Before The Eurythmics there was The Tourists.

The Tourists – In Concert – 1979 – Nights At The Roundtable: Mini-Concert Edition

Before The Eurythmics there was The Tourists.

Before The Eurythmics there was The Tourists.

Click on the link here for Audio Player – The Tourists – Live At The Paris Theater, London – June 23, 1979 – BBC Radio 1

The Tourists had a reasonable following in the U.S., but nothing compared to the success when Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart left to form The Eurythmics.

The earlier incarnation has been pretty much overlooked in retrospect. The Tourists had some very good records and they had the hugely talented (and much lamented) Conny Plank producing those early endeavors.

But as is the case with many bands, individuals grow and blossom in different directions, achieving a different sound. And The Eurythmics were vastly different than The Tourists and they became a massive commercial hit as the result.

But tonight it’s a nod to The Tourists, the earlier incarnation of the Annie Lennon/Dave Stewart collaboration, in concert at The BBC’s Paris Theater on June 23rd 1979.

I suspect you’ll find you’re more familiar with them than you imagined. Still a good band at the time – who knew what was in store?

Enjoy – just over 27 minutes worth.

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