Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour
|Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour|
Official tour poster
|World tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble|
|Location||North America, Europe, Oceania|
|Associated album||Couldn't Stand the Weather|
|Start date||February 5, 1984|
|End date||December 31, 1984|
|Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology|
The Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Staged in support of their second studio album Couldn't Stand the Weather, the tour visited venues in North America and Europe from February through December 1984. Comprising seven legs and 148 shows, the tour began in Knoxville, Tennessee on February 5, 1984 and finished in Houston, Texas on December 31, 1984. The second leg visited Scandinavia, before the final legs visited Oceania and the United States. In relation to many of the band's tours, each of the show's set lists differed, and featured songs from both Texas Flood and Couldn't Stand the Weather, as well as several covers.
The tour received mostly positive reviews and reactions from critics. In the summer of 1984, the group opened for Huey Lewis, who called Vaughan "absolutely the best guitarist I've ever heard". The band performed to sold-out audiences in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The Carnegie Hall concert, on October 4, 1984, was a benefit for the T.J. Martell Foundation's work in leukemia and cancer research, garnering much critical acclaim. The show featured many special guests and marked the only time in which the band was expanded beyond a trio. A recording of the performance was released in 1997 as Live at Carnegie Hall and was ultimately certified gold. Subsequent to the Carnegie Hall performance, the group toured Australia and New Zealand, performing at the Sydney Opera House for two nights.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's 1983 album Texas Flood and the supporting Texas Flood Tour brought them to a new level of commercial and critical success. Consisting of three legs and 108 shows, it was the band's first tour as a full-time international act in Europe, and visited Germany for the first time. The group also visited venues throughout North America; they performed to a sold-out performance at The Palace in Hollywood and opened 29 shows for The Moody Blues. Alex Hodges, the band's agent, recalled The Moody Blues tour:
There were a lot of people who didn't want Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble to do The Moody Blues tour. This is an arena tour, an older band dating back to the sixties. But here's the common thread: a band like The Moody Blues was album-oriented rock as we knew it from radio perspective. It wasn't synthesized music or disco and may not have been Eric Clapton, but it came from the same basic music genre that we now call classic rock.
My view was they may be a little on the older side, but as far as his power trio or Stevie being able to command an audience, I just didn't have any doubt.
Double Trouble bassist Tommy Shannon described the tour as "glorious", saying, "Our record hadn't become that successful yet, but we were playing in front of coliseums full of people. We just went out and played, and it fit like a glove. The sound rang through those big coliseums like a monster. People were going crazy, and they had no idea who we were!"
Planning and itinerary
Like the previous Texas Flood Tour, the Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour started three months before Couldn't Stand the Weather was released, giving fans the opportunity to preview new songs. By the fourth North American leg, the album quickly outpaced the sales of Texas Flood and sold 50,000 copies in Canada. The first two legs of the tour, 23 shows in North America and 10 in Europe, were mostly indoor venues. While the band had briefly toured Europe during the Texas Flood Tour, they visited new areas for the Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour such as Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.
In the middle of the tour, Vaughan found it increasingly challenging to perform guitar parts while singing at the same time. He hired Derek O'Brien as an additional guitarist, but the band's sentimental devotion to a trio prevailed. Bassist Tommy Shannon recalls: "Stevie invited Derek O'Brien and [vocalist] Angela Strehli to join us for a few weeks. It went over like a lead balloon. Stevie saw that it wasn't working, so he apologized and let them go. I think he really wanted to get Derek and Angela some recognition. He wanted to show people that there were other great musicians from Austin. He loved both of them." Roadie Byron Barr said that much to the band's dismay, Vaughan hired O'Brien as a rhythm guitarist to "take the pressure off" and "allow him to sing more", saying that it was for only three to five shows. Barr recalled that Vaughan was "real excited" about the idea, and "he wanted everyone else to be excited, but nobody was."
Carnegie Hall concert
On October 4, 1984, Double Trouble performed a sold-out benefit concert at New York City's Carnegie Hall. In celebration of Vaughan's thirtieth birthday, the show featured many special guests including the Roomful of Blues horn section, keyboardist Dr. John, Jimmie Vaughan, vocalist Angela Strehli, and drummer George Rains. The band wore custom velvet "mariachi" suits and designed a stage set of blue and gold. Vaughan originally planned to film the performance for future video release, though Columbia Records declined. Strehli recalls: "...it was supposed to be videoed and at the last minute they pulled some kind of union thing: 'Well, this show is going to run past eleven, so that means we get double time.' So they had to cancel the video part, which is just a shame."
