Soul to Soul Tour

December 9, 1985: Loeb Playhouse, West Lafayette, IN
with Contact Blues Band

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Set List
Scuttle Buttin'
Say What!
Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up on Love
Lookin' Out the Window
Look at Little Sister
Love Struck Baby
The Things (That) I Used to Do
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
Cold Shot
Couldn't Stand the Weather
Change It
Life Without You

Pride and Joy

Audio Footage

Show Review
Vaughan enchants college group
by Jeff Reilly
The Purdue Exponent
December 10, 1985

Last night in Loeb Playhouse of Stewart Center, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan could do nothing wrong in the ears of the audience gathered to hear his concert.

The show began at 8:00 promptly, when the opening act, the Contact Blues Band, took the stage. This five man-band from Indiana played selections emphasizing the early fusion of blues, jazz and rock. During their forty minute set, they played such songs as "This Ole Fool," "Chairman of the Board," a tribute to B.B. King and a version of "Tear Your Playhouse Down."

The audience, definately a college-aged crowd, responded positively to this opening but they were obviously eagerly waiting for the arrival of Vaughan. All during the half hour intermission chants of "Stevie! Stevie!" could be heard.

When Vaughan finally took the stage, the crowd rose to its feet with deafening applause and cheers. For almost two hours Vaughan, with his band Double Trouble, took the energy radiating from the audience and returned it to them almost a thousand fold.

He opened with a guitar solo entitled "Soul To Soul" which brought the crowd wildly to its feet for its entirety. For the following songs, it was much the same. The audience went wild as they recognized old favorites and heard new compositions from Vaughan's latest album, "Soul To Soul." Among those played were "Look at Little Sister," "The Things That I Used To Do" and a version of a song done by the legendary Jimi Hendrix, "Voodoo Chile."

Throughout the show, Vaughan demonstrated himself to be an accomplished performer. His guitars practically sizzled as he worked them almost effortlessly through the music. The theater was bursting with sound. The only possible negative aspect was that at points, particularly during the early portions of the show, the vocals were not as clear as they became later on. However, Vaughan's playing ability was definately the highlight of the evening. This is the aspect that has made him a contemporary blues guitar legend and brought him the loyal following of fans that were present in full force last night.

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