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||March 10, 1984|
|End date||May 4, 1985|
|No. of shows||148|
|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 City 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 148 shows, the Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour began in Nashville, Tennessee on February 4, 1984 and ended in San Antonio 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, I farted, 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: United States and Europe|
|March 10, 1984||Southampton||United States||Southampton College||N/A||N/A|
|March 11, 1984||Sunderland||Rusty Nail|
|March 13, 1984||Poughkeepsie||The Chance||Steve Bassett|
|March 14, 1984||Union||Wilkins Theatre|
|March 15, 1984||Scotia||Radio City||1,000 / 1,000||$8,000|
|March 16, 1984||Providence||Rhode Island College||Duke Robillard, Steve Bassett||N/A||N/A|
|March 17, 1984||New Haven||Twilight Zone|
|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||University of Technology||The Run Runs|
|March 29, 1984||Oulu||Urheilutalo|
|March 30, 1984||Stockholm||Sweden||The Ritz|
|March 31, 1984||Lund||Pub Sparta|
|Leg 2: United States|
|April 15, 1984||Austin||United States||Austin Opera House
(Celebrate Austin Music Festival)
|Angela Strehli, Robert Shaw||N/A||N/A|
|April 19, 1984||Greenville||Greenleaf Theater||Steve Bassett|
|April 20, 1984||Williamsburg||William & Mary Hall|
|April 22, 1984||Roslyn||My Father's Place||Rocket 88|
|April 25, 1984||North Brunswick||The Metro|
|April 27, 1984||Plattsburgh||Hawkins Hall Auditorium|
|April 28, 1984||New Paltz||SUNY New Paltz
|April 29, 1984||Buffalo||SUNY Buffalo
|May 2, 1984||Garden City||Nassau Community College|
|May 4, 1984||Bristol||Roger Williams College
|May 6, 1984||Oneonta||Hartwick College||Artie Traum|
|May 7, 1984||Geneva||Smith Opera House|
|May 12, 1984||Oklahoma City||Zoo Amphitheatre||9,002 / 9,002||$108,024|
|May 13, 1984||Tulsa||Mohawk Park||Jim Sweeney & the Jumpshots||15,404 / 15,404||$151,932|
|May 15, 1984||Little Rock||Barton Coliseum||7,381 / 10,025||$84,881|
|May 16, 1984||St. Louis||Kiel Auditorium||N/A||N/A|
|May 17, 1984||Davenport||Palmer Alumni Auditorium||4,500 / 4,500||$55,875|
|May 18, 1984||Dubuque||Five Flags Arena||5,200 / 5,200||$64,287|
|May 19, 1984||Kansas City||Starlight Theatre||8,341 / 8,341||$101,654|
|May 20, 1984||Wichita||Kansas Coliseum||7,233 / 7,233||$92,220|
|May 23, 1984||Austin||Austin Opera House||The Fabulous Thunderbirds||N/A||N/A|
|May 28, 1984||Memphis||Mid-South Fairgrounds
(Memphis Cotton Carnival)
|Leg 3: North America and Europe|
|June 15, 1984||Irvine||United States||Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre||14,615 / 14,615||$204,570|
|June 16, 1984||Los Angeles||Hollywood Palladium||Billy Rankin||N/A||N/A|
|June 17, 1984||San Francisco||Kabuki Theatre||Philip Wellford|
|June 19, 1984||Portland||Portland Civic Auditorium||Widow|
|June 20, 1984||Seattle||Paramount Theatre||Dwight Twilley, Widow|
|June 21, 1984||Vancouver||Canada||Commodore Ballroom||The Dice|
|June 22, 1984||Victoria||Royal Theatre|
|June 24, 1984||Calgary||Max Bell Arena|
|June 25, 1984||Edmonton||Convention Inn Ballroom|
|June 26, 1984||Saskatoon||Centennial Auditorium||Colin Munn|
|June 28, 1984||Regina||Centre of the Arts|
|June 29, 1984||McCreary||Beaver Dam Lake
(Country Rock Festival)
|Gregg Allman Band, Murray McLauchlan|
|July 2, 1984||Saint Paul||United States||Prom Ballroom||Raggs|
|July 3, 1984||Milwaukee||Marcus Amphitheater
|Duke Jupiter, Piranha Brothers|
|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||Duke Jupiter, Angela Strehli||4,500 / 4,500|
