The "Live Alive" Tour

Live Alive Tour Ticket Stub

Location:  North America, Europe 
Associated album:  Live Alive 
Start date: 22nd November 1986
End date: 31st December 1988
Legs:  7
Number of Shows: 207

The Live Alive Tour took place through North America and Europe, undertaken from 1986 to 1988. At the start of the tour, Stevie 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 Stevie was nervous about performing while sober, he received encouragement from his bandmates. Throughout the tour during performances, Stevie would warn his audiences about the dangers of substance abuse.

Consisting of seven legs and 207 shows, the tour began in Towson, Maryland on 22nd November 1986 and ended in New York City on 31st December 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 the band 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 Stevie's soberiety.

The initial planning for the Live Alive tour emerged after Stevie and Shannon completed their treatment programs in November 1986. 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."

Adamant about improvements in time management and itinerary planning, Stevie had requested a reduction in touring time, which generally allowed no more than one show per day. As rehearsals began for the tour on 19th November 1986, Stevie began to grow feelings of self-doubt and nervousness about performing while sober. 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." 

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. 

The band often finished their set with "Life Without You" while Stevie routinely paused in the middle of the song to warn the audience about the dangers of substance abuse. Although he admitted that speaking to the audience in this fashion made him nervous, Stevie realized the difference between encouragement and preaching. Stevies's monologues continued to be an inspiration for fans that struggled with drug and alcohol addictions.

Tour Itinery
Leg 1 - United States (22nd Nov 1986 - 3rd Jan 1987) 
Leg 2 - United States (30th Jan 1987 - 25th Mar 1987) 
Leg 3 - North America (5th May 1987 - 23rd Jul 1987)
Leg 4 - United States (6th Aug 1987 - 31st December 1987) 
Leg 5 - North America (3rd Mar 1988 - 27th May 1988) 
Leg 6 - Europe (19th Jun 1988 - 17th Jul 1988) 
Leg 7 - United States (16th Aug 1988 - 31st Dec 1988))

Tour Dates

Click on the date to show the setlist, where available.

Leg 1 - United States
22-Nov-86 - Towson State University, Towson Center, MD
23-Nov-86 - Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA
24-Nov-86 - Orpheum Theater, Boston, MA
26-Nov-86 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
28-Nov-86 - Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ
29-Nov-86 - Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
30-Nov-86 - The Fieldhouse, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
02-Dec-86 - Mid Hudson Civic Center - Poughkeepsie, NY
03-Dec-86 - Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
05-Dec-86 - Sports Arena, Toledo OH
06-Dec-86 - Welsh Auditorim, Grand Rapids, MI
07-Dec-86 - Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH
09-Dec-86 - Wendler Arena, Saginaw, MI
11-Dec-86 - Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
13-Dec-86 - Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, IL
14-Dec-86 - Emens Auditorium, Muncie, IN
29-Dec-86 - Taft Theater, Cincinnati, OH
30-Dec-86 - Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN
31-Dec-86 - Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA
02-Jan-87 - Curtis Hixon Center, Tampa, FL
03-Jan-87 - Sunrise Musical Theater, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Leg 2 - United States
30-Jan-87 - Fair Park Coliseum, Dallas, TX
31-Jan-87 - Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX
01-Feb-87 - The Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX
03-Feb-87 - Austin City Coliseum, Austin, TX
04-Feb-87 - Villa Real Convention Center, McAllen, TX
06-Feb-87 - Grant Street Dancehall in Lafayette, LA
07-Feb-87 - Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, AL
08-Feb-87 - Pensacola Saenger Theatre, Pensacola, FL
10-Feb-87 - The Park Center, Charlotte, NC
11-Feb-87 - Dorton Arena, Raleigh, NC
13-Feb-87 - Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, TN
14-Feb-87 - Alumni memorial Gym, Knoxville, TN
15-Feb-87 - The Gardens, Louisville, KY
17-Feb-87 - Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg, SC
19-Feb-87 - Civic Center, Charleston, WV
20-Feb-87 - The Patriot Center, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
21-Feb-87 - The Tilles Center, Brookville, NY
22-Feb-87 - City Hall, Portland, ME
24-Feb-87 - The Metro, Boston, MA
1-Mar-87 - SS Presidente, New Orleans, LA
28-Feb-87 - Federal Prison Camp, Big Spring, TX (afternoon)
28-Feb-87 - Holiday Inn Cenvention Center, Midland, TX (evening)
19-Mar-87 - Isla Blanca Park, South Padre Island, TX
21-Mar-87 - Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
25-Mar-87 - The Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL

Leg 3 - North America
05-May-87 - Oscar Mayer Theater, Madison, WI
07-May-87 - Follinger Auditorium, Champaign, IL
08-May-87 - The Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
09-May-87 - Paramount Theater, Cedar Rapids, IA
10-May-87 - Civic Auditorium, La Porte, IN
12-May-87 - Robinson Auditorium, Little Rock, AR
14-May-87 - Mud Island Amphitheatre, Memphis, TN
15-May-87 - River Parks Amphitheatre, Tulsa, OK
16-May-87 - Tri State Fairgrounds, Amarillo, TX
17-May-87 - El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, TX
19-May-87 - Paolo Soleri Amphitheater, Santa Fe, NM
21-May-87 - Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, AZ
22-May-87 - Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, AZ
23-May-87 - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
24-May-87 - The Pavilion, Concord, CA
27-May-87 - The Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
28-May-87 - The Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
29-May-87 - The Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
30-May-87 - The Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA
31-May-87 - Laguna Seca Recreation Area, Salinas, CA
05-Jun-87 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
06-Jun-87 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
07-Jun-87 - Welsh Auditorim, Grand Rapids, MI
09-Jun-87 - Met Center, Bloomington, MN
10-Jun-87 - City Stadium, Green Bay, WI
12-Jun-87 - Pine Knob Music Theater, Clarkston, MI
13-Jun-87 - Pine Knob Music Theater, Clarkston, MI
14-Jun-87 - War memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN
15-Jun-87 - The Music Hall, Omaha, NB
16-Jun-87 - Omaha Civic Auditorium, Omaha, NE
17-Jun-87 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
19-Jun-87 - Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, IL
21-Jun-87 - Champaign County Music Park, Champaign, IL
23-Jun-87 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
25-Jun-87 - Rose Arts Festival, Norwich, CT
26-Jun-87 - Pier 84, New York City, NY (Re-scheduled due to rain)
27-Jun-87 - Newport Jazz Festival, SPAC, Saratoga, NY
28-Jun-87 - Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center, Canandaigue, NY
29-Jun-87 - Pier 84, New York, NY (from 26th)
30-Jun-87 - Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA
01-Jul-87 - Great Woods, Mansfield, MA
22-Jul-87 - La Ronde, Montreal, QC, Canada
23-Jul-87 - Kingswood Music Theater, Toronto, ONT, Canada

Leg 4 - United States

06-Aug 1987 - Austin Aqua Festival, Austin, TX
08-Aug-87 - Park Central Amphitheater, Dallas, TX
09-Aug-87 - The Audobon Zoo, New Orleans, LA
12-Aug-87 - State Fair Park Grandstand, West Allis, WI
13-Aug-87 - Ohio State Fair, Columbus, OH
15-Aug-87 - Pier 84, New York City, NY
16-Aug-87 - The Ball Park, Old Orchard Beach, ME
18-Aug-87 - Allentown Fairgrounds, Allentown, PA
20-Aug-87 - Illinois, State Fair, Springfield, IL
21-Aug-87 - Kentucky State Fair, Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
23-Aug-87 - Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
25-Aug-87 - Joplin Memorial Hall, Joplin, MS
26-Aug-87 - Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden, Oklahoma City, OK
28-Aug-87 - State Fairgrounds, Pueblo, CO
29-Aug-87 - Starlight Amphitheater, Kansas City, MO
30-Aug-87 - Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA
02-Sep-87 - Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino, CA
03-Sep-87 - Warnors Theatre, Fresno, CA
04-Sep-87 - Antelope Valley Fair, Lancaster, CA
05-Sep-87 - Open Air Amphitheater, SDSU, San Diego, CA
06-Sep-87 - Volunteer Jam XIII, Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville, TN
11-Sep-87 - Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
12-Sep-87 - The Zoo Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK
05-Nov-87 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ
07-Nov-87 - Brevard County Fair, Cocoa Beach, FL
08-Nov-87 - USF Sundome, Tampa, FL
20-Nov-87 - Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX
21-Nov-87 - Bayfront Plaza Auditorium, Corpus Christi, TX
02-Dec-87 - Austin Opera House, Austin, TX
27-Dec-87 - Convention Center Theater, sacramento, CA
29-Dec-87 - Redding Civic Auditorium, Redding, CA
31-Dec-87 - Henry Kaiser Center, Oakland, CA

Leg 5 - North America
03-Mar-88 - Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
04-Mar-88 - Holiday Star Theater, Merriville, IN
05-Mar-88 - Holiday Star Theater, Merrillville, IN
06-Mar-88 - James A. Rhodes Arena, Akron, OH
02-Apr-88 - Memorial Stadium, St. John's, NF, Canada
04-Apr-88 - Centre 200, Sydney, NS, Canada
05-Apr-88 - Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, NS, Canada
06-Apr-87 - Aitken Center, Frederiction, NB, Canada
08-Apr-88 - University of Maine, Orono, ME
09-Apr-88 - Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA
10-Apr-88 - Paramount Theatre, Boston, MA
11-Apr-88 - The Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
13-Apr-88 - The Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
14-Apr-88 - Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, PA
15-Apr-88 - The Carpenter Center, Richmond, VA
17-Apr-88 - Memorial Auditorium, Chapel Hill, NC
19-Apr-88 - Bob Carr Auditorium, Orlando, FL
20-Apr-88 - Sunrise Musical Theater, Sunrise, FL
22-Apr-88 - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA
28-Apr-88 - Matthew's Arena, Boston, MA
29-Apr-88 - Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
30-Apr-88 - Tuft's University, Medford, MA
01-May-88 - Memorial Stadium, Storrs, CT
05-May-87 - Quebec Coliseum, QC, Canada
07-May-87 - Montral Forum, Montreal, QC, Canada
08-May-88 - Civic Center, Ottawa, ONT, Canada
10-May-88 - Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ONT, Canada
11-May-88 - War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY
13-May-88 - Knott Arena, Emmittsburg, MD
15-May-88 - Civic Center Coliseum, Hartford, CT
17-May-88 - Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
18-May-88 - Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
20-May-88 - Great Woods Amphitheater, Mansfield, MA
23-May-88 - The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
25-May-88 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
26-May-88 - Wings Coliseum, Kalamazoo, MI
27-May-88 - LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA

Leg 6 - Europe
19-Jun-88 - Ahoy Hallen, Rotterdam, Holland
21-Jun-88 - Newcastle City Hall, England
22-Jun-88 - Apollo Theater, Manchester, England
23-Jun-88 - Wembley Arena, London, England
24-Jun-88 - The Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
25-Jun-88 - Sittertobel Festival, St Gallen, Switzerland
28-Jun-88 - Tivoli Gardens, Stockholm, Sweden
29-Jun-88 - Circus, Oslo, Norway
01-Jul-88 - Midtfyns Festival, Ringe, Denmark
02-Jul-88 - Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
03-Jul-88 - Pistoia Blues Festival, Pistoia, Italy
04-Jul-88 - Palais des Sports, Paris, France
06-Jul-88 - Alpe-Adria Arena, Legnano, Italy
07-Jul-88 - Hiotfin Festival, Milan, Italy
08-Jul-88 - Palais des Sports, Paris, France
09-Jul-88 - Palais de Sports, Paris, France
10-Jul-88 - Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany
11-Jul-88 - Stadthalle, Furth, Germany
13-Jul-88 - Music Circus, Mannheim, Germany
14-Jul-88 - Biskuithalle, Bonn, Germany
15-Jul-88 - Tus Halle, Neunkirchen, Germany
16-Jul-88 - Rhythm 'n' Blues Festival, Peer, Belgium
17-Jul-88 - Kuusrock Festival, Oulu, Finland

Leg 7 - United States
16-Aug-88 - Lake Compounce, Bristol CT
18-Aug-88 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
19-Aug-88 - Pier 84, New York City, NY
20-Aug-88 - Pier 84, New York City, NY
23-Aug-88 - The Darien Center, Darien Lake, NY
25-Aug-88 - Nautica Stage, Cleveland, OH
26-Aug-88 - Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
27-Aug-88 - David S Palmer Arena, Danville, IL
28-Aug-88 - Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA
30-Aug-88 - Georgia State Fair, Atlanta, GA
01-Sep-88 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
02-Sep-88 - Poplar Creek, Hoffman Estates, IL
03-Sep-88 - Dane County Expo Fairgrounds, Madison, WI
05-Sep-88 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
30-Sep-88 - Nautilus Amphitheater, Sea World, San Diego, CA
02-Oct-88 - Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA
04-Oct-88 - Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA
05-Oct-88 - Hearst Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA
06-Oct-88 - Hearst Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA
08-Oct-88 - Santa Barbara County Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
09-Oct-88 - Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA
29-Dec-88 - The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
31-Dec-88 - The Ritz, New York City, NY

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