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Big World Tour

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Click on a date to see a set list for that concert.
Opening acts are given in square brackets (for abbreviations see bottom of page).


Club Tour prior to recording

Line-up:
Joe Jackson (voc, p, recorder, accordion, melodica)
Rick Ford (b, ac g, voc)
Vinnie Zummo (g, voc)
Gary Burke (dr)

Before the recording of Big World JJ played a total of 16 gigs at small venues to prepare his band. The following gigs were part of this 'club tour':

Tue, 17 Dec 1985 US New York, NY, CBGB's
Thu,   2 Jan 1986 US New York, NY, Sounds Of Brazil [PG]
Mon,   6 Jan 1986 US Hoboken, NJ, Maxwell's
Wed,   8 Jan 1986 US Hoboken, NJ, Maxwell's
Thu,   9 Jan 1986 US Staten Island, NY, The Wave
Mon, 13 Jan 1986 US Glen Mills, PA, Pulsations
Thu, 16 Jan 1986 US Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY, The Heartbreak
Fri, 17 Jan 1986 US Randolph, NJ, The Final Exam
       Jan 1986 US Spring Valley, NY, Club Manhattan

Concerts during which Big World was recorded

Line-up:
Joe Jackson (voc, p, recorder, accordion, melodica)
Rick Ford (b, ac g, voc)
Vinnie Zummo (g, voc)
Gary Burke (dr)
Joy Askew (bk voc)
Nikki Gregoroff (bk voc)
Peter Hewlett (bk voc)
Curtis King, Jr. (bk voc)

Thu, 23 Jan 1986 US New York, NY, Roundabout Theatre (now: Union Square Theatre)official release
Thu, 23 Jan 1986 US New York, NY, Roundabout Theatreofficial release
Fri, 24 Jan 1986 US New York, NY, Roundabout Theatreofficial release
Fri, 24 Jan 1986 US New York, NY, Roundabout Theatreofficial releaseofficial video releaseofficial video release
Sat, 25 Jan 1986 US New York, NY, Roundabout Theatreofficial release
Sat, 25 Jan 1986 US New York, NY, Roundabout Theatreofficial release


Big World Tour proper

Line-up:
Joe Jackson (voc, alto sax, p)
Rick Ford (b, voc)
Vinnie Zummo (g, accord, synth, organ)
Tom Teeley (g, voc)
Gary Burke (dr)

