Texas Flood Tour

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Texas Flood Tour
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Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble at New York City's Beacon Theatre on December 28, 1983
Concert tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Associated album Texas Flood
Start date June 16, 1983 (1983-06-16)
End date December 31, 1983 (1983-12-31)
Legs 3
Shows 108
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology
Texas Flood Tour
(1983)
Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour
(1984)

The Texas Flood Tour was a concert tour by American blues band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. It was their first tour as a full-time international act. The tour visited venues in North America and Europe to support the band's 1983 album Texas Flood. Comprising three legs and 108 shows, the Texas Flood Tour began in Dallas, Texas on June 16, 1983 and ended in Norfolk, Virginia on December 31, 1983. Vaughan and Double Trouble were known for their energetic performances and received mostly positive reviews from critics.

Background[edit]

After Texas Flood had been released on June 13, 1983 the tour began three days later at Club Tango in Dallas. The band played 38 shows which were mostly nightclubs. Their July 11 performance at the El Mocambo was recorded for what turned out to be a concert film entitled Live at the El Mocambo; a rendition of "Texas Flood" was included on the compilation album Blues at Sunrise in 2000. A sold-out performance at The Palace in Hollywood was recorded, with three songs from the concert released as bonus tracks on the re-release of Texas Flood in 1999.

The next leg went to Europe for five shows and a television appearance in Germany. They went back to North America to open 17 shows for The Moody Blues on October 17 through December 3. The Ripley Music Hall performance on October 20 was broadcast for the King Biscuit Flower Hour syndicated radio program. An Austin City Limits appearance on December 13 was also released on the video Live from Austin, Texas. The tour ended in the United States including a performance at the Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Concert overview[edit]

Out of all the concerts performed during the Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour, each show had a different set list, ranging from 7-21 songs performed by the band.

Main set[edit]

Each concert usually opened with "Testify," "So Excited," and "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)." The band went on to perform covers like Howlin' Wolf's "Tell Me" and "You'll Be Mine"; "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Texas Flood," and John Lee Hooker's "Hug You, Squeeze You." "Pride and Joy," "Love Struck Baby," and "Dirty Pool" were also played at most shows. The end of the set usually featured a Jimi Hendrix medley of "Little Wing / Third Stone from the Sun."

Encores[edit]

The encores typically consisted of "Lenny," "Rude Mood," and a cover of Lonnie Mack's "Wham!"

Additional songs[edit]

Vaughan sometimes covered Guitar Slim's "The Things That I Used to Do," which was released on the band's next album Couldn't Stand the Weather, and also did an early version of "Honey Bee" in later shows. Other occasional performances included "Come On," "Hide Away," "Manic Depression," "The Sky Is Crying," and "Crosscut Saw."

Post-tour[edit]

Live releases[edit]

On July 11, 1983, the concert in Toronto was filmed for television broadcast. In November 1991, Sony released the video Live at the El Mocambo on VHS. The video was edited footage from the show, and featured many of Vaughan's greatest hits. The VHS releases have since been out of print; however, a DVD version was released for the first time in December 1999. In 2000, the album Blues at Sunrise was released and featured "Texas Flood" from the El Mocambo show.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Support Act(s)
North America—Leg 1[1]
June 22, 1983 Bloomington United States Jake's
June 23, 1983 Cleveland Pirate's Cove Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers June 28, 1983 Cincinnati Bogart's Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers
June 29, 1983 St. Louis Mississippi Nights
July 1, 1983 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
(Summerfest)
July 2, 1983 Quincy Quinsippi Island
July 3, 1983 Chicago Cabaret Metro
July 6, 1983 Asbury Park Asbury Park Convention Hall Dave Edmunds
July 7, 1983 New York City First City Eve Moon
July 8, 1983 Philadelphia Ripley Music Hall
July 9, 1983 Providence Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
July 10, 1983 Boston Paradise Theater
July 12, 1983 Poughkeepsie The Chance
July 13, 1983 Auburn Schines Auburn Theatre Blackfoot
July 14, 1983 Rochester Red Creek Inn
July 15, 1983 Buffalo Rooftop Skyroom
July 16, 1983 Toronto Canada CNE Bandshell Steppenwolf
July 18, 1983 Montreal Spectrum
July 19, 1983 Ottawa Barrymore's
July 20, 1983 Toronto El Mocambo
July 22, 1983 Rome United States Colman's
July 23, 1983 New York City Pier 84
(Tennis Rock Expo)
Buddy Guy
Aerosmith
Clarence Clemons
John McEnroe
July 24, 1983 Scotia Radio City
July 25, 1983 New Haven Toad's Place
July 27, 1983 Washington, D.C. The Bayou Bob Margolin
July 28, 1983 Pittsburgh The Decade
July 30, 1983 Detroit Saint Andrew's Hall SLK
July 31, 1983 Dayton Gilly's
August 1, 1983 Louisville Stage II Lonnie Mack
August 3, 1983 Montreal Canada Olympic Stadium The Police
Talking Heads
Peter Tosh
August 11, 1983 Grand Rapids United States Lowell Showboat Amphitheater Gary Myrick
August 12, 1983 Chicago Soldier Field
(ChicagoFest)
Eddie Taylor
August 13, 1983 Buddy Guy
Junior Wells
August 15, 1983 Colorado Springs Rose's
August 16, 1983 Denver Rainbow Music Hall
August 19, 1983 Sacramento California Exposition Sammy Hagar
Y&T
Berkeley Keystone
August 20, 1983 San Francisco The Stone
August 21, 1983 Palo Alto Keystone
August 22, 1983 Los Angeles The Palace
August 23, 1983 Huntington Beach Golden Bear
Europe—Leg 2[2]
August 27, 1983 Reading England Little John's Farm
Reading Festival
Black Sabbath
Marillion
Suzi Quatro
Magnum
Anvil
Mama's Boys
Wendy & the Rocketts
Fortune
Crazy Angel
September 1, 1983 Paris France Rock and Roll Circus
September 2, 1983
September 4, 1983 Berlin Germany Sektor
September 7, 1983 Paris Fabrik
September 8, 1983 London England The Venue
September 9, 1983 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso Harry Muskee Gang
North America—Leg 3[3]
September 12, 1983 Durham United States Sheraton Hotel
(Record Bar Convention)
September 14, 1983 Norfolk The Boathouse
September 15, 1983 Richmond Much More
September 16, 1983 York York Fair The Greg Kihn Band
September 17, 1983 Benson Scott's Lake
September 20, 1983 Blowing Rock P.B. Scott's
September 21, 1983 Stone Mountain Harlow's
September 22, 1983 Jacksonville Playground South
September 23, 1983 Miami James L. Knight Convention Center Mitch Ryder
September 25, 1983 Cocoa Beach Brassy's
September 26, 1983 Orlando Point After
September 27, 1983 Sarasota Playground South
September 28, 1983 Clearwater Mr. T's Club 19
September 30, 1983 Gainesville University of Florida Artimus Pyle Band
October 1, 1983 Destin Nightown
October 2, 1983 New Orleans McAlister Auditorium
October 6, 1983 Houston Houston Music Hall Eric Johnson
October 7, 1983 Austin Austin City Coliseum
October 8, 1983 Dallas Bronco Bowl
October 11, 1983 Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum Men at Work
October 12, 1983 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
October 13, 1983 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
October 15, 1983 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
October 17, 1983 Hartford United States Hartford Civic Center The Moody Blues
October 18, 1983 Worcester Centrum in Worcester
October 19, 1983 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
October 20, 1983 Philadelphia Ripley Music Hall
October 21, 1983 Spectrum The Moody Blues
October 22, 1983 East Rutherford Brendan Byrne Arena
October 23, 1983 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
October 25, 1983 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
October 26, 1983 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
October 28, 1983 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
October 29, 1983 Ann Arbor Crisler Arena
October 30, 1983 Rockford Rockford MetroCentre
October 31, 1983 Saint Paul St. Paul Civic Center
November 1, 1983 Destin Five Seasons Center
November 2, 1983 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
November 4, 1983 Dallas Reunion Arena
November 6, 1983 Austin Frank Erwin Center
November 7, 1983 Houston The Summit
November 20, 1983 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
November 21, 1983 Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 22, 1983 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
November 24, 1983 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
November 25, 1983 Calgary Olympic Saddledome
November 27, 1983 Denver United States McNichols Sports Arena
November 28, 1983 Casper Casper Events Center
November 30, 1983 Tempe ASU Activity Center
December 1, 1983 San Diego San Diego State University
December 2, 1983 Santa Barbara UC Santa Barbara
December 3, 1983 Inglewood The Forum The Moody Blues
December 4, 1983 San Francisco Kabuki Night Club Ron Thompson & the Resistors
Pamela Rose & the Wild Kingdom
December 27, 1983 Washington, D.C. Wax Museum Bob Margolin
December 28, 1983 New York City Beacon Theatre
December 29, 1983 Upper Darby Tower Theater
December 30, 1983 Baltimore Famous Ballroom Skip Castro Band
December 31, 1983 Norfolk The Boathouse

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 24-33
  2. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 33-36
  3. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 36-45
  • 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. From Bowie to Carnegie Hall.