In Step Tour

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In Step Tour
North American concert tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Location United States, Canada
Associated album In Step
Start date May 4, 1989
End date August 26, 1990
Legs 6
No. of shows 137
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology

The In Step Tour was a concert tour through the United States and Canada, undertaken by American blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble from 1989 to 1990. Launched in support of their fourth and final studio album In Step, the tour was the third of which to include keyboardist Reese Wynans, who joined the band in 1985. Vaughan and Double Trouble achieved international fame when their debut album, Texas Flood, was released in June 1983. Throughout their subsequent concert tours, the group's success was confirmed as their performances consistently amazed and gratified their audiences. Like all of their previous tours, the In Step Tour was a basic, minimalistic production. The stage featured a simple light show that changed according to the mood of certain songs performed. Although Vaughan and Double Trouble never followed a set list, all ten songs from In Step were played at least once during the tour, and as many as seven of them were included in each of the band's performances.

Consisting of six legs and 137 shows, the In Step Tour began on May 4, 1989 in Vancouver and ended on August 26, 1990 in East Troy, Wisconsin. After the first two legs, Vaughan and Double Trouble co-headlined with Jeff Beck and Joe Cocker during the third and fifth legs, which were branded as "The Fire Meets the Fury" and "Power and Passion", respectively. The group had planned to embark on a European leg in September 1990, but it was canceled after Vaughan died in a helicopter crash following the East Troy concert on August 27, 1990, during a return flight to Chicago. Although the tour elicited a variety of reactions from music critics, it was generally well-received and garnered mostly favorable reviews. Along with being one of the highest-grossing concert tours of 1989, the "Fire Meets the Fury" leg was awarded for being the most creative tour package of the year by Pollstar magazine.


Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble gained international fame after the release of their debut studio album Texas Flood in June 1983.[1] Their second studio album, Couldn't Stand the Weather, and the supporting tour brought them to further commercial and critical success during the following year.[2] After the addition of keyboardist Reese Wynans in 1985, the band released Soul to Soul and toured in support of the album, which was their first as a quartet.[3] In Europe, the schedule of performances were canceled after Vaughan suffered from a substance abuse related illness, due to a long-term drug and alcohol addiction. He checked into a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta, where he stayed for four weeks and achieved sobriety; bassist Tommy Shannon checked into rehab in Austin.[4]

Following their departure from rehab, Vaughan and Shannon reconvened with Double Trouble to begin the Live Alive Tour in November 1986, which supported the album that was released on November 17.[5] Although Vaughan was nervous about performing while being sober, he received positive reassurance. Wynans recalled: "[He] had a little bit of self doubt. We rehearsed and were very encouraging to him."[6] As the tour progressed, Vaughan was longing to work on material for the group's next LP, but in January 1987, he filed for a divorce from his wife Lenny, which restricted him of writing songs and recording an album for almost two years.[7] After the proceedings were finalized in 1988, the band started recording their fourth and final studio album, In Step, at Kiva Studios in Memphis, where they worked with producer Jim Gaines.[8]

Vaughan initially had doubts about his musical and creative abilities, but he gained more confidence as the sessions progressed. Shannon later recalled: "From my eyes, he went in scared to death ... In Step was, for him, a big growing experience."[9] On January 21, 1989, the band took a break from recording and performed at a presidential inaugural celebration for George H. W. Bush in Washington, D.C. When the sessions concluded, they participated in a concert organized by the Greenpeace organization, which took place on April 8, 1989 at the Mount Smart Supertop in Auckland, New Zealand.[10]

Planning, itinerary, and billing[edit]

A rehearsal for the In Step Tour took place on May 3, 1989 at York Theatre in Vancouver, before the opening show at the city's Orpheum Theatre on the following night.[11] Lighting designer Trey Hensley explained that Vaughan decided against lengthy rehearsals: "The band played all the time and didn't need rehearsal, and he didn't believe in spending money to rehearse."[12] Like many of the group's preceding tours, which began ahead of the release of a new album, the tour started a month before In Step was released, giving fans a preview of new songs from the album.[13] The first leg of the tour alternated between both indoor and outdoor venues, with 15 concerts that were mostly indoor arena and theatre shows in May.[14] After the release of In Step on June 13, the band performed 25 concerts throughout the United States and Canada from June to September.[15]