|July 13, 1984||San Antonio||Majestic Theatre||Duke Jupiter||N/A|
|July 15, 1984||Temple||Mayborn Civic Center|
|July 18, 1984||Houston||Houston Music Hall||Duke Jupiter, Angela Strehli|
|July 19, 1984|
|July 20, 1984||Corpus Christi||Bayfront Plaza Auditorium||Duke Jupiter|
|July 21, 1984||Austin||Palmer Auditorium||Duke Jupiter, Angela Strehli|
|July 27, 1984||New Britain||Willowbrook Park
|Charlie Daniels||9,652 / (unlimited)||$144,780|
|July 28, 1984||Boston||The Channel||Donny B. Waugh & the Forgiven Sinners||N/A||N/A|
|July 29, 1984||Salem||Winter Island|
|August 1, 1984||New York City||Pier 84||Gregg Allman Band|
|August 3, 1984||Tampa||USF Sun Dome||11,468 / 11,468||$143,350|
|August 4, 1984||Jacksonville||Jacksonville Coliseum||11,676 / 11,676||$145,075|
|August 5, 1984||Columbia||Carolina Coliseum||8,285 / 12,352||$103,567|
|August 6, 1984||Charlotte||Charlotte Coliseum||7,009 / 12,900||$87,612|
|August 8, 1984||Atlanta||Omni Coliseum||11,581 / 17,129||$144,762|
|August 9, 1984||Greensboro||Greensboro Coliseum||11,774 / 15,887||$147,175|
|August 10, 1984||Roanoke||Roanoke Civic Center||10,853 / 10,853||$137,292|
|August 11, 1984||Norfolk||Norfolk Scope||12,910 / 13,800||$161,375|
|August 12, 1984||Harrisburg||City Island||2,918 / 12,000||$97,273|
|August 14, 1984||Toronto||Canada||Massey Hall||N/A||N/A|
|August 16, 1984||Ottawa||National Arts Centre||Saints and Sinners|
|August 17, 1984||Montreal||The Spectrum||Jimmy James|
|August 25, 1984||St. Goarshausen||Germany||Freilichtbühne Loreley
(Loreley Open Air Festival)
|Paul Brady, Greg Kihn Band|
|August 27, 1984||Munich||Alabama-Halle|
|September 2, 1984||Shreveport||United States||Veterans Park Amphitheatre
(Labor Day Music Festival)
|"A" Train, Danny Johnson & the Bandits|
|September 7, 1984||Chicago||Aragon Ballroom||Albert Collins|
|September 8, 1984||Royal Oak||Royal Oak Music Theatre|
|September 9, 1984||Dayton||Hara Arena||Albert Collins|
|September 10, 1984||Indianapolis||Clowes Memorial Hall||Rods 'n' Cones|
|September 13, 1984||Nashville||Memorial Gymnasium||Will Rambeaux & the Delta Hurricanes|
|September 14, 1984||Memphis||Orpheum Theatre||Koko Taylor|
|September 15, 1984||Greenville||Freedom Village
(Mississippi Delta Blues Festival)
|Bo Diddley, Robert Cray Band|
|September 16, 1984||Fort Worth||Will Rogers Coliseum||Van Wilks|
|Leg 4: United States ("Fall Foliage")|
|September 29, 1984||Fort Worth||United States||Caravan of Dreams||N/A||N/A|
|October 4, 1984||New York City||Carnegie Hall||2,200 / 2,200|
|October 6, 1984||Boston||Orpheum Theatre||Jason & the Scorchers||N/A|
|October 7, 1984||West Hartford||Agora Ballroom|
|October 9, 1984||Hempstead||Adams Playhouse|
|October 10, 1984||Philadelphia||Irvine Auditorium||Spinning Infant|
|October 11, 1984||Washington, D.C.||Constitution Hall||Jason & the Scorchers|
|October 12, 1984||Pittsburgh||Syria Mosque|
|October 14, 1984||Cleveland||Variety Theatre|
|October 19, 1984||Phoenix||Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
(Arizona State Fair)
|October 20, 1984||El Paso||El Paso County Coliseum|
|Leg 5: Australia, New Zealand and United States|
|October 26, 1984||Melbourne||Australia||Melbourne Concert Hall||Tinsley Waterhouse Band||N/A||N/A|
|October 28, 1984||Bachelors from Prague|
|October 31, 1984||Tinsley Waterhouse Band|
|November 1, 1984||Adelaide||Adelaide Festival Theatre|
|November 3, 1984||Brisbane||Brisbane Festival Hall|
|November 5, 1984||Sydney||Sydney Opera House|
|November 9, 1984||The Champions|
|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|
