Live Alive Tour

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Live Alive Tour
World tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
SRVLiveAliveTour.jpg
Location North America, Europe
Associated album Live Alive
Start date November 22, 1986
End date December 31, 1988
Legs 6
No. of shows 209
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology

The Live Alive Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Staged in support of their 1986 live album Live Alive, the band visited North America and Europe from 1986 through 1988. A week before it began, guitarist and singer Stevie Ray Vaughan and bassist Tommy Shannon had achieved sobriety and it was their first tour after succeeding in overcoming their addictions. Consisting of six legs and 209 shows, the tour began in Towson, Maryland on November 22, 1986 and concluded in New York City on December 31, 1988. The first four legs alternated between the United States and Canada, before the fifth leg visited Europe. The tour was mostly well-received and provoked positive reactions from music critics. The band's 1989 album In Step, which included song ideas that were being performed on the tour, was recorded after the tour's conclusion.

Background[edit]

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's 1985 album Soul to Soul and the supporting tour consisted of controversial performances, particularly in Europe.[1] After years of touring, Vaughan had earned a reputation for his alcohol and cocaine addictions,[2] an image that eventually had a negative effect on his performance, business and personal relationships.[3] The band's European tour in 1986—which was cancelled after sixteen shows—brought Vaughan to the peak of his substance abuse; a September 29 performance in Zürich, Switzerland was described by drummer Chris Layton as "weak" and "no energy".[4] At the end of the tour, Vaughan checked into Atlanta's Peachford Hospital, where he spent four weeks in rehabilitation.[5]

Planning, itinerary, and ticketing[edit]

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's initial planning for the Live Alive tour emerged after Vaughan checked out of rehab, particularly when they hired a new tour manager, Skip Rickert.[6] The wild antics of drug dealers and groupies being present backstage were eliminated after they changed their hospitality rider; Vaughan removed alcohol from his rider.[5] They were also adamant about improvements in time management and itinerary planning.[6]

Rehearsals for the tour began on November 19, 1986.[7] During this time, Vaughan had feelings of self-doubt and was nervous about how his playing would sound after rehabilitation.[7] Unlike many of the group's previous tours, which began either before or after the release of a new album, the tour started just five days after Live Alive was released.[8] Vaughan had requested a reduction of touring time, and the routing for the tour generally allowed no more than one show per day. This was intended to allow Vaughan to tour at a relaxed pace and enjoy the longevity of his future.[9]

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: United States[10][11]
November 22, 1986 Towson United States Towson Center The Outlaws N/A N/A
November 23, 1986 Boston Orpheum Theatre
November 24, 1986
November 26, 1986 New York City Radio City Music Hall 5,874 / 5,874 $106,412
November 28, 1986 Passaic Capitol Theatre N/A N/A
November 29, 1986 Providence Providence Performing Arts Center
November 30, 1986 Troy Houston Field House Broken Homes
December 2, 1986 Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Civic Center The Outlaws
December 3, 1986 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque
December 5, 1986 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
December 6, 1986 Grand Rapids Welsh Auditorium
December 7, 1986 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
December 9, 1986 Saginaw Wendler Arena
December 11, 1986 Ann Arbor Hill Auditorium 3,499 / 3,900 $53,693
December 12, 1986 Merrillville Holiday Star Theatre N/A N/A
December 13, 1986 Peoria Peoria Civic Center
December 14, 1986 Muncie Emens Auditorium
December 29, 1986 Cincinnati Taft Theatre Lonnie Mack
December 30, 1986 Nashville Grand Ole Opry House Gregg Allman Band
December 31, 1986 Atlanta Fox Theatre Lonnie Mack 4,678 / 4,678 $83,644
January 2, 1987 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall Gregg Allman Band N/A N/A