Vaughan signing an autograph for a fan after Double Trouble's show in Minneapolis on October 25, 1989

Two co-headlining legs in North America were subsequently planned—"Fire Meets the Fury" with Jeff Beck from October to December 1989, and "Power and Passion" with Joe Cocker from June to July 1990.[16] Rehearsals for "Fire Meets the Fury" began at Paisley Park Studios in Minneapolis on October 23 and 24, before the official leg-opening Northrup Auditorium show on October 25.[17] Both Vaughan and Beck were advertised as headliners and received equal billing for the tour. Vaughan's manager Alex Hodges commented: "We were very careful to have equal billing and everything done in a way that it would be hard to say anyone was taking advantage of the other."[18]

During an extended break between the third and fourth legs of the tour, Vaughan recorded Family Style with his brother Jimmie Vaughan in March 1990. They worked with producer Nile Rodgers at Ardent Studios in Memphis, and it would be their first and only collaboration. The album was ultimately released in September 1990, a month after Vaughan's death. With the success of "Fire Meets the Fury", Hodges made arrangements for the "Power and Passion" leg with Cocker: "We weren't trying to repeat the magic of the tour with Beck, but we thought it was a way to have a strong summer tour and give the fans something different."[19]

Following the conclusion of "Power and Passion", Vaughan took a short break from touring with Double Trouble. In August 1990, he traveled to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, where he spent time vacationing with girlfriend Janna Lapidus. She later recalled the trip: "It was all one big barrel of laughs! We were goofballs."[20] Shortly after they had returned to their Manhattan apartment in New York City, Vaughan left for Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 24, where he reconvened with the band to perform at the county fair. They then moved on to East Troy, Wisconsin, where they were booked for two nights as the opening act for Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley Music Theatre. Both shows, on August 25 and 26, were sold out with an audience of 40,000 each.[21] The second show concluded with an encore jam session featuring Vaughan, Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and Vaughan's brother Jimmie Vaughan. In 1993, Clapton recalled Vaughan's performance: "[It was] beyond anything that I could even describe ... there was nothing missing. There was no room for improvement."[22]

After the show, Vaughan talked with Layton backstage, where he expressed his gratification of the band's performances and optimism for the future of their career. Layton recalled the conversation: "He was in great spirits ... We talked for, I guess, almost thirty minutes."[23] In the early morning of August 27, 1990, Vaughan and three members of Clapton's touring entourage boarded a Bell 206B, which was the third in a series of four helicopters to travel to Chicago's Midway Airport. The pilot, who was unqualified to operate a helicopter in foggy weather conditions, failed to gain enough altitude to fly the aircraft over a nearby ski hill, where it crashed shortly after takeoff. Vaughan and the four others on board were all killed instantly. The band had originally planned to visit England, France and Switzerland in September after being absent from the European touring circuit for over two years, but the rest of the tour was canceled. Vaughan was buried in his hometown of Dallas, Texas on August 31, 1990.[24]