The concert was sold-out with Vaughan's closest friends, and family in the audience; the proceeds benefited the T.J. Martell Foundation's work in leukemia and cancer research. Vaughan was extremely excited and nervous, saying: "The last time I was that nervous is when I got married, but I couldn't show that to anybody ... I calmed down about halfway through 'Voodoo Chile.' I looked over at Tommy [Shannon], and he was just sort of staring at me, and that's when I knew it was gonna be all right." An afterparty was thrown by MTV for the band, record company, and other VIPs. According to the Dallas Times Herald, it took Vaughan an hour just to walk from the bar to the table across the room where his parents were sitting; the article also said, "Stevie Ray found his father, a retired asbestos worker who hadn't taken a plane ride since the Korean War, and hugged him until they both cried." After the show, Jimmie recalled that he was worried that the crowd would have been "a little stiff", saying "[It] turned out they're just like any other beer joint."
Broadcasts, recordings, and releases
On April 15, 1984, Vaughan and Double Trouble's performance in Austin, Texas was recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour. A portion of Vaughan and Double Trouble's performance at the Spectrum was broadcast live on Westwood One, and released on the double CD legacy edition of Couldn't Stand the Weather in 2010; a March 6 performance at the CBS Records Convention in Hawaii was initially considered, though the recording contained technical issues that could not be fixed. Two August 1984 German shows were filmed for television specials. The August 25 show was broadcast live on Rockpalast, with a television audience at an estimated forty-one million. The August 27 show was broadcast live from Munich's Alabamahalle. Although the Carnegie Hall concert was not filmed, a live CD of the show was released in 1997. By 2000, the album sold over 500,000 copies.
Many critics published favorable reviews about the tour; The Lakeland Ledger said that the band didn't disappoint, relying on "their music and themselves to entertain". The News & Observer wrote, "The crowd was still shouting for more when Vaughan unstrapped his guitar and said good night." Others praised the Carnegie Hall show; Stephen Holden of The New York Times acknowledged that Vaughan's talents were "handsomely displayed" and "filled with verve". The Dallas Times Herald said that "it was on the slow, bluesy stuff that the Carnegie Hall sound really helped", despite the fact that the hall's "fabled acoustics [didn't] seem to work so well for rock 'n' roll". The Age praised the Australian leg and assured readers that "none of the publicity is exaggerated". It observed that Vaughan was the "complete master of his instruments" and did it with a "minimum of fuss or flash". The Press wrote about the show in Christchurch, "There must be something about coming from the Lone Star State. The Austin, Texas guitarist turned in a virtuoso performance. ...Vaughan and the band showed they could play with a vengeance, notably in 'Love Struck Baby' and 'Pride and Joy,' both highlights of the concert."
Some critics indicated faults in the band's live mix. At a July 2 show in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the Dallas Times Herald noted that the acoustics in the room were awful, and the sound system provided was faulty. After the show, Vaughan said, "I'm sorry anybody had to see that. Those people out there deserved better." The review went on to say that "the fans jammed as close to the stage as they could get, trying to get a better look at his hands, trying to figure out where the magic was coming from". The Age said that Vaughan's voice was mixed back too far for much of it to be heard, "especially on the louder material".
Impact and legacy
Following the conclusion of the Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour, Vaughan and Double Trouble went on a month-long break from touring as a band. Vaughan took a vacation with Lenny on the island of Saint Croix in the Virgin Islands. He also spent most of the time at Cedar Creek Studios in Austin, where he co-produced and performed on Lonnie Mack's Strike Like Lightning, which was released in April 1985. The band's subsequent Japan Tour was their first and only visit to cities like Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo; the following Soul to Soul Tour resulted with the addition of keyboardist Reese Wynans, who would remain a member of the band until Vaughan's death in 1990.
|Leg 1: North America|
|February 5, 1984||Knoxville||United States||Alumni Memorial Gym||Tinsley Ellis|
|February 7, 1984||Charlotte||P. B. Scott's Music Hall|
|February 8, 1984||Atlanta||Moonshadow Saloon|
|February 10, 1984||Athens||University of Georgia||Tinsley Ellis|
|February 11, 1984||Carbondale||Southern Illinois University|
|February 12, 1984||Kansas City||Uptown Theater|
|February 15, 1984||Normal||Illinois State University|
|February 16, 1984||Peoria||Second Chance|
|February 17, 1984||Chicago||Embassy Club Ballroom|
|February 18, 1984||University of Chicago|
|February 25, 1984||Honolulu||Aloha Stadium|
|March 10, 1984||Southampton||Southampton College|
|March 11, 1984||Sunderland||Rusty Nail|
|March 13, 1984||Poughkeepsie||The Chance|
|March 14, 1984||Union||Kean College|
|March 15, 1984||Scotia||Radio City|
|March 16, 1984||Providence||Rhode Island College|
|March 17, 1984||New Haven||Twilight Zone Club|
|Leg 2: Europe|
|March 21, 1984||Copenhagen||Denmark||Alexandra Rock Theater|
|March 22, 1984||Oslo||Norway||Club 7|
|March 23, 1984||Voss||Vossajazz|
|March 24, 1984||Bergen||Hulen|
|March 25, 1984||Trondheim||Skansen|
|March 27, 1984||Helsinki||Finland||Kulttuuritalo|
|March 28, 1984||Tampere||Tampere University of Technology|
|March 29, 1984||Oulu||Urheilutalo|
|March 30, 1984||Stockholm||Sweden||The Ritz|
|March 31, 1984||Lund||Pub Sparta|
|Leg 3: North America|
|April 15, 1984||Austin||United States||Austin Opera House||Townes Van Zant, W. C. Clark, Robert Shaw, Angela Strehli|
|April 19, 1984||Greenville||The Greenleaf|
|April 20, 1984||Williamsburg||William & Mary Hall|
|April 22, 1984||Long Island||My Father's Place|
|April 24, 1984||Memphis||Memphis Blues Festival|
|April 25, 1984||North Brunswick||The Metro|
|April 27, 1984||Plattsburgh||Hawkins Hall|
|April 28, 1984||New Paltz||SUNY New Paltz|
|April 29, 1984||Buffalo||SUNY Buffalo|
|May 2, 1984||Garden City||Nassau Community College|
|May 4, 1984||Bristol||Roger Williams College||Artie Traum|
|May 6, 1984||Oneonta||Hartwick College|
|May 7, 1984||Geneva||Smith's Opera House|
|May 12, 1984||Oklahoma City||Oklahoma City Zoo|
|May 13, 1984||Tulsa||Mohawk Park||Jim Sweeney & the Jumpshots|
|May 15, 1984||Little Rock||Barton Coliseum|
|May 16, 1984||St. Louis||Kiel Opera House|
|May 17, 1984||Davenport||Palmer College of Chiropractic|
|May 18, 1984||Dubuque||Five Flags Arena|
|May 19, 1984||Kansas City||Starlight Theatre|
|May 20, 1984||Valley Center||Britt Brown Arena|
|May 23, 1984||Austin||Austin Opera House|
|June 15, 1984||Irvine||Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre|
|June 16, 1984||Los Angeles||Hollywood Palladium|
|June 17, 1984||San Francisco||Kabuki Theatre|
|June 19, 1984||Portland||Portland Civic Auditorium|
|June 20, 1984||Seattle||Paramount Theatre|
|June 21, 1984||Vancouver||Canada||Commodore Ballroom|
|June 22, 1984||Victoria||Royal Theatre|
|June 24, 1984||Calgary||Max Bell Centre|
|June 25, 1984||Edmonton||Edmonton Convention Centre|
|June 26, 1984||Saskatoon||Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium|
|June 28, 1984||Regina||Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts|
|June 29, 1984||McCreary||Beaver Dam Lake||Gregg Allman, Murray McLauchlan|
|July 2, 1984||St. Paul||United States||Prom Ballroom|
|July 3, 1984||Milwaukee||Henry Maier Festival Park|
|July 5, 1984||Rockford||Coronado Theatre|
|July 6, 1984||Peoria||Peoria Civic Center|
|July 8, 1984||Morrison||Red Rocks Amphitheatre|
|July 10, 1984||Amarillo||Amarillo Civic Center|
|July 11, 1984||Lubbock||Lubbock Municipal Coliseum|
|July 12, 1984||Dallas||Fair Park||Duke Jupiter|
|July 13, 1984||San Antonio||Majestic Theatre|
|July 15, 1984||Temple||Mayborn Civic Center|
|July 18, 1984||Houston||Houston Music Hall|
|July 19, 1984|
|July 20, 1984||Corpus Christi||Bayfront Plaza Auditorium|
|July 21, 1984||Austin||Palmer Auditorium|
|July 27, 1984||New Britain||Willow Brook Park||Charlie Daniels|
|July 28, 1984||Boston||The Channel|
|July 29, 1984||Salem||Winter Island|
|July 30, 1984||New York City||The Ritz|
|August 1, 1984||Hudson River Park|
|August 3, 1984||Tampa||USF Sun Dome|
|August 4, 1984||Jacksonville||Jacksonville Coliseum|
|August 5, 1984||Columbia||Carolina Coliseum|
