1972

05 JAN 1972
Public Halls
Blackburn, Lancashire, England

TUESDAY
11 JAN 1972
Pink Floyd vs Family football match
England

THURSDAY
13 JAN 1972
Green’s Playhouse
Glasgow, Scotland
w/ Help Yourself

FRIDAY
14 JAN 1972
Caird Hall, City Square
Dundee, Scotland
w/ Help Yourselffamilyempiretour72

SATURDAY
15 JAN 1972
Empire Theatre
Edinburgh, Scotland
w/ Help Yourself
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15 JAN 1972 TV BROADCAST (France): Rockenstock
Olympic Studios

London, England

  1. A Song For Me
  2. In My Own Time
  3. Children
  4. A Song For Me (Reprise)
  • Recorded in the studio, most likely late 1971. Episode also features Pink Floyd.

MONDAY
17 JAN 1972 BBC SESSION: Sound of the Seventies
BBC Maida Vale 5

London, England
Broadcast: 27 JAN 1972

  1. Between Blue And Me
  2. Children
  3. Spanish Tide
  4. Blind
  5. Holding The Compass

Ipswich 1972 ticket
FRIDAY
21 JAN 1972
Odeon
Ipswitch, England
w/ Linda Lewis, Help Yourself

SATURDAY
22 JAN 1972
Odeon
Cheltenham, England
w/ Help Yourself

MONDAY
24 JAN 1972

Top Rank
Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales

TUESDAY
25 JAN 1972
Guildhall
Southhampton, England

WEDNESDAY
26 JAN 1972
Town Hall
Watford, England

w/ B.B. Blunder

SATURDAY
29 JAN 1972
Manchester Metropolitan University
Crewe, Cheshire, England

THURSDAY
03 FEB 1972
Imperial College
London,
England

xx FEB 1972
Switzerland

07-20 FEB 1972
France Tour



THURSDAY
17 FEB 1972
Palais Des Sports
Nancy, France
w/ Emmanuel Booz, Tribu

FRIDAY
18 FEB 1972

Besançon, France
w/ Emmanuel Booz

SATURDAY
19 FEB 1972

Salle Des Fetes
Chalon-Sur-Saone, France
w/ Emmanuel Booz

WEDNESDAY
23 FEB 1972?
Planten un Blomen, Halle 7
Hamburg, Germany
w/ Home

25 FEB – 5 MAR 1972
Norway tour

TUESDAY
14 MAR 1972
The Marquee, 90 Wardour Street
Soho, West London, England

w/ Rory Gallagher, Stud, Atomic Rooster, If, Hardin & York, Beggar’s Opera

THURSDAY
16 MAR 1972
Orchid Ballroom
Purley, England

SATURDAY
18 MAR 1972
Imperial College
London, England
w/ Gravy Train

SATURDAY
25 MAR 1972
Glen Ballroom
Llanelli, Wales

TUESDAY
28 MAR 1972

Top Rank
Brighton, East Sussex, England

FRIDAY
31 MAR 1972

Top Rank
Reading, Berkshire, England

SUNDAY
02 APR 1972

Top Rank
Reading, Berkshire, England
w/ Byzantium

THURSDAY
06 APR 1972

TV BROADCAST (Belgium): Pop Shop

MONDAY
01 MAY 1972

Chalkhouse
Chalk Farm, London, England

w/ Sam Apple Pie, Byzantium

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Bickershaw Festival

SATURDAY
06 MAY 1972

Bickershaw Festival
Lancashire, near Wigan, England
w/ The Kinks, Sam Apple Pie

SATURDAY
20 MAY 1972

Phillips Halle
Düsseldorf, Germany
w/ Hawkwind, Focus, Savoy Brown, Home, Mick Abrahams Band

brmMONDAY
22 MAY 1972

Second British Rock Meeting, Insel Grün
Germersheim, West Germany
w/ Wishbone Ash, Atomic Rooster, Buddy Miles Express, Osibisa, Pacific Gas & Electric, Eloy, Home, Amon Düül II, Status Quo, Rory Gallagher, The Kinks, Humble Pie, Sam Apple Pie, Curved Air

TUESDAY
23 JUN 1972

Mayfair Ballroom
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
w/ Audience

SUMMER 1972
BBC SESSION: Bob Harris
BBC Studios
London, England

Broadcast: (MONDAY) 23 OCT 1972

  1. Broken Nose
  2. Ready To Go
  3. Dark Eyes
  4. Burlesque
  5. My Friend The Sun
  6. Coronation


SUNDAY
02 JUL 1972

Roskilde Festival
Roskilde, Denmark
w/ The Kinks, Sha Na Na

  • John Wetton leaves Family owing to the usual musical differences and is replaced by ex-Blossom Toes and Stud guitarist Jim Cregan.


