Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour
|World tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble|
|Location||North America, Europe, Australasia, Japan|
|Associated album||Couldn't Stand the Weather|
|Start date||February 4, 1984|
|End date||May 4, 1985|
|Number of shows||160|
|Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology|
The Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour was a worldwide concert tour by blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Launched in support of their second album Couldn't Stand the Weather, the band visited various indoor and outdoor venues from 1984 to 1985. To recreate the additional instrumentation that the group utilized on Couldn't Stand the Weather, they featured guest musicians on select dates of the tour. Among several other shows on the tour, the band's performance at Carnegie Hall in New York deviated from their established power trio format. In contrast to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's basic stage setup from previous shows, the Carnegie Hall performance was an elaborately-staged concert event; it utilized custom tailored suits and an expanded stage set.
With eleven legs and 159 shows, the Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour began in Nashville, Tennessee on February 4, 1984 and ended in San Antonio, Texas on May 4, 1985. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble visited North America and Europe during the first six legs before ultimately visiting Australasia and Japan. After performing in mostly smaller venues for the first two legs, the tour's production was expanded for larger venues during the second North American leg. Although the tour received a range of reactions from music critics, it was generally well-received. The band's 1985 album, Soul to Soul, which expanded on the band's additional instrumentation ideas, was recorded during breaks in the tour, and its songs were played for the subsequent tour.
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 4, 1984||Nashville||United States||Municipal Auditorium||Grinderswitch
|February 5, 1984||Knoxville||Alumni Memorial Gym||The Heartfixers|
|February 7, 1984||Charlotte||P. B. Scott's Music Hall||Robert Cray Band|
|February 8, 1984||Atlanta||Moonshadow Saloon|
|February 10, 1984||Athens||Tate Student Center||The Heartfixers|
|February 11, 1984||Carbondale||Shryock Auditorium|
|February 12, 1984||Kansas City||Uptown Theater|
|February 15, 1984||Normal||Braden Auditorium|
|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||Bryan Adams|
|March 10, 1984||Southampton||Southampton College|
|March 11, 1984||Sunderland||Rusty Nail|
|March 13, 1984||Poughkeepsie||The Chance|
|March 14, 1984||Union||Wilkins Theatre||Steve Bassett|
|March 15, 1984||Scotia||Radio City|
|March 16, 1984||Providence||Rhode Island College|
|March 17, 1984||New Haven||Twilight Zone|
|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
(Celebrate Austin Music Festival)
W. C. Clark
Townes Van Zandt
|April 19, 1984||Greenville||The Greenleaf|
|April 20, 1984||Williamsburg||William & Mary Hall||The Alarm|
|April 22, 1984||Roslyn||My Father's Place|
|April 24, 1984||Memphis||Mid-South Fairgrounds
(Cotton Carnival MusicFest)
|April 25, 1984||North Brunswick||The Metro|
|April 27, 1984||Plattsburgh||Hawkins Hall|
|April 28, 1984||New Paltz||State University of New York|
|April 29, 1984||Buffalo||University at Buffalo
|May 2, 1984||Garden City||Nassau Community College|
|May 4, 1984||Bristol||Roger Williams College||David Johansen|
|May 6, 1984||Oneonta||Hartwick College||Artie Traum|
|May 7, 1984||Geneva||Smith's Opera House|
|May 12, 1984||Oklahoma City||Zoo Amphitheater|
|May 13, 1984||Tulsa||Mohawk Park||Jim Sweeney & the Jumpshots|
|May 15, 1984||Little Rock||Barton Coliseum|
|May 16, 1984||St. Louis||Kiel Auditorium|
|May 17, 1984||Davenport||Palmer Auditorium|
|May 18, 1984||Dubuque||Five Flags Arena|
|May 19, 1984||Kansas City||Starlight Amphitheater|
|May 20, 1984||Wichita||Kansas Coliseum|
|Leg 4: North America|
|June 15, 1984||Irvine||United States||Irvine Meadows|
|June 16, 1984||Los Angeles||Hollywood Palladium|
|June 17, 1984||San Francisco||Kabuki Nightclub||Phillip Welford|
|June 19, 1984||Portland||Portland Civic Auditorium|
|June 20, 1984||Seattle||Paramount Theatre||Dwight Twilley
|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|
|July 2, 1984||Saint Paul||United States||Prom Ballroom|
|July 3, 1984||Milwaukee||Marcus Amphitheater
|July 5, 1984||Rockford||Coronado Theatre||Duke Tumatoe|
|July 6, 1984||Peoria||Peoria Civic Center|
|July 8, 1984||Morrison||Red Rocks Amphitheatre||Talk Talk|
|July 10, 1984||Amarillo||Amarillo Civic Center||Duke Jupiter|
|July 11, 1984||Lubbock||Lubbock Municipal Auditorium|
|July 12, 1984||Dallas||Fair Park Band Shell|
|July 13, 1984||San Antonio||Majestic Performing Arts Center|
|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||Willowbrook Park||Charlie Daniels|
|July 28, 1984||Boston||The Channel|
|July 29, 1984||Salem||Winter Island|
|August 1, 1984||New York City||Pier 84|
|August 3, 1984||Tampa||Sun Dome|
|August 4, 1984||Jacksonville||Jacksonville Coliseum|
|August 5, 1984||Columbia||Carolina Coliseum|
|August 6, 1984||Charlotte||Charlotte Coliseum|
|August 8, 1984||Atlanta||The Omni|
|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||Tony D|
|August 17, 1984||Montreal||Spectrum|
|Leg 5: Europe|
|August 25, 1984||Sankt Goarshausen||Germany||Freilichtbühne Loreley
(Loreley Open-Air Festival)
The Greg Kihn Band
|August 27, 1984||Munich||Alabama-Halle|
|Leg 6: North America|
|September 2, 1984||Shreveport||United States||Veterans Park 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||Clowes Memorial Hall|
|September 13, 1984||Nashville||Memorial Gymnasium|
|September 14, 1984||Memphis||Orpheum Theatre||Koko Taylor|
|September 15, 1984||Greenville||Freedom Village
(Mississippi Delta Blues Festival)
|September 16, 1984||Fort Worth||Will Rogers Coliseum|
|September 29, 1984||Caravan of Dreams|
|October 4, 1984||New York City||Carnegie Hall|
|October 6, 1984||Boston||Orpheum Theatre||Jason & the Scorchers|
|October 7, 1984||West Hartford||Agora Ballroom|
|October 9, 1984||Hempstead||Hofstra Playhouse|
|October 10, 1984||Philadelphia||Irvine Auditorium||Spinning Infant|
|October 11, 1984||Washington, D.C.||DAR Constitution Hall|
|October 12, 1984||Pittsburgh||Syria Mosque||Jason & the Scorchers|
|October 14, 1984||Cleveland||Variety Theatre|
|October 19, 1984||Phoenix||Veterans Memorial Coliseum
(Arizona State Fair)
|October 20, 1984||El Paso||El Paso County Coliseum|
|October 21, 1984||Santa Fe||The Downs at Santa Fe|
|Leg 7: Australasia|
|October 26, 1984||Melbourne||Australia||Melbourne Concert Hall||Tinsley Waterhouse Band|
|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||Manawatu Stadium||Chris Thompson|
|November 12, 1984||Wellington||Wellington Town Hall|
|November 13, 1984||Christchurch||Christchurch Town Hall|
|November 14, 1984||Auckland||Logan Campbell Centre|
|Leg 8: 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||Warfield Theatre||Dr. Gonzo|
|November 25, 1984|
|November 27, 1984||Santa Cruz||Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium|
|November 28, 1984||Davis||Freeborn Hall|
|November 29, 1984||Oroville||Butte College||Ralph Shine Blues Band|
|November 30, 1984||Arcata||Humboldt State University|
|December 31, 1984||Houston||Astroarena|
|Leg 9: Japan|
|January 20, 1985||Osaka||Japan||Kosei Nenkin Kaikan|
|January 21, 1985||Nagoya||Unryu Hall|
|January 23, 1985||Tokyo||Yubin Chokin Kaikan|
|January 24, 1985|
|January 25, 1985|
|Leg 10: North America|
|March 10, 1985||South Padre Island||United States||Isla Blanca Park||Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns|
|March 21, 1985||Manor||Manor Downs||Jerry Jeff Walker
|March 23, 1985||Boston||Boston Opera House||Albert King|
|March 24, 1985||Worcester||E.M. Loew's Center|
|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|
|Leg 11: North America|
|April 21, 1985||Dallas||United States||Dallas Convention Center||Lonnie Mack|
|April 24, 1985||Omaha||Omaha Civic & Music Hall||Tim Krugel & the Sluggers|
|April 25, 1985||Wichita||Cotillion Ballroom||Lonnie Mack|
|April 26, 1985||Tulsa||Cain's Ballroom|
|April 27, 1985||Oklahoma City||Zoo Amphitheatre|
|April 28, 1985||Tulsa||Mohawk Park|
|April 30, 1985||Corpus Christi||Bayfront Plaza Auditorium||Eric Johnson|
|May 2, 1985||New Orleans||Riverboat President
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
|May 4, 1985||San Antonio||Majestic Theatre||Emerald|
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