Soul to Soul Tour

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Soul to Soul Tour
World tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Location North America, Europe, Australasia
Associated album Soul to Soul
Start date June 7, 1985
End date October 2, 1986
Legs 7
No. of shows 200
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology

The Soul to Soul Tour was a concert tour through North America, Europe and Australasia, undertaken by American blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble from 1985 through 1986. At the beginning of the tour, the band had finished recording their album Soul to Soul. Their commercial and critical acclaim had been demonstrated during the Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour in 1984, when they had played before a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall. Longing for opportunities to expand the group's lineup, Vaughan and Double Trouble hired keyboardist Reese Wynans during the Soul to Soul recording sessions in Dallas, Texas. Throughout the tour, the band's success was confirmed as their performances consistently amazed and gratified their audiences.

The first leg of the tour's itinerary took the band to the United States and then on to Europe, where they performed for nearly two weeks. They then returned to North America where during a span of eight months, they alternated visits between the US and Canada, before the fourth leg took the group to Australasia. After two additional North American legs, the band made a second trip to Europe, where the schedule of performances was interrupted after Vaughan suffered a mental breakdown, although he continued to perform for two more shows. The final leg in Europe incorporated stops in seven countries, before the group's return to the US in October 1986.

Although the tour elicited a variety of reactions from music critics, it was generally well-received. Among several sold-out shows, the Farm Aid concert sold over 40,000 tickets. The band's 1986 live album, Live Alive, was recorded during select shows of the tour, and many of its songs were played in 1986 through 1988. The length of the Soul to Soul Tour, then Vaughan and Double Trouble's longest, exhausted the band as the final leg unfolded. However, the extended break at the tour's conclusion enabled both Vaughan and bassist Tommy Shannon to enter treatment for drug and alcohol addictions and successfully achieve sobriety. In Vaughan's case, this lifestyle would continue through further tours in the following four years, prior to his death in a helicopter accident in August 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."[1] 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.[2] 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."[3]

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Vaughan began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie Vaughan.[4] 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.[5] In 1971, he dropped out of high school and moved to Austin the following year.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]

In October 1984, Vaughan and Double Trouble headlined a sold-out performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City.[10] For the second half of the concert, he added guitarist Jimmie Vaughan, keyboardist Dr. John, drummer George Rains, and the Roomful of Blues horn section.[11] The ensemble rehearsed for less than two weeks before the performance, and according to biographers Joe Nick Patoski and Bill Crawford, the big band concept never entirely took form.[12] However, Vaughan was determined to deviate from the group's power trio format: "We won't be limited to just the trio, although that doesn't mean we'll stop doing the trio. I'm planning on doing that too. I ain't gonna stay in one place. If I do, I'm stupid."[13] As recording began for the band's third studio album, Soul to Soul, Vaughan found it increasingly difficult to be able to play rhythm guitar parts and sing at the same time, and was longing to add another dimension to the band.[14] They hired keyboardist Reese Wynans to record on the album in April 1985; he joined the band soon thereafter.[15]

Tour itinerary[edit]

Early legs (June–July 1985)[edit]

The tour's beginning, on June 7, 1985, took place at Grant Park in Chicago, where Vaughan and Double Trouble performed at the city's second annual blues festival.[16] In Morrison, Colorado, on June 19, the band played before an audience of nearly 9,000 people at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, earning a gross revenue of over $140,000 for the performance.[17] The next stop was Del Mar, California, where they performed at the city's annual fair.[18] The group then moved on to Hampton, Virginia and New York City, the latter of which was a tribute concert for Hammond.[19]

The next extended stop was in Europe. For nearly two weeks, Vaughan and Double Trouble gave ten concerts in the region.[20] Beginning in Hamburg, the band traveled to seven countries, where several jazz festival concerts were given. Among those present at one of these was the President of Finland Mauno Koivisto, who attended the group's outdoor performance at Pori Jazz.[21] An article from the concert stated that the president's visit to the festival was "a valuable acknowledgement for the work of two decades", alluding to the festival's conception in 1966. Additionally, "for the organizers it was a sweeter event when it completely surprised the city's management."[22]

The band proceeded to France, Netherlands and Italy. In France they arrived in Vienne, where a performance was given at the Antique Theater. They proceeded into Den Haag, where they played at the North Sea Jazz Festival, on July 13. After a delayed appearance in Perugia, Vaughan and Double Trouble gave a concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 15.[21] Before the encores began, Vaughan said to the audience, "Three years ago tomorrow. First time we ever got booed, first time we won a Grammy," which were allusions to the band's negative reception during their first performance in 1982, and a resulting Grammy Award for a live selection from a recording of the show.[23]

North America (July–December 1985)[edit]

