Opening Acts For the Rolling Stones

One of the things I always admired about the band was their choices of opening acts.  I speculate that early in their careers they may not have had much input, but starting around 1969 things changed.  Here's a link to a website that actually lists every opening act since July 12, 1962 (Long John Baldry).  I could be wrong, but I think Buddy Guy has done it the most.


I would have love to have been at this show. I think this was the SARS show.

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.

One night in the 80's I went to Biddy Mulligan's bar/club in Chicago.  For $5 cover charge I was in front of John Lee Hooker and his Coast to Coast Blues Band with invited guests: Willie Dixon and Chuck Berry.  Today, all of them are gone and Biddy Mulligan's is closed, but my memories will stay forever.  

Skynyrd remains the best opening act the stones could have possibly had in my book. One rule don't go out on the tongue, hello, they went on the tongue. 

In my book Little Richard and the Everly Brothers are tough to beat add Bo Diddley and wow.

Back in June of 1972 in Vancouver, Canada I saw the Rolling Stones with Stevie Wonder as their opening act.

The Stones were great, but Stevie Wonder really made it special. It was just after the release of his Music of My Mind album and put on a fabulous show.

The show cost all of $6.50 in Canadian dollars. Lol.


I saw that same show in Ft. Worth, TX in 1972, which included the Staple Singers as the middle act, and agree completely about Stevie Wonder (who was being billed as "Stevie Wonder" for the first time rather than "Little Stevie Wonder") The Stones and the Staple Singers were great but Stevie Wonder stole the show.