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The Abacab Tour

The Tour starts in Europe

Scheduled Dates
Date Venue City Country Additional Comments
24.8.81 to 6.9.81 Fisher Lane Farm Chiddingfold United Kingdom Rehearsals (Dates unconfirmed)
07.9.81 to 21.9.81 Shepperton Film Studios Middlesex United Kingdom Rehearsals (Dates Unconfirmed) – Interview from Rehearsals
25.9.81 Plaza de Toros Monumental Barcelona Spain (First ever use of the Vari-lite system)
27.9.81 Velodromo Anoeta San Sebastian Spain
29.9.81 Amphitheatre Frejus France
30.9.81 Parc des Expositions Avignon France
1.10.81 Palais des Sports Lyon France
2.10.81 Halle Rhenus Strasbourg France
3.10.81 Groenoordhal Leiden Holland (The infamous Booing Concert Phil has strong words with the audience)
4.10.81 Groenoordhal Leiden Holland
5.10.81 Stadthalle Bremen Germany
6.10.81 Grugahalle Essen Germany
8.10.81 Olympiahalle Munich Germany
9.10.81 Messehalle Nuernburg Germany
10.10.81 Karl Diehm Halle Wuerzburg Germany
11.10.81 EisSporthalle Kassel Germany
13.10.81 Eilenriedhalle Hanover Germany
14.10.81 Ostseehalle Kiel Germany
15.10.81 Congresshalle Hamburg Germany
16-17.10.81 Sportshalle Cologne Germany
19-21.10.81 L’Hippodrome Pantin Paris France
22.10.81 Vorst Nationale Brussels Belgium
23.10.81 Parc des Expositions Metz France
24-25.10.81 Hallenstadion Zurich Switzerland
27.10.81 Westfalenhalle Dortmund Germany
28.10.81 Freidrich Eberthalle Ludwigshafen Germany
29.10.81 Sporthalle Stuttgart Germany
30-31.10.81 Festhalle Frankfurt Germany
2.11.81 Deutschlandhalle Berlin Germany

The Tour moves to North America and Canada

Scheduled Dates
Date Venue City Country Additional Comments
12.11.81 Dane County Memorial Coliseum Madison WI USA
13-15.11.81 Rosemont Horizon Chicago IL USA
16.11.81 Civic Arena Milwaukee WI USA
17.11.81 Notre Dame University South Bend IN USA
18.11.81 Cobo Arena Detroit MI USA
19.11.81 Civic Arena Pittsburgh PA USA
21.11.81 Riverfront Coliseum Cincinatti OH USA
22-23.11.81 Richfield Coliseum Cleveland OH USA
25-27.11.81 The Spectrum Philadelphia PA USA
28.11.81 Savoy Theatre New York NY USA (Filmed as part of the "Three Sides Live video")
29.11.81 Nassau Coliseum Long Island NY USA (Filmed as part of the "Three Sides Live video")
30.11.81 Capital Centre Largo NY USA
2.12.81 Hartford Civic Centre Hartford CT USA
3-4.12.81 Forum Montreal QC Canada
5.12.81 Ottawa Civic Centre Ottawa ONT Canada
6-7.12.81 Maple Leaf Gardens Toronto ONT Canada
8.12.81 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Buffalo NY USA
8.12.81 Brendan Byrne Arena East Rutherford NJ USA
11.12.81 Madison Square Garden New York NY USA

The Tour moves to England UK

Scheduled Dates
Date Venue City Country Additional Comments
17-19.12.81 Wembley Arena London England
20-23.12.81 National Exhibition Centre Birmingham England (Filmed as part of the "Three Sides Live video")

The Band

Tony Banks – Keyboards/Piano
Phil Collins – Vocals/Drums/Percussion/Occasional Trumpet
Mike Rutherford – Bass Guitar/Lead Guitar/Drums “Who Dunnit”
Chester Thompson – Drums/Percussion
Daryl Steurmer – Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar

The Tour set list was mainly comprised of :

Behind the Lines/Duchess/The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Dodo, Abacab, Carpet Crawlers, Firth of Fifth, Man on the Corner, Who Dunnit?, Misunderstanding, Me & Sarah Jane, No Reply At All, In The Cage/Cinema Show/Slippermen/Afterglow, Turn It On Again, Dance On A Volcano/Los Endos, I Know What I Like,

The Tour set list was altered with rare performances of :

Me and Virgil, Like It Or Not, The Knife

The Medleys comprised of : 

– Dance On A Volcano / Drum Duet / Los Endos
– In The Cage / The Cinema Show / The Colony Of Slippermen / Afterglow

Additional notes : The tour was captured for posterity by the Band and the crew both visually and audibly which was finally released on Vinyl, Cassette, CD as Three Sides Live with the fourth side in the UK comprising live songs from other tours. There was a live video released also capturing the magic of the band but sadly the live performances were shortened by interview footage interspersed in the live video.

Note: Date of 18th November 1981 updated to correct venue, thank you to “drumchef” for this information.

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