Live Alive Tour

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Live Alive Tour
World tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
LocationNorth America, Europe
Associated albumLive Alive
Start dateNovember 22, 1986
End dateDecember 31, 1988
No. of shows207
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology

The Live Alive Tour was a concert tour through North America and Europe, undertaken by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble from 1986 to 1988. At the start of the tour, Vaughan and bassist Tommy Shannon had both achieved sobriety. Their success with overcoming long-term drug and alcohol addiction had been attained by entering a rehabilitation facility, where they stayed for four weeks. Although Vaughan was nervous about performing while sober, he received encouragement from his bandmates. Throughout the tour during performances, Vaughan would warn his audiences about the dangers of substance abuse.

Consisting of nine legs and 207 shows, the tour began in Towson, Maryland on November 22, 1986 and ended in New York City on December 31, 1988. The first five legs alternated with visits between the United States and Canada, before the sixth leg took the band to Europe. The final leg incorporated stops in the northeast, midwest and west coast, before the group's return to the northeast in December 1988.

Although Vaughan and Double Trouble did not follow a set list, all thirteen songs from Live Alive were performed at least once during the tour, and as many as eleven of them were included in each of the band's performances. The tour was generally well-received and provoked many positive reactions from music critics, most of whom took note of Vaughan's soberiety—in 1988, Rhys Williams of The Daily Tar Heel noted that "his enthusiasm seemed to reflect his cleaned-up image".[1] He would continue this lifestyle in the following years, before his death in a helicopter accident in 1990.


Stevie Ray Vaughan is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of blues music, and one of the most important musicians in the revival of blues in the 1980s. Allmusic describes him as "a rocking powerhouse of a guitarist who gave blues a burst of momentum in the '80s, with influence still felt long after his tragic death."[2] Despite a mainstream career that spanned only seven years, Vaughan eventually became recognized among musicians as the future standard for success and promise in blues.[3] Biographer Craig Hopkins explains that Vaughan's talent was the result of the youth culture in the 1960s: "the popularity of playing instruments as a form of teen entertainment, the prevalence of teen dances, the success of his older brother, the practicality of playing guitar as an outlet for a shy boy and the singular, intense focus on the guitar all contributed to create one of the best electric guitar players of all time."[4]

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vaughan began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie Vaughan.[5] He was an apt pupil, no less quick to learn than his brother, and was playing the guitar with striking virtuosity by the time he was fourteen.[6] In 1971, he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin the following year.[7] Soon afterward, he began playing gigs on the nightclub circuit, earning a spot in Marc Benno's band, the Nightcrawlers, and later with Denny Freeman in the Cobras, with whom he continued to work through late 1977.[8] He then formed his own group, Double Trouble, before performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in mid-July 1982 and being discovered by John Hammond, who in turn interested Epic Records with signing them to a recording contract.[9] Within a year, they achieved international fame after the release of their debut album Texas Flood, and in 1984 their second album, Couldn't Stand the Weather, along with the supporting tour, brought them to further commercial and critical success; the album quickly outpaced the sales of Texas Flood.[10]

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.[11] However, Vaughan's drug and alcohol habits continued to escalate.[12] In September 1986, the band traveled to Denmark to begin a European leg of the Soul to Soul Tour.[13] By this time, Vaughan had reached the peak of his substance abuse.[14] He would consume a quart (0.95 L) of whiskey and an ounce (7 g) of cocaine each day.[15] According to biographer Craig Hopkins, his lifestyle of substance abuse was "probably better characterized as the bottom of a deep chasm."[14]

During the late night hours of September 28, Vaughan became ill after a performance in Germany. He was taken by an ambulance to a nearby hospital, where he received medical treatment for near-death dehydration as a result of his long-term drug and alcohol addictions.[16] He then checked into the London Clinic under the care of Dr. Victor Bloom, who warned Vaughan that if his destructive lifestyle continued, he would be dead within a month.[17] Resuming the tour, the band reached Zurich on September 29.[15] Vaughan was ill, but gave a concert with Double Trouble in the town, which took place at Volkshaus, and was well enough to perform at the Hammersmith Palais, in London, on October 2.[18] After staying in London for more than a week, Vaughan returned to the United States and began a substance abuse treatment program at a rehabilitation facility in Atlanta, Georgia; bassist Tommy Shannon followed suit by checking into rehab in Austin, Texas.[19]

Touring personnel[edit]



Management/Tour Staff:

  • Paul "Skip" Rickert (Tour Manager)
  • Mark Rutledge (Production Manager)
  • Bill Mounsey (Stage Manager)
  • René Martinez (Guitar Technician)
  • Steve Bond (Technician)
  • Mark Miller (Lighting Technician)
  • John Bernard (Lighting Technician)
  • Bob Weibel (Sound Technician)
  • Randy Weitzel (Sound Technician)
  • Alex Hodges/Strike Force (Talent Management)

