List of Luther Vandross tours

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Vandross performing with Diana Ross in New York in July 2000

This is a list of Luther Vandross concert tours. Luther Vandross was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, and Donna Summer. He later became the lead singer of the group Change which released its certified gold debut album, The Glow of Love, in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. After Vandross left the group, he was signed to Epic Records as a solo artist and released his debut solo album, Never Too Much in 1981. During his career, Vandross sold over 25 million records[1] worldwide and received eight Grammy Awards.[2]

Luther Vandross tours

  • Luther Tour (1981) – Vandross served as a supporting act for several artist to promote his debut album, Never Too Much released in November 1981.
  • 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.
  • Busy Body Tour (1984) – occurred in support of 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.
  • 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.[3][4]
  • 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 overseas in Europe.[5][6]
  • Any Love World Tour (1988–89) – in support of his Platinum selling album Any Love. Following its release, debuting in the top ten pop album charts, Vandross kicked off a three-month tour in the U.S. The trek started on September 28, in Washington, D.C., with singer Anita Baker joining as an opening co-headliner in October; billed as The Heat: Luther & Anita Live!.[7]
  • 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. The itinerary included four sold-out shows in New York City at Madison Square Garden,[8][9] and three sold-out shows at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago, Illinois.[10]
  • Never Let Me Go Tour (1993–95) – the tour supports his Platinum selling album, Never Let Me Go. The five-month tour started on September 8, in Houston, Texas to November 18, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, also visiting Europe in late-November.[11][12] Vandross also kicked off a second leg U.S. tour in May 1995.[13]
  • 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![14][15] Vandross toured Europe in late October to mid-November.
  • 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.[16] The U.S. tour resumed in spring of 2002 with dates scheduled to September, and a European tour in November.[17][18]
  • BK Got Soul Tour (2002) – a co-headlining summer concert tour in 2002 by American recording R&B artists' Luther Vandross, Gerald Levert and Angie Stone; and featured special guest Michelle Williams.[19] The tour kicked off on August 15, in Boston, MA, visiting 19 cities across North America. The tour would be Vandross last and final outing throughout his music career.[20]
  • Luther Live! (2003) – Vandross performed two sold-out shows on February 11 & 12 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A live album was released in October 2003 titled, Luther Vandross Live.


  1. ^ "Luther Vandross". (UK Edition). Archived from the original on 2012-12-29. Retrieved 2006-12-02.
  2. ^ "Vandross' Funeral Soulful and Powerful". Yahoo! News. July 8, 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-02.
  3. ^ Luther Vandross; Songs Outshine The Spectacle. Chicago Tribune
  4. ^ Vandross, Labelle: The Spirits Soar. Los Angeles Times
  5. ^ IDOL Concert Cancelled, Luther Shows Still On. New York Times
  6. ^ Article: Luther Vandross Wembley Arena London. Rocks Back Pages
  7. ^ Baker, Vandross; the billing, no
  8. ^ Luther Vandross: The Greatest Madison Square Garden Show of the 90’s
  9. ^ Review: The Sensuous Life Lived to the Fullest. New York Times
  10. ^ Review; Vandross Uses Master’s Touch to Weave Spell. Chicago Tribune
  11. ^ Vandross Promises Soul Music For The Heart And Soul. Chicago Tribune
  12. ^ Vandross, En Vogue to play Orlando Arena. Orlando Sentinel
  13. ^ Review; Vandross reaches out at New World Theatre. Chicago Tribune
  14. ^ Vandross and Vanessa concert, handbill Archived 2014-04-03 at Luther tour
  15. ^ Vandross, Williams delivers soulful sounds. Orlando Sentinel
  16. ^ Luther Vandross to mount tour behind new hit album. SoundSpike
  17. ^ Luther Vandross pushes tour into 2002 SoundSpike
  18. ^ Vandross Fills Wang with His Silky Soul. Boston Globe
  19. ^ Luther Vandross and Levert lead 'summer soul' Charge
  20. ^ BK Got Music Summer Soul
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