The Rolling Stones European Tour 1970
Tour by The Rolling Stones
Start date30 August 1970
End date9 October 1970
No. of shows23
The Rolling Stones concert chronology

The Rolling Stones' 1970 European Tour was a concert tour of Continental Europe that took place during the late summer and early fall of 1970.


This was the Stones' first tour in Europe since 1967, and became part of a pattern (not always followed) wherein the group would play North America, continental Europe, and the United Kingdom on a three-year rotating cycle.

Shows were similar to that of the 1969 American Tour, but with the material more familiar to audiences as Let It Bleed had now been out for some months. The Stones continued to preview new material, however, as "Brown Sugar", "Dead Flowers", and "You Gotta Move" were set list regulars; they would not appear on record until Sticky Fingers was released a half year later. Unlike many of the group's tours of this era, here the group only played one show a night with only one exception (Milan). The band played "Gimme Shelter" only once, in Malmo, Sweden (the first show of the tour). It can be heard on the bootleg Secrets Travel Fast, and features solos by Keith Richards, Bobby Keys, and Mick Taylor.

Following a tradition set since the band's earliest days, the tour was not without its altercations. The show at Råsunda stadion in Stockholm on 4 September was interrupted by police who feared that fans, provoked by Jagger, would storm the stage. The singer duly responded by pointing the microphone to the police on stage and soon after suggested the audience would sit down for the next song (the slower "Love in Vain").[1] On 14 September a thousand or so forged tickets were rejected at a show at Ernst-Merck-Halle in Hamburg; two hundred policemen were needed to handle disappointed fans. Two days later at Deutschlandhalle in West Berlin, there were nasty battles between assorted youths and the police before the show, and some 50 arrests were made. Then on 1 October at Milan's Palazzo Dello Sport, two thousand youths tried to crash the gates to get into the show. Police had to use tear gas to quell the riot; there were injuries among both the cops and the crowd, and 63 arrests were made.

No live recordings of the tour have been officially released; there is only one known soundboard recording from Paris.


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Additional musicians

Tour set list

The fairly typical set list for the tour was:

  1. "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
  2. "Roll Over Beethoven"
  3. "Sympathy for the Devil"
  4. "Stray Cat Blues"
  5. "Love in Vain"
  6. "Prodigal Son"
  7. "You Gotta Move"
  8. "Dead Flowers"
  9. "Midnight Rambler"
  10. "Live With Me"
  11. "Let It Rock"
  12. "Little Queenie"
  13. "Brown Sugar"
  14. "Honky Tonk Women"
  15. "Street Fighting Man"

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue
30 August 1970 Malmö Sweden Baltiska hallen
2 September 1970 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Olympic Stadium
4 September 1970 Stockholm Sweden Råsunda Stadium
6 September 1970 Gothenburg Liseberg
9 September 1970 Aarhus Denmark Vejlby-Risskov Hallen
11 September 1970 Copenhagen Forum Copenhagen
12 September 1970
14 September 1970 Hamburg West Germany Ernst-Merck-Halle
16 September 1970 West Berlin Deutschlandhalle
18 September 1970 Cologne Sporthalle
20 September 1970 Stuttgart Killesbergpark
22 September 1970 Paris France Palais des Sports
23 September 1970
24 September 1970
26 September 1970 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
29 September 1970 Rome Italy Palazzo dello Sport
1 October 1970
(2 shows)
Milan Palazzetto Lido Sport
3 October 1970 Lyon France Palais des Sports de Gerland
5 October 1970 Frankfurt West Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
6 October 1970
7 October 1970 Essen Grugahalle
9 October 1970 Amsterdam Netherlands RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre


  1. ^ Tingvall, Ove (1999); "Rolling Stones i Sverige"
  2. ^ Sportsfan (14 April 2019), Rolling Stones Street Fighting Man Amsterdam 1970, retrieved 19 July 2019
  3. ^ "The Rolling Stones and Stephen Stills in Amsterdam 1970". Retrieved 19 July 2019.