Texas Flood Tour

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Texas Flood Tour
Worldwide tour by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
SRV Beacon Theatre 1983.gif
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble at New York City's Beacon Theatre on December 28, 1983
Location North America, Europe
Associated album Texas Flood
Start date June 22, 1983 (1983-06-22)
End date February 25, 1984 (1984-02-25)
Legs 4
No. of shows 116
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert chronology

The Texas Flood Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American blues rock band Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Presented in support of their debut studio album Texas Flood, it the group's first tour as an international act. After receiving positive reception for the album, the tour brought the band to further commercial and critical acclaim. Like all of the group's other tours, the Texas Flood Tour was a basic, minimalistic production. Although Vaughan and Double Trouble never followed a set list, all ten songs from Texas Flood were played at least once during the tour.

Consisting of four legs and 116 shows, the Texas Flood Tour began on June 22, 1983 in Bloomington, Indiana and concluded on February 25, 1984 in Honolulu, Hawaii. After the first leg in North America, Vaughan and Double Trouble visited Europe, where they made an appearance at the Reading Festival in England. They then returned to North America where they opened for acts such as Men at Work and the Moody Blues. For the final show in Honolulu, the band opened for Bryan Adams and The Police.

Background[edit]

After Texas Flood had been released on June 13, 1983 the tour began three days later at Club Tango in Dallas. The band played 38 shows which were mostly nightclubs. Their July 11 performance at the El Mocambo was recorded for what turned out to be a concert film entitled Live at the El Mocambo; a rendition of "Texas Flood" was included on the compilation album Blues at Sunrise in 2000. A sold-out performance at The Palace in Hollywood was recorded, with three songs from the concert released as bonus tracks on the re-release of Texas Flood in 1999.

The next leg went to Europe for five shows and a television appearance in Germany. They went back to North America to open 17 shows for The Moody Blues on October 17 through December 3. The Ripley Music Hall performance on October 20 was broadcast for the King Biscuit Flower Hour syndicated radio program. An Austin City Limits appearance on December 13 was also released on the video Live from Austin, Texas. The tour ended in the United States including a performance at the Wax Museum in Washington, D.C.

Concert overview[edit]

Out of all the concerts performed during the Couldn't Stand the Weather Tour, each show had a different set list, ranging from 7-21 songs performed by the band.

Main set[edit]

Each concert usually opened with "Testify", "So Excited", and "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)." The band went on to perform covers like Howlin' Wolf's "Tell Me" and "You'll Be Mine"; "Mary Had a Little Lamb", "Texas Flood", and John Lee Hooker's "Hug You, Squeeze You." "Pride and Joy", "Love Struck Baby", and "Dirty Pool" were also played at most shows. The end of the set usually featured a Jimi Hendrix medley of "Little Wing / Third Stone from the Sun."

Encores[edit]

The encores typically consisted of "Lenny", "Rude Mood", and a cover of Lonnie Mack's "Wham!"

Additional songs[edit]

Vaughan sometimes covered Guitar Slim's "The Things That I Used to Do", which was released on the band's next album Couldn't Stand the Weather, and also did an early version of "Honey Bee" in later shows. Other occasional performances included "Come On", "Hide Away", "Manic Depression", "The Sky Is Crying", and "Crosscut Saw."

Post-tour[edit]

Live releases[edit]

On July 11, 1983, the concert in Toronto was filmed for television broadcast. In 2013 Epic and Legacy produced a double disc version of Texas Flood which featured a partial recording of the Ripley Music Hall performance. In November 1991, Sony released the video Live at the El Mocambo on VHS. The video was edited footage from the show, and featured many of Vaughan's greatest hits. The VHS releases have since been out of print; however, a DVD version was released for the first time in December 1999. In 2000, the album Blues at Sunrise was released and featured "Texas Flood" from the El Mocambo show. Although in 2014 Epic and Legacy released a box set of all of SRV's official studio and live recordings and it featured the complete El Mocambo performance on CD for the first time.

