Talent: Bill Haley & Comets, Platters, Bo Diddley, Drifters, LaVern Baker, Clyde McPhatter, Big Joe Turner, Red Prysock, Shirley & Lee, Roy Hamilton, Five Keys, The Turbans, Frankie Lymon & Teenagers
8,000 attend tonight's opening show. As the headliner, Haley earns $1,430 for tonight's show and every show during the tour. LOOK magazine sends a reporter to cover the tour's first couple of dates.
|LOOK magazine photo of Bill Haley and the Comets at Hershey, PA|
April 21, 1956 Warner Theatre, Atlantic City, NJ
Two sell-out shows bring 16,000 fans out.
April 30, 1956 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
A record setting crowd of 13,000 for a single show. The press and TV are pressing Haley about whether rock and roll is dangerous.
May 2, 1956 Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY
A crowd of 9,000 attend the concert with another 3,000 attending the premiere of Rock Around the Clock.
May 3, 1956 Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA
A big crowd of 9,000 fill the Mosque. The crowd was energetic but well behaved.
May 5, 1956 Memorial Auditorium, Canton, OH
Two shows tonight with 7,000 in attendance. After the shows, the package stops for food along the turnpike and a fight takes place between some of the acts. They hit the road and Haley hopes the situation isn't picked up by the press.
A new record crowd tonight as 22,500 fans for two shows.
May 7, 1956 Dayton University Fieldhouse, Dayton, OH
5,500 fans show up tonight.
May 8, 1956 Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tonight's show is attended by 4,000 fans. The Associated Press reports on the fight a few days prior and Haley is upset that the press named him as involved.
Two sell-out shows bring 8,000 fans out.
May 13, 1956 Music Hall, Kansas City, MO
A disappointing 3,500 fans show up for tonight's show. Haley blames poor promotion.
May 14, 1956 Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NE
A disappointing 5,400 fans attend tonight, 400 less than Haley had a few months ago by himself. After the show, the package drove 540 miles to Denver, arriving at 9 a.m.
May 15, 1956 Coliseum, Denver, CO
The package arrives in Dallas at 3 p.m. tired and beat. Tonight's show draws 11,500 unruly and wild fans.
May 17, 1956 Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio, TX
The package arrives in San Antonio at 8:30 p.m. right at show time. Tonight's show draws 7,000 fans.
May 18, 1956 Civic Auditorium, Houston, TX
Another solid draw tonight as 9,000 fans attend tonight's show. At 1 a.m. the package leaves for the 400 mile drive to New Orleans.
May 19, 1956 Loyola Fieldhouse, Loyola University, Baton Rouge, LA
The package arrives in New Orleans at 9:30 a.m. There's enough time for sleep before tonight's show. A crowd of 11,000 attended the show. Prior to the show, Bill Haley and Fats Domino meet for the first time. The package heads out at 1 a.m. for Birmingham.
May 20, 1956 Municipal Auditorium, Birmingham, AL
On the drive, the Comet's equipment truck turns over in Mississippi. The truck is damaged and the drivers are injured, but not badly. The package arrives to find pickets outside the auditorium as the White Citizen's Council had urged whites to stay away from the show. A modest 5,000 ignore the pickets and attend the show, roughly half the crowd Haley drew last time he was in town.
May 21, 1956 Chatanooga, TN
A poor turnout as only 1,200 show up as racial tensions continue to mount.
May 22, 1956 Greensville, SC
Although two shows are scheduled, only the first show takes place with 4,000 showing up. The second show is cancelled when a bomb is found in the hall.
May 23, 1956 Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh, NC
A strong 5,000 crowd that enjoys the show and is calm.
May 24, 1956 Ponce De Leon Stadium, Atlanta, GA
A record outdoor crowd of 10,000 fans at this show coincides with Haley's latest single release. After the show, the package heads out for Jacksonville, 330 miles away.
May 25, 1956 Baseball Park, Jacksonville, FL
The package arrives at 8:30 a.m. A crowd of 7,500 attend and they are calm and appreciative. They then drive over to Tampa.
May 26, 1956 Ft. Hesterly Armory, Tampa, FL
The package arrives in Tampa at 8:30 p.m. just in time to make the show. A total of 7,600 attend and no trouble is reported.
May 27, 1956 Dinner Key Auditorium, Miami Beach, FL
The troupe leaves Tampa at 1 p.m. and take the scenic drive through the Everglades to Miami Beach. They don't arrive until 9:30 p.m. A record 14,000 attend this show.
May 28, 1956 Sports Arena, Savannah, GA
The troupe boards the railroad for Georgia. Two shows are scheduled and 2,500 attend the first show. However, blacks refuse to attend the second show and it is cancelled. They leave Savannah at noon.
May 29, 1956 Charlotte, NC
A record 14,000 attend a single show tonight. An estimated 5,000 people sent away. The package stayed the next day in Charlotte since the next show is only 70 miles away.
May 30, 1956 Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, NC
Another record crowd as 11,000 fans fill the Coliseum.
May 31, 1956 Township Auditorium, Columbia, SC
A modest 5,000 turnout tonight as the tour begins to wind down. The package leaves town after the second show and drives to Richmond.
Another great turnout as 8,500 fans show up.
June 2, 1956 Municipal Auditorium, Norfolk, VA
Two sell-out shows for a total turnout of 7,000. After the show, the troupe drives to the nation's capital.
June 3, 1956 National Guard Armory, Washington DC
Two shows with a total attendance of 11,000. The afternoon show was calm but the evening show was unruly and wild.
June 4, 1956 Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA
Two sell-out shows and 9,000 fans see a great show.
June 5, 1956 Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WVA
Bad roads between Pittsburgh and Charleston means the package doesn't arrive until 7 p.m. A good crowd of 6,000 to wind up the tour.