Charlie Whitney, Jim Cregan, Rob Townsend, Poli Palmer, Roger Chapman

FAMILY Mk VI
Roger Chapman: vocals, tenor saxophone, harmonica, percussion

John ‘Charlie’ Whitney: guitars, keyboards, mellotron, sitar
Rob Townsend: drums, percussion
Poli Palmer: flute, piano, vibes, synthesizers
Jim Cregan: bass, guitars, vocals


Rehearsing, London, July 1972.
WEDNESDAY
19 JUL 1972
Torquay Town Hall
Torquay, England


FRIDAY
21 JUL 1972

Queen’s Hall
Barnstaple, Devon, England

04 AUG 1972
Cavendish Hall, The University of Nottingham, University Park
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

18 AUG 1972
SINGLE RELEASE (#13, UK)

  1. Burlesque
  2. The Rockin’ R’s

19 AUG 1972
Kursaal
Southend-on-Sea, Essex

04 SEP 1972
Austria, Vienna (unconfirmed)

05 SEP 1972
Germany, Heidleburg (unconfirmed)

12 SEP 1972
Iceland (unconfirmed)

Bandstand promo advert
SEP 1972
ALBUM RELEASE Bandstand (#15, UK)


16 SEP 1972
Buxton Pop Festival
Buxton, Derbyshire, England
w/ Slade, Steppenwolf, Curved Air, John Kay Band, Uriah Heep, Wizzard, Wishbone Ash, Vinegar Joe, Wild Angels, Glencoe, Sunshine, Cold Comfort Farm

  1. Good News, Bad NewsGood News Bad News
  2. Part Of The LoadPart Of The Load
  3. BurlesqueBurlesque
  4. Spanish TideSpanish Tide
  5. Holding The CompassHolding The Compass
  6. Top Of The HillTop Of The Hill
  7. The Weaver’s AnswerThe Weaver’s Answer


17 SEP 1972
Locarno Electric Village
Bristol, England
w/ Man

24 SEP 1972
Torquay Town Hall
Torquay, Devon, England

25 SEP 1972
Van Dike Club
Plymouth, Davenport, England


26 SEP 1972
Barton Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, England


SUPPORTING ELTON JOHN ON THE 2ND LEG OF HIS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR IN 1972
27 SEP 1972
Boston Music Hall
Boston, MA, United States

28 SEP 1972
Boston Music Hall
Boston, MA, United States

  1. Between Blue And MeBetween Blue And Me
  2. BurlesqueBurlesque
  3. My Friend The SunMy Friend The Sun
  4. Holding The CompassHolding The Compass
  5. Top Of The HillTop Of The Hill
  6. The Weaver’s AnswerThe Weaver’s Answer

29 SEP 1972
New Haven Arena
New Haven, CT, United States

30 SEP 1972
Spectrum Arena
Philadelphia, PA, United States

  1. BurlesqueBurlesque
  2. Good News, Bad NewsGood News Bad News
  3. My Friend The SunMy Friend The Sun
  4. Holding The CompassHolding The Compass
  5. Top Of The HillTop Of The Hill
  6. The Weaver’s AnswerThe Weaver’s Answer

01 OCT 1972
Memorial Auditorium

Rochester, NY, United States

  • Family did not perform according to attendee: “So we’re there at the concert and the DJ/MC comes out and announces that Family will not be playing and that another act, David Bromberg will open. I was devastated.”

02 OCT 1972
Montreal Forum
Montreal, Canada

  • Family did not perform according to potential attendee: “The Montréal FORUM show had at first advertised Family as opening act. THAT was the only reason for me to go. Then it was changed to a local (?) act, a female singer. Cannot recall her name…(could be Lori Lieberman or similar act)”

05 OCT 1972
Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, Canada

  1. Good News Bad News
  2. Burlesque
  3. My Friend The Sun
  4. Holding The Compass
  5. Top Of The Hill
  6. The Weaver’s Answer

06 OCT 1972
Cobo Hall
Detroit, MI, United States

07 OCT 1972 Memorial Auditorium
Buffalo, NY, United States

09 OCT 1972
Nassau Coliseum
Nassau, NY, United States

11 OCT 1972
Horton Field House, Illinois State University
Normal, IL, United States

12 OCT 1972
Civic Culture Center
Wichita, KS, United States

13 OCT 1972
Allen Fieldhouse, University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States

14 OCT 1972
Hilton Coliseum University of Iowa
Ames, IA, United States

15 OCT 1972
Auditorium Arena
Denver, CO, United States

18 OCT 1972
HIC Arena
Honolulu, HI, United States

20 OCT 1972
Seattle Arena
Seattle, WA, United States 

21 OCT 1972
U.C. Berkeley, Community Theater
Berkeley, CA, United States

22 OCT 1972
Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA, United States

23 OCT 1972
LA Forum
Inglewood, CA, United States

Billboard Magazine Concert Review, 23 DEC 1972 – With anything less than such an overwhelming headliner, Family could have walked off with the show. Vocalist Roger Chapman is spellbindingly bizarre combination of Richard Harris and Joe Cocker, with his spaced-out robot-like marching antics. The UA English group gets a riveting sound with the synthesizer-distorted vibraphone of Poli Palmer. They will be welcome return visitors to the U.S. as their word-of-mouth reputation spreads. NAT FREEDLAND