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Headlining Act(s) Opening Act(s) Attendance Revenue
Leg 1: North America[25][26][27]
May 4, 1989 Vancouver Canada Orpheum Theatre René Martinez N/A N/A
May 6, 1989 Everett United States Everett Civic Auditorium Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings
May 8, 1989 Bozeman Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
May 9, 1989 Missoula Harry Adams Fieldhouse
May 10, 1989 Boise Morrison Center 1,983 / 2,000
May 12, 1989 Santa Barbara Arlington Theatre N/A
May 18, 1989 Phoenix Celebrity Theatre Robin Trower
May 20, 1989 San Diego Starlight Bowl Robert Cray Band Was (Not Was) 4,013 / 4,013 $86,624
May 21, 1989 Santa Clara Redwood Amphitheatre Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings N/A N/A
May 22, 1989 Santa Rosa Luther Burbank Center
May 23, 1989 Sacramento Community Center Theatre
May 25, 1989 Eureka Eureka Municipal Auditorium
May 26, 1989 Salem L. B. Day Amphitheatre Robert Cray Band John Hiatt 4,253 / 8,868 $78,861
May 27, 1989 George Champs de Brionne Music Theatre 10,495 / 12,000 $188,103
May 29, 1989 El Paso Mountain Shadow Lakes
(Balloon Festival)
Piggybank, QID N/A N/A
Leg 2: North America[28][29][30]
June 14, 1989 Ottawa Canada Ottawa Civic Centre René Martinez N/A N/A
June 16, 1989 Toronto Kingswood Music Theatre Colin James
June 17, 1989 Montreal Centre Sportif
June 20, 1989 Saratoga Springs United States Saratoga Performing Arts Center Henry Lee Summer
June 21, 1989 Burlington Burlington Memorial Auditorium
June 24, 1989 Bristol Lake Compounce Festival Park
June 25, 1989 Mansfield Great Woods Center Ronnie Earl, John Mayall
June 27, 1989 Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Civic Center Henry Lee Summer
June 29, 1989 Pittsburgh Melody Amphitheatre Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers 3,739 / 4,000 $62,628
July 11, 1989 Wilkes-Barre F.M. Kirby Center The Fabulous Thunderbirds N/A N/A
July 12, 1989 Darien Lakeside Amphitheater Johnny Winter
July 14, 1989 Cleveland Nautica Stage Frankie Starr & Chill Factor
July 15, 1989 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
July 21, 1989 Toledo Toledo Zoo Stray Cats
July 22, 1989 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center Stray Cats, Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio 11,000 / 16,400
July 23, 1989 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center Stray Cats N/A
July 25, 1989 Memphis Mud Island Amphitheatre
July 29, 1989 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
July 30, 1989 Saint Paul Harriet Island
Stray Cats, Dave Mason
August 1, 1989 Kansas City Starlight Theatre Stray Cats
August 2, 1989 Evansville Mesker Amphitheatre
August 4, 1989 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 5, 1989 Syracuse Empire Court
August 6, 1989 Old Orchard Beach Seashore Performing Arts Center
August 9, 1989 Halifax Canada Halifax Metro Centre
August 10, 1989 Moncton Moncton Coliseum
August 12, 1989 Quebec City Agora du Vieux-Port
August 13, 1989 Gardner United States Polish American Beach Club Johnny Copeland
August 17, 1989 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 18, 1989 Mears Val-Du-Lakes
August 19, 1989 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre Little Feat, Jeff Healey Band
August 21, 1989 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
(Blues on the Rocks)
B.B. King, Taj Mahal
August 22, 1989 Park City Deer Valley B.B. King
August 25, 1989 Concord Concord Pavilion
August 26, 1989 Los Angeles Greek Theatre
August 27, 1989
August 29, 1989 Tucson Tucson Music Hall Jimmie Wood & the Immortals 2,200 / 2,289 $38,500
August 30, 1989 Santa Fe Paolo Soleri Amphitheater Chris Whitley N/A N/A
September 2, 1989 Houston Astrodome The Who The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Ely 35,726 / 36,000 $803,835
September 3, 1989 Dallas Cotton Bowl 35,385 / 36,000 $796,163
Leg 3: North America ("The Fire Meets the Fury")[31][32][33]
October 25, 1989 Minneapolis United States Northrop Auditorium Jeff Beck 4,835 / 4,835 $90,088
October 27, 1989 Milwaukee MECCA Arena Jeff Beck 4,651 / 5,500 $83,870
October 28, 1989 Chicago UIC Pavilion Jeff Beck 8,407 / 8,407 $164,040
October 29, 1989 St. Louis Fox Theatre Jeff Beck N/A N/A
October 31, 1989 Columbus Ohio Center Jeff Beck
November 2, 1989 Toronto Canada SkyDome Jeff Beck, Jeff Healey Band 11,778 / 15,000 $257,360
November 3, 1989 Detroit United States Cobo Hall Jeff Beck 10,841 / 12,191 $195,027
November 4, 1989 Pittsburgh Palumbo Center Jeff Beck N/A N/A
November 6, 1989 Landover Capital Centre Jeff Beck
November 7, 1989 Philadelphia The Spectrum Jeff Beck 9,926 / 12,000 $177,900
November 8, 1989 Worcester Centrum in Worcester Jeff Beck 13,101 / 14,000 $237,281
November 11, 1989 New York City Madison Square Garden Jeff Beck 18,565 / 18,565 $417,713
November 12, 1989 Troy Houston Field House Jeff Beck N/A N/A