Planning, itinerary, and ticketing[edit]

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble's initial planning for the Live Alive tour emerged after Vaughan and Shannon completed their treatment programs in November 1986.[21] The band hired Skip Rickert, a replacement tour manager who eliminated the wild backstage antics of their past concert tours by revising the stipulations of their hospitality rider. Shannon later commented: "Before we got clean and sober, backstage you'd see all the coke dealers and everybody drunk and high and all these women running around. It went from that to us not having any alcohol backstage and none of those people came backstage anymore...We cleaned up our business."[22] Adamant about improvements in time management and itinerary planning, Vaughan had requested a reduction in touring time, which generally allowed no more than one show per day.[23] As rehearsals began for the tour on November 19, 1986, Vaughan began to grow feelings of self-doubt and nervousness about performing while sober.[24] However, he received encouragement from his bandmates. Wynans later recalled: "Stevie was real worried about playing after he'd gotten sober...he didn't know if he had anything left to offer. Once we got back out on the road, he was very inspired and motivated."[16]

Unlike the group's previous tour, which began three months before the release of Soul to Soul, the Live Alive Tour started five days after Live Alive was released.[25] The tour's beginning, on November 22, 1986, took place at the Towson Center in Towson, Maryland.[24] Shannon later recalled the opening show: "I remember my first gig sober with Stevie and I was terrified, and I looked out there and saw those people...I was thinking God, boy I need a drink – but I went ahead and went out there and went through it."[26] For the opening leg, 22 concerts at auditoriums and indoor arenas were scheduled from November 1986 through January 1987.[27] Tickets for the shows in New York, Atlanta and Sunrise, Florida were sold out.[28]

The second leg of the tour consisted of 25 arena and auditorium shows in the US from January to March 1987.[29] Over a thousand free tickets for an intimate show in Boston were given away through a local radio station, while nearly 20,000 tickets were sold for the concert in Honolulu, Hawaii.[30][31] Three additional North American legs were planned: the third leg from May–July 1987, the fourth leg from August–December 1987, and the fifth leg from March–May 1988.[32] Following a month-long series of performances as the opening act for Robert Plant in May, which included six sold-out shows in Canada and the northeastern US, the band was booked for a European leg that began in the Netherlands on June 19, 1988.[33] While the band had toured Europe every year between 1983 and 1986, they had been absent from the region's tour circuit for almost two years. These would be Vaughan's last concert appearances in Europe.[34] The final leg in the US took place from August–December 1988.[35]

Show overview[edit]

Main set[edit]

Although Vaughan and Double Trouble did not follow a fixed set list, the band played all thirteen songs from Live Alive at least once during the tour, and as many as eleven of them were included in each of their performances. Shannon later recalled, "He wouldn't tell us what the first song was going to be, and we never even thought about it. We'd just get up there and start playing."[36] Lighting technician Trey Hensley commented on Vaughan's spontaneity and instinctual performances: "...It was never the same show...Stevie didn't believe in following a set list. He would follow where he felt the crowd was. They'd give me a set list, and by song three or four, we'd go left. You never knew what he was going to play until he started the song, which is very challenging for a lighting technician."[37] Hensley continued, "A lot of artists take long breaks between songs. Figure in ninety minutes you'd get thirteen songs, and a lot of us did eleven. They'd let the crowd clap, but Stevie wouldn't. He'd do a song and boom – right into the next song. He didn't wait for the applause to die down. He gave them as many songs as he could in that time frame. You've got to respect a guy for that. I mean, it's tempting to just hold your arms up and take the applause."[37]

The concert usually began with a medley arrangement of two instrumentals, "Scuttle Buttin'" and "Say What!".[38] Vaughan and Double Trouble would then perform mostly older material from Soul to Soul, Couldn't Stand the Weather and Texas Flood, before newer songs were played. During the set, the band frequently included their arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Superstition".[39] According to Vaughan, their idea to cover the song had been inspired when they began jamming the song during a rehearsal for the Live Alive recordings.[40] "Willie the Wimp" was also performed, which was written by Ruth Ellsworth and Bill Carter after reading a newspaper article about a mobster from Chicago who was buried in a Cadillac-style coffin.[41] Carter, who opened for the band during the fifth leg of the tour in April 1988, collaborated with Double Trouble during an extended break in the fourth leg of the tour, and wrote the song "Crossfire" (the song was ultimately included on Vaughan and Double Trouble's next LP In Step, released in 1989, and became their only number-one hit single).[42] Commencing with the latter portion of the fourth leg, early performances of the song were included in the main set.[43]