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: North America[1][2][3]
June 22, 1983 Bloomington United States Jake's N/A N/A
June 23, 1983 Cleveland Pirate's Cove
June 28, 1983 Cincinnati Bogart's Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers
June 29, 1983 St. Louis Mississippi Nights
July 1, 1983 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
(Summerfest)
Short Stuff, Truc
July 2, 1983 Quincy Quinsippi Island
July 3, 1983 Chicago Cabaret Metro George Faber & Stronghold
July 6, 1983 Asbury Park Asbury Park Convention Hall
July 7, 1983 New York City First City Eve Moon
July 8, 1983 Philadelphia Ripley Music Hall
July 9, 1983 Providence Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
July 10, 1983 Boston Paradise Club
July 12, 1983 Poughkeepsie The Chance The Lost Tropics
July 13, 1983 Auburn Charlie's
July 14, 1983 Rochester Red Creek Inn
July 15, 1983 Buffalo Rooftop Skyroom
July 16, 1983 Toronto Canada CNE Bandshell
July 18, 1983 Montreal The Spectrum
July 19, 1983 Ottawa Barrymore's
July 20, 1983 Toronto El Mocambo
July 22, 1983 Rome United States Colman's
July 23, 1983 New York City Pier 84
July 24, 1983 Scotia Radio City
July 25, 1983 New Haven Toad's Place Current
July 27, 1983 Washington, D.C. The Bayou Bob Margolin
July 28, 1983 Pittsburgh The Decade
July 30, 1983 Detroit Saint Andrew's Hall Street Light Knights
July 31, 1983 Dayton Gilly's
August 1, 1983 Louisville Stage II Lonnie Mack
August 3, 1983 Montreal Canada Olympic Stadium 38,617 / 40,000 $690,416
August 11, 1983 Grand Rapids United States Lowell Showboat Amphitheater N/A N/A
August 12, 1983 Chicago Soldier Field
(ChicagoFest)
Vanessa Davis Band, Eddie Taylor
August 13, 1983 Buddy Guy & Jr. Wells, Clark Street
August 15, 1983 Colorado Springs Rose's Dave Drynan, Red Perry and Walter Chase
August 16, 1983 Denver Rainbow Music Hall
August 19, 1983 Sacramento California Exposition
(California State Fair)
Y&T 15,003 / 25,000 $262,177
Berkeley The Keystone N/A N/A
August 20, 1983 San Francisco The Stone Northern Rockers
August 21, 1983 Palo Alto The Keystone
August 22, 1983 Los Angeles The Palace Hodge Brothers Band
August 23, 1983 Huntington Beach Golden Bear
Leg 2: Europe[4][5]
August 27, 1983 Reading England Little John's Farm
(Reading Festival)
N/A N/A
September 1, 1983 Paris France Rock and Roll Circus
September 2, 1983
September 4, 1983 Berlin Germany Sektor
September 7, 1983 Hamburg Fabrik
September 8, 1983 London England The Venue
September 9, 1983 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso Harry Muskee Gang
Leg 3: North America[6][7][8]
September 14, 1983 Norfolk United States The Boathouse N/A N/A
September 15, 1983 Richmond Much More
September 16, 1983 York York Fair
September 17, 1983 Benson Scott Lake Pavilion
(Carolina Rock)
The Spongetones, Control Group
September 20, 1983 Charlotte P.B. Scott's Music Hall
September 21, 1983 Stone Mountain Harlow's
September 22, 1983 Jacksonville Playground South
September 23, 1983 Miami James L. Knight Center
(WSHE Rock Awards)
Mitch Ryder
September 25, 1983 Cocoa Beach Brassy's
September 26, 1983 Orlando Tom's Point After
September 27, 1983 Sarasota Playground South
September 28, 1983 Clearwater Mr. T's Club 19
September 30, 1983 Gainesville University of Florida Bandshell Artimus Pyle Band
October 1, 1983 Destin Nightown
October 2, 1983 New Orleans McAlister Auditorium
October 6, 1983 Houston Houston Music Hall Eric Johnson & the Avenue
October 7, 1983 Austin Austin City Coliseum
October 8, 1983 Dallas Bronco Bowl
October 11, 1983 Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum
October 12, 1983 Seattle Seattle Center Arena 6,000 / 6,000 $74,719
October 13, 1983 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum N/A N/A
October 15, 1983 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
October 17, 1983 Hartford United States Hartford Civic Center
October 18, 1983 Worcester Centrum in Worcester 10,391 / 11,000 $133,855
October 19, 1983 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium N/A N/A
October 21, 1983 Philadelphia The Spectrum 12,832 / 15,000 $151,372
October 22, 1983 East Rutherford Brendan Byrne Arena N/A N/A
October 23, 1983 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
October 25, 1983 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
October 26, 1983 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
October 28, 1983 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
October 29, 1983 Ann Arbor Crisler Arena
October 30, 1983 Rockford Rockford MetroCentre
October 31, 1983 Saint Paul St. Paul Civic Center
November 1, 1983 Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Center
November 2, 1983 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
November 4, 1983 Dallas Reunion Arena 8,816 / 9,663 $94,627
November 6, 1983 Austin Frank Erwin Center 6,462 / 12,673 $67,095
November 7, 1983 Houston The Summit N/A N/A
November 20, 1983 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
November 21, 1983 Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum
November 22, 1983 Vancouver Canada Pacific Coliseum
November 24, 1983 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
November 25, 1983 Calgary Olympic Saddledome
November 27, 1983 Denver United States McNichols Sports Arena
November 28, 1983 Casper Casper Events Center
November 30, 1983 Tempe Arizona State University Activity Center
December 1, 1983 San Diego Montezuma Hall The Paladins
December 2, 1983 Santa Barbara Campbell Hall
December 3, 1983 Inglewood The Forum
December 4, 1983 San Francisco Kabuki Theatre Ron Thompson & the Resistors, Pamela Rose & the Wild Kingdom
December 27, 1983 Washington, D.C. Wax Museum Bob Margolin
December 28, 1983 New York City Beacon Theatre The Outlaws, The Nighthawks
December 29, 1983 Upper Darby Tower Theater The Outlaws
December 30, 1983 Baltimore Famous Ballroom Skip Castro Band
December 31, 1983 Norfolk The Boathouse
Leg 4: North America[9][10][11]
February 4, 1984 Nashville United States Nashville Municipal Auditorium
(Volunteer Jam)
Grinderswitch, Rodney Crowell 9,900 / 9,900 $154,665
February 5, 1984 Knoxville Alumni Memorial Gym The Heartfixers N/A N/A
February 7, 1984 Charlotte P.B. Scott's Music Hall Robert Cray Band
February 8, 1984 Atlanta Moonshadow Saloon
February 10, 1984 Athens Tate Student Center The Heartfixers
February 11, 1984 Carbondale Shryock Auditorium
February 12, 1984 Kansas City Uptown Theater Dave Edmunds
February 15, 1984 Normal Braden Auditorium
February 16, 1984 Peoria Second Chance Bernard Allison & Backtalk
February 17, 1984 Chicago Embassy Ballroom
February 18, 1984 University of Chicago Gym
February 25, 1984 Honolulu Aloha Stadium

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 24-33
  2. ^ First North American leg boxscore data:
  3. ^ First North American leg opening act information:
  4. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 33-36
  5. ^ European leg opening act information:
  6. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 36-45
  7. ^ Second North American leg boxscore data:
  8. ^ Second North American leg opening act information:
  9. ^ Hopkins 2011, pp. 47-49
  10. ^ Third North American leg boxscore data:
  11. ^ Third North American leg opening act information:
    • February 4, 1984: (see Billboard boxscore data reference)
    • February 5 and 7, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 48
    • February 10, 1984: "Tate Student Center newspaper advertisement". The Red and Black. February 9, 1984. p. 7. 
    • February 12, 1984: Hopkins 2011, p. 48
    • February 16, 1984: "Bernard Allison: Across the Water, and Back Again". Swampland.com. January 2001. He said, 'What I'm going to do is, I'm playing Peoria tomorrow night.'... So from there, we finished the show... 
  • Hopkins, Craig. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Day by Day, Night After Night: His Final Years, 1983–1990. Backbeat Books; October 18, 2011. ISBN 978-1-61774-022-0. From Bowie to Carnegie Hall.