November 14, 1989 Cleveland Public Hall Jeff Beck 7,995 / 7,995 $139,913
November 15, 1989 Dayton Hara Arena Jeff Beck N/A N/A
November 16, 1989 Louisville Louisville Gardens Jeff Beck
November 18, 1989 Birmingham Boutwell Memorial Auditorium Jeff Beck
November 19, 1989 Atlanta The Omni Jeff Beck 6,348 / 9,500 $111,090
November 21, 1989 Miami Miami Arena Jeff Beck 7,783 / 8,500 $136,900
November 22, 1989 Tampa USF Sun Dome Jeff Beck N/A N/A
November 24, 1989 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum Jeff Beck
November 25, 1989 Dallas Fair Park Coliseum Jeff Beck
November 26, 1989 Austin Frank Erwin Center
November 27, 1989 Amarillo Amarillo Civic Center Jeff Beck
November 28, 1989 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum Jeff Beck
November 29, 1989 Denver McNichols Sports Arena Jeff Beck
December 1, 1989 Los Angeles Los Angeles Sports Arena 13,734 / 16,511 $279,864
December 2, 1989 Sacramento ARCO Arena Jeff Beck 8,184 / 8,184 $153,311
December 3, 1989 Oakland Oakland Coliseum Arena Jeff Beck 13,178 / 13,178 $258,759
December 6, 1989 Vancouver Canada Orpheum Theatre Jeff Beck N/A N/A
December 7, 1989 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre Jeff Beck
December 8, 1989 Portland Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Jeff Beck
Leg 4: North America[34][35]
April 13, 1990 Ann Arbor United States Michigan Theater Ernie Isley N/A N/A
April 14, 1990
April 17, 1990 Merrillville Star Plaza Theatre
April 18, 1990 Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Center
April 20, 1990 Fargo Fargo Civic Center
April 21, 1990 Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Arena 1,600 / 8,000 $29,600
April 22, 1990 Omaha Omaha Music Hall N/A N/A
April 25, 1990 San Antonio HemisFair Park
(La Semana Alegre)
April 28, 1990 Memphis Tom Lee Park
(Beale Street Music Festival)
Albert King, Etta James
April 29, 1990 Tulsa River Parks Amphitheatre Ernie Isley
May 2, 1990 Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall
May 3, 1990 Abilene Taylor County Expo Center
May 4, 1990 Austin Auditorium Shores
(Rites of Spring)
Buddy Guy, Ernie Isley
May 6, 1990 New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
(New Orleans Jazz Festival)
Boz Scaggs, Earl King
Leg 5: North America ("Power and Passion")[36][37][38]
June 8, 1990 Mountain View United States Shoreline Amphitheatre Joe Cocker N/A N/A
June 9, 1990 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
(Benson & Hedges Blues Festival)
B.B. King John Lee Hooker, Irma Thomas 17,385 / 18,861 $371,371
June 10, 1990 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena Joe Cocker N/A N/A
June 13, 1990 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Joe Cocker
June 15, 1990 Atlanta Lakewood Amphitheatre Joe Cocker
June 16, 1990 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum Joe Cocker
June 17, 1990 Dallas Starplex Amphitheatre
(Benson & Hedges Blues Festival)
Joe Cocker, B.B. King 14,960 / 20,000 $285,402
June 19, 1990 Pelham Oak Mountain Amphitheatre Joe Cocker N/A N/A
June 20, 1990 Nashville Starwood Amphitheatre Joe Cocker
June 22, 1990 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
June 23, 1990 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 24, 1990 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center Joe Cocker
June 27, 1990 Noblesville Deer Creek Music Center Joe Cocker
June 28, 1990 Burgettstown Star Lake Amphitheatre Joe Cocker 5,372 / 20,000
June 30, 1990 Philadelphia Mann Music Center Joe Cocker N/A
July 1, 1990 Manchester Veterans Memorial Park Joe Cocker
July 3, 1990 Essex Junction Champlain Valley Expo Joe Cocker
July 4, 1990 Bristol Lake Compounce Festival Park Joe Cocker
July 5, 1990 Stanhope Waterloo Village
(Waterloo Festival of the Arts)
Joe Cocker
July 7, 1990 Holmdel Garden State Arts Center Joe Cocker
July 8, 1990 Wantagh Jones Beach Marine Theater Joe Cocker
July 10, 1990 Hamilton Canada Copps Coliseum Joe Cocker
July 11, 1990 Montreal Montreal Forum Joe Cocker
July 13, 1990 Canandaigua United States Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center Joe Cocker
July 14, 1990 Columbus Capital Music Center Joe Cocker
July 15, 1990 St. Louis Fox Theatre Joe Cocker
July 16, 1990 Kansas City Starlight Theatre Joe Cocker
July 17, 1990 Englewood Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre Joe Cocker
July 20, 1990 Salem L. B. Day Amphitheatre Joe Cocker
July 21, 1990 George Champs de Brionne Music Theatre Joe Cocker 12,000 / 12,000
July 22, 1990 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum Joe Cocker N/A
July 24, 1990 Anchorage United States Sullivan Arena Joe Cocker
July 25, 1990 Fairbanks Carlson Center Joe Cocker
Leg 6: United States[39][40][41]
August 24, 1990 Kalamazoo United States Kalamazoo County Fair N/A N/A
August 25, 1990 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre Eric Clapton Robert Cray Band, Janata 80,000 / 80,000 $2,026,630
August 26, 1990


