It's hard to believe that it's been 20 years since blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed in a helicopter crash while en route to Chicago.
One of my favorite songs by him is "Pride and Joy" and I always remember seeing his acoustic performance on MTV which was part of their unplugged series:
I was also fortunate enough to catch SRV in concert — July 7, 1990, at the Garden State Arts Center (now the PNC Arts Center) in Holmdel, N.J. He was on a co-headlining tour with Joe Cocker and on that night, SRV opened for Cocker.
I remember Cocker putting on a strong set, but the entire time thinking that SRV should have been the closer and I didn't hear nearly enough of his music.
SRV had hit the stage and tore through song after song and I, at 15 years old, just sat staring and listening in awe. I remember we were sitting on the lawn of the amphitheatre and my brother kept asking if I could see him ok. "You have to see him — he's amazing to watch play," he said. "Are you sure you can see him?"
It was after that show that a stage rigging fell and broke the neck of his famed "Number One" guitar.
Little did we know that just more than a month later, he would be gone. We were shocked but also felt lucky to be able to say that we saw him perform.
Vaughan performed in Charlotte a few times — the first of which, there were only a handful of people on a snowy day at the Double Door Inn. Those who were there, remember it clearly — just ask Mike Martin, who works behind the bar there to this day.
The setlist from the July 7, 1990, concert in Holmdel, N.J.:
House Is Rockin'
Things I Used To Do
Look At Little Sister
Let Me Love You Baby
Leave My Girl Alone
Wall Of Denial
Couldn't Stand The Weather