On July 25, 1985 Vaughan and Double Trouble moved on to Canada for a week during which, beginning in Quebec City, they were booked to open for Dire Straits.[24] However, Vaughan reportedly provoked a negative reception from local critics. One of them who took particular note of the guitarist's performance was Toronto Star writer Christopher Hume, whose review critiqued Vaughan's skills in unfavorable terms: "Dressed like a cotton-candy cowboy, Vaughan hauled out every cheap trick in the guitar hero's handbook."[25] The Varsity′s own assessment, written a few days later, was similarly disapproving: "The mix was utterly atrocious, and so unnecessarily loud, I feared Vaughan was simply boring and unoriginal."[26] On July 31 the band returned to the US for two-and-a-half weeks, where they performed at the Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester Hills, Michigan and also the JVC Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.[27] In Newport they also featured the Roomful of Blues horn section, a group native to Rhode Island—"jazz lovers clapped and danced to the performance by Vaughan", according to the Associated Press.[28] In a prior recollection by United Press International, Vaughan and Double Trouble had the audience on its feet even before they took the stage.[29]

Further concerts were given in Canada on August 27 through 31 in Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver.[30] Tickets were sold out for the band's appearance at the Commodore Ballroom on August 31, so a second performance was fixed for August 29 during which, according to The Georgia Straight, Vaughan "wowed the crowd by playing behind his back, above his head, and all over the place. At one point he strolled off the front of the stage and across a few tables, where he pulled off the Hendrix trick of playing with his teeth". Both concerts were deemed as the group's finest shows to date "due in large part to the addition of keyboardist Reese Wynans".[31] The next stop was in Seattle. Vaughan was ill, but he still gave a concert with Double Trouble at the Seattle Center Coliseum during the Bumbershoot festival, which took place on September 1.[32] Wynans recalled, "We got up there and Stevie was so sick and could barely go on. We ended up doing a great show despite that."[33] From Seattle the band traveled to Salem, Oregon, where a free concert was given at the Oregon State Penitentiary. Their tour manager was doubtful that Vaughan would be able to perform the show, but he persevered. "He didn't look good," recalled photographer David Wilds, recounting that Vaughan had been in the hospital the day before, where he was diagnosed with fatigue. "But he arrived, he was in great spirits and he played at least ninety minutes."[34] The group proceeded into the Midwest, where they arrived in South Bend, Indiana. After taking a few days off from performing, Vaughan and Double Trouble gave a concert at Morris Civic Auditorium on September 6. The next day the band performed in Pittsburgh.[35]

Jackson Browne arranged for Vaughan and Double Trouble to appear at a benefit concert for the Sanctuary Movement on September 19, at the McKale Center alongside Browne, Stevie Nicks, and Don Henley.[35] Vaughan saw this effort to support charitable works as "something we'd like to help with".[36] He was critiqued as "a throwback to Jimi Hendrix; acid rock musical gestures and, for good measure, behind-the-back playing and extended guitar cadenzas".[37] On September 21 there was a filmed performance at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey, from which resulted in the airing of selections from the show, and interview segments featuring Vaughan on MTV's Rock Influences music television program.[36] "Vaughan's brilliant performance left no doubt that he is the reigning guitar king," Barbara Jaeger wrote in The Bergen Record in response to the band's show.[38] Soul to Soul was released on September 30 to mixed reviews from music critics.[39] Jimmy Guterman of Rolling Stone wrote, "There's some life left in their blues rock pistache; it's also possible that they've run out of gas."[40] According to Patoski and Crawford, sales of the album failed to match those of Couldn't Stand the Weather, suggesting that the band had reached a creative plateau.[41]

Between September and October, both Johnny Copeland and Lonnie Mack performed as Vaughan and Double Trouble's opening acts in the Midwest and Southwest regions of the US.[42] On October 14 there was a private performance on-board the USS Peleliu at Pier 32 in San Francisco, during which the band performed for members of the Pacific Fleet. Organized in celebration of the US Navy's 210th anniversary, the group was piped onstage by an honor guard. That same evening Vaughan's first public acoustic set was performed during a benefit concert for the Seva Foundation at Berkeley Community Theatre. The emcee introduced him as "some kind of incandescent meteor breath" in reference to the fiery guitar playing he witnessed during the band's Greek Theatre show three days before.[43] While touring with the Fabulous Thunderbirds in November, Vaughan contemplated refusing to travel from New York to Pennsylvania, due to what he considered as "thoughtless itinerary planning". According to Vaughan's friend Donna Johnston, "He was in New York with no show but had to travel to Pennsylvania, only to turn around and come back for three more shows in New York."[44] However, he pressed on as the band performed in Upper Darby, Albany, Rochester, and Syracuse. They took a break for a couple of weeks, and for the final portion of the second leg performed in Chicago, at the Aragon Ballroom, with opening act Eddy Clearwater.[45] On December 31 they finished the leg with a concert in San Antonio, which took place at the city's convention center.[46] An advertisement for the concert announced it as a "New Year's Eve party...Holiday spirits will be for sale. Beer, wine and champagne! It will be a party!! Be there to ring in the new year!!"[47]

