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The Bridges to Babylon Tour was a 1997-1998 concert tour by The Rolling Stones,
in support of their album Bridges to Babylon.

History
The tour was announced in a press conference held underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. The motto used was "Proves the World's Best Band is just that."
The tour began on September 9, 1997 in Toronto, Canada, and played across 56 shows in North America, 9 shows in South America, 6 shows in Japan and 37 shows in Europe. It concluded on September 19, 1998 in Istanbul, Turkey.

After rehearsing 19 shows in Toronto, there were 34 autumn shows, 21 winter ones, 15 during spring and 37 during summer. Five in total were cancelled in Marseilles, Paris, Lyon, Bilbao and Gijón, and five more were postponed in Italy, Ireland and Great Britain.

The Show
The stage was a new age development with impressive special effects and lights. Most shows ran from 9:00pm to 11:00pm. The signature opening was when the circular screen in the centre exploded with fireworks to give way to the image of guitarist Keith Richards playing the classic riff from "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", the perennial opener for the tour. It was also the first time the band adopted the B stage, which U2 made famous, years earlier, at the Zoo TV tour.

The Bridges to Babylon Tour was the largest Rolling Stones tour at the time, exceeding sales of their record-breaking 1994-1995 Voodoo Lounge Tour. It was believed 4,577,000 people attended the tour over the 108 shows - 2,020,000 in Europe, 2,009,000 in North America, 348,000 in Argentina/Brazil and 200,000 in Japan. The tour reached 25 countries and is the second largest North American tour of all time - second to the Rolling Stones' subsequent A Bigger Bang Tour. Many critics considered Bridges to Babylon one of the band's weaker albums in recent times, so perhaps it is remarkable that the supporting tour was one of the largest in history.

The best recordings of the tour were sold a year later on a live album called No Security. As a result, the band commenced another tour in support of this album called the No Security Tour. It played to much smaller venues and fewer destinations. The Bridges to Babylon Tour show in St. Louis, Missouri was later sold on DVD and became a fast seller.

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