Thu,   1 May 1986 SE Stockholm, Göta Lejon
Sun,   4 May 1986 DE Düsseldorf, Philipshalle
Mon,   5 May 1986 DE Munich, Deutsches Museum
    7 May 1986 CH Montreux Pop Festival (?) (ca. 7 May)
Fri,   9 May 1986 DE Frankfurt, Eissporthalle
Sat, 10 May 1986 DE Hamburg, Sporthalle
       May 1986 DK Copenhagen
Mon, 12 May 1986 IT Milan, Teatro tenda Lampugnano
Wed, 14 May 1986 FR Montpellier, Zénith
Thu, 15 May 1986 FR Bordeaux, Patinoire Mériadeck
Sat, 17 May 1986 FR Paris, Le Zénith
Sun, 18 May 1986 FR Paris, Le Zénith
Mon, 19 May 1986 BE Brussels, Forest National
Tue, 20 May 1986 NL Amsterdam, Carré
Wed, 21 May 1986 NL Rotterdam, Ahoy
Thu, 22 May 1986 NL Rotterdam, Ahoy
Sat, 24 May 1986 UK London, Wembley Arena
Tue, 27 May 1986 UK Birmingham, Odeon Theatre
Wed, 28 May 1986 UK Manchester, Apollo
Mon,   9 June 1986 CA Ottawa, National Arts Centre, Southam Hall
Fri, 13 June 1986 CA Toronto, Kingswood Music Theatre (open air)
Sat, 14 June 1986 US Clarkston, MI, Pine Knob Music Theatre (open air)
Sun, 15 June 1986 US Poplar Creek, IL, Poplar Creek Music Theater (open air)
Fri, 20 June 1986 CA Vancouver, Expo Theatre (open air) (during Expo 86 World's Fair)official release
Sat, 21 June 1986 CA Vancouver, Expo Theatre (open air) (during Expo 86 World's Fair)official releaseradio
Sun, 22 June 1986 US Seattle, WA, Seattle Center Arena
Thu, 26 June 1986 US Universal City, CA, Universal Amphitheatre
Fri, 27 June 1986 US Universal City, CA, Universal Amphitheatre
Sat, 28 June 1986 US Berkeley, CA, Greek Theatre (open air)
Mon, 30 June 1986 US Park City, UT, Park West Ski Area
Wed,   2 July 1986 US Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre (open air)
Sat,   5 July 1986 US Dallas, TX, Bronco Bowl
Sun,   6 July 1986 US Houston, TX, Southern Star Amphitheater (open air)
Tue,   8 July 1986 US Atlanta, GA, Fox Theatre
Sat, 12 July 1986 US Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion (open air)
Mon, 14 July 1986 US Mansfield, MA, Great Woods Performing Arts Center (open air)
Tue, 15 July 1986 US Philadelphia, PA, The Spectrum
Thu, 17 July 1986 US New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
Fri, 18 July 1986 US New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
Sat, 19 July 1986 US New York, NY, Radio City Music Hall
Sat, 27 Sept 1986 US New York, NY, Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden ("Save the Beacon Theatre" benefit, other artists taking part: Nona Hendryx, Stanley Jordan, Jorma Kaukonen, Yoko Ono, and many more)
       Oct? 1986 JP Nagoya, City Hall
Thu, 16 Oct 1986 JP Osaka, Festival Hall
Mon, 20 Oct 1986 JP Tokyo, Nakano Sun Plazaofficial release
Tue, 21 Oct 1986 JP Tokyo, Nakano Sun Plazaofficial releaseofficial video releaseofficial video release
       Nov 1986 AU Melbourne, State Theatre Look up in Google Earth Look up in Google Maps
       Nov 1986 AU Adelaide, Thebarton Theatre Look up in Google Earth Look up in Google Maps
Wed,   5 Nov 1986 AU Sydney, Entertainment Centre Look up in Google Earth Look up in Google Maps
Thu,   6 Nov 1986 AU Sydney, Entertainment Centre
       Nov 1986 AU Perth
Mon, 10 Nov 1986 DE Berlin, Eissporthalle
Wed, 12 Nov 1986 DE Münster, Halle Münsterland
Thu, 13 Nov 1986 DE Hamburg, Musikhalle
Sat, 15 Nov 1986 FR Lille, Bourse du travail
Sun, 16 Nov 1986 FR Paris, Zénith
Mon, 17 Nov 1986 FR Quimper, Salle Omnisports
Thu, 20 Nov 1986 ES Barcelona, Studio 54
Fri, 21 Nov 1986 ES Madrid, Pabellón Deportivo del Real Madrid
Mon, 24 Nov 1986 FR Lyon, Bourse du travail
Tue, 25 Nov 1986 FR Lyon, Bourse du travail
Thu, 27 Nov 1986 FR Nice, Théâtre de Verdure
Fri, 28 Nov 1986 CH Lausanne, Palais de Beaulieu, Halle 18
Sat, 29 Nov 1986 IT Milan, Palatrussardi
Sun, 30 Nov 1986 IT Padova, Palasport
Tue,   2 Dec 1986 IT Rome
Wed,   3 Dec 1986 IT Florence, Palasport
Sun,   7 Dec 1986 AT Vienna, Kurhalle Oberlaa
Tue,   9 Dec 1986 DE Stuttgart, Liederhalle Beethovensaal
Wed, 10 Dec 1986 DE Ludwigshafen, Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
Fri, 12 Dec 1986 BE Genk, Limburghal
Sat, 13 Dec 1986 NL Arnhem, Rijnhal
Sun, 14 Dec 1986 NL Arnhem, Rijnhal

Opening acts:
    [PG]
= Persian Gulf


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