25 OCT 1972
U.C. Berkeley, Community Theater
Berkeley, CA, United States

26 OCT 1972
Civic Plaza
Tucson, AZ, United States

27 OCT 1972
San Diego Sports Arena
San Diego, CA, United States

28 OCT 1972
Civic Assembly Plaza
Phoenix, AZ, United States

  • canceled for Elton to appear in London on 30 OCT 1972

01 NOV 1972
Oklahoma State University, Gallagher Hall
Stillwater, OK, United States

02 NOV 1972
Assembly Center Southwest
Tulsa, OK, United States

03 NOV 1972
Fair Grounds Arena
Oklahoma City, OK, United States

04 NOV 1972
Memorial Auditorium
Kansas, KS, United States

05 NOV 1972
Municipal Auditorium
Dallas, TX, United States

08 NOV 1972
Texas A & M Coliseum
College Station, TX, United States

09 NOV 1972
Municipal Auditorium
San Antonio, TX, United States

10 NOV 1972
Assembly Center, Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA, United States

11 NOV 1972
Mid-South Coliseum
Memphis, TN, United States

12 NOV 1972
Memorial Auditorium
Nashville, TN, United States

14 NOV 1972
University of Alabama, Memorial Coliseum
Tuscaloosa, AL, United States

15 NOV 1972
Atlanta Coliseum
Atlanta, GA, United States

  1. Good News, Bad NewsGood News, Bad News
  2. BurlesqueBurlesque
  3. My Friend The SunMy Friend The Sun
  4. Holding The CompassHolding The Compass
  5. Top Of The HillTop Of The Hill
  6. The Weaver’s AnswerThe Weaver’s Answer

16 NOV 1972
Charlotte Coliseum
Charlotte, NC, United States

17 NOV 1972
Civic Center
Charleston, WV, United States

18 NOV 1972
The Coliseum
Hampton Roads, VA, United States

19 NOV 1972
Carnegie Hall
New York City, NY, United States

20 NOV 1972
Carnegie Hall
New York City, NY, United States

21 NOV 1972
Baltimore Civic Center
Baltimore, MD, United States

22 NOV 1972
State Farm Arena
Harrisburg, PA, United States

24 NOV 1972
Jacksonville Coliseum
Jacksonville, FL, United States

25 NOV 1972
Jai Alai Fronton
Miami, FL, United States

26 NOV 1972
Bay Front Center
St. Petersburg, United States

30 NOV 1972
Portsmouth Guildhall
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

  • Poli Palmer quits Family. Tony Ashton is the replacement.


02 DEC 1972
New Theatre, George St
Oxford, England

05 DEC 1972
The Free Trade Hall
Manchester, Lancashire, England

06 DEC 1972
Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square
Birmingham, West Midlands, England

  1. Satd’y BarflySatd’y Barfly
  2. Top of the HillTop of the Hill
  3. Part Of The LoadPart Of The Load
  4. My Friend The SunMy Friend The Sun
  5. ChildrenChildren
  6. Holding The CompassHolding The Compass
  7. BurlesqueBurlesque
  8. The Weaver’s AnswerThe Weaver’s Answer
  9. Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie FlueRockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
  10. Good News, Bad NewsGood News Bad News

08 DEC 1972
Colston Hall, Colston St
Bristol, England

09 DEC 1972
Capitol Theatre
Cardiff, Wales

10 DEC 1972
Winter Gardens
Bournemouth, England

15 DEC 1972
Green’s Playhouse
Glasgow, Scotland

16 DEC 1972
Edinburgh Empire
Edinburgh, Scotland

  1. Sat’d’yBarflySat’d’yBarfly
  2. Part Of The LoadPart Of The Load
  3. Top Of The HillTop Of The Hill
  4. My Friend The SunMy Friend The Sun
  5. ChildrenChildren
  6. Holding The CompassHolding The Compass
  7. BurlesqueBurlesque
  8. The Weaver’s AnswerThe Weaver’s Answer
  9. Rockin’ Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie FlueRockin’ Pneumonia & The Boogie Woogie Flu
  10. Let’s Have A PartyLet’s Have A Party

17 DEC 1972
Newcastle City Hall
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England

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