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1967 At William Howard Taft High School, Luther meets singers Robin Clark and Diane Sumler. Luther forms Shades of Jade during a summer program for gifted high school students at Fordham University called Upward Bound. Carlos Alomar plays guitar for the Shades during that earliest incarnation.

Luther makes four appearances at the Apollo Theater’s brutal Amateur Night competition, but never wins.

The Shades of Jade that appeared on Apollo Amateur Night consisted of Luther Vandross, Fonzi Thornton, Bruce Wallace, Gayle Matthews and Brenda West. The group earns second place twice and is never booed off the stage.

1969 Luther joins the Listen My Brother Revue, and later recruits Robin Clark, Diane Sumler, Fonzi Thornton, Bruce Wallace and Carlos Alomar to join the group. Listen My Brother appears onSesame Street in the first two years of the show.

1974 Carlos Alomar invites Luther and Robin Clark to the sessions for David Bowie’s Young Americans album. Bowie hires Luther on the spot and then reworks Luther’s “Funky Music (Is A Part Of Me)” as his own “Fascination.” Luther goes on tour with Bowie.

1976 Luther forms the group Luther, and releases a self-titled album on Atlantic’s Cotillion label.

July 9, 1977 Montreux Jazz Festival September 16, 1977 Radio City Music Hall, New York City, NY (with Luther, supporting Marvin Gaye)

1980 While on tour with Roberta Flack, she implores Luther to follow his joy.

1981

Now the toast of the town, he’s profiled in New York Magazine and performs his first solo set at New York’s super-sophisticated Savoy Theater, opening for Chaka Khan.

October 3, 1981 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA (supporting The Commodores & Evelyn King) October 4, 1981 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY (supporting The Commodores & Evelyn King) October 10, 1981 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (supporting Rick James & Teena Marie) October 13, 1981 University Arena - University Of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (supporting The Commodores) October 16, 1981 Compton Terrace, Tempe, AZ (supporting The Commodores) October 17, 1981 McKale Memorial Center, Tucson, AZ (supporting The Commodores) October 25-26, 1981 Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA (supporting The Commodores) November 6-7, 1981 Painter's Mill Music Fair, Owings Mills, MD (supporting Teddy Pendergrass) December 30, 1981 Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

1982

Forever For Always For Love Tour (1982) – the first major headlining tour by Luther Vandross, it supported his second Platinum hit album Forever, For Always, For Love. The outing spanned over a year, starting on February 14, in Boston, Massachusetts, visiting several cities across the U.S. and Europe from 1982 to the summer of 1983.

February 19, 1982 Memorial Coliseum (U of Alabama), Tuscaloosa, AL (supporting Kool & The Gang) February 23, 1982 Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX (supporting Kool & The Gang) February 28, 1982 Leon County Civic Center Arena, Tallahassee, FL (supporting Kool & The Gang) June 12, 1982 Astrodome, Houston, TX August 1, 1982 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA (Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Quincy Jones, Patti Austin, James Ingram, Ashford & Simpson, Luther Vandross, Maze with Frankie Beverly, Third World) October 21, 1982 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ October 22, 1982 Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA November 3-4, 1982 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL (supported by Cheryl Lynn) November 5, 1982 American Theater, St. Louis, MO (supported by Cheryl Lynn) (billboard)? November 6, 1982 American Theater, St. Louis, MO (setlist)? November 7, 1982 Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH (supported by Cheryl Lynn) November 12, 1982 Radio City Music Hall, New York City, NY (2 shows, supported by Cheryl Lynn) November 13, 1982 D.A.R. Constitution Hall, Washington, DC (supported by Cheryl Lynn) November 18-19, 1982 Ford Auditorium, Detroit, MI November 20, 1982 Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, PA November 21, 1982 Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati, OH November 24, 1982 Front Row Theater, Highland Heights, OH

1983

February 13-14, 1983 Dominion Theatre, London, ENG July 17, 1983 James Knight Center, Miami, FL July 26, 1983 Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH July 30-31, 1983 Holiday Star, Merriville, IN (supported by Cheryl Lynn)

1984

his album Busy Body. Following the album release and its first single, "I'll Let You Slide", Vandross kicked-off the four-month U.S. tour in early January, visiting several cities across the U.S. to late-April. The tour resumed for a second outing with additional dates throughout the summer.

