witcomb, Antoine et les Problèmes (les Charlots), The Newbeats, les Hou-Lops, Ronnie Bird, Les Debs, Les Why Not, Jean-Christian Michel, Cecilia Stam, The Daretakers, The Defenders, the Hi-Balls, Lee Kings.

May 1, 1966 New Musical Express Poll-Winners' Concert (Wembley): The Beatles, The Who, Dusty Springfield, The Echoes, Cliff Richard, Roy Orbison, The Small Faces, The Spencer Davis Group, Herman's Hermits, The Yardbirds, The Walker Brothers.

1966 North American Tour: The McCoys, The Standells, The Trade Winds, The Ugly Ducklings, The Rogues, The Ronettes, The Syndicate of Sound.

1966 UK Tour: Ike & Tina Turner, The Yardbirds (incl. Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck), Peter Jay & the New Jay Walkers, The Kings of Rhythm Orchestra, The Ike-Ettes, Jimmy Thomas, Bobby John.

1967 European Tour: The Move, The Easy Beats, The Creation, The Batman (Didi & the ABC Boys), Achim Reichel, Red & Black.

May 18, 1968 New Musical Express Concert (Wembley): Scott Walker, Dusty Springfield, The Move, The Herd, The Amen Corner, Cliff Richard, Lulu, Tony Blackburn, The Paper Dolls, The Association, The Love Affair, Don Partridge, Status Quo.

December 1968 Rock & Roll Circus: The Who, Jethro Tull, Marianne Faithfull, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, Taj Mahal.

Hyde Park, London, July 5, 1969: King Crimson, Family, Alexis Korner's New Church, The Screw, The Battered Ornaments, The Third Ear Band.

Fall 1969 US Tour: Chuck Berry, B. B. King, Ike & Tina Turner (with Janis Joplin for 1 concert), Terry Reid.

November 30, 1969 West Palm Beach, Florida festival: The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Spooky Tooth, The Band, Janis Joplin, Iron Butterfly, Steppenwolf, The Chamber Brothers.

Altamont Speedway festival, December 6, 1969: Santana, Jefferson Airplane, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

December 1969 London concerts: Mighty Baby, Shakin' Stevens, David Berglass (magician), Procol Harum.

1970 European Tour: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells (incl. Eric Clapton on 1 concert), Bonnie Raitt.

1971 UK Tour: The Groundhogs, Merlin, Noir.

1972 North American Tour: Stevie Wonder, Martha & the Vandellas, Robert Shields (mime artist).

January 1973 Los Angeles benefit concert: Santana, Cheech & Chong.

1973 Pacific Tour: ZZ Top, Madder Lake, Headband, Itambu, Chain.

1973 European Tour: The Godsquad (Billy Preston with Mick Taylor), Kracker.

1975 North American Tour: The Meters, The Charlie Daniels Band, The J. Geils Band, Furry Lewis, The Eagles, The Commodores, Bobby Womack, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Montrose, Trapeze, The Gap Band, Rufus, The Crusaders, Joe Vitale's Madmen, Trapeze, Tower of Power, Ethnic, Procession, Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Outlaws, Furry Lewis, New York City steel band.

1976 European Tour: The Meters, Robin Trower, Kokomo, John Miles, Little Feat.

August 1976 Knebworth festival: Lynyrd Skynyrd, 10cc, Todd Rundgren, Hot Tuna, Don Harrison Band.

1978 U.S. Tour: Peter Tosh, Foreigner, Journey, Southside Johnny & the Ashbury Dukes, Patti Smith, Furry Lewis, Eddie Money, Kansas, April Wine, Van Halen, Santana, The Doobie Brothers, The Henry Paul Band, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Doug Kershaw, The Outlaws.

April 1979 Oshawa benefit concert: The New Barbarians.

1981 US Tour: Journey, The J. Geils Band, George Thorogood, Van Halen, Prince, The Go-Go's, Santana, The Stray Cats, ZZ Top, The Neville Brothers, Iggy Pop, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Heart, Molly Hatchet, Tina Turner, Joe Ely, The Henry Paul Band, The Meters, Stanley Clarke, Etta James, Garland Jeffreys, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, The Greg Kihn Band, Lamont Cranston, Bobby Womack.

1982 European Tour: Black Uhuru, UB40, BAP, The J. Geils Band, George Thorogood, Joe Jackson, Téléphone, TV21, Peter Maffay, Kim Larsen.

1986 private tribute to Ian Stewart (London): Blues 'N' Trouble, Rocket 88. With Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck & Simon Kirke.

1989 North American Tour: Sons of Bob, Living Colour, Guns 'N' Roses.

1990 European Tour: Toten Hosen, Gun, The Dan Reed Network.

1994 North American Tour: Jeff Healey, Counting Crows, Stone Temple Pilots, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz, Buddy Guy, Bryan Adams, Spin Doctors.

1995 Tour of Latin America & South Africa: Caifanes, Pappo, Las Pelotas, Los Ratones Paranoicos.

1995 Pacific Tour: Cruel Sea (Australia).

1995 European Tour: The Tragically Hip, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Bon Jovi, Éric Lapointe, Robert Cray, Alkbottle, Andrew Strong, Big Country, La Place.

1997-98 North American Tour: Blues Traveler, Foo Fighters, Sheryl Crow, Pearl Jam, The Dave Matthews Band, Smashing Pumpkins (with Marilyn Manson for at least 1 concert), The Wallflowers, Third Eye Blind, Jonny Lang, Santana, Matchbox 20, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, El Tri.

