Grand Funk Hit The Road In ‘75

January 2, 2018

It wasn’t the most politically correct title, by modern standards, but Grand Funk had already warned All The Girls In The World Beware!!! with their new album at the end of 1974. As soon as the new year began, they were on the road, all over the world, to promote it, with a huge tour that began in Mobile, Alabama on 2 January 1975.

Grand Funk 1975 tour ad

It was an itinerary to remind any doubters just how big an institution Grand Funk were, both at home and abroad. The tour made its way through America during the whole of January, most of February and the first half of March. Then came a European leg, starting in Copenhagen on 6 April and playing to a total of six countries. The tour was subsequently captured on the band's next album, the live LP Caught In The Act. That was released in August 1975 before Grand Funk returned to the studio for the Born To Die set, released early in 1976.

Grand Funk UK poster

That run of shows on the 1975 tour included a show at the venue we now call Wembley Arena (or the SSE Arena, Wembley to be more precise), but which in those days was known as the Empire Pool. In May, the tour visited Canada, before Grand Funk played five shows in Japan, finishing with a date in Hawaii.

As they headed out on the road, the band were in the charts not just with the All The Girls In The World Beware!!! album, but also the single ‘Some Kind Of Wonderful,’ which made it all the way to No. 3 in the US. As Billboard had reported, they were part of an “American invasion” of Britain in the first few months of 1975 that also included visits by Glen Campbell, Al Martino, Anne Murray and Tavares.

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12 comments

  1. JD
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    Grand Funk Railroad is one of the best bands ever. On Time was my 1st album bought and still have it today along with other Grand Funk albums. Great studio recordings and even better Live. Saw the reunion in 96 and wish it could happen again !!!

  2. James Brush
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    Crying over spilt milk. Grand Funk Railroad is not Hall of Fame Rock N Roll for the same reason that Jethro Tull is not in Hall of Fame.. These bands are disconnected from the Producers because these bands are rebels and will not put up the Executive Producers BS.

  3. Joaquin De La Garza
    Reply

    Since Mark Farner quit the band,there is no more Grand Funk,,he was the soul and spirit of the band,,and he was Grand Funk Rairoad,,,

  4. Joe Ladnier
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    I was at that show in Mobile. They opened it with Flight of the Phoenix and segued into Footstompin’ Music. The same songs they opened with in Mobile two years earlier. They played two encores that night, but I’ll be damned if I can remember what they were.

  5. Jay Crouse
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    Just saw Mark and his Nr G band Saturday night in Jim Thorpe, Pa. He did the old hits including Captain, Heartbreaker, Bad Time…..! They opened with Are You Ready, Rock & Roll Soul, then Footstompin’.

  6. BOBBY MCCRAW
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    GRAND FUNK WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST ROCK AND ROLL BAND EVER! I FELL IN LOVE WITH THEM AT THE AGE OF 13 WHILE CHECKING OUT A FRIEND OF MINES SISTER WHO WAS 16, SHE WAS PLAYING FOOTSTOMPIN MUSIC FROM THE E PLURIBUS FUNK ALBUM, I ASKED WHO IS THAT? SHE SAID GRAND FUNK RAILROAD! THE REST WAS HISTORY!

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