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  2. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 85
  3. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 98–99
  4. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, pp. 212–14
  5. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 152
  6. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 154
  7. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 161
  8. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, pp. 231, 239
  9. ^ Aledort, Andy (August 2000). "Stevie Ray Vaughan: The Lost Interviews". Guitar World. Vol. 20 no. 8. Future US. p. 158. 
  10. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 203–5
  11. ^ "Stevie Ray Vaughan Original "In Step" Tour Itineraries (third and fourth thumbnails)". Backstage Auctions. 2016. Retrieved August 3, 2016. 
  12. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 230
  13. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 206, 208
  14. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 206, 208
  15. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 209–215
  16. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 217, 245
  17. ^ Goldstein, Mike (August 31, 2007). "Stevie Ray Vaughan - "Real Deal: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1", cover by Robert M. Knight". Rock Pop Gallery. ...pre-production at Prince’s Paisley Park in Minneapolis... ; "Stevie Ray Vaughan Original "In Step" Tour Itineraries (sixth thumbnail)". Backstage Auctions. 2016. : Fire Meets the Fury rehearsal dates.
  18. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 219
  19. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 245
  20. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 257
  21. ^ "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 102 no. 36. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 8, 1990. p. 31. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  22. ^ In the Studio with Redbeard (Radio broadcast). Dallas: BeardedFISCH LLC. June 28, 1993. Event occurs at 21:00. 
  23. ^ In the Studio with Redbeard (Radio broadcast). Dallas: BeardedFISCH LLC. June 28, 1993. Event occurs at 24:44. 
  24. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, p. 263
  25. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 206–208
  26. ^ First leg boxscore data:
  27. ^ First leg opening act information:
  28. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 209–217
  29. ^ Second leg boxscore data:
    • June 29, 1989: Margolis, Lynne (July 2, 1989). "Stevie Ray Vaughan and band stir up a hot blues blend". Observer–Reporter. Washington, Pennsylvania. p. A8. ...he told the near-sellout crowd of 3,739...  (primary source); McCoy, Adrian (April 16, 1990). "Melody Amphitheatre expands music lineup". Pittsburgh Press. p. B9. Melody Amphitheatre seats 4,000...  (secondary source); "Melody Amphitheatre newspaper advertisement". Pittsburgh Press. May 14, 1989. p. E8. ...all seats $16.75...  (tertiary source)
    • July 22, 1989: "Summer leads carload show". Kokomo Tribune. 139 (352). August 22, 1989. p. 8. The show attracted 11,000. ; Aldrich, Michael (May 13, 1989). "Deer Creek's amphitheater stacks up well against others". Daily Journal. 26 (247). Franklin, IN. p. 13. ... Deer Creek's total seating of 16,400. 
    • August 29, 1989: Skinner, M. Scot (August 30, 1989). "Vaughan's guitar work electrifies crowd". Arizona Daily Star. 148 (242). Tucson, AZ. p. B7. ... Vaughan and his tight three-piece backup band electrified the 2,200 fans on hand last night at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. ; "Starlist—Concerts". Arizona Daily Star. 148 (237). Tucson, AZ. August 25, 1989. p. F4. All seats $17.50. 