Vaughan and Double Trouble often finished their set with "Life Without You" while Vaughan routinely paused in the middle of the song to warn the audience about the dangers of substance abuse.[44] Although Vaughan admitted that speaking to the audience in this fashion made him nervous, he realized the difference between encouragement and preaching.[45] Guitar World′s Bill Milkowski wrote, "...He warns his young audiences about getting caught up in bad habits and making the kinds of mistakes with their lives that he made...he uses "Life Without You" as a moving, musical backdrop to his current crusade against the evils of drugs and alcohol. The fervor of his rap gives Stevie Ray the aura of an evangelist preacher working the crowd. And this is no hollow pitch; he means every word he says, from the bottom of his heart."[46] Vaughan's monologues continued to be an inspiration for fans that struggled with drug and alcohol addictions.[47]


Hensley recalled that the excitement of concertgoers grew when the encores started: "He was one of those artists where, as an example, after we finished the first of maybe three encores, we'd go black on stage and I'd give 'em a good three or four minutes to wipe down and get a drink or whatever. All I had to do was barely ghost the lights on stage, and people would go nuts! They would start screaming and beating the bleachers or the seating. That's all it took, and they knew he was coming back."[48] Once the encores began, Vaughan and Double Trouble often performed original material such as "Love Struck Baby", "Rude Mood", and "Pride and Joy".[49] They also performed covers including The Isley Brothers' "Testify", Larry Davis' "Texas Flood", Jimmy Reid's "Tin Pan Alley", Lonnie Mack's "Wham!", Albert Collins' "Collins' Shuffle" and "Don't Lose Your Cool"; Guitar Slim's "Letter to My Girlfriend", Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" and "Third Stone from the Sun"; and Earl King's "Come On".[50]

Guest appearances[edit]

On November 29, 1986, the horn section from Roomful of Blues appeared on-stage in Providence, Rhode Island to perform the encores with the band, which Vaughan and Double Trouble had frequently done for past tours up to that point. Other guest performers on the tour included Colin James, Otis Rush and Vaughan's brother Jimmie Vaughan.[51]

Throughout the tour during performances, Vaughan re-confirmed his blues influences on him and Double Trouble. At the show on April 20, 1988 at Sunrise Musical Theatre, Rush performed the encores with the band. Milkowski wrote that by the time they started playing "Stormy Monday", the audience gave him a well-received response: "Some will no doubt head to their local record stores the next day and peruse the blues bins looking for Otis Rush albums. And for that, Stevie Ray Vaughan deserves credit."[46] For the "Jazz Fest" show on April 22, 1988 in New Orleans, Vaughan invited B.B. King and Albert Collins on-stage for an impromptu jam session of "Texas Flood". Collins performed "Frosty" with the group; he and Vaughan dueted using their contrasting guitar playing styles.[52]

Impact and legacy[edit]

Future endeavors[edit]

As the tour progressed, Vaughan was longing to work on material for his next LP, but in January 1987, he filed for a divorce from his wife Lenny due to the demise of their relationship, which restricted him of starting any projects until the proceedings were finalized. This prevented him from writing and recording new songs for almost two years. Vaughan commented, "It became more and more apparent that even though we'd separated for a couple of years, if I wrote anything, she wanted at least half of it, minimum. So I quit writing. And when I started to try again it was like I'd write part of a line or one line and go blank."[44] After their divorce became final, Vaughan and Double Trouble began performing new songs during the final leg of the tour, and began rehearsing for their next studio project in October 1988.[53]

The tour's two-year length, then Vaughan and Double Trouble's longest, concluded in December 1988.[54] They then recorded the album In Step, from January to March 1989 at Kiva Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.[55] While Vaughan became self-assured with performing while sober, he initially had doubts about his musical and creative abilities in a recording environment.[56] However, Shannon later recalled that he gained confidence as the sessions progressed: "In Step was, for him, a big growing experience. In my opinion, it's our best studio album, and I think he felt that way, too."[16] Wynans asserted that In Step deviated from the band's earlier recordings: "It was more original material and groove oriented. I like the blues that we put on there, but the other songs were actually songs and not 12-bar blues."[57] Released on June 13, 1989, In Step ultimately became the group's most commercially successful release, selling over half a million copies in the US by early 1990, and was their first to win a Grammy Award.[58] It peaked at number 33 on the Billboard 200, where it spent 47 weeks on the chart.[59] The album was the band's fourth and final studio work before Vaughan's death in a helicopter accident in August 1990.[60]

