1996 was the year Ozzy Osbourne decided retirement sucks after all, Jimmy Buffett’s plane was shot at in Jamaica, Garth Brooks made a memorable entrance, and Kiss accidentally set their stage on fire.
Here’s a countdown of the top ten tours of ‘96 with their notable moments:
Four years after announcing his retirement, Ozzy Osbourne went out on the road for a tour named Retirement Sucks. What he may have lacked vocally, he made up for visually, with a humorous video of himself superimposed over various celebrities including Elvis and Madonna. He chose not to sing many of the songs from the album that he had out at the time, Ozzmosis.
In ‘96, Jimmy Buffett toured with Banana Wind, taken from the album of the same name. On the set list was “Jamaica Mistaica,” a song written about when Jamaican authorities mistook Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane for a smuggling operation on Jan 16, 1996 and fired shots at it. Fortunately, passengers including Jimmy Buffett, Island Records producer Chris Blackwell, and Bono avoided the bullets and weren’t injured.
Alanis Morissette brought her Can’t Not Tour (also known as Jagged Little Tour and Intellectual Intercourse Tour) in support of her Jagged Little Pill album. Her set list included “You Oughta Know,” which reached no. 6 in the Billboard Hot 100. The album went on to sell a staggering 33 million albums, globally.
Reba McEntire continued to impress her fans visually as well as musically in ‘96. Her performances included remarkable pyrotechnics and nine costume changes.
Rod Stewart toured a set list of classics with A Spanner in the Works, including no. 1 smash “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright).” He also released his album of ballads If We Fall in Love Tonight, which reached no. 19 in the charts.
In ‘96, Neil Diamond toured with performances of his greatest hits, including chart topper “Song Sung Blue,” and also released an album collaborating with various country musicians, Tennessee Moon. The album reached no. 14 in the US Billboard 200.
Bob Seger’s ‘96 tour was eagerly anticipated and received by fans. His set list with The Silver Bullet band at The Omni Atlanta, GA included “Mainstreet,” which had reached the no. 24 spot in The Hot 100.
Every show of Garth Brooks’ World Tour would leave an impression from the start. Garth Brooks would appear, set in a smoky atmosphere, via hydraulic lift through a piano to the opening notes of “The Old Stuff.” Garth pleased fans by charging well below average ticket prices, regardless of the venue. This resulted in many shows selling out in minutes.
Kiss toured with Alive in ‘96. This was also known as The Reunion Tour, as it was the first time original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley had toured since ‘79. On June 15, a stray firework set fire to part of the stage in Irvine, California. And in Cincinnati, a fan threw his prosthetic leg on stage. Unfazed, the band all signed it and threw it back to him.
Topping the ten biggest tours of ‘96 are The Eagles, as they continued their Hell Freezes Over tour. As well as classics including “Hotel California” and “Lyin’ Eyes,” the band performed hits from the solo careers of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh including “The Boys of Summer,” “The Heat is On,” and “Life’s Been Good.”