January 3, 1987 Sunrise Sunrise Musical Theatre The Outlaws 4,086 / 4,086 $63,360
January 30, 1987 Dallas Fair Park Coliseum Omar & the Howlers N/A N/A
January 31, 1987 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
February 1, 1987 San Antonio Majestic Theatre
February 3, 1987 Austin Austin City Coliseum
February 4, 1987 McAllen Villa Real Convention Center
February 6, 1987 Lafayette Grant Street Dancehall Marcia Ball
February 7, 1987 Birmingham Alabama Theatre Omar & the Howlers
February 8, 1987 Pensacola Saenger Theatre
February 10, 1987 Charlotte Charlotte Park Center Lonnie Mack
February 11, 1987 Raleigh Dorton Arena
February 13, 1987 Johnson City Freedom Hall Civic Center
February 14, 1987 Knoxville Alumni Memorial Gym
February 15, 1987 Louisville Louisville Gardens
February 17, 1987 Spartanburg Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
February 19, 1987 Charleston Charleston Municipal Auditorium
February 20, 1987 Fairfax Patriot Center
February 21, 1987 Brookville Tilles Center
February 22, 1987 Portland Portland City Hall Auditorium
February 24, 1987 Boston The Metro 1,250 / 1,250
February 26, 1987 New Orleans Riverboat President The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mason Ruffner N/A
February 28, 1987 Big Spring Federal Prison Camp The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Midland Country Inn Convention Center
March 19, 1987 South Padre Island Isla Blanca Park
March 21, 1987 Honolulu Aloha Stadium ZZ Top, Run–D.M.C. Henry Kapono 19,860 / 21,000 $343,515
March 25, 1987 Daytona Beach Ocean Center Gregg Allman Band N/A N/A
Leg 2: North America[12][13]
May 5, 1987 Madison United States Oscar Mayer Theater Jerry Goodman 2,200 / 2,200 N/A
May 7, 1987 Urbana Foellinger Auditorium Otis & the Elevators N/A
May 8, 1987 Des Moines Des Moines Civic Center 2,054 / 2,744
May 9, 1987 Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre Rick Medlocke & Blackfoot N/A
May 10, 1987 La Porte La Porte Civic Auditorium
May 12, 1987 Little Rock Robinson Auditorium Omar & the Howlers
May 14, 1987 Memphis Mud Island Amphitheatre 4,999 / 4,999 $74,985
May 15, 1987 Tulsa River Parks Amphitheatre N/A N/A
May 16, 1987 Amarillo Tri-State Fairgrounds
May 17, 1987 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
May 19, 1987 Santa Fe Paolo Soleri Amphitheater
May 21, 1987 Phoenix Celebrity Theatre Gregg Allman Band 2,552 / 2,552 $44,660
May 22, 1987 2,590 / 2,590 $45,325
May 23, 1987 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan 2,734 / 2,734 $46,548
May 24, 1987 Concord Concord Pavilion Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s 6,129 / 8,475 $100,837
May 27, 1987 Los Angeles Wiltern Theatre Lou Ann Barton N/A N/A
May 28, 1987
May 29, 1987
May 30, 1987
May 31, 1987 Monterey Laguna Seca Raceway Huey Lewis & the News Bonnie Hayes & the Wild Combo 12,123 / 15,000 $240,460
June 5, 1987 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion Gregg Allman Band N/A N/A
June 6, 1987 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
(Ohio Bell Jazz Festival)
Herbie Hancock, The Crusaders 19,420 / 37,534 $257,297
June 7, 1987 Grand Rapids Welsh Auditorium Gregg Allman Band N/A N/A
June 9, 1987 Bloomington Met Center 4,248 / 7,500 $62,682
June 10, 1987 Green Bay City Center Theatre N/A N/A
June 12, 1987 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
June 13, 1987
June 14, 1987 Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum
June 16, 1987 Omaha Omaha Music Hall Gregg Allman Band
June 17, 1987 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre 9,000 / 9,000 $150,772
June 19, 1987 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater N/A N/A
June 20, 1987 Indianapolis Indianapolis Sports Center
June 21, 1987 Urbana Champaign County Music Park
(Champaign Jam)
Gregg Allman Band, Henry Lee Summer
June 23, 1987 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center Gregg Allman Band
June 25, 1987 Norwich Chelsea Parade Historic District
(Rose Arts Festival)
Young Neal & the Vipers 4,200 / 4,200
June 27, 1987 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
(Newport Jazz at Saratoga)
McCoy Tyner Trio, Clifford Jordan & the Vernel Fournier Trio N/A
June 28, 1987 Canandaigua Finger Lakes Center
(Newport Jazz at Finger Lakes)
Stan Getz, Charlie Watts Orchestra
June 29, 1987 New York City Pier 84 Gregg Allman Band
June 30, 1987 Philadelphia Mann Music Center
July 1, 1987 Mansfield Great Woods Center 12,400 / 12,400
July 22, 1987 Montreal Canada La Ronde N/A
July 23, 1987 Toronto Kingswood Music Theatre Johnnie Lovesin
Leg 3: United States[14][15]
August 6, 1987 Austin United States Auditorium Shores
(Austin Aqua Festival)
Will and the Kill N/A N/A
August 8, 1987 Dallas Park Central Amphitheater Omar & the Howlers
August 9, 1987 New Orleans Audubon Zoo Gregg Allman Band, Dash Rip Rock
August 12, 1987 West Allis Wisconsin State Fair Park Grandstand
(Wisconsin State Fair)
Gregg Allman Band
August 13, 1987 Columbus Ohio State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Ohio State Fair)
August 15, 1987 New York City Pier 84
August 16, 1987 Old Orchard Beach The Ball Park
August 18, 1987 Allentown Allentown Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Great Allentown Fair)
August 20, 1987 Springfield Illinois State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Illinois State Fair)
August 21, 1987 Louisville Freedom Hall
(Kentucky State Fair)
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Gregg Allman Band
August 23, 1987 St. Louis Fox Theatre Gregg Allman Band
August 25, 1987 Joplin Joplin Memorial Hall
August 28, 1987 Pueblo Colorado State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Colorado State Fair)
August 29, 1987 Kansas City Starlight Theatre 5,369 / 7,800 $74,602
August 30, 1987 Des Moines Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Iowa State Fair)
N/A N/A
September 2, 1987 San Bernardino Orange Pavilion Charlie Daniels Band, Gregg Allman Band
September 3, 1987 Fresno Warnors Theatre Gregg Allman Band
September 4, 1987 Lancaster Antelope Valley Fair
September 5, 1987 San Diego SDSU Open Air Theatre The Beat Farmers
September 6, 1987 Nashville Starwood Amphitheatre
(Volunteer Jam)
Grinderswitch, David Lynn Jones 16,558 / 16,558 $257,767
September 11, 1987 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
(New Mexico State Fair)
Marshall Crenshaw Band N/A N/A
September 12, 1987 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre Blue Tuesday
November 5, 1987 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
(Arizona State Fair)
November 7, 1987 Cocoa Brevard County Fairgrounds Grandstand
(Brevard County Fair)
November 8, 1987 Tampa USF Sun Dome
November 20, 1987 San Antonio Majestic Theatre Chris Holzhaus
November 21, 1987 Corpus Christi Bayfront Plaza Auditorium
December 27, 1987 Sacramento Community Center Theater The Paladins 2,089 / 2,300 $36,558
December 28, 1987 Reno Lawlor Events Center The Paladins, Voodoo Cats 1,852 / 2,000 $29,632
December 29, 1987 Redding Redding Civic Auditorium The Paladins 1,510 / 2,000 $24,915
December 31, 1987 Oakland Kaiser Convention Center Tower of Power, Jr. Walker & the All-Stars 6,356 / 7,500 $134,000
Leg 4: North America[16][17]
March 3, 1988 St. Louis United States Fox Theatre The Fabulous Thunderbirds N/A N/A
March 4, 1988 Merrillville Holiday Star Theatre 6,542 / 6,542 $117,196
March 5, 1988
March 6, 1988 Akron James A. Rhodes Arena 4,276 / 5,500 N/A
April 2, 1988 St. John's Canada Memorial Stadium The Razorbacks N/A
April 4, 1988 Sydney Centre 200
April 5, 1988 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre
April 6, 1988 Fredericton Aitken Centre
April 8, 1988 Orono United States Maine Center for the Arts The Blue Flames
April 9, 1988 Lowell Lowell Memorial Auditorium Bill Carter & the Blame
April 10, 1988 Springfield Paramount Theater
April 11, 1988 Providence Providence Performing Arts Center
April 13, 1988 Upper Darby Tower Theater
April 14, 1988 Bethlehem Stabler Arena Bill Carter & the Blame, Henry Lee Summer
April 15, 1988 Richmond Carpenter Center Bill Carter & the Blame
April 17, 1988 Chapel Hill UNC Memorial Hall
April 19, 1988 Orlando Bob Carr Auditorium
April 20, 1988 Sunrise Sunrise Musical Theater Otis Rush
April 22, 1988 New Orleans Riverboat President
(New Orleans Jazz Festival)
B.B. King, John P. Hammond
April 28, 1988 Boston Matthews Arena John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
April 29, 1988 Hamilton Starr Arena Denny Dent
April 30, 1988 Medford Tufts University Treat Her Right
May 1, 1988 Storrs Memorial Stadium
(Spring Weekend)
Force MDs, The Smithereens
May 5, 1988 Quebec City Canada Quebec Coliseum Robert Plant
May 7, 1988 Montreal Montreal Forum 10,652 / 12,500 $212,571
May 8, 1988 Ottawa Ottawa Civic Centre 7,194 / 10,000 $137,056
May 10, 1988 Toronto Maple Leaf Gardens 16,897 / 16,897 $329,790
May 11, 1988 Rochester United States Rochester War Memorial 11,000 / 11,000 $179,196
May 13, 1988 Emmitsburg Knott Arena Little Junior & the Hit Men N/A N/A
May 15, 1988 Hartford Hartford Civic Center Robert Plant
May 17, 1988 East Rutherford Brendan Byrne Arena 40,419 / 40,419 $706,438
May 18, 1988
May 20, 1988 Mansfield Great Woods Center 14,811 / 14,811 $256,520
May 23, 1988 Philadelphia Spectrum 18,325 / 18,325 $304,738
May 25, 1988 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center N/A N/A
May 26, 1988 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
May 27, 1988 Davenport LeClaire Park Bandshell Gregg Allman Band, Steppenwolf
Leg 5: Europe
June 19, 1988 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy Rotterdam Hothouse Flowers N/A N/A
June 21, 1988 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall Brendan Croker & the Five O'Clock Shadows
June 22, 1988 Manchester Manchester Apollo
June 23, 1988 London Hammersmith Odeon 6,970 / 6,970
June 24, 1988
June 25, 1988 St. Gallen Switzerland Sittertobel
(Open Air Festival)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Stephan Eicher N/A
June 28, 1988 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
June 29, 1988 Oslo Norway Circus
July 1, 1988 Ringe Denmark Dyrskuepladsen
(Midtfyns Festival)
Gnags, Silly Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Love Construction
July 2, 1988 Hamburg Germany Stadtpark Hothouse Flowers
July 3, 1988 Pistoia Italy Piazza del Duomo
(Pistoia Blues Festival)
Otis Rush, Fabio Treves
July 4, 1988 Paris France Palais des Sports
(Paris Jazz Festival)
B.B. King
July 6, 1988 Lignano Italy Arena Alpe Adria Fabio Treves, Dave Kelly
July 7, 1988 Milan Palatrussardi
(Barley Arts Festival)
Los Lobos The Pogues
July 8, 1988 Salerno Stadio Donato Vestuti
July 10, 1988 Stuttgart Germany Theaterhaus Hothouse Flowers
July 11, 1988 Fürth Stadthalle
July 14, 1988 Bonn Biskuithalle
July 15, 1988 Neunkirchen TuS Halle
July 16, 1988 Peer Belgium Deusterstraat
(Belgium Rhythm 'n' Blues Festival)
Joe Louis Walker & the Bosstalkers, Tom Principato Band
July 17, 1988 Oulu Finland Kuusisaari
(Kuusrock)
Dave's 12 Bar, Popeda
Leg 6: United States
August 16, 1988 Bristol United States Lake Compounce Festival Park The Fabulous Thunderbirds N/A N/A
August 18, 1988 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 19, 1988 New York City Pier 84 Joe Satriani
August 20, 1988
August 24, 1988 Darien Darien Lake The Fabulous Thunderbirds
August 25, 1988 Cleveland Nautica Stage
August 26, 1988 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 27, 1988 Danville David S. Palmer Arena
August 28, 1988 Atlanta Chastain Park
August 30, 1988 Du Quoin Du Quoin State Fairgrounds
(DuQuoin State Fair)
September 1, 1988 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
September 2, 1988 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
September 3, 1988 Madison Dane County Expo Grounds
(Festival of the Lakes)
September 5, 1988 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 30, 1988 San Diego Nautilus Amphitheatre
October 2, 1988 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre Santana
October 4, 1988 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
October 5, 1988 Berkeley Hearst Greek Theatre The Fabulous Thunderbirds
October 6, 1988
October 8, 1988 Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Bowl Omar & the Howlers
October 9, 1988 Concord Concord Pavilion
December 29, 1988 Asbury Park The Stone Pony
December 31, 1988 New York City The Ritz Duke Robillard Band 3,000 / 3,000 $84,000

References[edit]

Footnotes
  1. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 146
  2. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 95
  3. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 97–98, 129, 136, 138
  4. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 144–147
  5. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 150
  6. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 153
  7. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 154
  8. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 152, 154
  9. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 155
  10. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 154–156, 159, 161–167.
  11. ^ First leg opening act references:
    • November 22, 1986: "Entertainment". The Washington College Elm. 58 (11). Chestertown, MD. November 21, 1986. p. 10. Towson State University, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Outlaws, Towson Center 
    • November 23–24, 1986: "Orpheum Theatre newspaper advertisement". The Boston Phoenix. 15 (46). November 18, 1986. p. 9. 
    • November 26, 1986: Hopkins 2011, p. 155
    • November 30, 1986: Hochanadel, Mike (November 21, 1986). "Electric Music". The Schenectady Gazette. 93 (45). p. 32. Nov. 30, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, and Broken Homes — R.P.I. Fieldhouse. 
    • December 2, 1986: Dutton, Douglas (November 28, 1986). "Stevie Ray's clean, lean and ready to rock again". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 1D. The Outlaws, a Florida band promoting their new album, "Soldiers of Fortune," open the Civic Center show. 
    • December 3, 1986: Mervis, Scott (December 4, 1986). "Stevie Ray can't lose the blues". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 21. There are countless great R&B bands in Austin, Texas, which makes you wonder why The Outlaws had to be misplaced on this bill. 
    • December 5, 1986: "Toledo Sports Arena newspaper advertisement". The Blade. Toledo, OH. November 29, 1986. p. 4F. 
    • December 6, 1986: "Welsh Auditorium 1986 poster". TheConcertDatabase.com. n.d. 
    • December 7, 1986: Petric, John (December 8, 1986). "Stevie Ray just blows 'em away". The Columbus Dispatch. p. 10B. 
    • December 9, 1986: "Wendler Arena listing". TheConcertDatabase.com. n.d. 
    • December 11, 1986: "For Vaughan, a life is starting to emerge". Detroit Free Press. December 11, 1986. p. 12B. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and the Outlaws will perform at 8 tonight at Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor. 
    • December 12, 1986: "Holiday Star Theatre newspaper advertisement". Chicago Tribune. December 5, 1986. p. 37. 
    • December 13, 1986: "What to do, where to go in Central Illinois". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, IL. December 13, 1986. p. 5. Stevie Ray Vaughn and The Outlaws — Rock guitarist and group, 8 p.m. Dec. 13, Peoria Civic Center. 
    • December 14, 1986: Warren, Jill (December 15, 1986). "Stevie Ray Vaughan powerful in concert at Muncie campus". The Indianapolis Star. p. 19. The Outlaws, who recently released its first album in three years, Soldiers of Fortune, opened the evening with a surprisingly impressive 50-minute set. 
    • December 30, 1986: "Showcase—A log of current and future entertainment attractions in the Nashville area.". The Tennessean. Nashville, TN. December 21, 1986. p. 125. Stevie Ray Vaughan appears with special guest Gregg Allman at the Grand Ole Opry House at 8 pm. 
    • December 31, 1986: (see Billboard boxscore data references)
    • January 2, 1987: Snider, Eric (January 2, 1987). "Pop/Rock Calendar". St. Petersburg Times. p. 2D. The Gregg Allman Band opens at Curtis Hixon Hall, 8 p.m. 
    • January 3, 1987: "Sunrise Musical Theatre newspaper advertisement". The Palm Beach Post. December 19, 1986. p. 18. 
    • January 30, 1987: Hopkins 2011, p. 162: "Omar and the Howlers open."
    • January 31, 1987: Racine, Marty (January 22, 1987). "Omar & Howlers sign CBS pact". Houston Chronicle. p. 4. 
    • February 1, 1987: Live at the Majestic Theatre (Radio broadcast). San Antonio: KZEP-FM. February 1, 1987. 1:09:45 minutes in. ...all them Omar and the Howlers... 
    • February 6, 1987: Hopkins 2011, p. 163: "Marcia Ball opens."
    • February 10, 1987: Haight, Kathy (February 11, 1987). "Stevie Ray Vaughan gives audience his all". The Charlotte Observer. p. 6E. 
    • February 13–14, 1987: Hopkins 2011, p. 163–64
    • February 15, 1987: Peterson, Joe (February 22, 1987). "Music Review—Stevie Ray Vaughan". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. p. 24. For the encore, Vaughan brought opening act Lonnie Mack onstage... 
    • February 17, 1987: "Nightlife". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. February 13, 1987. p. B5. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lonnie Mack will perform Feb. 17 at 8 in Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. 
    • February 19, 1987: "Stevie Ray the fave, but Mack stunning". The Charleston Gazette. February 20, 1987. 
    • February 20, 1987: Himes, Geoffrey (February 20, 1987). "Play it, Stevie Ray". The Washington Post. Mack opens Friday for Vaughan & Double Trouble at the Patriot Center... 
    • February 21, 1987: Zimmerman, Kevin (March 10, 1987). "Performance: Lonnie Mack & SRV, Tilles Center". Good Times. Long Island. 
    • February 26, 1987: "Riverboat President newspaper advertisement". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. February 20, 1987. The rock star performs with his band, Double Trouble, plus the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mason Ruffner and the Radiators opening... 
    • February 28, 1987: Ward, Ed (May 26, 2006). "Buried Alive in the Blues: Me and the Godfather and the favor I'll never forget". The Austin Chronicle. Clifford went to jail. So did I: with Jimmie and Stevie Ray Vaughan, whom Clifford had arranged to play a show at the prison where he was doing time in Big Spring. ; Hopkins 2011, p. 166: "Holiday Inn Country Villa (evening), Midland, TX, with Fabulous Thunderbirds.
    • March 19, 1987: "Spring Break Arrives as Students Jam South Padre". The Victoria Advocate. March 18, 1987. p. 8B. ...performances by Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Fabulous Thunderbirds... 
    • March 21, 1987: Moffatt, Tom (March 25, 2015). "Taimane Gardner, Alex O'Loughlin and more celebrity news". MidWeek. Honolulu. This week in 1987: ZZ Top performs at Aloha Stadium...The all-star lineup includes Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Run-D.M.C. and Henry Kapono. 
    • March 25, 1987: "Spring Break Today". Orlando Sentinel. March 25, 1987. 8 p.m. Stevie Ray Vaughan with Double Trouble and special guest Gregg Allman, the Ocean Center. 
  12. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 169–175.
  13. ^ Second leg opening act references:
    • May 5, 1987: St. John, Michael (May 6, 1987). "Vaughan saves best for first". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, WI. p. 78. Many were probably surprised by opener Jerry Goodman... 
    • May 7, 1987: Hopkins 2011, p. 169: "Opening band Otis and the Elevators"
    • May 9, 1987: "Paramount Theatre newspaper advertisement". SRV Gig Database. n.d. 
    • May 10, 1987: Hopkins 2011, p. 170: "Opening band Rick Medlocke and Blackfoot."
    • May 14, 1987: (see Billboard boxscore data references)
    • May 19, 1987: "Paolo Soleri Amphitheater newspaper advertisement". Albuquerque Journal. May 19, 1987. p. 11. Opening is the Austin, Texas, rock group Omar and the Howlers. 
    • May 21–22, 1987: "Summer heat is on". The Arizona Republic. Phoenix, AZ. May 22, 1987. p. C5. A sold-out show tonight winds up a two-day stopover at the Celebrity Theatre by Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Gregg Allman Band. 
    • May 23–24, 31 and June 6, 9, 17, 1987: (see Billboard boxscore data references)
    • May 27–30, 1987: "Openings—Pop/Rock". Los Angeles Times. May 27, 1987. p. 163. Also: Lou Ann Barton. 8 p.m. Also Thursday-Saturday 
    • June 5, 1987: Schwartz, Deborah (June 5, 1987). "Heavens! A Guide to the Hot Nights". The Washington Post. June 5 -- Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Gregg Allman Band 
    • June 7, 1987: "Welsh Auditorium 1987 newspaper advertisement". Battle Creek Enquirer. June 4, 1987. p. 14. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gregg Allman will perform in concert at 8 p.m. in Welsh Auditorium in Grand Rapids. 
    • June 10, 1987: "Wednesday concert moved to City Centre". Green Bay Press-Gazette. June 9, 1987. p. A2. Light ticket sales forced Wednesday's rock-blues concert by the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gregg Allman bands to shift from the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena to the City Centre Theater. 
    • June 12–13, 1987: "Pine Knob Music Theatre newspaper advertisement". Detroit Free Press. June 12, 1987. p. 6C. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gregg Allman, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Pine Knob, Clarkston. 
    • June 19, 1987: Craft, Dan (May 9, 1987). "Summer stars shine". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, IL. p. 6. Pop, rock, jazz and country fans will be tended to, as per usual, by the Poplar Creek Music Festival in the Chicago suburb of Hoffman Estates. Among the an- nounced June offerings...Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble and The Gregg Allman Band (June 19) 
    • June 20, 1987: Warren, Jill (June 19, 1987). "Stevie Ray Vaughan: fighting temptations". The Indianapolis Star. p. 73. Opening band — Gregg Allman 
    • June 21, 1987: Hopkins 2011, p. 173: "...with Gregg Allman and Henry Lee Summer"
    • June 23, 1987: "Concert calendar". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. June 20, 1987. p. 5. Tuesday at Riverbend, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble with the Gregg Allman Band 
    • June 25, 1987: Kaplan, Karen (June 26, 1987). "Stevie Ray Vaughan is a Rose festival hit". The Day. New London, CT. p. B2. Providence-based opening act Young Neal and the Vipers proffered a well-orchestrated, cohesive set of 12 rockabilly-style tunes. 
    • June 27, 1987: "More jazz to be found this weekend at Saratoga". Asbury Park Press. June 21, 1987. p. G8. Saturday's bill includes...Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; the McCoy Tyner Trio; Clifford Jordan and the Vernel Fournier Trio 
    • June 28, 1987: Garner, Jack (June 21, 1987). "Newport Jazz at Canandaigua a virtual sellout". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, NY. p. 30. The second day of the two-day festival also starts at 3 p.m. and features Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Stan Getz, Charlie Watts Orchestra... 
    • June 29, 1987: "Music and Dance". New York. Vol. 20 no. 26. New York Media, LLC. June 29, 1987. p. 200. ISSN 0028-7369. Stevie Ray Vaughan/Gregg Allman—Concerts on the Pier... 
    • June 30, 1987: Knight, Jim (June 30, 1987). "Mann! What a Show!". Philadelphia Daily News. p. 40. Stevie Ray Vaughan, considered by many to be the best blues guitarist currently practicing, brings his ax and his band Double Trouble to the Mann Music Center, 52nd and Parkside, where they'll join with the Gregg Allman Band... 
    • July 1, 1987: Morse, Steve (July 2, 1987). "Blend of blues, rock sparks raucous party". The Boston Globe. p. 72. Gregg Allman, who has toured with Vaughan for the past month, kicked it off with a grinding set of sly, renegade blues. 
    • July 23, 1987: Delingat, Bill (September 18, 2009). "Johnnie Lovesin: 50 years of Rock 'n' Roll". Cashbox. ...in 1987 Lovesin opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn at the Kingswood Music Theatre. 
  14. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 175–79.
  15. ^ Third leg opening act references:
    • August 6, 1987: "Austin Aqua Festival newspaper advertisement". Kerrville Daily Times. 79 (90). July 16, 1987. p. 3. 
    • August 9, 1987: "Audubon Zoo newspaper advertisement". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. August 8, 1987. The Texas blues-rock star performs with his band, Double Trouble, with Dash Rip Rock and the Gregg Allman Band opening. 
    • August 12–13, 16, 28; September 3, 1987: Hopkins 2011, p. 176: "...with Gregg Allman opening through September 4"
    • August 15, 1987: "Music and Dance". New York. Vol. 20 no. 32. New York Media, LLC. August 17, 1987. p. 84. ISSN 0028-7369. Stevie Ray Vaughn/The Greg Allman Band—Concerts on the Pier... 
    • August 18, 1987: Hendrick, Michael (August 19, 1987). "Vaughan's Guitar Cools The Hot Night". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA. Vaughan and his band, Double Trouble, had no choice but to be good, considering the hard blues/boogie set performed by opening act, The Gregg Allman Band. 
    • August 20, 1987: Orr, Richard (August 9, 1987). "State Fair Just Praying For Some Good Weather". Chicago Tribune. Aug. 20, Stevie Ray Vaughan with the Gregg Allman Band 
    • August 21, 1987: "These fair concerts will be in Freedom Hall". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. August 15, 1987. p. 8. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and the Gregg Allman Band 
    • August 23, 1987: "The Weekend". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis. August 20, 1987. p. 2C. The Gregg Allman Band will open. 
    • August 25, 1987: Marymont, Mark (August 20, 1987). "Bands on tap this week". Springfield News-Leader. p. D1. Another rock show is scheduled for Tuesday at Memorial Hall in Joplin, where Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gregg Allman will take the stage. 
    • August 29, 1987: (see Billboard boxscore data references)
    • August 30, 1987: Karns, Russell (August 31, 1987). "Vaughan, Allman blast the blues". The Des Moines Register. p. 2A. Allman got the night off to the right start. 
    • September 2, 1987: Stephens, Mike (September 4, 1987). "Vaughan heats up a hot night at Pavilion". The San Bernardino Sun. p. D5. Allman, who opened the show, was a bit stiff, though. 
    • September 4, 1987: Tipton, Karla (September 4, 1987). "Stevie sober for life" (PDF). Antelope Valley Press. Palmdale, CA. p. 1. Vaughan will be performing tonight in the Redman Grandstand at the Antelope Valley Fair. ; Tipton, Karla (September 4, 1987). "Gregg Allman now makes the news for his music" (PDF). Antelope Valley Press. Palmdale, CA. p. 2. Allman will be performing his blend of blues, country and rock at an Antelope Valley Fair performance in the Redman Grandstand tonight. 
    • September 5, 1987: "What's Doing". Los Angeles Times. September 4, 1987. p. 18A. Stevie Ray Vaughan (SDSU Open Air Theatre): With special guest the Beat Farmers. Concert at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. 
    • September 6, 1987: Goldsmith, Thomas; Smith, Sandy (September 7, 1987). "Lynyrd Skynyrd sets pace for Daniels' southern-rock revival". The Tennessean. p. 2D. Joining the Charlie Daniels Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd in the Jam XIII lineup were Texas guitar hero Stevie Ray Vaughan, Georgia rock veterans Grinderswitch, new-country star David Lynn Jones... 
    • September 11, 1987: "Stevie Ray Vaughan Rocks". Albuquerque Journal. September 11, 1987. p. C4. The Marshall Crenshaw Band opens. 
    • September 12, 1987: Dixon, Kimberly (September 14, 1987). "Stevie Vaughn burns stage with blues". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. p. 18. The concert kicked off Saturday with Blue Tuesday, an Oklahoma City blues band whose 30-minute set was impressive. 
    • November 20–21, 1987: "Concert History 1980's". StoneCityAttractions.com. 2016. 
    • December 27–29, 31, 1987: (see Billboard boxscore data references)
  16. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 184–85, 187–89.
  17. ^ Fourth leg opening act references:
    • March 3, 1988: Dutton, Douglas (March 5, 1988). "Vaughn Rocks In Powerful Set". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 5D. Vaughn and his band Double Trouble got expert assistance from the Fabulous Thunderbirds, who got the program off to a rocking start with a high-octane opening set. 
    • March 4–5, 1988: "This Week: Concerts—Rock". Chicago Tribune. March 4, 1988. p. 24. STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN & DOUBLE TROUBLE: With the Fabulous Thunderbirds, 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday; Holiday Star Theatre... 
    • March 6, 1988: Faris, Mike (March 7, 1988). "Vaughan riffs rock the JAR in facility's concert debut". Akron Beacon Journal. p. C9. With his band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy opened with an hour-plus of honky-tonkin' rock and blues... 
Bibliography
  • 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.