|November 20, 1984||Santa Barbara||United States||Arlington Theater||James Harman Band|
|November 21, 1984||Universal City||Universal Amphitheatre||Joe Ely|
|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||Bourgeois Tagg|
|November 29, 1984||Oroville||Butte College Gym||Ralph Shine Blues Band|
|November 30, 1984||Arcata||HSU East Gym|
|December 31, 1984||Houston||Astroarena||The Fabulous Thunderbirds|
|Leg 6: Japan|
|January 20, 1985||Osaka||Japan||Osaka Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan||N/A||N/A|
|January 21, 1985||Nagoya||Unryu Hall|
|January 23, 1985||Tokyo||Yubin Chokin Kaikan|
|January 24, 1985|
|January 25, 1985|
|Leg 7: North America|
|March 10, 1985||South Padre Island||United States||Isla Blanca Park||Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns||N/A||N/A|
|March 21, 1985||Manor||Manor Downs
(Spring Music Festival)
|Delbert McClinton, Jerry Jeff Walker|
|March 23, 1985||Boston||Boston Opera House||Albert King|
|March 24, 1985||Worcester||E.M. Loew's Center||Luther 'Guitar Junior' Johnson|
|March 27, 1985||Hamilton||Canada||Hamilton Place Great Hall|
|March 28, 1985||Waterloo||Super Skate Seven|
|March 29, 1985||Toronto||Massey Hall||Johnny MacLeod & the Young Pioneers|
|March 30, 1985||Oshawa||Oshawa Civic Auditorium|
|April 21, 1985||Dallas||United States||Dallas Convention Center Arena||Lonnie Mack|
|April 24, 1985||Omaha||Omaha Music Hall||Tim Kugel & the Strokers||2,476 / 2,608||$26,306|
|April 25, 1985||Wichita||Cotillion Ballroom||Lonnie Mack||N/A||N/A|
|April 26, 1985||Tulsa||Cain's Ballroom|
|April 27, 1985||Oklahoma City||Zoo Amphitheatre||Gregg Allman Band, Lonnie Mack|
|April 28, 1985||Tulsa||Mohawk Park|
|April 30, 1985||Corpus Christi||Bayfront Plaza Auditorium||Eric Johnson|
|May 2, 1985||New Orleans||Riverboat President
(New Orleans Jazz Festival)
|Albert King, Gatemouth Brown|
|May 4, 1985||San Antonio||Majestic Theatre||Emerald|
- Hopkins 2011, p. 39.
- Aledort 2000.
- Music Canada 2012.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 63.
- Schwartz 1997.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 72.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 73.
- Rhodes 1984a.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 75.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 74.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 68.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 317.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 69.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 298.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 305.
- Miranda 1984, p. 20.
- Sill 1984.
- Holden 1984.
- Speelman 1984, p. 14.
- Topp 1984.
- Rhodes 1984b.
- Speelman 1984.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 83.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 82.
- Hopkins 2011, p. 96.
- Hopkins 2011, pp. 85-88.
- Hopkins 2011, pp. 53–55
- First leg boxscore data:
- First leg opening act references:
- March 13, 1984: "The Chance newspaper advertisement". Poughkeepsie Journal. March 9, 1984. p. 35.
- March 14, 1984: Pareso, Thomas (March 22, 1984). "Rock: Basset and Stevie Ray Vaughn Play Wilkins" (PDF). The Independent (23). Union, NJ. p. 5.
Steve Basset [sic] opened the evening with some great blues and country rock.
- March 15, 1984: Wolff, Carlo (March 17, 1984). "Bassett, Vaughan Put Down Blues Roots". The Schenectady Gazette. 90 (145). p. 24.
...Steve Bassett played a far different kind of blues from headliner Stevie Ray Vaughan...
- March 16, 1984: Fernandes, Paul (n.d.). "Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour 1984-85: Rhode Island College". Rhode Island Rocks.