    • September 2–3, 1989: "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 101 no. 39. September 30, 1989. p. 34. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  30. ^ Second leg opening act information:
    • June 14, 1989: "Stevie Ray Vaughan Original "In Step" Tour Itinerary (fourth thumbnail)". eBay. 2016. Showtime: 8:00 PM (Rene Martinez) 
    • June 16, 1989: Rockline (Radio broadcast). Los Angeles. May 15, 1989. Colin James from Canada will be the opening act for a couple of those shows... 
    • June 17, 1989: Hopkins 2011, p. 209: "...clips of Colin James' set..."
    • June 20, 1989: "Saratoga Performing Arts Center newspaper advertisement". The Schenectady Gazette. 95 (225). June 20, 1989. p. 11. 
    • June 21, 24, 1989: "Touring 1989". Personal Site of James Bogard. 2014. Opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan except where noted...(21) Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT; (24) Lake Compounce, Hartford, CT 
    • June 25, 1989: "Calendar – Special Events". The Day. 108 (357). New London, Connecticut. June 23, 1989. p. E3. Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ronnie Earl, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Guitar Slim Jr., 3 p.m. Sunday at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts, Mansfield, Massachusetts 
    • June 27, 1989: "Club 'n' Concerts". Poughkeepsie Journal. June 23, 1989. p. 11D. 
    • June 29, 1989: Mervis, Scott (June 30, 1989). "Vaughan's guitar may be the best". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 62 (287). p. 16. Joe Grushecky, who opened the show... 
    • July 11, 1989: "Stevie Ray Vaughan Original "In Step" Tour Itineraries (seventh thumbnail)". Backstage Auctions. 2016. Showtime: 8:00 PM (Fabulous Thunderbirds) 
    • July 12, 1989: "Stevie Ray Vaughan and band stir up a hot blues blend". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, NY. July 12, 1989. p. 15. Jet on over to Darien Lake Theme Park and Camping Resort if you want to hear it from master guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn. Vaughn, along with Double Trouble with Johnny Winter, perform tonight at 7:30. 
    • July 14, 1989: Niesel, Jeff (July 2, 1989). "Soundbites: Joseph Arthur". Cleveland Scene. p. A8. Arthur says that, with Starr, he played several nights a week in Cleveland and recalls opening for Stevie Ray Vaughan at Nautica. 
    • July 15, 1989: Adams 2002, p. 149: "'We were opening for Stevie at the Veterans Memorial in Columbus,' Starr recalls."
    • July 21, 1989: Ford, Tom (July 22, 1989). "Stevie Ray Vaughan plays the blues with depth, fire". The Toledo Blade. p. P2. The Stray Cats opened the show with a stellar set... 
    • July 22, 1989: Warren, Jill (July 22, 1989). "Clean, sober, Stevie Ray Vaughan now more 'In Step' with his music". The Indianapolis Star. p. B5. Opening bands: Stray Cats, Duke Tumatoe and the Power Trio – Where: Deer Creek Music Center 
    • July 23, 1989: Warren, Jill (July 21, 1989). "This Weekend". The Cincinnati Enquirer. p. B4. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Stray Cats will be in concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at Riverbend Music Center, Coney Island. 
    • July 25, 1989: "Stray Cats – Tour Archive 1989". Stray Cats Collectors. 2016. 25 Jul – Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis, Tennessee 
    • July 29, 1989: Heim, Chris (July 28, 1989). "Album Gives New Energy To Vaughan And Double Trouble". Chicago Tribune. They play Poplar Creek with opening act the Stray Cats on Saturday... 
    • July 30, 1989: Mason, Rick (July 27, 1989). "Top of the week: our critics' choices for the best of Riverfest". St. Paul Pioneer Press. p. 12F. The festival Main stage will have them all Sunday: Mason at 3, the Stray Cats at 7 and Stevie Ray Vaughan at 9. 
