The "In Step" Tour

Alpine Valley Ticket Stub

Location:  United States, Canada
Associated album:  In Step
Start date: 4th May 1989
End date: 26th Auguat 1990
Legs:  6
Number of Shows: 139

The In Step Tour was a concert tour through the United States and Canada, from 1989 to 1990. Launched in support of their fourth and final studio album In Step, the tour was the third of which to include keyboardist Reese Wynans, who joined the band in 1985.

Like all of their previous tours, the In Step Tour was a basic, minimalistic production. The stage featured a simple light show that changed according to the mood of certain songs performed. Although they never followed a set list, all ten songs from In Step were played at least once during the tour, and as many as seven of them were included in each of the band's performances.

Consisting of six legs and 139 shows, the In Step Tour began on 4th May 1989 in Vancouver and ended on 26th August 1990 in East Troy, Wisconsin.

After the first two legs, the band co-headlined with Jeff Beck and Joe Cocker during the third and fifth legs, which were branded as "The Fire Meets the Fury" and "Power and Passion", respectively. The group had planned to embark on a European leg in September 1990, but it was cancelled after Vaughan died in a helicopter crash following the East Troy concert on August 27, 1990, during a return flight to Chicago.

The In Step tour was one of the highest-grossing concert tours of 1989, with the "Fire Meets the Fury" leg being awarded for being the most creative tour package of the year by Pollstar magazine.

A rehearsal for the In Step Tour took place on 3rd May 1989 at York Theatre in Vancouver, before the opening show at the city's Orpheum Theatre on the following night. Lighting designer Trey Hensley explained that Vaughan decided against lengthy rehearsals: "The band played all the time and didn't need to rehearse and didn't believe in spending money to rehearse." Like many of the band's preceding tours, which began ahead of the release of a new album, the tour started a month before In Step was released, giving fans a preview of new songs from the album.

The first leg of the tour alternated between both indoor and outdoor venues, with 15 concerts that were mostly indoor arena and theatre shows in May. After the release of In Step on June 13, the band performed 25 concerts throughout the United States and Canada from June to September.

During an extended break between the third and fourth legs of the tour, Stevie recorded Family Style with his brother Jimmie Vaughan in March 1990. They worked with producer Nile Rodgers at Ardent Studios in Memphis, and it would be their first and only collaboration. The album was ultimately released in September 1990, a month after Vaughan's death.

Following the conclusion of the "Power and Passion", leg of the tour Stevie took a short break from touring. In August 1990, he traveled to Hawaii, Australia and New Zealand, where he spent time vacationing with girlfriend Janna Lapidus. Shortly after they had returned to their Manhattan apartment in New York City, Vaughan left for Kalamazoo, Michigan on August 24, where he reconvened with the band to perform at the county fair. They then moved on to East Troy, Wisconsin, where they were booked for two nights as the opening act for Eric Clapton at Alpine Valley Music Theatre.

Both shows, on August 25 and 26, were sold out with an audience of 40,000 each. The second show concluded with an encore jam session featuring Vaughan, Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy and brother Jimmie Vaughan. After the show, Vaughan talked with Layton backstage, where he expressed his gratification of the band's performances and optimism for the future of their career. Layton recalled the conversation: "He was in great spirits, we talked for, I guess, almost thirty minutes."

In the early morning of August 27, 1990, Vaughan and three members of Clapton's touring entourage boarded a Bell 206B, which was the third in a series of four helicopters to travel to Chicago's Midway Airport. The pilot, who was unqualified to operate a helicopter in foggy weather conditions, failed to gain enough altitude to fly the aircraft over a nearby ski hill, where it crashed shortly after take-off. Stevie and the four others on board were all killed instantly.

The band had originally planned to visit England, France and Switzerland in September after being absent from the European touring circuit for over two years, but the rest of the tour was canceled.