- March 28, 1984: Laamanen, Lamppu (2015). Dave Lindholm: Tietenkin [Dave Lindholm: Of Course] (in Finnish). Helsinki, Finland: Werner Söderström Corporation. p. 194. ISBN 978-951-0-41376-0.
- Hopkins 2011, pp. 56–61
- Second leg boxscore data:
- "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 21. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. May 26, 1984. p. 45. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 22. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. June 2, 1984. p. 46. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 23. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. June 9, 1984. p. 57. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Second leg opening act references:
- April 15, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 56
- April 22, 1984: Guglielmo, Michael (2016). "Adventures". MichaelGuglielmo.com.
Rocket 88 opened up for Roy Buchanan, Gregg Allman, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many other acts thanks to Michael "Eppy" Epstein and his historic club in Roslyn, NY.
- May 4 and 6, 1984: "RWC Social Committee Proudly Presents: Spring Weekend 1984". The Messenger. 3 (4). Bristol, RI. April 17, 1984. p. 8.
Friday Night: In the Rec. Bldg. — Doors open at 8:00 P.M. Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, David Johansen...; "Original Stevie Ray Vaughan, NRBQ Concert Poster". WorthPoint. 2016.
- May 7, 1984: O'Reilly, Peter (May 10, 1984). "The Band and Stevie Ray Vaughan Visit Geneva". The Herald. 107 (25). Geneva, NY: Hobart and William Smith Colleges. p. 8.
Band crony Artie Traum opened the evening with a set of humorous pieces...
- May 13, 1984: (see the June 2, 1984 issue of Billboard)
- May 23, 1984: "Stevie Ray & Jimmie Vaughan Playing For A Friend 1984 Concert Poster & Ticket (twelfth thumbnail)". eBay. 2016.
- May 28, 1984: "Sunset Dance Party to Rock at Cat's". The Tennessean. Nashville, TN. May 27, 1984. p. 151.
The band will be coming fresh from its performance opening for Stevie Ray Vaughn at the Memphis Cotton Carnival Monday night.
- Hopkins 2011, pp. 61–68
- Third leg boxscore data:
- "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 32. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. August 11, 1984. p. 49. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 33. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. August 18, 1984. p. 29. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 34. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. August 25, 1984. p. 59. ISSN 0006-2510.
- "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 43. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. October 27, 1984. p. 36. ISSN 0006-2510.
- July 12, 1984: Taylor, Lisa (July 14, 1984). "Vaughan pleases hometown crowd". Dallas Times Herald.
Stevie Ray Vaughan played for a sold-out, enthusiastic crowd [about 4,500 people] for an hour and a half Thursday night at Fair Park Band Shell.
- Third leg opening act references:
- June 16, 1984: "Talent In Action" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 26. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. June 30, 1984. p. 38. ISSN 0006-2510.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Rankin, The Palladium, Los Angeles...
- June 17, 1984: "List of concerts produced by Bill Graham". SugarMegs Audio. 2016.
- June 19, 1984: Mitchell, Rick (June 20, 1984). "Portland Civic Auditorium concert review". The Oregonian. Portland, OR.
The substitute, Widow, is a mediocre hard rock band from Seattle...
- June 20, 1984: "Paramount Theatre concert poster". Expresso Beans Art Guide. n.d.
- June 21–22, 1984: "The Dice - Biography". CanadianBands.com. n.d.
They found themselves on the opening bill for the Canadian legs of tours for Billy Idol, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Cougar Mellencamp.
- June 24, 1984: "Max Bell Arena newspaper advertisement". Calgary Herald. June 16, 1984. p. D10.
- June 26 and 28, 1984: Johnstone, Bruce (June 29, 1984). "When this man's guitar speaks, people listen". Leader-Post. Regina. p. B7.
...the Colin Munn Band was more than an adequate replacement for Toronto-based warm-up act, The Dice...Thursday's performance was only their second — the first being Vaughan's concert in Saskatoon Tuesday.
- June 29, 1984: Draward, Vivian; Thompson, Debbie (June 29, 1984). "Country's rocking—Top musicians to perform at Beaver Dam festival". Winnipeg Free Press. 112 (179). p. 18.