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, venue, tickets sold, amount of available tickets and gross revenue
Date City Country Venue Opening Act(s) Attendance Revenue
Leg 1: United States and Europe[48][49][50]
June 7, 1985 Chicago United States Grant Park
(Chicago Blues Festival)
Koko Taylor, Sugar Blue N/A N/A
June 8, 1985 Grand Rapids Welsh Auditorium Flash Kahan 2,653 / 3,354 $35,815
June 9, 1985 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
(JVC Jazz Festival)
Robert Junior Lockwood, Sippie Wallace N/A N/A
June 14, 1985 Santa Fe Paolo Soleri Amphitheater Gary Eckard
June 16, 1985 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
(Playboy Jazz Festival)
Horace Silver Quintet, Chico Freeman
June 19, 1985 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre
(Blues Festival)
B.B. King, Albert King 8,886 / 8,886 $140,707
June 21, 1985 Del Mar Del Mar Racetrack N/A N/A
June 25, 1985 New York City Avery Fisher Hall
(Kool Jazz Festival)
Benny Goodman, Carrie Smith
June 26, 1985 Red Bank Count Basie Theatre The Shades
June 28, 1985 Hampton Hampton Coliseum
(Hampton Jazz Festival)
The Manhattans, Nina Simone
June 29, 1985 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
June 30, 1985 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
(Kool Jazz Festival)
Dave Brubeck Quartet, Woody Herman
July 5, 1985 Hamburg Germany Fabrik
July 7, 1985 Stockholm Sweden Skeppsholmen
July 8, 1985 Oslo Norway Circus
July 9, 1985 Bergen Oleana
July 11, 1985 Pori Finland Kirjurinluoto Mezzoforte
Rantasipi Yyteri
(Pori Jazz)
Mombasa, New Jungle Orchestra
July 12, 1985 Vienne France Théâtre Antique
(Jazz à Vienne)
Johnny Otis Show, Johnny Copeland
July 13, 1985 The Hague Netherlands Tuinpaviljoen
(North Sea Jazz Festival)
B.B. King, Miles Davis Septet
July 14, 1985 Perugia Italy Piazza IV Novembre
(Umbria Jazz Festival)
Bushrock, Umbria Jazz All-Stars
July 15, 1985 Montreux Switzerland Casino Barrière de Montreux
(Montreux Jazz Festival)
Duke Robillard & the Pleasure Kings, Johnny Otis Show
Leg 2: North America[51][52][53]
July 23, 1985 Quebec City Canada Colisée de Québec N/A N/A
July 24, 1985 Montréal Forum de Montréal
July 25, 1985 Ottawa Ottawa Civic Centre
July 26, 1985 Toronto Varsity Arena
July 27, 1985
July 28, 1985
July 29, 1985
July 31, 1985 Rochester Hills United States Baldwin Pavilion
(Meadowbrook Music Festival)
James Cotton Blues Band
August 9, 1985 Baltimore Pier Six Pavilion
August 10, 1985 New York City Pier 84
August 12, 1985 Albany Palace Theatre The Sharks
August 16, 1985 Kingston Ulster Performing Arts Center
August 17, 1985 West Hartford Agora Ballroom Shaboo All-Stars
August 18, 1985 Newport Fort Adams State Park
(JVC Jazz Festival)
Wynton Marsalis Quartet, Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin 7,100 / (unlimited)
August 27, 1985 Edmonton Canada Jubilee Auditorium Colin Munn N/A
August 28, 1985 Calgary Jubilee Auditorium
August 29, 1985 Vancouver Commodore Ballroom Mud Bay Rock n' Blues Band
August 30, 1985 Victoria Royal Theatre The Wardells
August 31, 1985 Vancouver Commodore Ballroom Mud Bay Rock n' Blues Band
September 1, 1985 Seattle United States Seattle Center Coliseum
The Slamhound Hunters
September 2, 1985 Salem Oregon State Penitentiary
September 6, 1985 South Bend Morris Civic Auditorium Montserrat
September 7, 1985 Pittsburgh Heinz Hall Albert King
September 19, 1985 Tucson McKale Center 9,914 / 10,000 $120,555
September 21, 1985 Passaic Capitol Theatre N/A N/A
September 24, 1985 Dayton Hara Arena Johnny Copeland
September 25, 1985 Fort Wayne Foellinger Theatre
September 26, 1985 Cleveland Cleveland Music Hall
September 27, 1985 Ann Arbor Hill Auditorium
September 28, 1985 Louisville Louisville Gardens
September 29, 1985 Columbus Veterans Memorial Auditorium
October 1, 1985 Toledo Masonic Auditorium
October 2, 1985 Kalamazoo Miller Auditorium
October 4, 1985 Davenport The Col Ballroom
October 5, 1985 Springfield McDonald Arena
October 7, 1985 Laramie Arts and Sciences Auditorium Lonnie Mack
October 8, 1985 Boulder CU Events Center
October 9, 1985 Salt Lake City State Fairgrounds Coliseum
October 11, 1985 Berkeley Greek Theatre 6,240 / 8,000 $87,993
October 12, 1985 Los Angeles Greek Theatre N/A N/A
October 13, 1985 San Diego UCSD Gymnasium
October 15, 1985 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Mitch Woods & His Rocket 88s
October 16, 1985 Santa Barbara Arlington Theatre Lonnie Mack
October 18, 1985 Albuquerque Albuquerque Civic Auditorium Lawyers, Guns and Money
October 19, 1985 Phoenix Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 23, 1985 Odessa Ector County Coliseum Jason & the Scorchers
October 24, 1985 Stillwater Gallagher Hall
October 26, 1985 Beaumont Montagne Center
October 30, 1985 Memphis Orpheum Theatre
October 31, 1985 Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum
November 2, 1985 Miami James L. Knight Center The Fabulous Thunderbirds
November 3, 1985 Orlando Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
November 4, 1985 Jacksonville Jacksonville Civic Auditorium
November 5, 1985 Tampa Curtis Hixon Hall
November 7, 1985 Atlanta Fox Theater 4,513 / 4,513 $62,053
November 8, 1985 Fayetteville Cumberland County Memorial Auditorium N/A N/A
November 9, 1985 Norfolk The Boathouse
November 10, 1985 Richmond The Mosque
November 12, 1985 Springfield Symphony Hall
November 13, 1985 Providence Performing Arts Center
November 14, 1985 Waterbury Palace Theatre
November 15, 1985 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
November 17, 1985 Boston Orpheum Theatre
November 18, 1985 Burlington Memorial Auditorium
November 19, 1985 Poughkeepsie Mid-Hudson Civic Center
November 21, 1985 Upper Darby Tower Theater Shaboo All-Stars
November 22, 1985 Albany J.B.'s Theatre
November 23, 1985 Rochester Auditorium Theatre The Fabulous Thunderbirds
November 24, 1985 Syracuse Landmark Theatre Shaboo All-Stars
December 6, 1985 Chicago Aragon Ballroom Eddy Clearwater
December 7, 1985 Milwaukee Oriental Theater R&B Cadets 2,074 / 2,200 $30,073
December 8, 1985 Madison Oscar Mayer Theater Paul Black & the Flip Kings N/A N/A
December 9, 1985 West Lafayette Loeb Playhouse
December 11, 1985 Eau Claire W. L. Zorn Arena J.D. & the Back-Alley Madmen
December 12, 1985 Des Moines Easy Street
December 13, 1985 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre
December 15, 1985 Dallas Fair Park Coliseum The Fabulous Thunderbirds
December 16, 1985 Austin Palmer Auditorium Omar & the Howlers
December 31, 1985 San Antonio San Antonio Convention Center Arena The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns
Leg 3: United States[54][55]
January 23, 1986 Utica United States Stanley Theater The Fabulous Thunderbirds N/A N/A
January 24, 1986 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque
January 25, 1986 Charlottesville University Hall
January 27, 1986 Athens Georgia Coliseum
January 28, 1986 Nashville Grand Ole Opry House
(Blues Summit)
4,425 / 4,425 $60,445
January 29, 1986 Birmingham Boutwell Memorial Auditorium N/A N/A
January 30, 1986 Jackson Jackson City Auditorium
February 1, 1986 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
February 4, 1986 Fort Worth Will Rogers Auditorium
February 5, 1986
February 7, 1986 St. Louis Kiel Opera House
February 8, 1986 Kansas City Memorial Hall 3,314 / 3,314 $40,703
February 9, 1986 Omaha Omaha Music Hall 2,608 / 2,608 $37,164
February 11, 1986 Athens OU Memorial Auditorium N/A N/A
February 12, 1986 Royal Oak Royal Oak Music Theater 4,953 / 4,953 $79,248
February 13, 1986
February 14, 1986
February 16, 1986 Bloomington Indiana University Auditorium N/A N/A
February 18, 1986 Champaign Virginia Theatre
February 19, 1986 Merrillville Holiday Star Theatre The Fabulous Thunderbirds, René Martinez
February 20, 1986 Royal Oak Royal Oak Music Theater The Fabulous Thunderbirds 4,953 / 4,953 $79,248
February 21, 1986
February 22, 1986 Walk the West
March 2, 1986 Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell Center The Fabulous Thunderbirds N/A N/A
Leg 4: Australasia
March 6, 1986 Auckland New Zealand Logan Campbell Centre The Fabulous Thunderbirds N/A N/A
March 8, 1986 Palmerston North Manawatu Stadium
March 10, 1986 Dunedin Dunedin Town Hall
March 11, 1986 Christchurch Christchurch Town Hall
March 12, 1986 Wellington Wellington Town Hall
March 13, 1986
March 16, 1986 Sydney Australia Hordern Pavilion The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Weddings Parties Anything
March 17, 1986
March 19, 1986 Brisbane Brisbane Festival Hall The Fabulous Thunderbirds
March 20, 1986
March 22, 1986 Melbourne Melbourne Festival Hall
March 23, 1986
March 24, 1986 Adelaide Thebarton Theatre
March 25, 1986
March 27, 1986 Perth Perth Concert Hall
March 29, 1986
Leg 5: United States
April 13, 1986 Montclair United States Panzer Gymnasium Shaboo All-Stars N/A N/A
April 15, 1986 Piscataway Livingston Gymnasium
April 16, 1986 Amherst Fine Arts Center
April 18, 1986 Ithaca Bailey Hall
April 19, 1986 Oneonta SUNY Oneonta Gymnasium
April 20, 1986 West Long Branch Alumni Memorial Gymnasium
April 22, 1986 Springfield Prairie Capital Convention Center The Fabulous Thunderbirds
April 23, 1986 Cedar Rapids Paramount Theatre Lonnie Brooks
April 25, 1986 Norman Lloyd Noble Center Edgar Winter
April 26, 1986 Tulsa Brady Theater
April 27, 1986 Monroe Ewing Coliseum The Producers
May 3, 1986 New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
(Jazz & Heritage Festival)
Koko Taylor, Earl King
May 25, 1986 Liverpool Long Branch Park
(Memorial Day Musicfest)
The Band, Pure Prairie League
June 7, 1986 Wichita Falls Lucy Park
Red River Lyric Theater, Take To
Leg 6: North America
June 20, 1986 Hoffman Estates United States Poplar Creek Music Theater The Fabulous Thunderbirds N/A N/A
June 21, 1986 Indianapolis Indianapolis Sports Center
June 22, 1986 Ionia Ionia County Fairgrounds
June 23, 1986 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
June 24, 1986 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
June 26, 1986 New York City Pier 84
June 27, 1986 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 28, 1986 Philadelphia Mann Music Center The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Roy Buchanan
June 29, 1986 McCreary Canada Beaver Dam Lake
(Country Rock Festival)
John Anderson, Eddy Raven
July 2, 1986 Milwaukee United States Marcus Amphitheater
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
July 4, 1986 Austin Manor Downs
(Farm Aid II)
Delbert McClinton, John Conlee 40,500 / 40,500 $810,000
July 9, 1986 Toronto Canada Kingswood Music Theatre Johnnie Lovesin N/A N/A
July 11, 1986 Saint Paul United States Harriet Island
The Call, Lamont Cranston Band
July 17, 1986 Austin Austin Opera House
July 18, 1986
July 19, 1986 Dallas Park Central Amphitheater
July 20, 1986 Mansfield Great Woods Center
(Jazz & Blues Festival)
Bobby "Blue" Bland, Dr. John
July 24, 1986 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal 8,897 / 8,897 $137,513
July 27, 1986 Los Angeles Greek Theatre Bonnie Raitt N/A N/A
July 29, 1986 Tucson Tucson Music Hall René Martinez
August 2, 1986 Sacramento Community Center Theatre Bonnie Raitt
August 3, 1986 Concord Concord Pavilion 8,350 / 8,350 $127,763
August 4, 1986 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium René Martinez N/A N/A
August 6, 1986 Salem Oregon State Penitentiary
August 7, 1986 Eugene Cuthbert Amphitheater Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray Band
August 9, 1986 Spokane Spokane Opera House Bonnie Raitt
August 10, 1986 Seattle Paramount Theatre
August 11, 1986 Vancouver Canada Expo Theatre
August 23, 1986 Syracuse United States New York State Fair Grandstand René Martinez
August 24, 1986 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 26, 1986 Memphis Orpheum Theatre Marshall Chapman
August 29, 1986 Montréal Canada Parc Jarry
(MusicFest Miller de Montréal)
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
Leg 7: Europe
September 12, 1986 Copenhagen Denmark Saga René Martinez N/A N/A
September 14, 1986 Hamburg Germany Große Freiheit 36
September 15, 1986 Berlin Metropol
September 16, 1986 Offenbach Stadthalle
September 17, 1986 Essen Saalbau
September 18, 1986 Bonn Biskuithalle
September 19, 1986 Kerkrade Netherlands Rodahal
September 20, 1986 Deinze Belgium Brielpoort
September 21, 1986 Utrecht Netherlands Muziekcentrum Vredenburg
September 23, 1986 Paris France L'Olympia
September 24, 1986
September 25, 1986 Sindelfingen Germany Stadthalle
September 26, 1986 Munich Circus Krone
September 28, 1986 Ludwigshafen Pfalzbau
September 29, 1986 Zürich Switzerland Volkshaus
October 2, 1986 London England Hammersmith Palais

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "Biography of Stevie Ray Vaughan". Allmusic. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  2. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. xi, 44
  3. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 320
  4. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, p. 10
  5. ^ Hopkins 2010, p. 22–23
  6. ^ Hopkins 2010, p. 61
  7. ^ Hopkins 2010, pp. 23, 73, 109; Patoski & Crawford 1993, p. 83
  8. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, pp. 111, 145, 157–58
  9. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 21, 59, 85
  10. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 72
  11. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, p. 177
  12. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, p. 178
  13. ^ Rhodes, Joe (October 11, 1984). "Even now, Stevie Ray has to pinch himself". Dallas Times-Herald. 
  14. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, p. 190
  15. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 89
  16. ^ Kart, Larry (June 9, 1985). "Taylor, Vaughn spark explosive blues fest opener". Chicago Tribune. 138 (160). p. 25. 
  17. ^ "AB Boxscore: Top Concert Grosses" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 97 no. 27. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. July 6, 1985. p. 39. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  18. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 100
  19. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 101
  20. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 101–3
  21. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 102
  22. ^ "Presidentti kohtaa kitaristin" [The President meets a guitarist]. (in Finnish). n.d. 
  23. ^ Hernandez, Raoul (November 23, 2001). "Review: Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble – Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985". Retrieved September 2, 2017. 
  24. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 103
  25. ^ Hume, Christopher (July 28, 1985). "Few memorable moments in Dire Straits' doodling". Toronto Star. p. G2. 
  26. ^ Wood, Dianne (August 1, 1985). "Dire Straits at Varsity Arena: Twisting by the rink". The Varsity. University of Toronto. p. 7. 
  27. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 103–4
  28. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 104; "Newport Fest draws young audience". Miami Herald. August 20, 1985. p. 5D. 
  29. ^ Franckling, Ken (August 18, 1985). "Newport Jazz Fest '85 Ends With Spirited Rockabilly-Blues Finale" (Press release). Washington, D.C. 
  30. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 104
  31. ^ Newton, Steve (August 29, 2015). "30 years ago today: Stevie Ray Vaughan plays the Commodore Ballroom". 
  32. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 104
  33. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 105
  34. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 106
  35. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 107
  36. ^ a b Hopkins 2011, p. 108
  37. ^ Urreiztieta, Arizeder (September 21, 1985). "Sanctuary concert melds music, politics". Arizona Daily Star. Tucson, AZ. p. 1C. 
  38. ^ Jaeger, Barbara (September 23, 1985). "Guitar king at the speed of sound". The Bergen Record. p. A14. 
  39. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 109
  40. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (November 7, 1985). "Soul to Soul album review". Rolling Stone. No. 460. 
  41. ^ Patoski & Crawford 1993, p. 197
  42. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 108–112
  43. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 112
  44. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 115
  45. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 116
  46. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 117
  47. ^ Hopkins 2011, p. 119
  48. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 98-101.
  49. ^ First leg boxscore data:
  50. ^ First leg opening act references:
    • June 7, 1985: Kart, Larry (June 9, 1985). "Taylor, Vaughn spark explosive blues fest opener". Chicago Tribune. 138 (160). p. 25. Harmonica virtuoso Sugar Blue was the next artist...Koko Taylor and her Blues Machine were up next... 
    • June 9, 1985: Faris, Mark (June 10, 1985). "Stevie Ray Vaughan storms into jazz festival". Akron Beacon Journal. p. C7. Vaughan's set was even more impressive considering the star-studded lineup that preceded him: Robert Jr. Lockwood, Sippie Wallace... 
    • June 14, 1985: "Arts Calendar". Albuquerque Journal. June 14, 1985. p. 3. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, with Gary Eckard, tonight at 8, Paolo Soleri Amphitheater... 
    • June 16, 1985: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "1985 Playboy Jazz Festival Program". SRV Gig Database. 
    • June 19, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 100: "Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO with B.B. King, Albert King, Bobby Bland"
    • June 25, 1985: Wilson, John S. (June 29, 1985). "Jazz Festival: Benny Goodman joins John Hammond tribute". The New York Times. Mr. Goodman's unscheduled appearance at the end of the first half of the program...Earlier, Carrie Smith had started the program with her interpretation of Bessie Smith's singing... 
    • June 26, 1985: Santelli, Robert (June 28, 1986). "Shades refuse to compromise". Asbury Park Press. p. D12. The band eventually became good enough to open up for blues legend B.B. King as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan, both of whom performed at the Monmouth Arts Center in Red Bank, now known as the Count Basie Theater. 
    • June 28, 1985: "18th KOOL Jazz Festival adds gospel acts to lineup". Star-News. 118 (191). Wilmington, NC. May 24, 1985. p. 12B. Day-by-day lineup for the festival is as follows: June 28 — Jeffrey Osborne, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Manhattans, Nina Simone and Jeff Lorber Fusion. 
    • June 30, 1985: "A who-where-when of events at the festival". The New York Times. June 21, 1985. June 30 Noon to Midnight. Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Jazz Kaleidoscope Part II...Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Dave Brubeck Quartet; Woody Herman All-Stars... 
    • July 11, 1985: "Pori Jazz History — 1985". n.d. 
    • July 13, 1985: "Timetable Saturday 13 July 1985 – Port of Rotterdam North Sea Jazz Festival". 2016. 
    • July 15, 1985: "Concerts database". 2016. 
  51. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 103–117.
  52. ^ Second leg boxscore data:
    • August 18, 1985: Franckling, Ken (August 18, 1985). "Newport Jazz Fest '85 Ends With Spirited Rockabilly-Blues Finale" (Press release). Washington, D.C. United Press International. A crowd of 7,100 music fans ignored overcast skies Sunday and turned out for the finale of the 1985 Newport Jazz Festival... 
    • September 19, 1985: Means, Andrew (September 21, 1985). "Sanctuary fund-raiser satisfies eager crowd". The Arizona Republic. 96 (128). Phoenix, AZ. p. D1. ... there was great anticipation for this show, which attracted a near capacity crowd of 9,914. (Gross receipts came to $120,555, according to co-promoter Evening Star Productions...)  (primary source); Means, Andrew (September 20, 1985). "Sanctuary movement aided by rock stars". The Arizona Republic. 96 (127). Phoenix, AZ. p. E1. The capacity crowd of 10,000 gave Vaughan a rousing welcome.)  (secondary source)
  53. ^ Second leg opening act references:
    • July 31, 1985: "Meadow Brook Music Festival". n.d. 
    • August 12, 1985: Hochanadel, Michael (August 14, 1985). "Palace Fans Energized By Vaughan, Sharks". The Schenectady Gazette. 91 (272). p. 17. The Sharks opened with an abbreviated set... 
    • August 17, 1985: "Agora Ballroom newspaper advertisement". Hartford Courant. August 15, 1985. p. 22. 
    • August 18, 1985: Franckling, Ken (August 18, 1985). "Newport Jazz Fest '85 Ends With Spirited Rockabilly-Blues Finale" (Press release). Washington, D.C. United Press International. Marsalis' quartet was sandwiched between the Latin-tinged sound of the Ritenour-Grusin set...and Vaughan, who brought the event to a rollicking close. 
    • August 27, 1985: Metella, Helen (August 28, 1985). "A night of the guitars returns with Vaughan". Edmonton Journal. p. F7. ...the Colin Munn Band opened for the renowned blues guitarist. 
    • August 28, 1985: Muretich, James (August 29, 1985). "Vaughan evokes fiery spirit of Jimi Hendrix". Calgary Herald. p. F1. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and Colin Munn, at the Jubilee Auditorium Wednesday night. 
    • August 29 and 31, 1985: "Show Archive — 1985". n.d. p. 2. 
    • August 30, 1985: MacInnis, Allan (April 20, 2016). "The Pete Campbell Interview: of Pink Steel, the Wardells, the Sweaters, and Coach StrobCam". Alienated in Vancouver. ...we opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn at the Royal Theatre... 
    • September 1, 1985: "Grass Route" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 97 no. 37. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. September 14, 1985. p. 101. ISSN 0006-2510. ...the Slamhound Hunters' opening gig for Stevie Ray Vaughan last weekend at the city's coliseum. 
    • September 6, 1985: Robbins, Darren (August 17, 2007). "#1 reason I kinda wish we all had cell phones in 1985 (and shakin' with Stevie Ray Vaughan)". ...asking if my band could fill the opening slot for that night's Stevie Ray Vaughan show in South Bend, Indiana. 
    • September 7, 1985: Davidson, Jim (July 10, 1985). "City Jazz Fest lineup announced". Pittsburgh Press. 102 (17). p. D5. Sept. 7: Blues with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, with bluesman Albert King as the opening act, 7 p.m. at Heinz Hall. 
    • September 24, 1985: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "24sep85 - Hara Arena, Dayton, OH". SRV Gig Database. 
    • September 25, 1985: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "25sep85 - Foellinger Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN". SRV Gig Database. 
    • September 26, 1985: Scott, Jane (September 28, 1985). "Cleveland Music Hall concert review". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland. The opening act, Johnny Copeland of Houston... 
    • September 27, 1985: Pearlstein, Arona (September 27, 1985). "Texas bluesman lends insight to '80s sounds". The Michigan Daily. 96 (17). University of Michigan. p. 7. He'll be opening for blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan tonight at Hill Auditorium. 
    • September 28, 1985: Quinlan, Michael (September 29, 1985). "Music Review—Stevie Ray Vaughan". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. p. B6. Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, from Houston, opened the show with an hour-long set... 
    • October 4, 1985: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "??sep85 - Col Ballroom, Davenport, IA". SRV Gig Database. 
    • October 5, 1985: Loman, Pam (October 11, 1985). "Blues guitarist delights audience". Spotlight. 2 (7). Springfield, MO: Missouri State University. p. 7. ...Johnny Copeland as his band warmed up for Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble Saturday night, Oct. 5, in McDonald Arena... 
    • October 8 and 11, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 111: "University of Colorado Events Center, Boulder, CO, with Lonnie Mack...Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA, with Lonnie Mack..."
    • October 9, 1985: Collins, L. M. (October 10, 1985). "Vaughan sound's hot, despite arena woes". Deseret News. 136 (135). Salt Lake City. p. 10C. Warm-up by Lonnie Mack. 
    • October 12, 1985: "Greek Theatre newspaper advertisement". Los Angeles Times. October 6, 1985. p. 57. This Saturday! Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, special guest Lonnie Mack 
    • October 13, 1985: Hellman, Marla (October 10, 1985). "Goings On" (PDF). Hiatus. 10 (3). UC San Diego. p. 4. Stevie Ray Vaughan and special guest Lonnie Mack will perform Sunday at 8 pm at the UCSD Gym. 
    • October 15, 1985: "Listing of Bill Graham Presents Shows 1965-1989". SugarMegs Audio. n.d. 
    • October 16, 1985: "Calendar—Pop Music". Los Angeles Times. October 13, 1985. p. 73. Wednesday—Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. Lonnie Mack (Arlington Theatre, 8 p.m.). 
    • October 18, 1985: "Stevie Ray Vaughan Plays Civic" (PDF). The Daily Lobo. 90 (38). Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico. October 16, 1985. p. 9. Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, with guests Lawyers, Guns and Money, will perform Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Albuquerque Civic Auditorium. 
    • October 24, 1985: "What's Going On". The Daily Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. October 24, 1985. p. 15. In Concert: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, with Jason and the Scorchers, 8 tonight, Gallagher Hall, Oklahoma State University. 
    • October 26, 1985: "Montagne Center newspaper advertisement". University Press. 62 (12). Beaumont, TX: Lamar University. October 24, 1985. p. 3. 
    • October 30, 1985: Willmot, Bob (n.d.). "30oct85 - Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN". SRV Gig Database. 
    • October 31, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 114: "Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN, with Jason and the Scorchers."
    • November 2, 1985: Gleason, Holly (November 2, 1985). "Fabulous Thunderbirds To Rock Miami". The Palm Beach Post. p. A12. ...the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Vaughan's opening act... 
    • November 3, 1985: "A Hot Dose of Blazing Texas Blues". Orlando Sentinel. November 3, 1985. Opening act will be the Fabulous Thunderbirds. 
    • November 7, 1985: (see Billboard boxscore data reference)
    • November 12, 1985: O'Hare, Kevin (November 14, 1985). "Symphony Hall concert review". The Springfield Union. Lone star fever caught hold of Springfield Tuesday evening as two of Texas' finest musical exports, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, rocked a crowd of nearly 2,000 at Symphony Hall. 
    • November 13, 1985: "Stevie Ray, Fab T-Birds put on a Lone Star-studded gala". The Providence Journal. November 15, 1985. 
    • November 17, 1985: "Orpheum Theatre Boston newspaper advertisement". The Boston Phoenix. 14 (47). November 19, 1985. p. 13. 
    • November 19, 1985: "Mid-Hudson Civic Center newspaper advertisement". Poughkeepsie Journal. November 19, 1985. p. 12B. 
    • November 21, 1985: Johnson, Linda A. (December 2, 1985). "Stevie Ray Vaughan's throat was raw, but his guitar playing was powerful". The Daily Intelligencer. 96 (593). Doylestown, PA. p. 34. The 3,100 fans that packed the Upper Darby venue had already been charged up by a surprisingly good unknown band — the Connecticut-based blues sextet, The Shaboo All Stars... 
    • November 22, 1985: "J.B.'s Theatre newspaper advertisement" (PDF). Albany Student Press. 72 (40). SUNY Albany. November 22, 1985. p. 13. 
    • November 23, 1985: "Out of the Sunshine". Democrat and Chronicle. November 17, 1985. p. 5D. Opening the show for Vaughan and his three-piece backing band, Double Trouble, will be The Fabulous Thunderbirds... 
    • November 24, 1985: Knauss, Tim (November 22, 1985). "Vaughan Brings Roadhouse Blues To Syracuse". The Post-Standard. 157 (68). Syracuse, NY. p. C1. Sunday's opening act will be the Shaboo All-Stars... 
    • December 6, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 116: "Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL, with Eddie 'The Chief' Clearwater"
    • December 7, 1985: (see Billboard boxscore data reference)
    • December 8, 1985: St. John, Michael (December 9, 1985). "Guitarist Vaughan rides high". Wisconsin State Journal. Madison, WI. p. 21. A perfect complement to the bill was an opening set by Paul Black and the Flip Kings. 
    • December 11, 1985: "J.D. and the Back Alley Madmen to Perform Reunion Concert at the Pioneer Tavern" (PDF) (Press release). University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. January 2012. From 1982 until 1989, J.D. and the Back Alley Madmen played hundreds of gigs in Eau Claire and around the Midwest, including opening for Stevie Ray Vaughn at Zorn Arena in 1985. 
    • December 15, 1985: Hopkins 2011, p. 117: "Fabulous Thunderbirds opened."
    • December 31, 1985: "New year welcomed in San Antonio". The Paris News. December 29, 1985. p. 16. The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe King Carrasco and Stevie Ray Vaughn will be at San Antonio's Arena. 
  54. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 120, 122–126.
  55. ^ Third leg boxscore data:


  • Hopkins, Craig (2010). Stevie Ray Vaughan – Day by Day, Night After Night: His Early Years, 1954–1982. Milwaukee: Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1-42348-598-8. 
  • Hopkins, Craig (2011). Stevie Ray Vaughan – Day by Day, Night After Night: His Final Years, 1983–1990. Milwaukee: Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1-61774-022-0. 
  • Patoski, Joe Nick; Crawford, Bill (1993). Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire. New York: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0-31616-069-8. 

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