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue/event, opening act(s), tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue/Event Opening Act(s) Attendance Revenue
Leg 1: United States[61][62][63]
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 Broken Homes N/A N/A
November 29, 1986 Providence Providence Performing Arts Center
November 30, 1986 Troy RPI Field House
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
Leg 2: United States[64][65][66]
January 30, 1987 Dallas United States 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 Villa Convention Center
March 19, 1987 South Padre Island Isla Blanca Park
March 21, 1987 Honolulu Aloha Stadium Henry Kapono Band 19,860 / 21,000 $343,515
March 25, 1987 Daytona Beach Ocean Center Gregg Allman Band N/A N/A
Leg 3: United States[67][68][69]
May 5, 1987 Madison United States Oscar Mayer Theater Jerry Goodman 2,201 / 2,201 N/A
May 7, 1987 Urbana Foellinger Auditorium Otis and the Elevators N/A
May 8, 1987 Des Moines Des Moines Civic Center Rick Medlocke and Blackfoot 2,054 / 2,375
May 9, 1987 Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre N/A
May 10, 1987 La Porte La Porte Civic Auditorium
May 12, 1987 Little Rock Robinson Center Music Hall 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 Coliseum
May 17, 1987 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum KRAKT
May 19, 1987 Santa Fe Paolo Soleri Amphitheater Omar & the Howlers
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 and His Rocket 88's 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 Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo 12,123 / 15,000 $240,460
Leg 4: North America
June 5, 1987 Columbia United States Merriweather Post Pavilion Gregg Allman Band N/A N/A
June 6, 1987 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center 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 2,600 / 2,600
June 17, 1987 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre 9,000 / 9,000 $150,772
June 19, 1987 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theatre N/A N/A
June 20, 1987 Indianapolis Indianapolis Sports Center
June 21, 1987 Urbana Champaign County Music Park Gregg Allman Band, Henry Lee Summer
June 23, 1987 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center Gregg Allman Band
June 25, 1987 Norwich Chelsea Parade Historic District Young Neal and the Vipers
June 27, 1987 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center McCoy Tyner Trio, Clifford Jordan and the Vernel Fournier Trio
June 28, 1987 Canandaigua Finger Lakes Center 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
July 22, 1987 Montreal Canada La Ronde
July 23, 1987 Toronto Kingswood Music Theatre Omar & the Howlers
Leg 5: United States[70][71][72]
August 6, 1987 Austin United States Auditorium Shores Will and the Kill N/A N/A
August 8, 1987 Dallas Park Central Amphitheater Omar & the Howlers
August 9, 1987 New Orleans Hibernia Bank Pavilion Gregg Allman Band, Dash Rip Rock
August 12, 1987 West Allis Wisconsin State Fair Park Gregg Allman Band
August 13, 1987 Columbus 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
August 20, 1987 Springfield Illinois State Fairgrounds Grandstand Gregg Allman Band, John Anderson
August 21, 1987 Louisville Freedom Hall 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 Fair
August 29, 1987 Kansas City Starlight Theatre 5,369 / 7,800 $74,602
August 30, 1987 Des Moines Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand 3,470 / 10,605 $37,560
September 2, 1987 San Bernardino Orange Pavilion Charlie Daniels Band, Gregg Allman Band N/A N/A
September 3, 1987 Fresno Warnors Theatre Gregg Allman Band
September 4, 1987 Lancaster Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Grandstand
September 5, 1987 San Diego SDSU Open Air Theatre The Beat Farmers
September 6, 1987 Nashville Starwood Amphitheatre Grinderswitch, David Lynn Jones 16,558 / 16,558 $257,767
September 11, 1987 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum Marshall Crenshaw N/A N/A
September 12, 1987 Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre Blue Tuesday
November 5, 1987 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 7, 1987 Cocoa Brevard County Fairgrounds Grandstand
November 8, 1987 Tampa USF Sun Dome Backtrack Blues Band
November 20, 1987 San Antonio Majestic Theatre Chris Holzhaus
November 21, 1987 Corpus Christi Bayfront Plaza Auditorium
December 2, 1987 Austin Austin Opera House Bill Carter and the Blame
Leg 6: United States[73]
December 27, 1987 Sacramento United States 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 7: North America[74][75]
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 Memorial Gymnasium The Blue Flames
April 9, 1988 Lowell Lowell Memorial Auditorium Bill Carter and 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 and the Blame, Henry Lee Summer
April 15, 1988 Richmond Carpenter Center Bill Carter and the Blame
April 17, 1988 Chapel Hill UNC Memorial Hall
April 19, 1988 Orlando Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
April 20, 1988 Sunrise Sunrise Musical Theatre Otis Rush
April 22, 1988 New Orleans Riverboat President John P. Hammond
April 28, 1988 Boston Matthews Arena John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band
April 29, 1988 Hamilton Starr Rink Denny Dent
April 30, 1988 Medford President's Lawn Treat Her Right
May 1, 1988 Storrs Memorial Stadium Force MDs, The Smithereens
May 5, 1988 Quebec City Canada Colisée de Québec
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 and the Hit Men N/A N/A
May 15, 1988 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
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 The 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, John Kay & Steppenwolf
Leg 8: Europe[76][77]
June 19, 1988 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy Hothouse Flowers N/A N/A
June 21, 1988 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall Brendan Croker and the Five O'Clock Shadows
June 22, 1988 Manchester Manchester Apollo
June 23, 1988 London Hammersmith Odeon
June 24, 1988
June 25, 1988 St. Gallen Switzerland Sittertobel Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Stephan Eicher
June 28, 1988 Stockholm Sweden Gröna Lund
June 29, 1988 Oslo Norway Chateau Neuf
July 1, 1988 Ringe Denmark Midtfyns Festival Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Love Construction
July 2, 1988 Hamburg Germany Stadtpark Freilichtbühne Hothouse Flowers
July 3, 1988 Pistoia Italy Piazza del Duomo Otis Rush, Fabio Treves
July 4, 1988 Paris France Palais des Sports
July 6, 1988 Lignano Italy Arena Alpe Adria Fabio Treves, Dave Kelly
July 7, 1988 Milan Palatrussardi The Pogues
July 8, 1988 Salerno Stadio Donato Vestuti
July 10, 1988 Stuttgart Germany Theaterhaus Stuttgart Hothouse Flowers
July 11, 1988 Fürth Stadthalle Fürth
July 13, 1988 Mannheim Music Circus
July 14, 1988 Bonn Biskuithalle
July 15, 1988 Neunkirchen TUS-Halle
July 16, 1988 Peer Belgium Deusterstraat Joe Louis Walker and the Bosstalkers, Tom Principato Band
July 17, 1988 Oulu Finland Kuusisaari Dave's 12 Bar, Popeda
Leg 9: United States[78][79][80]
August 16, 1988 Bristol United States Lake Compounce Festival Park Roomful of Blues N/A N/A
August 18, 1988 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion The Fabulous Thunderbirds
August 19, 1988 New York City Pier 84 Joe Satriani
August 20, 1988
August 24, 1988 Darien Darien Lake Amphitheatre 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 Amphitheatre
August 30, 1988 Du Quoin Du Quoin State Fairgrounds
September 1, 1988 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
September 2, 1988 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theatre
September 3, 1988 Madison Dane County Expo Center
September 5, 1988 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September 30, 1988 San Diego Nautilus Amphitheatre
October 2, 1988 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
October 4, 1988 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
October 5, 1988 Los Angeles 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 and the Pleasure Kings 3,000 / 3,000 $84,000


