Live Alive Tour

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Live Alive Tour
Tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan
Associated album Live Alive
Start date November 22, 1986
End date April 20, 1989
Legs 9
Shows 203
Stevie Ray Vaughan concert chronology
European Tour
(1986)
Live Alive Tour
(1986-1989)
In Step Tour
(1989-1990)

The Live Alive Tour was a concert tour by blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Staged in support of their 1986 live album Live Alive, the tour visited North America, Europe, and New Zealand from 1986 through 1989. A week before it began, guitarist and singer Stevie Ray Vaughan and bassist Tommy Shannon had achieved sobriety and was their first tour after succeeding in eliminating their addictions. Consisting of nine legs and 203 shows, the tour began in Towson, Maryland on November 22, 1986 and finished in San Diego on April 20, 1989. The first five legs alternated between the United States and Canada, before the next leg visited Europe. The tour was mostly well-received and provoked positive reactions from music critics. The band's 1989 album In Step, which included song ideas that were being performed on the tour, was recorded during a break in the tour, and some of its songs were played during the final concert in San Diego.

Background[edit]

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's 1985 album Soul to Soul and the supporting tour consisted of controversial performances, particularly in Europe.[1] After years of touring, Vaughan had earned a reputation for his alcohol and cocaine addictions,[2] an image that eventually had a negative effect on his performance, business and personal relationships.[3] The band's European tour in 1986—which was cancelled after sixteen shows—brought Vaughan to the peak of his substance abuse; a September 29 performance in Zurich, Switzerland was described by drummer Chris Layton as "weak" and "no energy".[4] At the end of the tour, Vaughan checked into Atlanta's Peachford Hospital, where he spent four weeks in rehabilitation.[5]

Planning, itinerary, and ticketing[edit]

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's initial planning for the Live Alive tour emerged after Vaughan checked out of rehab, particularly when they hired a new tour manager, Skip Rickert.[6] The wild antics of drug dealers and groupies being present backstage were eliminated after they changed their hospitality rider; Vaughan removed alcohol from his rider.[7] They were also adamant about improvements in time management and itinerary planning.[6]