1998 Tour of Japan, South America & return to North America: Bob Dylan, Meredith Brooks, Wide Mouth Mason, Our Lady Peace, Buddy Guy.

1998 European Tour: The Dave Matthews Band, The Hothouse Flowers, Big Country, The Corrs, Simple Minds, Jonny Lang, Jean Louis Aubert, Seahorses, Spleen, Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

1999 North American Tour: Bryan Adams, Jonny Lang, Wide Mouth Mason, Big Sugar, The Flys, The Corrs, Goo Goo Dolls, Sugar Ray.

1999 European Tour: Bryan Adams, Sheryl Crow, Ocean Colour Scene, Zucchero, Catatonia, Los Suaves, Rowwen Heze, BAP.

2002-03 North American Tour: Danko Jones, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland & Dr. John, Soulive, Jonny Lang, The Strokes, No Doubt, Elvis Costello, The White Stripes, Shaggy, Sheryl Crow, Solomon Burke, John Cougar Mellencamp, Lifehouse, Les Respectables, Ryan Adams, Susan Tedeschi, (Ex-President) Bill Clinton.

2003 Pacific & Asian Tour: Jam, Jet, You Am I.

2003 European Tour: The Cranberries, Keziah Jones, AC/DC, Counting Crows, The Pretenders, Stereophonics, Burn, The Hives, The Hellacopters, ZZ Top, Brainstorm, Olimpic, The Darkness, Böhse Onkelz, Toots & the Maytals, The Vue, Starsailor, The Thrills, Feeder, Idlewild, Tim Burgess, Therapy?, DeMens, Clouseau, The Cooper Temple Clause, Simple Minds, Primal Scream, Xutos & Pontapés, Lovebugs.

Downsview Park, Toronto, Canada, July 30, 2003: Dan Akroyd & Jim Belushi (Have Love Will Travel), Sam Roberts, Kathleen Edwards, La Chicane, Tea Party, The Flaming Lips, Sass Jordan with Jeff Healey, The Isley Brothers, Blue Rodeo, Justin Timberlake, The Guess Who, Rush, AC/DC.

2003 Hong Kong concerts: Mick Gerace (Elvis Presley impersonator), Joey Yung, Nicholas Tse.

Pheonix Concert Theatre, Toronto, Canada, August 10, 2005: The Trews.

2005-06 North & South American Tour: Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Les Trois Accords, Our Lady Peace, The Tragically Hip, Buddy Guy, Los Lonely Boys, Dan Akroyd & Jim Belushi (Have Love Will Travel), Alanis Morissette, Beck, Pearl Jam, John Mayer Trio, Trey Anastasio, Wilco, Joss Stone, 54-40, Motley Crüe, Toots and the Maytals, Everclear, Metallica, Jason Mraz, Delbert McClinton, Anick Jean, Sloan, Metric, Antigone Rising, Soulive, Brooks & Dunn, Juan Luis Guerra, Titas, Afroreggae, Los Piojos, Fobia, Alejandra Guzman, Queens of the Stone Age, Merle Haggard, The Meters, The B-52s.

2006 Pacific Tour: Richie Kotzen, The Living End, Airbourne, Nickelback.

2006 European Tour: Feeder, Paolo Nutini, Starsailor, Razorlight, Toots & the Maytals, Simple Minds, Kasabian, Lovebugs, the Dandy Warhols, The Charlatans, The Kooks, Maximo Park.

Fall 2006 North American Tour: Kanye West, Sloan, Alice Cooper, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Three Days Grace, Elvis Costello, The Dave Matthews Band, Ian McLagan & the Bump Band, Los Lonely Boys, Buddy Guy, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Blue October, Soulive.

2007 European Tour: Van Morrison, Daniël Lohues and the Louisiana Blues Club, Starsailor, Biffy Clyro, Loquillo y los Trogloditas, Zenttric, Arno Carstens, Jet, Dado Topic & Time, Regina, The Thirst, Elektricni Orgazam, The Answer, Iris, The Charlatans, Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Toots & the Maytals, The Dandy Warhols, The Hold Steady, Frankie Gavin, Tinariwen, The Kooks, The Enemy.

Isle of Wight Festival, Newport, England, June 10, 2007: Keane, the Fratellis, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Melanie C, Country Joe McDonald, The Hedrons, Siniez.

Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, England, June 29, 2013: Billy Bragg, Laura Mvula, Ben Howard, Elvis Costello, Primal Scream.

Hyde Park, London, England, July 6, 2013: King Charles, Gary Clark Jr., The Temper Trap, The Vaccines.

Hyde Park, London, England, July 13, 2013: Vintage Trouble, The 1975, Tom Odell, Jake Bugg.

2014 European Tour: The Temperance Movement, The Struts, John Mayer, Leiva.

Rock in Lisboa festival, Lisbon, Portugal, May 29, 2014: Rui Veloso, Lenine, Angelique Kidjo, Xutos & Pontapés, Gary Clark Jr.

Pinkpop festival, Landgraaf, Netherlands, June 7, 2014: Ed Kowalczyk and the Noordpool Orchestra, Flogging Molly, John Mayer, Bastille.

TW Classic festival, Werchter, Belgium, June 28, 2014: Admiral Freebee, Seasick Steve, Arno, Triggerfinger, Simple Minds.

2014 Australian Tour: Jimmy Barnes, British India, The Preatures, Hunters & Collectors.





 


 
 
 
 

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