The Rapture Tour

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The Rapture Tour
Tour by Anita Baker
Associated albumRapture
Start dateMarch 16, 1986
End dateDecember 1, 1987
Legs3
No. of shows92 in North America
9 in Europe
101 in total
Anita Baker concert chronology

The Rapture Tour is a concert tour and the first headlining tour by American recording artist Anita Baker in support of her hit multi-platinum album Rapture. The tour started in mid-March 1986, visiting several cities throughout North America and Europe. In 1987, Baker kicked off a North America second leg trek, which included seven dates in Los Angeles at the Beverly Theatre in January,[1] including two and three-night dates in Merrillville, Indiana, New York City,[2] and Miami, Florida. The outing included four sold-out shows scheduled in Washington D.C. and three consecutive dates for a second visit in Merrillville, Indiana.

The Show[edit]

The tour consisted of a selection of songs from Baker's 1983 debut, The Songstress and majority of the Rapture album. For each performance, Baker would perform songs from both albums, and also include a song from another artist. For example, she performed "You've Changed" by Sarah Vaughan for one show, and Van Morrison's "Moondance" for another. She performed several shows throughout the week in Los Angeles, with gospel/R&B group the Perri Sisters joining as background vocals and toured with Baker for the remainder of the Rapture Tour.[3]

Opening acts[edit]

  • Perri Sisters (USA Leg 1 & 2—select dates)[4]
  • The Rose Brothers (USA Leg 1—select dates)[5]
  • Nat Augustin (Europe Leg)[6]

Set list[edit]

  1. "Mystery"
  2. "Feel the Need" 1
  3. "You Bring Me Joy"
  4. "Caught Up in the Rapture"
  5. "Angel"
  6. "Stop to Love" 1
  7. "Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)"
  8. "You're the Best Thing Yet"
  9. "You've Changed" 1
  10. "Watch Your Step"
  11. "Will You Be Mine"
  12. "Sometimes" 2
  13. "No One in the World"
  14. "No More Tears"
Encore
  1. "Sweet Love"
  2. "Been So Long"

Notes

1 performed only on select Europe and North America dates
2 performed on selected dates in Europe

Additional notes[edit]

  • During the tour in select cities, Baker opened the show with "Caught Up in the Rapture" followed by "Mystery".
  • The concert on July 16, in Montreux, Switzerland, she performed Van Morrison's song "Moondance".

The Band[edit]

  • Music Director/Keyboards: Bobby Lyle
  • Guitar: Donald Griffin
  • Percussions: Garry Glenn
  • Saxophone: Gerald Albright
  • Bass: Nathan East
  • Drums: James Bradley, Jr
  • Background vocals: Tanya Boyd, Saundra Simmons, Natalie Jackson (1986—Leg)
    Perri Sisters, Gina Taylor, Freida Williams (1987—Leg)