Rehearsals for the tour began on November 19, 1986.[8] During this time, Vaughan had feelings of self-doubt and was nervous about how his playing would sound after rehabilitation.[8] Unlike many of the group's previous tours, which began either before or after the release of a new album, the tour started just five days after Live Alive was released.[9] The first two legs of the tour were mostly indoor arena and theatre shows, 72 shows in the United States from November 1986 to March 1987. While the band had toured Europe every year between 1983 and 1985, they were absent from the European tour circuit for almost a year before their visit in 1988. Vaughan had requested a reduction of touring time, and the routing for the tour generally allowed no more than one show per day. This was intended to allow Vaughan to tour at a relaxed pace and enjoy the longevity of his future.[10]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support Act(s)
North America—Leg 1
November 22, 1986 Towson United States Towson Center The Outlaws
November 23, 1986 Boston Orpheum Theatre
November 24, 1986
November 26, 1986 New York City Radio City Music Hall The Outlaws
November 28, 1986 Passaic Capitol Theatre
November 29, 1986 Providence Providence Performing Arts Center
November 30, 1986 Troy Houston Field House
December 2, 1986 Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Civic Center
December 4, 1986 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque
December 5, 1986 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena The Outlaws
December 6, 1986 Grand Rapids Welsh Auditorium
December 7, 1986 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
December 9, 1986 Saginaw Saginaw Civic Center
December 11, 1986 Ann Arbor Hill Auditorium
December 12, 1986 Merrillville Holiday Star Theatre The Outlaws
December 13, 1986 Peoria Peoria Civic Center
December 14, 1986 Muncie Emens Auditorium
December 16, 1986 Orlando Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
December 27, 1986 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
December 28, 1986 Miami James L. Knight Convention Center
December 29, 1986 Cincinnati Taft Theatre
December 30, 1986 Nashville Grand Ole Opry House Gregg Allman Band
December 31, 1986 Atlanta Fox Theatre Lonnie Mack
January 2, 1987 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
January 3, 1987 Sunrise Sunrise Musical Theater The Neville Brothers
January 9, 1987 Austin Antone's
January 27, 1987 Tampa USF Sun Dome
January 30, 1987 Dallas Fair Park Coliseum Omar & the Howlers
January 31, 1987 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
February 1, 1987 San Antonio Majestic Theatre
February 3, 1987 Austin City Coliseum
February 4, 1987 McAllen Villa Real Convention Center
February 6, 1987 Lafayette Grant Street Dancehall Marcia Ball
February 7, 1987 Birmingham Alabama Theatre
February 8, 1987 Pensacola Saenger Theatre
February 10, 1987 Charlotte Park Center Lonnie Mack
February 11, 1987 Raleigh Dorton Arena
February 13, 1987 Johnson City Freedom Hall Civic Center
February 14, 1987 Knoxville Alumni Memorial Gym Lonnie Mack
February 15, 1987 Louisville Louisville Gardens
February 17, 1987 Spartanburg Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
February 19, 1987 Charleston Charleston Municipal Auditorium Lonnie Mack
February 20, 1987 Fairfax Patriot Center
February 21, 1987 Brookville C.W. Post
February 22, 1987 Portland Portland City Hall Auditorium
February 24, 1987 Boston Metro
February 26, 1987 New Orleans Riverboat President The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Dr. John
February 28, 1987 Big Spring Federal Correctional Institution The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Midland Holiday Inn Country Villa
March 19, 1987 South Padre Island Isla Blanca Park The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Eddie Money
March 21, 1987 Honolulu Aloha Stadium ZZ Top
Run–D.M.C.
March 25, 1987 Daytona Beach Ocean Center Gregg Allman Band
North America—Leg 2
May 5, 1987 Madison United States Madison Civic Center
May 7, 1987 Urbana Foellinger Auditorium Otis and the Elevators
May 8, 1987 Des Moines Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
May 9, 1987 Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre Blackfoot
May 10, 1987 La Porte La Porte Civic Auditorium
May 12, 1987 Little Rock Robinson Center
May 14, 1987 Memphis Mud Island Amphitheatre Anson Funderburgh
May 15, 1987 Tulsa River Parks Amphitheater
May 16, 1987 Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds
May 17, 1987 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
May 19, 1987 Santa Fe Paolo Soleri Amphitheater
May 21, 1987 Phoenix Celebrity Theatre Gregg Allman Band
May 22, 1987
May 23, 1987 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl
May 24, 1987 Concord Concord Pavilion
May 27, 1987 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre Lou Ann Barton