Tour Itinery
Leg 1 - North America (4th May 1989 - 29th May 1989) 
Leg 2 - North America (14th Jun 1989 - 3rd Sep 1989) 
Leg 3 - North America (The Fire Meets the Fury") (25th Oct 1989 - 8th December 1989)
Leg 4 - North America (13th April 1990 - 6th May 1990) 
Leg 5 - North America ("Power and Passion") (8th Jun 1990 - 25th Jul 1990) 
Leg 6 - United States (24th Aug 1990 - 26th Aug 1990)

Tour Dates

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

Leg 1 - North America
04-May-89 - Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, BC, Canada
06-May-89 - Everett Civic Auditorium, Everett, WA
08-May-89 - Brick Breeden Fieldhouse, Bozeman, MT
09-May-89 - University of Montana, Missoula, MT
10-May-89 - Morrison Center, Boise, ID
12-May-89 - Arlington Theater, Santa Barbara, CA
18-May-89 - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
20-May-89 - Starlight Bowl, San Diego, CA
21-May-89 - Redwood Amphitheatre, San Francisco, CA
22-May-89 - Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa, CA
23-May-89 - Community Center Theatre, Sacramento, CA
25-May-89 - Eureka Municipal Auditorium, Eureka, CA
26-May-89 - Day Amphitheater, Salem, OR
27-May-89 - Champs de Brionne Music Theatre, George, WA
29-May-89 - Mountain Shadow Lakes, El Paso, TX

Leg 2 - North America

14-Jun-89 - Civic Centre Salons, Ottawa, ONT Canada
16-Jun-89 - Kingswood Music Theatre, Maple, ONT, Canada
17-Jun-89 - Centre Sportif, Montreal, QC, Canada
20-Jun-89 - Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
21-Jun-89 - Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, VT
24-Jun-89 - Lake Compounce Festival Park, Bristol, CT
25-Jun-89 - Great Woods Amphitheater, Mansfield, MA
27-Jun-89 - Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
29-Jun-89 - Melody Amphitheater, Pittsburgh, PA
11-Jul-89 - The Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barr, PA
12-Jul-89 - Lakeside Amphitheater, Darien Lake, NY
14-Jul-89 - Nautica Stage, Cleveland, OH
15-Jul-89 - Veterans memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH
21-Jul-89 - Toledo Zoo, Amphitheater, Toledo, OH
22-Jul-89 - Deer creek Music center, Noblesville, IN
23-Jul-89 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
25-Jul-89 - Mud Island Ampitheatre, Memphis, TN
29-Jul-89 - Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, IL
28-Jul-89 - Harriet Island Riverfest, St. Paul, MN
01-Aug-89 - Starlight Amphitheater, Kansas City, MO
02-Aug-89 - Mesker Music Theatre, Evansville, IN
04-Aug-89 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
05-Aug-89 - Empire Court, Syracuse, NY
06-Aug-89 - Seashore Arts Center, Old Orchard Beach, ME
09-Aug-89 - Halifax Metro Centre, Halifax, NS, Canada
10-Aug-89 - Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB, Canada
12-Aug-89 - The Agora Ballroom, Quebec City, QC, Canada
13-Aug-89 - Polish American Beach Club, Gardner, MA
17-Aug-89 - Pine Knob Music Theater, Detroit, MI
18-Aug-89 - Val-Du-Lakes, Silver Lake, MI
19-Aug-89 - Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI
21-Aug-89 - Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
22-Aug-89 - Deer Valley Resort, Park City, Utah
25-Aug-89 - The Pavilion, Concord, CA
26-Aug-89 - Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA
27-Aug-89 - Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA
29-Aug-89 - Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ
30-Aug-89 - Paolo Soleri Amphitheater, Santa Fe, NM
02-Sep-89 - The Astrodome, Houston, TX
03-Sep-89 - The Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX

Leg 3 - North America ("The Fire Meets the Fury")
25-Oct-89 - The Met Center, Minneapolis, MN
26-Oct-89 - Northrop Auditorium, Minnesota University, Minneapolis, MN
27-Oct-89 - Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, WI
28-Oct-89 - UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
29-Oct-89 - Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
31-Oct-89 - Ohio Theatre, Columbus, OH
02-Nov-89 - The Skydome, Toronto, ONT, Canada
03-Nov-89 - Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI
04-Nov-89 - The Palumbo Center, Pittsburgh, PA
06-Nov-89 - The Capitol Center, Landover, MD
07-Nov-89 - The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
08-Nov-89 - The Centrum, Worcester, MA
11-Nov-89 - Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
12-Nov-89 - The Fieldhouse, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
14-Nov-89 - Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, OH
15-Nov-89 - Hara Arena, Dayton, OH
16-Nov-89 - Unknown Venue, Louisville, KY
18-Nov-89 - Boutwell Auditorium - Birmingham, AL
19-Nov-89 - The Omni, Atlanta, GA
21-Nov-89 - Miami Arena, Miami, FL
22-Nov-89 - U.S.F. Sundome, Tampa, FL
24-Nov-89 - Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX
25-Nov-89 - Fair Park Coliseum, Dallas, TX
26-Nov-89 - Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
27-Nov-89 - Civic Center, Amarillo, TX
28-Nov-89 - Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
29-Nov-89 - McNichols Arena, Denver, CO
01-Dec-89 - LA Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
02-Dec-89 - Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA
03-Dec-89 - Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
06-Dec-89 - Orpheum Theater, Vancouver, BC, Canada
07-Dec-89 - Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA
08-Dec-89 - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