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
North America[7][8]
March 16, 1986 Detroit United States State Theatre
March 17, 1986 Chicago Auditorium Theatre
March 19, 1986 Merrillville Holiday Star Theater
March 21, 1986 Cincinnati Taft Theatre
March 22, 1986 Cleveland State Theatre
March 24, 1986 Buffalo Shea's Buffalo Theatre
March 25, 1986 Albany Palace Theatre
June 17, 1986 Hyannis Cape Cod Melody Tent
June 18, 1986 Cohasset South Shore Music Circus
June 22, 1986 Westbury Westbury Music Fair
June 23, 1986
June 25, 1986 New York City Avery Fisher Hall
Europe[9][10]
July 16, 1986 Montreux Switzerland Montreux Casino
July 17, 1986 Paris France Élysée Montmartre
July 18, 1986 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique
July 19, 1986 Amsterdam Netherlands Melkweg
July 22, 1986 Cardiff Wales St David's Hall
July 23, 1986 Wolverhampton England Wolverhampton Civic Hall
July 24, 1986 Manchester Manchester Apollo
July 26, 1986 London Hammersmith Apollo
July 27, 1986
North America[11][12][13]
August 16, 1986 Chicago United States Arie Crown Theater
August 29, 1987 San Carlos Circle Star Theater
August 30, 1987
August 31, 1986
September 4, 1986 Sunrise Sunrise Musical Theater
September 23, 1986 Chicago Arie Crown Theater
September 26, 1986 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque Theater
October 10, 1986 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
October 11, 1986
November 6, 1986 Buffalo Kleinhans Music Hall
November 21, 1986 Chicago Arie Crown Theater[14]
November 22, 1986
November 24, 1986
January 4, 1987 Los Angeles Beverly Theatre
January 5, 1987
January 7, 1987
January 8, 1987
January 10, 1987
January 11, 1987
January 13, 1987
February 4, 1987 Oakland Paramount Theatre
February 5, 1987
February 6, 1987 San Carlos Circle Star Theater
February 7, 1987
February 8, 1987
February 14, 1987 Sunrise Sunrise Musical Theater[15][16]
February 15, 1987
February 18, 1987 New Orleans Saenger Performing Arts Center
February 20, 1987
February 21, 1987
February 22, 1987 Dallas Dallas Convention Center
March 3, 1987 Toronto Canada O'Keefe Centre
March 5, 1987 Highland Heights United States Front Row Theatre
March 6, 1987
March 7, 1987
March 8, 1987
March 19, 1987 Merrillville Holiday Star Theater[17]
March 20, 1987
July 18, 1987 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion[18]
July 25, 1987 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
July 26, 1987
July 31, 1987 Holmdel Garden State Arts Center
August 1, 1987 Wantagh Jones Beach Theater
August 4, 1987 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
August 5, 1987
August 7, 1987 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
August 8, 1987
August 16, 1987 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
September 3, 1987 Los Angeles Greek Theatre[19]
September 4, 1987
September 6, 1987
September 8, 1987
September 9, 1987 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 11, 1987 San Diego SDSU Open Air Theater
September 12, 1987
September 13, 1987 Irvine Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
September 17, 1987 Concord Concord Pavilion
September 18, 1987 Sacramento ARCO Arena
September 19, 1987 Las Vegas Aladdin Theatre for the Performing Arts
October 14, 1987 New York City Radio City Music Hall
October 15, 1987
October 16, 1987
October 18, 1987
October 22, 1987 Boston Wang Theatre
October 23, 1987
October 24, 1987
October 25, 1987
October 31, 1987 Winston-Salem LJVM Coliseum Annex
November 12, 1987 Detroit Masonic Temple Theatre
November 13, 1987
November 14, 1987 Pittsburgh Syria Mosque Theater
November 15, 1987
November 17, 1987 St. Louis Fox Theatre
November 18, 1987
November 21, 1987 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall[20]
November 22, 1987
November 24, 1987
November 25, 1987
November 27, 1987 Merrillville Holiday Star Theater[21]
November 28, 1987
November 29, 1987

VHS/DVD/CD release[edit]

A Night of Rapture Live
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Live album by
ReleasedJune 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)
Recorded2004
Genre
LabelRhino
ProducerGeorge Duke
Anita Baker chronology
The Best of Anita Baker
(2002)
A Night of Rapture Live
(2004)
My Everything
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars [22]

A DVD and CD Live Collection, entitled A Night Of Rapture: Live was released in 2004 by Rhino Records, which reached #35 in the Billboard 'Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums' list.[23]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Caught Up in the Rapture – 5:29
  2. Mystery – 5:24
  3. Been So Long – 5:52
  4. No One in the World – 4:11
  5. Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year) – 3:59
  6. Watch Your Step – 6:20
  7. Moondance – 4:08
  8. You Bring Me Joy – 4:32
  9. Sweet Love – 7:20
  10. Sweet Love [Multimedia Track]
  11. You Bring Me Joy [Multimedia Track]
  12. No One in the World [Multimedia Track]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baker and the rise of Black Women in Pop music.articles.latimes.com
  2. ^ Season Preview - Legends and Reunions.www.nytimes.com
  3. ^ Perri Sisters join Rapture tour
  4. ^ Perri Sisters-divastation.com
  5. ^ The Rose Brothers-allmusic.com
  6. ^ Music act-Nat Augustin.www.bigfootevents.co.uk
  7. ^ Singer Baker to appear at Holiday Star.www.highbeam.com
  8. ^ Anita Baker debut at Avery Fisher Hall. www.nytimes.com
  9. ^ Anita Baker Shows in London, UK 1986. raysgigs.com
  10. ^ Anita Baker at Montreux Jazz Festival.www.montreuxjazzlive.com
  11. ^ Anita Baker just came out with the right voice.articles.tribune.com
  12. ^ Baker appealing to new audiences.articles.sun-sentinel.com
  13. ^ Anita Baker ignites stage with musical magic, power.www.articles.chicagotribune.com
  14. ^ Charming Anita Baker puts her audience in 'Rapture'.www.highbeam.com
  15. ^ Songstress Anita Baker relishes the gift of song.www.articles.sun-sentinel.com
  16. ^ Flawless singer gives a gifted performance.articles.sun-sentinel.com
  17. ^ Holiday Star books Anita Baker shows.www.highbeam.com
  18. ^ Starlight, Stars Bright.www.highbeam.com
  19. ^ Baker plays it loose and lively at the Greek.LA Times
  20. ^ Anita Baker's Seasoned Soul in Washington.www.highbeam.com
  21. ^ Anita Baker to sing at the Holiday Star.www.highbeam.com
  22. ^ Jeffries, David. A Night of Rapture Tour > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  23. ^ "A Night of Rapture – Live (chart position)". Allmusic.

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