Boyz II Men, Van Halen Tours Among Top 10 of 1995

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From left: Wanya Morris, Nathan Vaderpool, Shawn Stockman and Mike McCary of Boyz II Men rehearse at the Shrine Auditorium in preparation for the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles on Feb. 28, 1995.

1995 was a sad year in the music world: Rock legend Jerry Garcia passed away, three out of four members of R.E.M. were hospitalized, and Van Halen’s tour had so many problems, it was dubbed the Ambulance Tour.

Here is a countdown of the top 10 biggest music tours of 1995, with their many highs and lows:

Reba McEntire

In 1995, Reba McEntire’s Starting Over album topped the Billboard Country Albums chart. Reba also shared the stage with Linda Davis to perform her no. 1 hit “Does He Love You,” to much acclaim. The song became the most awarded of her career, earning three awards, including a Grammy for “Best Country Collaboration.”

Tom Petty

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made the top ten with the Dogs With Wings Tour. Their set list included classics “Free Fallin’” and “I Won’t Back Down,” as well as “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” which reached no. 13 in Billboard’s Hot 100.

Van Halen

Eddie Vedder renamed Van Halen’s Balance Tour—Eddie’s hip injury caused by avascular necrosis, and his brother Alex’s neck brace, made him dub the whole thing the “Ambulance Tour.” Relations were also said to be strained between Eddie and singer Sammy Hagar at the time. A memorable highlight of the tour happened in Denver, when a freak snowstorm led to the band having mischievous snowball fights with fans and slipping around on stage.

Jimmy Page & Robert Plant

In ‘95, former Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and Robert Plant delighted fans on their world tour with an eclectic collection of covers and classic Zeppelin songs, performed with a six-piece rock band, 29 string musicians, and 11 Egyptian folk musicians.

Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men’s album II topped the Billboard 200 chart for 5 weeks, selling 12 million copies in the US and winning a Grammy for Best R&B Album. The duo were dubbed “the hardest working act in show business” at the time and charmed the audience with passionate performances of songs including chart toppers “I’ll Make Love to You” and “On Bended Knee”.

The Grateful Dead

Jerry Garcia’s final show was July 9, 1995 —The Grateful Dead frontman passed away in his sleep a month later at a rehabilitation clinic in Forest Knolls. The show concluded with the fitting “Box of Rain.”

Elton John

Elton John’s Made in England Tour is rather ironically named; despite a tour of 15 European countries and 42 Unites States shows, he didn’t actually perform in his native UK. His shows included “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from “The Lion King,” which reached the no. 4 spot in the Hot 100.

R.E.M.

Although the Monster Tour and album were commercially successful for R.E.M., the tour more than lived up to its name, with three out of the four members being hospitalized at different times. Drummer Bill Berry suffered a brain aneurysm, bassist Mike Mills had surgery to remove an intestinal tumor, and Michael Stipe received hospital treatment due to a hernia. The band’s single “Bag & Blame” found success at no. 19 that year.

The Eagles

The Eagles continued their Hell Freezes Over Tour, which became the most lucrative reunion in tour history. The album of the same name reached no. 1 and has sold 9 million copies in the US.

The Rolling Stones

Coming in at the top spot for this year are The Rolling Stones, who continued their Voodoo Lounge Tour and achieved a total attendance of a staggering 6.5 million. The show would begin with their take on Buddy Holly’s “Not Fade Away”—and they certainly haven’t.