Leg 4 - North America
13-Apr-90 - Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
14-Apr-90 - Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI
17-Apr-90 - Star Theatre, Merrillville, IN
18-Apr-90 - Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
20-Apr-90 - Fargo Civic Center, Fargo, ND
21-Apr-90 - Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD
22-Apr-90 - The Music Hall, Omaha, NE
25-Apr-90 - Hemisfair Park, San Antonio, TX
28-Apr-90 - Beale St. Blues Festival, Memphis, TN
29-Apr-90 - River Parks Amphitheatre, Tulsa, OK
02-May-90 - The Civic Center, Oklahoma City, OK
03-May-90 - Taylor County Expo Center, Abilene, TX
04-May-90 - Rites Of Spring, Auditorium Shores, Austin, TX
06-May-90 - New Orleans Jazz Fesitival, New Orleans, LA

Leg 5 - North America ("Power and Passion")
08-Jun-90 - Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
09-Jun-90 - Pacific Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA
10-Jun-90 - San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
13-Jun-90 - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
15-Jun-90 - Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
16-Jun-90 - Mississippi Coliseum, Jackson, MS
17-Jun-90 - Benson & Hedges Blues Festival, Starplex Amph, Dallas, TX
19-Jun-90 - Oak Mt. Amphitheater, Pelham, AL
20-Jun-90 - Starwood Amphitheater, Nashville, TN
22-Jun-90 - Blossom Music Center, Akron OH
23-Jun-90 - Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
24-Jun-90 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
27-Jun-90 - Deer Creek Music Center, Bloomington, IA
28-Jun-90 - Star Lake Amphitheater, Pittsburgh, PA
30-Jun-90 - Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA
01-Jul-90 - Veterans Park, Manchester, NH
03-Jul-90 - Champlain Valley Exposition Fairgrounds, Essex Junction, VT
04-Jul-90 - Lake Compounce Park, Bristol, CT
05-Jul-90 - Waterloo Village, Stanhope, NJ
07-Jul-90 - The Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
08-Jul-90 - Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY
10-Jul-90 - Copp's Coliseum, Hamilton, ONT, Canada
11-Jul-90 - The Forum, Montreal, QC, Canada
13-Jul-90 - Finger Lakes Performing Art Center, Canandaigua, NY
14-Jul-90 - Capital Music Center, Columbus, OH
15-Jul-90 - The Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
16-Jul-90 - Starlight Amphitheater, Kansas City, MO
17-Jul-90 - Fiddler's Green, Denver, CO
20-Jul-90 - L.B. Day Amphitheater, Salem, OR
21-Jul-90 - Champs de Brionne Amphitheatre, George, WA
22-Jul-90 - Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, Canada
24-Jul-90 - Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
25-Jul-90 - Carlson Center, Fairbanks, AK

Leg 6 - United States
24-Aug-90 - Kalamazoo County Fair, Kalamazoo, MI
25-Aug-90 - Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI
26-Aug-90 - Alpine Valley, East Troy, WI

Scheduled Gigs that were cancelled after Stevie's death:

07-Sep-90 - Altstadt, Winterthur, Switzerland
09-Sep-90 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
10-Sep-90 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
13-Sep-90 - Grand Rex, Paris, France
23-Sep-90 - Pamhandle, South Plains Fair, Lubbock, TX
28-Sep-90 - Kern County Fair, Bakersfield, CA

Hammersmith Odeon Cancelled Gig

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