In Step Tour

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In Step Tour
Tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Associated album In Step
Start date May 4, 1989
End date August 26, 1990
Legs 6
Shows 145
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology
Live Alive Tour
(1986-1989)
In Step Tour
(1989-1990)

The In Step Tour was a concert tour by American blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, which ran from May 4, 1989 to August 26, 1990, in North America. The tour turned out to be the last on which Vaughan performed before his death on August 27, and featured many songs from his fourth studio album In Step.

Background[edit]

During a European tour in 1986, Vaughan was hospitalized in London for substance abuse, and subsequently flew to Atlanta for treatment, with the rest of the tour dates cancelled. After a month of rehabilitation, Vaughan rejoined Double Trouble to tour in support of Live Alive with the Live Alive Tour, and visited countries such as England, Italy, and Germany.[1] The tour signified the first in which Vaughan and bassist Tommy Shannon performed while sober.[2] During the tour, Vaughan began writing new songs about his sobriety—often collaborating with musician Doyle Bramhall—and frequently performed them in concert.[3] At the end of 1988, the band began studio sessions in Memphis and Los Angeles for In Step.[4]

Set list[edit]

The set lists on the In Step Tour consisted largely of the songs from In Step, including "The House Is Rockin'", "Tightrope", "Crossfire", and "Riviera Paradise".[5] A number of songs from his past three studio albums with Double Trouble were still included, however, such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb", "Look at Little Sister", "Couldn't Stand the Weather", and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)".[5]

The following is a sample set list from the band's November 7, 1989 concert at the Spectrum in Philadelphia, which serves well as a sample set list for the tour.

  1. "The House Is Rockin'"
  2. "Tightrope"
  3. "Look at Little Sister"
  4. "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
  5. "Let Me Love You Baby"
  6. "Leave My Girl Alone"
  7. "Wall of Denial"
  8. "Superstition"
  9. "Cold Shot"
  10. "Couldn't Stand the Weather"
  11. "Life Without You"
  12. "Crossfire"
  13. "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
  14. "Riviera Paradise"
  • "The House Is Rockin'" and "Tightrope" were regularly used as the first songs in performances, and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and "Riviera Paradise" were regularly used as the last. A number of concerts in 1990 featured "Collins Shuffle" as the opening song, and in the later dates, songs like Guitar Slim's "The Things That I Used to Do" and Don Nix's "Going Down" were included, the latter of which was introduced at the October 25, 1989 Minneapolis concert. Freddie King's "In the Open" and "Pride and Joy" were also brought back to the band's set list.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support Act(s)
North America—Leg 1
May 4, 1989 Vancouver Canada Orpheum René Martinez
May 6, 1989 Everett United States Everett Civic Auditorium
May 8, 1989 Bozeman Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
May 9, 1989 Missoula Harry Adams Field House
May 10, 1989 Boise Boise State University
May 12, 1989 Santa Barbara Arlington Theater
May 18, 1989 Phoenix Celebrity Theatre
May 20, 1989 San Diego Starlight Bowl Robert Cray
May 21, 1989 Santa Clara Great America
May 22, 1989 Santa Rosa Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
May 23, 1989 Sacramento Community Center Theater
May 25, 1989 Eureka Eureka Municipal Auditorium
May 26, 1989 Salem L. B. Day Amphitheatre
May 27, 1989 Quincy Champs de Brionne Music Theatre Robert Cray
John Hiatt
May 29, 1989 El Paso Mountain Shadow Lakes
North America—Leg 2
June 14, 1989 Ottawa Canada Ottawa Civic Centre Salon
June 16, 1989 Toronto Kingswood Music Theatre
June 17, 1989 Montreal Centre Sportif Colin James
June 20, 1989 Saratoga Springs United States Saratoga Performing Arts Center Henry Lee Summer
June 21, 1989 Burlington Burlington Memorial Auditorium
June 23, 1989 Old Orchard Beach Seashore Performing Arts Center
June 24, 1989 Bristol Lake Compounce Festival Park
June 25, 1989 Mansfield Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts
June 27, 1989 Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Civic Center
June 29, 1989 Pittsburgh Melody Amphitheatre Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
July 11, 1989 Wilkes-Barre F.M. Kirby Center
July 12, 1989 Darien Darien Lake
July 14, 1989 Cleveland Nautica Stage
July 15, 1989 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
July 21, 1989 Toledo Toledo Zoo Stray Cats
July 22, 1989 Indianapolis Deer Creek Music Center
July 23, 1989 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
July 25, 1989 Memphis Mud Island Amphitheatre
July 27, 1989 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
July 28, 1989 Saint Paul Riverfest
August 1, 1989 Kansas City Starlight Theatre
August 2, 1989 Evansville Mesker Amphitheatre
August 4, 1989 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 5, 1989 Syracuse Empire Court
August 6, 1989 Old Orchard Beach Seashore Performing Arts Center
August 10, 1989 Moncton Canada Moncton Coliseum
August 12, 1989 Quebec City Port of Québec Agora
August 13, 1989 Gardner United States Polish American Country Club
August 17, 1989 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 18, 1989 Mears Val-Du-Lakes
August 19, 1989 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre Jeff Healey
Little Feat
August 21, 1989 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre B.B. King
Taj Mahal
August 22, 1989 Park City Deer Valley B.B. King
August 25, 1989 Concord Concord Pavilion
August 26, 1989 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
August 27, 1989
August 29, 1989 Tucson Tucson Community Center
August 30, 1989 Santa Fe Paolo Soleri Amphitheater
September 2, 1989 Houston Astrodome The Who
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
September 3, 1989 Dallas Cotton Bowl
September 23, 1989 Austin Auditorium Shores
October 10, 1989* Austin University of Texas at Austin
(Austin City Limits)
W. C. Clark
October 20, 1989 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 21, 19891 Amarillo Amarillo Convention Center
North America—Leg 3
October 25, 1989 Bloomington United States Met Center Jeff Beck
October 26, 1989 Minneapolis Northrop Auditorium
October 27, 1989 Milwaukee MECCA Arena
October 28, 1989 Chicago UIC Pavilion
October 29, 1989 St. Louis Fox Theatre
October 31, 1989 Columbus Ohio Theatre
November 1, 1989 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum
November 2, 1989 Toronto SkyDome
November 3, 1989 Detroit United States Cobo Hall
November 4, 1989 Pittsburgh Palumbo Center
November 6, 1989 Landover Capital Centre
November 7, 1989 Philadelphia Spectrum
November 8, 1989 Worcester Centrum in Worcester
November 11, 1989 New York City Madison Square Garden
November 12, 1989 Troy Houston Field House
November 14, 1989 Cleveland Public Hall
November 15, 1989 Trotwood Hara Arena
November 16, 1989 Louisville Louisville Gardens
November 18, 1989 Birmingham Boutwell Memorial Auditorium
November 19, 1989 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
November 21, 1989 Miami Miami Arena
November 22, 1989 Tampa USF Sun Dome
November 24, 1989 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
November 25, 1989 Dallas Fair Park Coliseum
November 26, 1989 Austin Frank Erwin Center
November 27, 1989 Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center
November 28, 1989 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
November 29, 1989 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
December 1, 1989 Los Angeles Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
December 2, 1989 Sacramento ARCO Arena
December 3, 1989 Oakland Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
December 6, 1989 Vancouver Canada Orpheum
December 7, 1989 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
December 8, 1989 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
December 31, 1989 New York City The Ritz
January 1, 1990
North America—Leg 4
April 13, 1990 Ann Arbor United States Michigan Theater
April 14, 1990
April 17, 1990 Merrillville Holiday Star Theatre
April 18, 1990 Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Center
April 20, 1990 Fargo Fargo Civic Center
April 21, 1990 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Arena Ernie Isley
April 22, 1990 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
April 25, 1990 San Antonio HemisFair Park
April 28, 1990 Memphis Tom Lee Park
(Beale Street Music Festival)
Albert King
Etta James
John Hiatt
April 29, 1990 Tulsa River Parks Amphitheater
May 2, 1990 Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
May 3, 1990 Abilene Taylor County Expo Center
May 4, 1990 Austin Auditorium Shores Buddy Guy
Ernie Isley
Doyle Bramhall
May 6, 1990 New Orleans New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
June 7, 19902 Burbank NBC Studios
(The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson)
North America—Leg 5
June 8, 1990 Mountain View United States Shoreline Amphitheatre Joe Cocker
June 9, 1990 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
June 10, 1990 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
June 13, 1990 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 15, 1990 Atlanta Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre
June 16, 1990 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
June 17, 1990 Dallas Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre Joe Cocker
B.B. King
Dr. John
Irma Thomas
June 19, 1990 Pelham Oak Mountain Amphitheatre Joe Cocker
June 20, 1990 Nashville Starwood Amphitheatre
June 22, 1990 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
June 23, 1990 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 24, 1990 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 27, 1990 Indianapolis Deer Creek Music Center
June 28, 1990 Pittsburgh Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater
June 30, 1990 Philadelphia Mann Music Center
July 1, 1990 Manchester Veterans Memorial Park
July 2, 1990 London Canada Dr. Rockits
July 3, 1990 Essex Junction United States Champlain Valley Fair
July 4, 1990 Bristol Lake Compounce
July 5, 1990 Stanhope Waterloo Village
July 7, 1990 Holmdel Garden State Arts Center
July 8, 1990 Wantagh Jones Beach Marine Theater
July 10, 1990 Hamilton Canada Copps Coliseum
July 11, 1990 Montreal Montreal Forum
July 12, 1990 Canandaigua United States Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center
July 14, 1990 Columbus Capital Music Center
July 15, 1990 St. Louis Fox Theatre
July 16, 1990 Kansas City Starlight Theatre
July 17, 1990 Denver Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
July 20, 1990 Salem L. B. Day Amphitheatre
July 21, 1990 Quincy Champs de Brionne Music Theatre
July 22, 1990 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
July 24, 1990 Anchorage United States Sullivan Arena
July 25, 1990 Fairbanks Carlson Center
July 30, 1990 Saint Paul Riverfest
North America—Leg 6
August 24, 1990 Kalamazoo United States Kalamazoo County Fair
August 25, 1990 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre Eric Clapton
Robert Cray
August 26, 1990

*An invited audience for a filming of Austin City Limits; not part of the tour.

1 A sales convention for Western Merchandisers; not part of the tour.

2 A filming for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson; not part of the tour.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 191-192.
  2. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 154.
  3. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 194.
  4. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 197.
  5. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 219: sample set list for the In Step Tour.

References[edit]

  • Hopkins, Craig. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Day by Day, Night After Night: His Final Years, 1983-1990. Backbeat Books; October 18, 2011. ISBN 978-1-61774-022-0.