|August 6, 1984||Charlotte||Park Center Coliseum|
|August 8, 1984||Atlanta||Omni Coliseum|
|August 9, 1984||Greensboro||Greensboro Coliseum|
|August 10, 1984||Roanoke||Roanoke Civic Center|
|August 11, 1984||Norfolk||Norfolk Scope|
|August 12, 1984||Harrisburg||City Island|
|August 14, 1984||Toronto||Canada||Massey Hall|
|August 16, 1984||Ottawa||National Arts Centre|
|August 17, 1984||Montreal||Spectrum|
|Leg 4: Europe|
|August 25, 1984||Sankt Goarshausen||Germany||Freilichtbühne Loreley||Paul Brady, Greg Kihn|
|August 27, 1984||Munich||Alabama-Halle|
|Leg 5: North America|
|September 2, 1984||Shreveport||United States||Veterans Park Bicentennial Amphitheater|
|September 7, 1984||Chicago||Aragon Ballroom||Albert Collins|
|September 8, 1984||Royal Oak||Royal Oak Music Theatre|
|September 9, 1984||Trotwood||Hara Arena|
|September 10, 1984||Indianapolis||Butler University|
|September 13, 1984||Nashville||Memorial Gymnasium|
|September 14, 1984||Memphis||Orpheum Theatre|
|September 15, 1984||Greenville||Mississippi Delta Blues Festival||Down Home Blues Band, Robert Cray|
|September 16, 1984||Fort Worth||Will Rogers Auditorium|
|September 29, 1984||Caravan of Dreams|
|October 4, 1984||New York City||Carnegie Hall|
|October 6, 1984||Boston||Orpheum Theatre|
|October 7, 1984||Hartford||Agora Ballroom|
|October 9, 1984||Hempstead||Hofstra University|
|October 10, 1984||Philadelphia||Irvine Auditorium|
|October 11, 1984||Washington, D.C.||DAR Constitution Hall|
|October 12, 1984||Pittsburgh||Syria Mosque|
|October 14, 1984||Cleveland||Variety Theatre||Jason & the Scorchers|
|October 19, 1984||Phoenix||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|October 20, 1984||El Paso||El Paso County Coliseum|
|October 21, 1984||Santa Fe||Downs at Santa Fe|
|Leg 6: Australia and New Zealand|
|October 26, 1984||Melbourne||Australia||Melbourne Concert Hall|
|October 28, 1984|
|October 31, 1984|
|November 1, 1984||Adelaide||Adelaide Festival Theatre|
|November 3, 1984||Brisbane||Brisbane Festival Hall|
|November 5, 1984||Sydney||Sydney Opera House|
|November 9, 1984|
|November 11, 1984||Palmerston North||New Zealand||FMG Stadium|
|November 12, 1984||Wellington||Wellington Town Hall|
|November 13, 1984||Christchurch||Christchurch Town Hall|
|November 14, 1984||Auckland||Logan Campbell Centre|
|Leg 7: North America|
|November 20, 1984||Santa Barbara||United States||Arlington Theater|
|November 21, 1984||Universal City||Universal Amphitheatre|
|November 22, 1984||Los Angeles||Pauley Pavilion|
|November 23, 1984||Fresno||Warnors Theatre|
|November 24, 1984||San Francisco||The Warfield|
|November 25, 1984|
|November 27, 1984||Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium|
|November 28, 1984||Davis||University of California|
|November 29, 1984||Oroville||Butte College||Ralph Shine Blues Band|
|November 30, 1984||Arcata||Humboldt State University|
|December 31, 1984||Houston||Astroarena|
|Leg 8: Japan|
|January 20, 1985||Osaka||Japan||Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan|
|January 21, 1985||Nagoya||Unryū Hall|
|January 23, 1985||Tokyo||Tokyo Yūbin Chokin Hall|
|January 24, 1985|
|January 25, 1985|
|Leg 9: North America|
|March 10, 1985||South Padre Island||United States||Isla Blanca Park||Joe Carrasco|
|March 21, 1985||Manor||Manor Downs||Delbert McClinton, Jerry Jeff Walker|
|March 23, 1985||Boston||Boston Opera House||Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson, Albert King|
|March 24, 1985||Worcester||E.M. Loew's Center for the Performing Arts|
|March 27, 1985||Hamilton||Canada||Hamilton Place Theatre|
|March 28, 1985||Waterloo||Super Skate Seven|
|March 29, 1985||Toronto||Massey Hall|
|March 30, 1985||Oshawa||Oshawa Civic Auditorium|
|April 21, 1985||Dallas||United States||Dallas Convention Center Arena|
|April 24, 1985||Omaha||Omaha Music Hall|
|April 25, 1985||Wichita||Cotillion Ballroom||Lonnie Mack|
|April 26, 1985||Tulsa||Cain's Ballroom|
|April 27, 1985||Oklahoma City||Oklahoma City Zoo|
|April 28, 1985||Tulsa||Mohawk Park|
|April 30, 1985||Corpus Christi||Bayfront Plaza Auditorium||Eric Johnson|
|May 2, 1985||New Orleans||SS President|
|May 4, 1985||San Antonio||Majestic Theatre|
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