Beaver Dam Lake Country Rock Festival: Featuring Hank Williams, Jr., Earl Thomas Conley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Gregg Allman Band and Murray McLauchlan opens today at 4...
- July 3, 1984: "Today at Summerfest". The Milwaukee Sentinel. July 3, 1984. p. 7.
- July 5, 1984: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "Rockford, IL". SRV Gig Database.
- July 8, 1984: Van Schmidt, Tim (n.d.). "Memoirs of an American Rocker". King Koncert.
...he was there to see the opening band Talk Talk...Stevie Ray Vaughan appeared next...
- July 12-13, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 64; Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "13jul84 - The Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX". SRV Gig Database.
- July 18-19, 1984: "Stevie Ray Vaughan Concert Ticket Stubs". Lookatstubs.com. 2016.
- July 21, 1984: Moser, Margaret (July 3, 2009). "I Write the Folk Songs: Marshall Styler's wordless groove". The Austin Chronicle.
...we were on tour opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. We were playing Palmer Auditorium...
- July 27, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 66: "...the weather was so bad that Charlie Daniels went on first..."
- July 28, 1984: "1984 Shows at the Channel". BostonsBestLiveRock.com. n.d.
- August 1, 1984: "Music & Dance - Concerts". New York. Vol. 17 no. 31. New York Media, LLC. August 6, 1984. p. 80.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble Trouble/Gregg Allman Band—Concerts on the Pier...
- August 16, 1984: Dowling, Teah (March 4, 2015). "Musical Explorers: MonkeyJunk brings an eclectic mix of sounds to the North Country.". Lake Champlain Weekly. Vol. 15 no. 33. Studley Printing & Publishing, Inc. p. 15.
...in 1984, opened for American guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
- August 17, 1984: "Montreal Spectrum newspaper advertisement". Montreal Gazette. August 17, 1984. p. D6.
- August 25, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 69
- September 2, 1984: "Guitarist to headline concert at amphitheater". The Times. Shreveport, LA. August 15, 1984. p. 2B.
Other performers will be Danny Johnson and the Bandits and A Train.
- September 7, 1984: "Weekend Guide: Music — Rock". Chicago Tribune. 130 (251). September 7, 1984. p. 84.
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Plus Albert Collins, 8 p.m. Friday; Aragon Ballroom...
- September 10, 1984: Harren, Jill (September 11, 1984). "Vaughn exceptional at Clowes". The Indianapolis Star. p. 12.
Rods 'N Cones, a Bloomington-based trio, opened the show with a very strong 40 minute set.
- September 14, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 70
- September 16, 1984: "Today's Performances". The Dallas Morning News. September 16, 1984.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and his group Double Trouble play at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth. Van Wilks opens the show at 8 p.m.
- June 16, 1984: "Talent In Action" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 96 no. 26. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. June 30, 1984. p. 38. ISSN 0006-2510.
- Hopkins 2011, pp. 71–72, 76.
- Fourth leg boxscore data:
- October 4, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 73
- Fourth leg opening act references:
- October 6, 1984: "Orpheum Theatre newspaper advertisement". The Boston Phoenix. 13 (40). October 2, 1984. p. 9.
- October 7, 1984: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "Agora Ballroom, West Hartford, CT". SRV Gig Database.
- October 9, 1984: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "Hofstra Playhouse, Hempstead, NY". SRV Gig Database.
- October 10, 1984: Wenner, Cheryl (October 12, 1984). "Spinning Infant Cutting Its Teeth In The L.v. Before Biting Big Apple". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA. p. 2.
This week, the band opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan at Philadelphia's Irvine Auditorium.
- October 12, 1984: Ziaukas, Tim (October 13, 1984). "For Stevie Ray Vaughan, good is not enough". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 17.
The Nashville punkabilly band Jason and the Scorchers opened...
- October 14, 1984: "Reminders". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland. October 12, 1984.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jason and the Scorchers, Sunday night, 8 p.m., Variety Theater
- October 19-20, 1984: Hoffard, Vince (October 18, 1984). "Jason and the Scorchers to storm Strip". The Southern Illinoisan. Carbondale, IL. p. 3.
The band, making its first appearance in Carbondale since last Halloween, is at the end of a two-week, nationwide tour with Stevie Ray Vaughn.
- Hopkins 2011, pp. 77-78.