    • August 1–12, 1989: Hopkins 2011, p. 212: "August 1: Starlight Amphitheatre, Kansas City, Missouri; with Stray Cats through August 19th" (primary source); "Stevie Ray Vaughan Original "In Step" Tour Itineraries (last thumbnail)". Backstage Auctions. 2016. Wednesday, August 9, Halifax, NS, Metro Centre...Showtime: 8:00 PM — (Stray Cats)  (secondary source)
    • August 13, 1989: Perry, David (August 14, 1989). "In rain, Stevie Ray Vaughan proves he's the reigning blues-rock king". The Sun. 111 (190). Lowell, MA. p. 12. Texas blues legend Johnny Copeland was booked as a last-minute replacement... 
    • August 19, 1989: "Who's Coming". Milwaukee Journal. August 4, 1989. p. 7D. 
    • August 21–27, 1989: Hopkins 2011, p. 213
    • August 29, 1989: Skinner, M. Scot (August 30, 1989). "Vaughan's guitar work electrifies crowd". Arizona Daily Star. 148 (242). Tucson, AZ. p. B7. Jimmie Wood and the Immortals opened the show and proved just how mortal they were. 
    • August 30, 1989: (Hopkins 2011, p. 230): "We had opening acts like Stanley Clarke and Chris Whitley. Chris was this up-and-coming guitar prodigy, and for his part of the show we hung this big New Mexican flag."
    • September 2–3, 1989: "Joe Ely — Dates 1980-1989". Joe Ely Official Website. 2016.  (also see Billboard boxscore data reference from September 30, 1989)
  31. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 218-228
  32. ^ Third leg boxscore data:
  33. ^ Third leg opening act information:
    • October 29, 1989: Surkamp, David (October 31, 1989). "Guitars Make Sparks Fly". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 111 (304). p. 5D. Vaughan is one of the few guitarists on the planet that could, or would even want to try, to follow Beck in a concert. 
    • November 2, 1989: Anderson, Bill (November 4, 1989). "SkyTent system helps Dome's sound". Winnipeg Free Press. 117 (332). p. 48. Healey — the blind, 23-year-old wunderkind whose debut album has sold more than one million copies worldwide — started the show at about 7:20 p.m... Beck, the old man of the night at age 45, came on next... 
    • November 4, 1989: Mervis, Scott (November 6, 1989). "A selection of music for every taste: Vaughan/Beck". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 63 (84). p. 9. With each city, Vaughan and Beck are alternating as headliner. Here fortunately it was Vaughan, because after watching both, it's hard to imagine Beck even taking the stage after Stevie scorched it. 
    • November 7, 1989: Gladstone, Jim (November 9, 1989). "Beck-Vaughan jam session called on account of flu". The Philadelphia Inquirer. 320 (313). p. 11E. ... Beck — who opened the concert with an hour-long instrumental set... 
    • November 11, 1989: Hopkins 2011, p. 219: "It was the only time that Stevie played in Madison Square Garden. We headlined..."
    • November 14, 1989: Baranick, Alana (November 15, 1989). "Guitar legends let their fingers do the talking: Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan amaze Public Hall audience". Chronicle-Telegram. 160 (319). Elyria, OH. p. D7. Jeff Beck opened the twin bill... 
    • November 16, 1989: Clark, Mark (November 18, 1989). "Music Review—Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. p. F3. Beck, joined by drummer Terry Bozzio and keyboardist Tony Hymas, opened the night with a 70-minute display of instrumental wizardry. 
    • November 25, 1989: Hopkins 2011, p. 219: "...I insisted on [Stevie closing] home town in Dallas and New York City. I gave up L.A. in return and it worked out."
    • November 28, 1989: Tessier, Denise (November 30, 1989). "Guitars Splendid When Beck, Vaughan Took Stage". Albuquerque Journal. 109 (334). p. B12. ... Vaughan drew the longer, closing segment (nearly two hours) Tuesday night. 
  34. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 241–243