January 6, 1984 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH January 7, 1984 St. John Arena, Columbus, OH January 8, 1984 MSU Auditorium, East Lansing, MI January 19, 1984 The Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO January 20, 1984 The Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO January 21-23, 1984 Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, MI March 17, 1984 Capital Centre, Landover, MD July 29‑30, 1984 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (supported by Whispers & Cherelle) August 5, 1984 Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, OH (supported by Cameo, Whispers, Midnight Star, Cherelle) August 12, 1984 Civic Center, Baltimore, MD (supported by Stacy Lattisaw & Johnny Gill)

1985


The Night I Fell in Love Tour (1985) – the tour supports his hit album, The Night I Fell in Love. The U.S. outing started on March 1, 1985 that included dates to late-August 1986, with multiple dates in select cities.

May 31, 1985 Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL June 2, 1985 Civic Center, Lakeland, FL June 7, 1985 Aladdin Theater, Las Vegas, NV June 20, 1985 Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, VA July 4, 1985 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA

July 11 & 13, 1985 Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, CA (supported by Cheryl Lynn)

July 20, 1985 Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI July 21, 1985 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN July 28, 1985 Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, WI August 3, 1985 Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC August 7 & 9-11, 1985 Arie Crown Theater, Chicago, IL (supported by Cheryl Lynn) August 16, 1985 The Summit, Houston, TX August 17, 1985 Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX August 29-30, 1985 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (w/Jesse Johsnon Revue/Ready For The World) September 1, 1985 Civic Center, Baltimore, MD (w/Jesse Johsnon Revue/Ready For The World) October 4, 1985 Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit, MI

1986

January 23, 1986 The Omni, Atlanta, GA March 2, 1986 Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA March 8, 1986 Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, LA March 14, 1986 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH April 6, 1986 Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC April 10, 1986 The Summit, Houston, TX April 18-20, 1986 Front Row Theater, Highland Heights, OH July 19, 1986 Forum, Los Angeles, CA (supported by Patti Labelle) July 25, 1986 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA August 1, 1986 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY August 8, 1986 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA August 30-September 1, 1986 Holiday Star Theatre, Merrillville, IN (supported by Woody Henderson) November 22, 1986 Soul Train Studios, Los Angeles, CA December 30, 1986 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI

1987

Give Me the Reason Tour (1987) – this tour supports his Platinum hit album, Give Me the Reason. The U.S. trek started in January 1987 that included dates scheduled to October; with multiple dates in select cities across North America and Europe.

January 3, 1987 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH January 4, 1987 Capital Centre, Landover, MD February 3-6 & 11-14, 1987 Hammersmith Odeon, London, ENG April 2, 1987 West Palm Beach Auditorium, West Palm Beach, FL April 4, 1987 Leon County Civic Center Arena, Tallahassee, FL April 5, 1987 Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC April 9-10, 1987 Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA April 11, 1987 Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Shreveport, LA April 12, 1987 The Summit, Houston, TX April 15-16, 1987 The Forum, Inglewood, CA April 17, 1987 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA April 18, 1987 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA April 22, 1987 Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX April 24, 1987 Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery, AL April 25, 1987 Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Coliseum, Birmingham, AL April 26, 1987 Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum, Jacksonville, FL May 7, 1987 Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN May 8, 1987 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO May 9, 1987 Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO May 10, 1987 Myriad Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK May 16, 1987 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT May 17‑18, 1987 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (w/Shirley Murdoch) May 22, 1987 Centennial Hall, Toledo, OH May 23, 1987 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA (w/Shirley Murdoch) June 5-8, 1987 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY June 12, 1987 Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH June 13, 1987 RFK Stadium, Washington, DC June 14, 1987 Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, MI June 18-19, 1987 Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ June 30-July 1-2, 4-5 & 7-8, 1987 Wembley Arena, ENG July 25, 1987 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (w/Ashford and Simpson/Whispers/Atlantic Starr) July 31, 1987 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY August 1, 1987 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN August 2, 1987 Mecca Arena, Milwaukee, WI August 6, 1987 Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, MD August 21-22, 1987 Sunrise Musical Theater, Sunrise, FL December 30-31, 1987 & January 2, 1988 Circle Star Theatre, San Carlos, CA

1988

Luther performs 65 dates during a three-month tour, grossing $12.8 million and becoming one of music’s top live attractions.

