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:  9
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 9 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 - United States (5th May 1987 - 31st May 1987)
Leg 4 - North America (5th June 1987 - 23rd Jul 1987)
Leg 5 - United States (6th Aug 1987 - 21st November 1987) 
Leg 6 - United States (27th Dec 1987 - 31st Dec 1987)
Leg 7 - North America (3rd Mar 1988 - 27th May 1988) 
Leg 8 - Europe (19th Jun 1988 - 17th Jul 1988) 
Leg 9 - United States (16th Aug 1988 - 31st Dec 1988)

Tour Dates

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Leg 1 - United States
22-Nov-86 - Towson Center, Towson, MD
23-Nov-86 - Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
24-Nov-86 - Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
26-Nov-86 - Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
28-Nov-86 - Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ
29-Nov-86 - Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
30-Nov-86 - Houston Field House, Troy, NY
02-Dec-86 - Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
03-Dec-86 - Syria Mosque, Pittsburgh, PA
05-Dec-86 - Sports Arena, Toledo, OH
06-Dec-86 - Welsh Auditorium, 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 Theatre, Cincinnati, OH
30-Dec-86 - Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN
31-Dec-86 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA
02-Jan-87 - Curtis Hixon Hall, Tampa, FL
03-Jan-87 - Sunrise Musical Theatre, Sunrise, FL

Leg 2 - United States
30-Jan-87 - Fair Park Coliseum, Dallas, TX
31-Jan-87 - Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston, TX
01-Feb-87 - Majestic Theatre, 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, Lafayette, LA
07-Feb-87 - Alabama Theatre, Birmingham, AL
08-Feb-87 - Saenger Theatre, Pensacola, FL
10-Feb-87 - 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 - Louisville Gardens, Louisville, KY
17-Feb-87 - Memorial Auditorium, Spartanburg, SC
19-Feb-87 - Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, WV
20-Feb-87 - Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
21-Feb-87 - Tilles Center, Brookville, NY
22-Feb-87 - City Hall Auditorium, Portland, ME
24-Feb-87 - The Metro, Boston, MA
26-Feb-87 - Riverboat President, New Orleans, LA
28-Feb-87 - Federal Prison Camp, Big Spring, TX (afternoon)
28-Feb-87 - Country Villa 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 - Ocean Center, Daytona Beach, FL

Leg 3 - United States
05-May-87 - Oscar Mayer Theater, Madison, WI
07-May-87 - Foellinger Auditorium, Champaign, IL
08-May-87 - Civic Center, Des Moines, IA
09-May-87 - Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids, IA
10-May-87 - Civic Auditorium, La Porte, IN
12-May-87 - Robinson Center Music Hall, 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 Coliseum, Amarillo, TX
17-May-87 - County Coliseum, El Paso, TX
19-May-87 - Paolo Soleri Amphitheater, Santa Fe, NM
21-May-87 - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
22-May-87 - Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ
23-May-87 - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA
24-May-87 - Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA
27-May-87 - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
28-May-87 - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
29-May-87 - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
30-May-87 - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
31-May-87 - Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, CA

Leg 4 - North America
05-Jun-87 - Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
06-Jun-87 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
07-Jun-87 - Welsh Auditorium, Grand Rapids, MI
09-Jun-87 - Met Center, Bloomington, MN
10-Jun-87 - City Center Theatre, Green Bay, WI
12-Jun-87 - Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
13-Jun-87 - Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
14-Jun-87 - War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, IN
16-Jun-87 - Omaha Music Hall, Omaha, NE
17-Jun-87 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
19-Jun-87 - Poplar Creek Music Theatre, Hoffman Estates, IL
20-Jun-87 - Indianapolis Sports Center, Indianapolis, IN
21-Jun-87 - Champaign County Music Park, Champaign, OH
23-Jun-87 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
25-Jun-87 - Chelsea Parade Historic District, Norwich, CT
27-Jun-87 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
28-Jun-87 - Finger Lakes Center, Canandaigua, NY
29-Jun-87 - Pier 84, New York, NY
30-Jun-87 - Mann Music Center, Philadelphia, PA
01-Jul-87 - Great Woods Center, Mansfield, MA
22-Jul-87 - La Ronde, Montreal, QC, Canada
23-Jul-87 - Kingswood Music Theatre, Vaughan, ONT, Canada

Leg 5 - United States

06-Aug-87 - Auditorium Shores, Austin, TX
08-Aug-87 - Park Central Amphitheater, Dallas, TX
09-Aug-87 - Hibernia Bank Pavilion, New Orleans, LA
12-Aug-87 - State Fair Park Grandstand, West Allis, WI
13-Aug-87 - Ohio State Fairgrounds Grandstand, 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 Grandstand, Allentown, PA
20-Aug-87 - Illinois State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Springfield, IL
21-Aug-87 - Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY
23-Aug-87 - Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
25-Aug-87 - Joplin Memorial Hall, Joplin, MO
28-Aug-87 - Colorado State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Pueblo, CO
29-Aug-87 - Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
30-Aug-87 - Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Des Moines, IA
02-Sep-87 - Orange Pavilion, San Bernardino, CA
03-Sep-87 - Warnors Theatre, Fresno, CA
04-Sep-87 - Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Grandstand, Lancaster, CA
05-Sep-87 - SDSU Open Air Theatre, San Diego, CA
06-Sep-87 - Starwood Amphitheatre, Nashville, TN
11-Sep-87 - Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM
12-Sep-87 - Zoo Amphitheatre, Oklahoma City, OK
05-Nov-87 - Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, AZ
07-Nov-87 - Brevard County Fairgrounds Grandstand, Cocoa Beach, FL
08-Nov-87 - USF Sun Dome, Tampa, FL
20-Nov-87 - Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX
21-Nov-87 - Bayfront Plaza Auditorium, Corpus Christi, TX

Leg 6 - United States
27-Dec-87 - Community Center Theater, Sacramento, CA
28-Dec-87 - Lawlor Events Center, Reno, NV
29-Dec-87 - Redding Civic Auditorium, Redding, CA
31-Dec-87 - Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, CA

Leg 7 - North America
03-Mar-88 - Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO
04-Mar-88 - Holiday Star Theatre, Merriville, IN
05-Mar-88 - Holiday Star Theatre, Merrillville, IN
06-Mar-88 - 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-88 - Aitken Centre, Fredericton, NB, Canada
08-Apr-88 - Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, ME
09-Apr-88 - Lowell Memorial Auditorium, Lowell, MA
10-Apr-88 - Paramount Theatre, Springfield, MA
11-Apr-88 - Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI
13-Apr-88 - Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
14-Apr-88 - Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, PA
15-Apr-88 - Carpenter Center, Richmond, VA
17-Apr-88 - UNC Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC
19-Apr-88 - Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, Orlando, FL
20-Apr-88 - Sunrise Musical Theatre, Sunrise, FL
22-Apr-88 - Riverboat President, New Orleans, LA
28-Apr-88 - Matthews Arena, Boston, MA
29-Apr-88 - Starr Rink, Hamilton, NY
30-Apr-88 - President's Lawn, Medford, MA
01-May-88 - Memorial Stadium, Storrs, CT
05-May-88 - Quebec Coliseum, QC, Canada
07-May-88 - Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC, Canada
08-May-88 - Civic Centre, 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, 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 Center, Mansfield, MA
23-May-88 - The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
25-May-88 - Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
26-May-88 - Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, MI
27-May-88 - LeClaire Park Bandshell, Davenport, IA

Leg 8 - Europe
19-Jun-88 - Ahoy'-Hal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
21-Jun-88 - Newcastle City Hall, England
22-Jun-88 - Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England
23-Jun-88 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
24-Jun-88 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
25-Jun-88 - St Gallen, Switzerland
28-Jun-88 - Tivoli Gardens, Stockholm, Sweden
29-Jun-88 - Circus, Oslo, Norway
01-Jul-88 - Dyrskuepladsen, Ringe, Denmark
02-Jul-88 - Stadtpark Freilichtbuhne, Hamburg, Germany
03-Jul-88 - Piazza del Duomo, Pistoia, Italy
04-Jul-88 - Palais des Sports, Paris, France
06-Jul-88 - Arena Alpe Adria, Legnano, Italy
07-Jul-88 - Palatrussardi, Milan, Italy
08-Jul-88 - Stadio Donato Vestuti, Salerno, IT
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 - Deusterstraat, Peer, Belgium
17-Jul-88 - Kuusisaari, Oulu, Finland

Leg 9 - United States
16-Aug-88 - Lake Compounce Festival Park, 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 - Darien Lake Amphitheater, Darien Lake, NY
25-Aug-88 - Nautica Stage, Cleveland, OH
26-Aug-88 - Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI
27-Aug-88 - Palmer Arena, Danville, IL
28-Aug-88 - Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
30-Aug-88 - State Fairgrounds Grandstand, Du Quoin, IL
01-Sep-88 - Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
02-Sep-88 - Poplar Creek Music Theatre, Hoffman Estates, IL
03-Sep-88 - Dane County Expo Center, Madison, WI
05-Sep-88 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO
30-Sep-88 - Nautilus Amphitheater, Sea World, San Diego, CA
02-Oct-88 - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA
04-Oct-88 - Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA
05-Oct-88 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
06-Oct-88 - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
08-Oct-88 - Santa Barbara 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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