  35. ^ Fourth leg opening act information:
    • April 13–14, 1989: Jarvinen, Brian (April 13, 1990). "Hey Stevie, where're you going with that guitar in your hand?". The Michigan Daily. 100 (130). Ann Arbor, MI. With lefty Ernie Isley never knows how hot it might get inside the Michigan Theater. 
    • April 17, 1990: Kot, Greg (April 16, 1990). "A Singular Success—Ernie Isley Reclaims His Status As A Guitar Great". Chicago Tribune. ...said Isley, who will open the show Tuesday for Stevie Ray Vaughan at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, Ind... 
    • April 18, 20 and May 3, 1990: Cruse, Steve (April 17, 1990). "Isley opens for Stevie Ray Vaughan" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. 122 (186). Iowa City, IA. p. 8B. He is currently touring with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and will open the band's concert Wednesday night in Cedar Rapids' Five Seasons Center. 
    • April 21–22, 1990: Hopkins 2011, p. 242: "...Ernie Isley opens"
    • April 28, 1990: Hopkins 2011, p. 242: "...Albert King, Etta James, and John Hiatt played before SRV and Double Trouble."
    • April 29, 1990: Milam, Cathy (April 27, 1990). "Guitar-slinger stays sober, grows up". Tulsa World. Concert: Stevie Ray Vaughan with Ernie Isley; When: 7:30 p.m., Sunday (gates open 6:30 p.m.); Where: Reynolds Amphitheater and floating stage at the River West Park 
    • May 2, 1990: Goff, Kevan (May 6, 1990). "Stevie Ray Vaughan rocks the Civic Center with force". The Sunday Oklahoman. 99 (121). Oklahoma City. p. 96. Opening act Ernie Isley performed an impressive array of soul ballads... 
    • May 4, 1990: Hopkins 2011, p. 242
    • May 6, 1990: "Who to see this weekend". The Times. Shreveport, LA. May 3, 1990. p. C1. Earl King, 1 p.m. at WVUE/NOE Stage... Boz Scaggs, 4 p.m. at WVUE/NOE Stage 
  36. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 245-253
  37. ^ Fifth leg boxscore data:
  38. ^ Fifth leg opening act information:
    • June 9, 1990: Washburn, Jim (June 11, 1990). "Blues Reign in O.C. Despite Sunny Skies". Los Angeles Times. 109 (190). p. F1. 
    • June 17, 1990: Hopkins 2011, p. 244 (also see Billboard boxscore data reference from June 30, 1990)
    • June 20, 1990: Goldsmith, Thomas (June 21, 1990). "Cocker and Vaughan unleash their 'Power and Passion'". The Tennessean. 85 (149). Nashville. p. 3D. Cocker, 46, was first up last night... 
    • June 22, 1990: Baranick, Alana (June 24, 1990). "Vaughan, Cocker wow wet audience". Chronicle-Telegram. Elyria, OH. p. A7. Co-headliner Joe Cocker delighted the crowd, when he went on before Vaughan with his magnificent seven-piece band and two back-up vocalists. 
    • June 27, 1990: Warren, Jill (June 28, 1990). "2 rockers stir small crowd". The Indianapolis Star. p. D6. Vaughan pushed curfew restrictions to the breaking point... 
    • June 28, 1990: King, Peter B. (June 29, 1990). "Vaughan and Cocker stir up Star Lake". Pittsburgh Press. 107 (7). p. C5. At 8:50 p.m., Vaughan took the stage... Cocker didn't take the stage until 10:50 p.m. 
    • July 5, 1990: Thorpe, Wayne (August 2, 1990). "Vaughn, Cocker tear it up at Waterloo". Echoes-Sentinel. 35 (34). Warren, NJ. p. 10. Opener Joe Cocker... 
    • July 11, 1990: Newton, Steve (2014). "My interview with Stevie Ray Vaughan the month before his death". Ear of Newt. They've been taking turns closing the show; this particular night it's Stevie's turn to shut things down in Montreal. 
    • July 20, 1990: Cowan, Ron (July 21, 1990). "Blues' bad boy, rock's grandfather belt 'em out in Salem". Statesman Journal. 139 (116). Salem, OR. p. B1. 
  39. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 254, 258–259
  40. ^ Sixth leg boxscore data:
  41. ^ Sixth leg opening act information: