The Cotton Bowl in Dallas was another stop for the Eagles on the “Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas ’75” under the big yellow and white tent. About 50,00 people came for this all-day rock concert held during the July 4 weekend. Temperatures were in the high 90s. Prior to this Dallas show, the Eagles opened for the Stones at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on June 6 and County Stadium in Milwaukee on June 8.
There is a short video below of the Rolling Stones’ airplane arriving in Dallas. The Channel 8 news announcer in the video reports that Keith Richards was driving to Dallas from Memphis instead of flying. The car was stopped by the police for reckless driving, illegal possession of a knife and drugs. Keith and one of the passengers were arrested and detained for several hours. A newspaper article with more details is below.
The Cotton Bowl Stadium is a historic landmark that opened in 1930.
Randy Meisner on stage at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas
Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, and Don Henley
Randy Meisner, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Don Felder
The Rolling Stones arriving in Dallas and a look at the stadium from the inside – Channel 8 News
Ad in Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, OK) – June 29, 1975
“Officials said numerous fans suffered from the temperatures that rose into the upper 90’s Sunday as the Stones and other groups performed.”
Vernon Daily Record (Vernon, TX) – July 7, 1975
“Richards was released late Saturday night on a $162 bond, police said, and performed Sunday night in a concert in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.”
Victoria Advocate (Victoria, TX) – July 7, 1975
“As the temperature rose to the upper 90s, free ice was dispensed and two water hoses were turned on to spray overheated viewers.”
Footage of people being sprayed with the water hoses is included in the video above.
Wichita Falls Record-News (Wichita Falls, TX) – July 8, 1975
“The crowd was appreciative when the Eagles came on shortly after 5 p.m. The Eagles, a five-piece group from California, soothed the sunburned fans with their easy flowing country rock. They opened with ‘Take It Easy’ and played a number of their hits for over an hour using both electric and accoustic guitars as well as piano.”
Tulsa World (Tulsa, OK) – July 8, 1975
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