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  31. ^ "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 99 no. 16. April 18, 1987. p. 23. ISSN 0006-2510.: Honolulu boxscore.
  32. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 169–175: third leg; Hopkins 2011, pp. 175–79: fourth leg; Hopkins 2011, pp. 184–85, 187–89: fifth leg.
  33. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 191
  34. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 192
  35. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 194–96, 201
  36. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Double Trouble–Recorded October 1999" (DVD documentary), Live at the El Mocambo.
  37. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 230
  38. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 154–194
  39. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 154–196
  40. ^ Swenson, John (December 5, 1986). "Stevie Ray Vaughan tour; Texas guitarist back out on the road" (Press release). New York. United Press International.
  41. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 49
  42. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 178, 229
  43. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 178–79
  44. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 161
  45. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 155
  46. ^ a b Milkowski, Bill (September 20, 2011). "A Focused Stevie Ray Vaughan Comes Clean in 1988 Guitar World Interview". Guitar World.
  47. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 223
  48. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 229
  49. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 154–156
  50. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 156, 163, 184
  51. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 166, 178, 187
  52. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 187
  53. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 194, 197
  54. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 201
  55. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 204
  56. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 197
  57. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 197–98
  58. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 237–38
  59. ^ Billboard 2017.
  60. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 263–64
  61. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 154–156, 159, 161
  62. ^ First leg boxscore data:
  63. ^ First leg opening act references:
    • "Entertainment". The Washington College Elm. 58 (11). Chestertown, Maryland. November 21, 1986. p. 10.
    • "Orpheum Theatre newspaper advertisement". The Boston Phoenix. 15 (46). November 18, 1986. p. 9.
    • "715: Stevie Ray Vaughan". January 26, 2012.
    • Hochanadel, Michael (December 2, 1986). "Vaughan Pleases New, Old Fans In Blues Concert". The Schenectady Gazette. 93 (54). p. 15.
    • Dutton, Douglas (November 28, 1986). "Stevie Ray's clean, lean and ready to rock again". Poughkeepsie Journal. p. 1D.
    • Mervis, Scott (December 4, 1986). "Stevie Ray can't lose the blues". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 60 (108). p. 21.
    • "Toledo Sports Arena newspaper advertisement". The Blade. 136 (333). Toledo, Ohio. November 29, 1986. p. 4F.
    • "Welsh Auditorium 1986 poster". n.d.
    • Petric, John (December 8, 1986). "Stevie Ray just blows 'em away". The Columbus Dispatch. p. 10B.
    • "Wendler Arena listing". n.d.
    • Jarvinen, Brian (December 10, 1986). "Stevie set to rock the Hill". The Michigan Daily. 97 (68). Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan. pp. 7, 9.
    • "Holiday Star Theatre newspaper advertisement". Chicago Tribune. December 5, 1986. p. 37.
    • "What to do, where to go in Central Illinois". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. December 13, 1986. p. 5.
    • Proffitt, Randy (December 15, 1986). "Vaughan, Outlaws shine in concert". The Ball State Daily News. 66 (61). Muncie, Indiana: Ball State University. p. 6.
    • "Performances: Concerts". The Atlanta Constitution. December 27, 1986. p. 99.
    • "Showcase". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. December 28, 1986. p. 106.
    • Snider, Eric (January 5, 1987). "Guitar wizard brings his magic to Curtis Hixon". St. Petersburg Times. 103 (166). p. 3D.
    • "Sunrise Musical Theatre newspaper advertisement". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. January 2, 1987. p. 115.
  64. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 162–67
  65. ^ Second leg boxscore data:
  66. ^ Second leg opening act references:
    • Racine, Marty (February 1, 1987). "Stevie Ray returns here in triumph". Houston Chronicle. p. 24.
    • Haight, Kathy (February 11, 1987). "Stevie Ray Vaughan gives audience his all". The Charlotte Observer. p. 6E.
    • "Nightlife". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. 57 (44). February 13, 1987. p. B5.
    • Peterson, Joe (February 22, 1987). "Music Review—Stevie Ray Vaughan". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. p. 24.
    • Himes, Geoffrey (February 20, 1987). "Play it, Stevie Ray". The Washington Post.
    • "Riverboat President newspaper advertisement". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. February 20, 1987.
    • "Stevie Ray the fave, but Mack stunning". The Charleston Gazette. February 20, 1987.
    • Zimmerman, Kevin (March 10, 1987). "Performance: Lonnie Mack & SRV, Tilles Center". Good Times. Long Island.
    • "Spring Break Arrives as Students Jam South Padre". The Victoria Advocate. 141 (314). March 18, 1987. p. 8B.
    • Harada, Wayne (March 20, 1987). "Taking the rap all the way to platinum". The Honolulu Advertiser. p. B1.
    • "Spring Break Today". Orlando Sentinel. March 25, 1987. p. D2.
    • Ward, Ed (May 26, 2006). "Buried Alive in the Blues: Me and the Godfather and the favor I'll never forget".
  67. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 169–175
  68. ^ Third leg boxscore data:
  69. ^ Third leg opening act references:
    • St. John, Michael (May 6, 1987). "Vaughan saves best for first". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, Wisconsin. p. 78.
    • "Paramount Theatre newspaper advertisement". The Daily Iowan. Iowa City, Iowa. May 8, 1987. p. 10B.
    • Craft, Dan (May 9, 1987). "Summer stars shine". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, Illinois. p. 6.
    • "Paolo Soleri Amphitheater newspaper advertisement". Albuquerque Journal. May 19, 1987. p. 11.
    • "Summer heat is on". The Arizona Republic. Phoenix, Arizona. May 22, 1987. p. C5.
    • "Openings—Pop/Rock". Los Angeles Times. May 27, 1987. p. 163.
    • "Welsh Auditorium 1987 newspaper advertisement". Battle Creek Enquirer. June 4, 1987. p. 14.
    • Schwartz, Deborah (June 5, 1987). "Heavens! A Guide to the Hot Nights". The Washington Post.
    • "Wednesday concert moved to City Centre". Green Bay Press-Gazette. June 9, 1987. p. A2.
    • "Pine Knob Music Theatre newspaper advertisement". Detroit Free Press. June 12, 1987. p. 6C.
    • Warren, Jill (June 19, 1987). "Stevie Ray Vaughan: fighting temptations". The Indianapolis Star. p. 73.
    • "Concert calendar". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, Kentucky. June 20, 1987. p. 5.
    • "More jazz to be found this weekend at Saratoga". Asbury Park Press. June 21, 1987. p. G8.
    • Garner, Jack (June 21, 1987). "Newport Jazz at Canandaigua a virtual sellout". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. p. 30.
    • Kaplan, Karen (June 26, 1987). "Stevie Ray Vaughan is a Rose festival hit". The Day. 106 (355). New London, Connecticut. p. B2.
    • "Music and Dance". New York. Vol. 20 no. 26. New York Media, LLC. June 29, 1987. p. 200. ISSN 0028-7369.
    • Knight, Jim (June 30, 1987). "Mann! What a Show!". Philadelphia Daily News. p. 40.
    • Morse, Steve (July 2, 1987). "Blend of blues, rock sparks raucous party". The Boston Globe. p. 72.
    • MacInnes, Craig (July 24, 1987). "Lover Stevie Ray strings crowd along". The Toronto Star. p. E22.
    • "Stevie Ray Vaughan Signed Backstage Pass". 2014.
  70. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 175–77
  71. ^ Fourth leg boxscore data:
  72. ^ Fourth leg opening act references:
    • Davis, John T. (August 8, 1987). "Audiences at Aqua Fest love those brotherly acts". Austin American-Statesman. p. G10.
    • "Audubon Zoo newspaper advertisement". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. August 8, 1987.
    • "Calendar". Madison Capital Times. August 8, 1987. p. 36.
    • "Music and Dance". New York. Vol. 20 no. 32. New York Media, LLC. August 17, 1987. p. 84. ISSN 0028-7369.
    • Hendrick, Michael (August 19, 1987). "Vaughan's guitar cools the hot night". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. p. D13.
    • Stephens, Joe (August 21, 1987). "Fans get a charge out of Vaughan's show". The State Journal-Register. Springfield, Illinois. p. 12.
    • "The Weekend". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 20, 1987. p. 2C.
    • Marymont, Mark (August 20, 1987). "Bands on tap this week". Springfield News-Leader. p. D1.