July 30, 1988 Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

September 28-30, 1988 Capitol Center, Landover, MD (with Anita Baker)

October 1-2, 1988 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (with Anita Baker)

October 4-6 & 9, 1988 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (with Anita Baker)

October 13-14, 1988 The Summit, Houston, TX (with Anita Baker)

November 2, 1988 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI November 5, 1988 Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, NC November 6, 1988 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC November 10-11, 1988 The Omni, Atlanta, GA November 12, 1988 Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Coliseum, Birmingham, AL November 13, 1988 Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA November 17, 1988 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO November 25, 1988 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA November 27, 1988 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA

December 1-3 & 5, 1988 Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA (with Anita Baker)

December 8, 1988 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN December 10, 1988 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH December 11, 1988 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA

December 16, 1988 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT (with Anita Baker)

December 18, 1988 Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

December 27-29 & 31, 1988 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL (with Anita Baker)

1989

January 22, 1989 Saturday Night Live, New York City, NY February 17-19, 1989 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY March 10-12, 1989 Valley Forge Music Fair, Devon, PA April 4, 6 & 12, 1989 Wembley Arena, London, ENG (8 shows in total) Luther sells out 10 nights at London’s Wembley Arena.

1990

March 22, 1990 NEC Arena, Birmingham, ENG March 24-25, 27-28 & 30, 1990 Wembley Arena, London, ENG August 3, 1990 Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, VA August 17-18, 1990 Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA August 24-26 & 28, 1990 Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI September 1-3 & 5, 1990 Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville, IN September 11, 1990 Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ September 13-15, 1990 Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI September 21-23, 1990 The Fabulous Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO September 27, 1990 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA


1991

Power of Love Tour (1991) – this tour supports his hit album, Power of Love. The four-month outing started in Hampton, Virginia on September 11, 1991 to January 1992, visiting 55 cities across North America.

September 11, 1991 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA, USA September 13, 1991 Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Coliseum, Birmingham, AL September 17-18, 1991 Capital Centre, Landover, MD September 19, 1991 The Centrum, Worcester, MA September 29, 1991 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT October 2-3 & 5-6, 1991 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY October 8, 1991 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH October 10‑12, 1991 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (w/Sinbad) October 15-16 & 18, 1991 Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL October 21, 1991 Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA October 23, 1991 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, CA October 24, 1991 Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA (w/Sinbad & Sounds of Blackness) October 26, 1991 Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WA October 27, 1991 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR October 29 & 31-November 1 & 3, 1991 Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA November 3, 1991 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA November 9, 1991 Reunion Arena, Dallas, TX November 13, 1991 The Summit, Houston, TX November 21, 1991 USF Sun Dome, Tampa, FL November 22, 1991 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA November 27, 1991 The Pyramid Arena, Memphis, TN November 29, 1991 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA December 1, 1991 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON December 10, 1991 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (w/Sinbad) December 15, 1991 Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, MD December 18, 1991 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY December 23, 1991 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI December 31, 1991 Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

1992

January 13, 1992 Capital Centre, Landover, MD

1993

Never Let Me Go Tour (1993–95) – the tour supports his Platinum selling album, Never Let Me Go.

September 2, 1993 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN September 4, 1993 Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MO, USA September 5, 1993 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO September 8, 1993 The Summit, Houston, TX September 10, 1993 Mobile Civic Center, Mobile, AL September 11, 1993 Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH September 14, 1993 The Omni, Atlanta, GA September 17, 1993 The Pyramid Arena, Memphis, TN September 20, 1993 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA September 22, 1993 Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI September 23, 1993 Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN September 25-26, 1993 USAir Arena, Landover, MD September 29-30, 1993 The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (w/En Vogue) October 2, 1993 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY October 8, 1993 North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC October 11-12, 1993 Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, IL October 17, 1993 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT October 19, 1993 Montreal Forum, Montreal, QC October 20, 1993 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON October 22-23, 1993 Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, MI October 26-27 & 29-30, 1993 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY November 2, 1993 Rochester Community War Memorial, Rochester, NY November 4, 1993 The Centrum, Worcester, MA November 7, 1993 Carolina Coliseum, Columbia, SC November 10, 1993 Miami Arena, Miami, FL November 11, 1993 Orlando Arena, Orlando, FL (supported by En Vogue) November 13, 1993 Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, TN November 14, 1993 Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Coliseum, Birmingham, AL November 16, 1993 Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA November 17, 1993 Baltimore Arena, Baltimore, MD November 18, 1993 Hersheypark Arena, Hershey, PA December 5, 1993 NEC Arena, Birmingham, ENG December 29, 1993 Etess Arena, Atlantic City, NJ

1994

January 5, 1994 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, CA January 9, 1994 San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA January 11, 1994 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA January 13, 1994 Arrowhead Pond, Anaheim, CA March 1, 1994 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY March 22, 1995 G-MEX Centre, Manchester, ENG March 28, 1995 NEC Arena, Birmingham, ENG June 8, 1995 Starwood Amphitheatre, Antioch, TN June 13, 1995 Garden State Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ June 18, 1995 Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY June 23, 1995 New World Music Theatre, Tinley Park, IL June 24, 1995 Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI June 27, 1995 Star Lake Amphitheater, Burgettstown, PA June 28, 1995 Nissan Pavilion, Bristow, VA July 3, 1995 Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee, WI (Summerfest 1995) November 29, 1995 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA February 27-28-March 1-2, 1995 Valley Forge Music Fair, Devon, PA March 5-9, 1996 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY May 16-17, 1996 Foxwoods Casino, Mashantucket, CT July 19, 1996 Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI

1997

Your Secret Love Tour (1997) – in support of his album, Your Secret Love. The 1997 U.S. outing started in January to late-March. The second leg U.S. outing resumed in September, and featured co-headliner Vanessa Williams; billed as Luther & Vanessa Live! Vandross toured Europe in late October to mid-November.


January 28-29, 1997 Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA February 7-8, 1997 Rosemont Theatre, Rosemont, IL February 12 & 14-15, 1997 Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI March 6, 1997 NYNEX Arena, Manchester, ENG September 3, 1997 America West Arena, Phoenix, AZ September 5, 1997 Coors Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village, CO September 7, 1997 Kiel Center, St. Louis, MO September 16, 1997 Orlando Arena, Orlando, FL September 18, 1997 Miami Arena, Miami, FL September 24, 1997 United Center, Chicago, IL September 27, 1997 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI September 30, 1997 Pepsi Arena, Albany, NY October 1, 1997 Fleet Center, Boston, MA October 3, 1997 Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA October 4, 1997 Marine Midland Arena, Buffalo, NY October 8, 1997 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY October 10, 1997 USAir Arena, Landover, MD October 11, 1997 CoreStates Center, Philadelphia, PA

European Tour October 24, 1997 - November 11, 1997

November 2, 1997 S.E.C.C. Hall 4, Glasgow, SCOT November 10, 1997 Wembley Arena, London, ENG April 8, 1998 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY June 27, 1999 Olympiastadion, Munich, GER (Michael Jackson & Friends) September 25, 1999 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV (Andre Agassi's Grand Slam for Children)

2000

August 22, 2000 MARS Music Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL August 29, 2000 Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI September 9, 2000 First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA

2001

Take You Out Tour (2001–02) – in support of his platinum album Luther Vandross. Vandross kicked-off the U.S. tour in May, visiting several cities across the U.S. to late-December 2001. The U.S. tour resumed in spring of 2002 with dates scheduled to September, and a European tour in November.

January 12, 2002 Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD September 1, 2001 Comerica Park, Detroit, MI October 24, 2001 Hummingbird Centre, Toronto, ON May 22-23, 2002 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY

BK Got Music Summer Soul Tour with Angie Stone, Gerald Levert & Michelle Williams August 15, 2002 Fleet Pavilion, Boston, MA August 17, 2002 GTE Amphitheatre, Virginia Beach, VA August 18, 2002 Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA August 23, 2002 Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH August 24, 2002 DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI August 25, 2002 Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL August 30, 2002 Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC August 31, 2002 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Charlotte, NC September 1, 2002 MCI Center, Washington, DC September 6, 2002 Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY September 7, 2002 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ September 8, 2002 First Union Center, Philadelphia, PA September 13, 2002 Smirnoff Music Centre, Dallas, TX September 14, 2002 Starlight Theater, Kansas City, MO September 15, 2002 Savvis Center, St. Louis, MO September 17, 2002 Nautica Stage, Cleveland, OH September 20, 2002 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, NV September 21, 2002 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA September 22, 2002 Chronicle Pavilion, Concord, CA

November 15, 2002 Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, ENG


2003

February 11-12, 2003 Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

In April he performs “One Shining Moment” at the NCAA tournament finals in New Orleans.

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