May 28, 1987
May 29, 1987
May 30, 1987
May 31, 1987 Monterey Laguna Seca Ranch Huey Lewis and the News
Bonnie Hayes
North America—Leg 3
June 5, 1987 Columbia United States Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 7, 1987 Grand Rapids Welsh Auditorium Gregg Allman Band
June 9, 1987 Bloomington Met Center
June 10, 1987 Green Bay City Center
June 12, 1987 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 13, 1987
June 14, 1987 Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum
June 16, 1987 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium Gregg Allman Band
June 17, 1987 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 19, 1987 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
June 20, 1987 Indianapolis Sports and Music Center
June 21, 1987 Champaign Champaign County Music Park
(Champaign Jam)
Gregg Allman Band
Henry Lee Summer
June 23, 1987 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center Gregg Allman Band
June 25, 1987 Norwich Chelsea Parade Historic District
(Rose Arts Festival)
Young Neal and the Vipers
June 27, 1987 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
(Newport Jazz Festival)
June 28, 1987 Canandaigua Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center
(Newport Jazz Festival)
June 29, 1987 New York City Pier 84 Gregg Allman Band
June 30, 1987 Philadelphia Mann Music Center
July 1, 1987 Mansfield Great Woods
July 2, 1987 Allentown Allentown Fairgrounds
(Great Allentown Fair)
July 22, 1987 Montreal Canada La Ronde
July 23, 1987 Toronto Kingswood Music Theatre
North America—Leg 4
August 8, 1987 Dallas United States Park Central Amphitheater
August 9, 1987 New Orleans Audubon Zoo Gregg Allman Band
August 12, 1987 West Allis Wisconsin State Fair Park
(Wisconsin State Fair)
August 13, 1987 Columbus Ohio State Fair
August 15, 1987 New York City Pier 84
August 16, 1987 Old Orchard Beach The Ball Park
August 18, 1987 New Orleans Audubon Zoo
August 20, 1987 Springfield Illinois State Fair Gregg Allman Band
John Anderson
August 21, 1987 Louisville Freedom Hall Gregg Allman Band
August 23, 1987 St. Louis Fox Theatre
August 25, 1987 Joplin Joplin Memorial Hall
August 26, 1987 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater
August 28, 1987 Pueblo Colorado State Fair
August 29, 1987 Kansas City Starlight Theatre
August 30, 1987 Des Moines Iowa State Fairgrounds
(Iowa State Fair)
September 2, 1987 San Bernardino Orange Pavilion
September 3, 1987 Fresno Warnors Theatre
September 4, 1987 Lancaster Antelope Valley Fair
September 5, 1987 San Diego SDSU Open Air Theatre
September 6, 1987 Nashville Starwood Amphitheatre Lynyrd Skynyrd
William Lee Golden
Gary Chapman
Great White
September 11, 1987 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
September 12, 1987 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheater
October 2, 1987 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
October 5, 1987 Los Angeles Greek Theatre The Fabulous Thunderbirds
October 6, 1987
November 7, 1987 Cocoa Brevard County Fair
November 8, 1987 Tampa USF Sun Dome
November 20, 1987 San Antonio Majestic Theatre
November 21, 1987 Corpus Christi Bayfront Plaza Auditorium
December 2, 1987 Austin Austin Opera House
December 27, 1987 Sacramento Community Center Theater The Paladins
December 28, 1987 Reno Lawlor Events Center The Paladins
Voodoo Cats
December 29, 1987 Redding Redding Civic Auditorium The Paladins
December 31, 1987 Oakland Kaiser Convention Center Tower of Power
Junior Walker
The Paladins
North America—Leg 5
March 3, 1988 St. Louis United States Fox Theatre
March 4, 1988 Merrillville Holiday Star Theatre The Fabulous Thunderbirds
March 5, 1988
March 6, 1988 Akron James A. Rhodes Arena
April 2, 1988 St. John's Canada Memorial Stadium
April 4, 1988 Sydney Centre 200
April 5, 1988 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre The Razorbacks
April 8, 1988 Orono United States University of Maine Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
April 9, 1988 Lowell Lowell Memorial Auditorium
April 10, 1988 Springfield Paramount Theater
April 11, 1988 Providence Providence Performing Arts Center
April 13, 1988 Upper Darby Tower Theater
April 14, 1988 Bethlehem Stabler Arena Bill Carter
April 15, 1988 Richmond Carpenter Center
April 17, 1988 Chapel Hill UNC-Chapel Hill
April 19, 1988 Orlando Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
April 20, 1988 Sunrise Sunrise Musical Theater
April 22, 1988 New Orleans Riverboat President
(Jazz Fest)
B.B. King
John P. Hammond
April 28, 1988 Boston Matthews Arena
April 29, 1988 Hamilton Colgate University
April 30, 1988 Medford Tufts University
May 1, 1988 Storrs Memorial Stadium
May 5, 1988 Quebec City Canada Quebec Coliseum Robert Plant
May 7, 1988 Montreal Montreal Forum
May 8, 1988 Ottawa Ottawa Civic Centre
May 10, 1988 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens
May 11, 1988 Rochester United States Rochester Community War Memorial
May 13, 1988 Emmitsburg Knott Arena
May 15, 1988 Hartford Hartford Civic Center Robert Plant
May 17, 1988 East Rutherford Brendan Byrne Arena
May 18, 1988
May 20, 1988 Mansfield Great Woods
May 22, 1988 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 23, 1988 Philadelphia Spectrum
May 25, 1988 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
May 26, 1988 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
May 27, 1988 Davenport LeClaire Park Bandshell Gregg Allman Band
Steppenwolf
Europe—Leg 6
June 19, 1988 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam Hothouse Flowers
June 21, 1988 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall
June 22, 1988 Manchester Manchester Apollo
June 23, 1988 London Hammersmith Odeon
June 24, 1988
June 25, 1988 St. Gallen Switzerland Sittertal
(OpenAir Festival)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Stephan Eicher
Stanley Clarke
June 28, 1988 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
June 29, 1988 Oslo Norway Sardine's
July 1, 1988 Ringe Denmark Midtfyns Festival Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
Silly
Gnags
July 2, 1988 Hamburg Germany Hamburg Stadtpark Hothouse Flowers
July 3, 1988 Pistoia Italy Piazza del Duomo
(Pistoia Blues Festival)
Otis Rush
Fabio Treves
Melvin Taylor
July 4, 1988 Paris France Palais des Sports
July 6, 1988 Lignano Sabbiadoro Italy Arena Alpe Adria
July 7, 1988 Milan Palatrussardi
(Barley Arts Festival)
Los Lobos
The Pogues
July 8, 1988 Salerno Stadio Donato Vestuti
July 10, 1988 Stuttgart Germany Theaterhaus Stuttgart Hothouse Flowers
July 11, 1988 Fürth Germany Stadthalle
July 13, 1988 Mannheim Music Circus
July 14, 1988 Bonn Biskuithalle Hothouse Flowers
July 15, 1988 Saarbrücken Congresshalle
July 16, 1988 Peer Belgium Deusterstraat
(Belgium Rhythm 'n' Blues Festival)
July 17, 1988 Oulu Finland Kuusisaari
(Kuusrock)
North America—Leg 7
August 16, 1988 Bristol United States Lake Compounce Roomful of Blues
August 18, 1988 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 19, 1988 New York City Pier 84
August 20, 1988
August 24, 1988 Darien Darien Lake
August 25, 1988 Cleveland Nautica Stage
August 26, 1988 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 27, 1988 Danville David S. Palmer Arena
August 28, 1988 Atlanta Chastain Park
August 30, 1988 Du Quoin Du Quoin State Fairgrounds
(Du Quoin State Fair)
September 1, 1988 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
September 2, 1988 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater The Fabulous Thunderbirds
September 3, 1988 Madison Dane County Expo Grounds
September 5, 1988 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 30, 1988 San Diego SeaWorld San Diego
October 1, 1988
October 2, 1988 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre Santana
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
October 4, 1988 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
October 5, 1988 Berkeley Greek Theatre The Fabulous Thunderbirds
October 6, 1988
October 8, 1988 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl
October 9, 1988 Concord Concord Pavilion Omar & the Howlers
October 14, 1988 Austin Austin Opera House The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Bonnie Raitt
The Clovers
Ruth Brown
Chuck Jackson
October 15, 1988
November 25, 1988 San Francisco The Warfield
December 29, 1988 Asbury Park The Stone Pony
December 31, 1988 New York City The Ritz
January 1, 1989
January 21, 1989 Washington, D.C. Washington Convention Center
(Celebration for Young Americans)
Ruth Brown
Joe Cocker
Albert Collins
Steve Cropper
Bo Diddley
Willie Dixon
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Anton Fig
Eddie Floyd
Chuck Jackson
Etta James
Dr. John
Delbert McClinton
Samuel David Moore
Billy Preston
Percy Sledge
Koko Taylor
Joe Louis Walker
New Zealand—Leg 8
April 8, 1989 Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Supertop
(Preserve Out Planet Pop Concert)
Toni Childs
Mental As Anything
Tim Finn
Herbs
Midge Marsden
When the Cat's Away
Shona Laing
The Bats
North America—Leg 9
April 20, 1989 San Diego United States Starlight Bowl

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 146
  2. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 95
  3. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 97-98, 129, 136, 138
  4. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 144-147
  5. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 150
  6. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 153
  7. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 150
  8. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 154
  9. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 152, 154
  10. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 155
Bibliography
  • 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.