    • Karns, Russell (August 31, 1987). "Vaughan, Allman blast the blues". The Des Moines Register. p. 2A.
    • Smith, G. Bruce (August 28, 1987). "50th Antelope Valley Fair opens today". Daily News of Los Angeles. p. N4.
    • "SDSU Open Air Theatre newspaper advertisement". The Daily Aztec. 71 (4). San Diego State University. September 2, 1987. p. 11.
    • Stephens, Mike (September 4, 1987). "Vaughan heats up a hot night at Pavilion". The Sun. 114 (247). San Bernardino, California. p. D5.
    • Goldsmith, Thomas; Smith, Sandy (September 7, 1987). "Lynyrd Skynyrd sets pace for Daniels' southern-rock revival". The Tennessean. Nashville, Tennessee. p. 2D.
    • Tessier, Denise (September 12, 1987). "Half of Tingley Rocks To Crenshaw, Vaughn". Albuquerque Journal. p. 15A.
    • Dixon, Kimberly (September 14, 1987). "Stevie Vaughn burns stage with blues". The Daily Oklahoman. 96 (252). Oklahoma City. p. 18.
    • "The Guide". The Tampa Tribune. November 6, 1987. p. 95.
    • "Concert History 1980's". 2016.
    • McClary, Eric (December 29, 1987). "Tender moment stokes Vaughan's blues inferno". Reno Gazette-Journal. p. 2D.
    • "Welcome '88 With Music, Laughs and Dancing - A sampling of events". San Francisco Chronicle. December 30, 1987. p. B4.
  73. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 177–79
  74. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 184–85, 187–89
  75. ^ Sixth 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...
    • April 2–6, 1988 "Airport joke costs him". The Galveston Daily News. April 7, 1988. p. 7B. The Razorbacks were on an Atlantic Canada tour with blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
    • April 8, 1988: "08apr88 - University of Maine, Orono, ME". SRV Gig Database. n.d. Opening Act: The Blue Flames
    • April 9, 1988: Perry, David (April 11, 1988). "Stevie Ray Vaughan belts out the blues for a sellout crowd". Lowell Sun. p. 17. Opening act Carter, also from Texas, showcased the strong songs from his forthcoming Loaded Dice album...
    • April 11, 1988: Aleixo, Chris (April 12, 1988). "Stevie Ray Vaughan: Boogie ablaze". The Providence Journal. p. B-06. Another band from Austin, Bill Carter and the Blame, opened the show for Vaughan, and more than held up its end of the concert.
    • April 13, 1988: "Nightlife". The Philadelphia Inquirer. April 8, 1988. p. 28. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, with Bill Carter. Tower Theater, 69th & Ludlow Sts, Upper Darby...
    • April 14, 1988: Longsdorf, Amy (April 14, 1988). "Guitar hero Stevie Ray Vaughan is playing more than just notes". The Morning Call. Allentown, PA. p. D13. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, along with Bill Carter and Henry Lee Summer, will appear at 7:30 p.m. today at Stabler Arena, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
    • April 15, 1988: McLeod, Harriet (April 14, 1988). "Stevie Ray Vaughan has even the reviewer dancing". Richmond Times-Dispatch. p. A-8. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, with special guests Bill Carter and the Blame, will perform tomorrow at 8 p.m. at the Carpenter Center.
    • April 17, 1988: Hester, David (April 19, 1988). "Despite delay, Vaughan thrills crowd with blazing blues-rock". The Daily Tar Heel. Chapel Hill, NC. p. 6. The concert was opened by an Austin group called Bill Carter and the Blame.
    • April 20, 1988: Milkowski, Bill (September 20, 2011). "A Focused Stevie Ray Vaughan Comes Clean in 1988 Guitar World Interview". Guitar World. ...Stevie Ray introduces special guest Otis Rush.
    • April 22, 1988: Gilbert, Calvin (April 22, 1988). "New Orleans & all that jazz". The Baton Rouge Advocate. p. 30. Stevie Ray Vaughan/B.B. King/John Hammond, Riverboat President, 7 p.m. and midnight.
    • April 28, 1988: "C. U. P." Cauldron. Boston: Northeastern University. 69: 82. 1989. The concert in the Spring of 1988 featured Stevie Ray Vaughan with guest John Cafferty.
    • April 29, 1988: Combs, Kimberly (April 29, 1988). "Spring Party Bands Previewed". The Colgate News. 24 (10). Colgate University. p. 12. Denny Dent will be the opening act for Vaughan and Double Trouble on Fri. at 8:00 in the Starr Rink.
    • April 30, 1988: Newman, Jon (April 28, 1988). "Jammin' With Stevie Ray Vaughan". The Tufts Daily. 16 (61). Tufts University. p. 13. Also, the band opening for him, Treat Her Right, is the perfect compliment or [sic] Vaughan.