- Fifth leg opening act information:
- November 9, 1984: "Concerts". The Sydney Morning Herald. November 9, 1984. p. 40.
- November 11–14, 1984: Reid, Graham (January 17, 2011). "Chris Thompson: Chris Thompson (Sunbeam)". Elsewhere.
...he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan in '84...
- November 20, 1984: Washburn, Jim (December 14, 1984). "Critic's choice: Pop". Orange County Register. 80 (37). Santa Ana, CA. p. 97.
At the White House Saturday, OC's own James Harman Band plays its first local gig since they received a standing ovation opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan in Santa Barbara last month.
- November 21, 1984: "Openings". Los Angeles Times. November 21, 1984. p. 81.
- November 24–25, 1984: "Listing of Bill Graham Presents Shows 1965-1989". SugarMegs Audio. n.d.
- November 27, 1984: Conner, J.A. (November 30, 1984). "Stevie Ray came to play". Santa Cruz Sentinel. p. 9.
Produced by Bill Graham Presents, the evening's show got off to a light-hearted start courtesy of rock comedian Dr. Gonzo.
- December 31, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 83: "Astro Arena, Houston, TX, with The Fabulous Thunderbirds..."
- Hopkins 2011, pp. 92-98.
- Seventh leg opening act references:
- March 10, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 92: "Joe "King" Carrasco and The Crowns opened."
- March 21, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 93: "Also on the bill were Delbert McClinton and Jerry Jeff Walker."
- March 23, 1985: "Orpheum Theatre newspaper advertisement". The Boston Phoenix. 14 (12). March 19, 1985. p. 30.
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Albert King play jazz at 7 and 10 p.m. at the Opera House...
- March 24, 1985: Baszak, Mark (2003). "The Blues Lives On". Such Sweet Thunder: Views on Black American Music. Amherst, MA: Fine Arts Center. p. 185. ISBN 0972678506.
...I remember the night I got a call and Stevie Ray Vaughan was playing at E. M. Loews in Worcester, and they needed an opening act. Luther got out there with his band...
- March 29, 1985: Mendel, Barbara (March 28, 1985). "Johnny & The Musical Pioneers". The Varsity. 105 (47). University of Toronto. p. 16.
...opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan (on Friday) will enlarge their audience.
- April 21 and 26, 1985: Triplett, Gene (April 26, 1985). "Mack Finds Way Back From 'Memphis". The Daily Oklahoman. 94 (111). p. 14.
With the new record, and the opening slot on Vaughan's current tour, things are looking up.
- April 24, 1985: (see Billboard boxscore data reference)
- April 25, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 96: "Cotillion Ballroom, Wichita, KS, with Lonnie Mack"
- April 27–28, 1985: "Calendar—Music". The Sunday Oklahoman. 94 (106). April 21, 1985. p. 109.
Oklahoma City—Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble with Gregg Allman and Lonnie Mack, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Zoo Amphitheater...Tulsa—Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, with the Gregg Allman Band and Lonnie Mack, 7:30 p.m. April 28, Mohawk Park, north of city.
- April 30, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 97: "Eric Johnson opened."
- May 2, 1985: "Complete 1985 Jazz Festival Schedule". Wavelength. No. 55. University of New Orleans. May 1985.
Guitar Explosion—Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Albert King, "Gatemouth" Brown, Riverboat President—8:00 P.M.
- May 4, 1985: "Concert History 1980's". StoneCityAttractions.com. 2016.
- Aledort, Andy. The Lost Interviews. Guitar World. August 2000.
- Forte, Dan. SRV: The Triple Crown Bluesman Talks Technique, Equipment, & Soul. Guitar Player. October 1984.
- Holden, Stephen. Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitarist, at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times. October 8, 1984.
- 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.
- Miranda, Randy. Huey Lewis pack the Sun Dome. The Lakeland Ledger. August 7, 1984.
- Music Canada. Gold and Platinum Search; 2012 [Retrieved February 12, 2012].
- Rhodes, Joe. Stevie Ray wows Carnegie crowd. Dallas Times Herald. October 6, 1984.
- Rhodes, Joe. Stevie Ray still cares. Dallas Times Herald. July 12, 1984.
- Schwartz, Andy (1984). Live at Carnegie Hall (Stevie Ray Vaughan album) (booklet). Epic Records.