The Rapture Tour

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The Rapture Tour
Tour by Anita Baker
Associated album Rapture
Start date March 1986
End date December 1987
Legs 3
Shows 35 in North America
3 in Europe
37 in total
Anita Baker concert chronology
The Rapture Tour
(1986-87)
Giving You the Best World Tour
(1988-89)

The Rapture Tour is a concert tour and the first headlining tour by American recording artist Anita Baker in support of her hit multi-platinum album Rapture. The tour started in mid-March of 1986, visiting several cities throughout North America and Europe. In 1987, Baker kicked off a North America second leg trek, which included seven dates in Los Angeles at the Beverly Theatre in January,[1] including two and three-night dates in Merrillville, Indiana, New York City,[2] and Miami, Florida. The outing included four sold-out shows scheduled in Washington D.C. and three consecutive dates for a second visit in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Show[edit]

The tour consisted of a selection of songs from Baker's 1983 debut, The Songstress and majority of the Rapture album. For each performance, Baker would perform songs from both albums, and also include a song from another artist. For example, she performed "You've Changed" by Sarah Vaughan for one show, and Van Morrison's "Moondance" for another. She performed several shows throughout the week in Los Angeles, with gospel/R&B group the Perri Sisters joining as background vocals and toured with Baker for the remainder of the Rapture Tour.[3]

Opening acts[edit]

  • Perri Sisters (USA Leg 1 & 2—select dates)[4]
  • The Rose Brothers (USA Leg 1—select dates)[5]
  • Nat Augustin (Europe Leg)[6]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Mystery"
  2. "Feel the Need" 1
  3. "You Bring Me Joy"
  4. "Caught Up in the Rapture"
  5. "Angel"
  6. "Stop to Love" 1
  7. "Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)"
  8. "You're The Best Thing Yet"
  9. "You've Changed" 1
  10. "Watch Your Step"
  11. "Will You Be Mine"
  12. "Sometimes" 2
  13. "No One in the World"
  14. "No More Tears"
Encore
  1. "Sweet Love"
  2. "Been So Long"

Notes

1 performed only on select Europe and North America dates
2 performed on selected dates in Europe

Additional notes[edit]

  • During the tour in select cities, Baker openend the show with "Caught Up in the Rapture" followed by "Mystery".
  • The concert on July 16, in Montreux, Switzerland, she performed Van Morrison's song "Moondance".

The Band[edit]

  • Music Director/Keyboards: Bobby Lyle
  • Guitar: Donald Griffin
  • Percussions: Garry Glenn
  • Saxophone: Gerald Albright
  • Bass: Nathan East
  • Drums: James Bradley, Jr
  • Background vocals: Tanya Boyd, Saundra Simmons, Natalie Jackson (1986—Leg)
    Perri Sisters, Gina Taylor, Freida Williams (1987—Leg)

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[7][8]
March 19, 1986 Merrillville United States Holiday Star Theater
June 25, 1986 New York City Avery Fisher Hall
Europe[9][10]
July 16, 1986 Montreux Switzerland Casino Theater
July 26, 1986 London United Kingdom Hammersmith Apollo
July 27, 1986
North America[11][12][13]
August 16, 1986 Chicago United States Arie Crown Theater
September 4, 1986 Miami Sunrise Music Theatre
September 23, 1986 Chicago Arie Crown Theater
September 26, 1986 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque Theater
October 10, 1986 Washington D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
October 11, 1986
November 6, 1986 Buffalo Kleinhans Music Hall
November 21, 1986 Chicago Arie Crown Theater[14]
November 22, 1986
November 24, 1986
January 4, 1987 Los Angeles Beverly Theatre
January 5, 1987
January 7, 1987
January 8, 1987
January 10, 1987
January 11, 1987
January 13, 1987
February 14, 1987 Miami Sunrise Music Theatre[15][16]
February 15, 1987
March 19, 1987 Merrillville Holiday Star Theater[17]
March 20, 1987
July 18, 1987 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion[18]
September 3, 1987 Los Angeles Greek Theatre[19]
September 4, 1987
September 6, 1987
September 8, 1987
September 11, 1987 San Diego San Diego State University
September 12, 1987
September 13, 1987 Irvine Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
September 18, 1987 Sacramento Arco Arena
October 31, 1987 Winston-Salem LJVM Coliseum Annex
November 21, 1987 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall[20]
November 22, 1987
November 24, 1987
November 25, 1987
November 27, 1987 Merrillville Holiday Star Theater[21]
November 28, 1987
November 29, 1987

Notes

  • Not all North America and European dates are listed.

VHS/DVD/CD release[edit]

A Night of Rapture Live
Live album by Anita Baker
Released June 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)
Recorded 2004
Genre
Label Rhino
Producer George Duke
Anita Baker chronology
The Best of Anita Baker
(2002)
A Night of Rapture Live
(2004)
My Everything
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [22]

A DVD and CD Live Collection, entitled A Night Of Rapture: Live was released in 2004 by Rhino Records, which reached #35 in the Billboard 'Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums' list.[23]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Caught Up in the Rapture – 5:29
  2. Mystery – 5:24
  3. Been So Long – 5:52
  4. No One in the World – 4:11
  5. Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year) – 3:59
  6. Watch Your Step – 6:20
  7. Moondance – 4:08
  8. You Bring Me Joy – 4:32
  9. Sweet Love – 7:20
  10. Sweet Love [Multimedia Track]
  11. You Bring Me Joy [Multimedia Track]
  12. No One in the World [Multimedia Track]

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