    • May 1, 1988: Mendlestein, Sam (May 2, 1988). "Stevie takes control of the Party Bowl". The Daily Campus. 91 (120). Storrs, CT: University of Connecticut. p. 1. Not only did the UConn Party Bowl headliners attract the rock/progressive-types who gathered for The Smithereens and the Thumpers' crowd who danced to the music of Force MD's, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble wound their southern strings around a cheering audience of music lovers that ranged from Deadheads to metalheads.
    • May 13, 1988: Burger, T.W. (May 16, 1988). "SRV". The Gettysburg Times. p. 3A. The night began inauspiciously enough, with an acceptable set by Stevie's warm-up band, Little Junior and the Hit Men.
    • May 27, 1988: "Vaughan, Allman lead the rockers". Quad-City Times. Davenport, IA. May 26, 1988. p. 9.
  76. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 191–92
  77. ^ Sixth leg opening act references:
  78. ^ Hopkins (2011), pp. 194–96, 201
  79. ^ Seventh leg boxscore data:
  80. ^ Seventh leg opening act references:
    • August 16, 1988: "The Weekend". Poughkeepsie Journal. August 4, 1988. p. 1C. ...Stevie Ray Vaughan with Fabulous Thunderbirds, Aug 16...
    • August 18, 1988: "Merriweather Post Pavilion 1988 newspaper advertisement". The Baltimore Sun. August 14, 1988. p. 2N. Thursday, August 18 at 7:00 PM – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Special guests The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    • August 19–20, 1988: Hopkins 2011, p. 194
    • August 24, 1988: "Over the Weekend". The Buffalo News. November 28, 1993. The former Fabulous Thunderbirds harp player and singer never left the bars, not even when the T-Birds were playing the Darien Lake Amphitheater on a bill with Stevie Ray Vaughan or when they were opening for Bob Seger at Memorial Auditorium.
    • August 25, 1988: "Nautica Stage newspaper advertisement". Cleveland Plain Dealer. July 29, 1988. The Fabulous Thunderbirds has been added to the Stevie Ray Vaughan concert Thursday, Aug. 25, at Nautica.
    • August 26, 1988: Gonzalez, John D. (August 25, 1988). "Other Pine Knob Shows". Lansing State Journal. Stevie and the Fabulous T-Birds perform 7:30 p.m.
    • August 28, 1988: DeVault, Russ (July 29, 1988). "Tix 'n' Times". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. p. C5. Stevie Ray Vaughan and his Double Trouble band will co-headline with the Fabulous Thunderbirds on Aug. 28 at the Chastain Park amphitheater.
    • August 30, 1988: "Nostalgia today's specialty at the fair". Southern Illinoisan. Carbondale, IL. August 30, 1988. p. 3. Stevie Ray Vaughan with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, grandstand
    • September 1, 1988: "This Weekend". The Cincinnati Enquirer. September 1, 1988. p. B7. Riverbend Music Center concerts (8 p.m.): Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble and Special Guest, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 8 p.m. today ($14 & $17.50).
    • September 2, 1988: "This week at a glance". Chicago Tribune. September 2, 1988. p. B7. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble with the Fabulous Thunderbirds–Friday, Poplar Creek Music Theatre
    • September 3, 1988: "Fest has artful array of events". Madison Capital Times. September 2, 1988. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble with special guest Fabulous Thunderbirds will rock the festival
    • September 5, 1988: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "05sep88 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO". SRV Gig Database.
    • September 30, 1988: Toombs, Mikel (October 3, 1988). "Vaughans show their stuff at Sea World". San Diego Union. p. C4. In a sense, the Friday night showcase/showdown was a sibling rivalry between Jimmy [sic] Vaughan, who puts the fabulous into the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and his little brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
    • October 2, 1988: Boehm, Mike (October 4, 1988). "The Guitar Summit Sizzling Soloists Fill Amphitheatre With Frenzied Fretwork, 'Human Music'". Los Angeles Times. p. 8. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, the quintessential American roadhouse band, led off with their straightforward good-time blues songs and rockers.
    • October 5–6, 1988: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "05oct88 - The Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA". SRV Gig Database.; Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "06oct88 - The Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA". SRV Gig Database.
    • October 9, 1988: "Stevie Ray Vaughan / TOUR ITINERARY / USA Tour 1988 September - October (seventh thumbnail)". eBay. 2017.
    • December 31, 1988: (see Billboard boxscore data reference from January 21, 1989)