One of the greatest guitarists of his generation, a musician that was giving the blues a new approach in the 80s that had his career stopped by a tragic accident.
On August 27, 1990, the guitar virtuoso played the last show of his life. A few hours later, he was killed when his helicopter crashed into the thick fog. This is the story behind that tragic day.
Eric Clapton invited Steve Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble to open two shows at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin in August 1990. Minutes after leaving the scene, he was dead, the victim of a calamitous helicopter crash.
Vaughan’s return home was tragically interrupted when, on the morning of August 27, 1990, he died in a helicopter crash near East Troy, Wisconsin. SRV followed for a performance at the Alpine Valley Music Theater, where the previous afternoon had performed along with Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton and his older brother Jimmie Vaughan.
Four helicopters were at the musicians’ disposal, and Stevie found an empty seat in a helicopter with some members of Clapton’s crew, and decided to go. As a result of the overcast sky and the heavy fog, Stevie’s helicopter turned the wrong way and hit an artificial ski slope. There were no survivors, and blues rock had lost one of its greatest exponents. Stevie Ray Vaughan is buried in Laurel Land Memorial Park, in Dallas, Texas.
See the report of his death in 1990:
About the musician Eric Clapton said:
“On the first night, I watched his show for a half hour and then I had to leave because I could not stand it! Suddenly I had this flash, which I had felt so many other times when I saw he play, that it was as if he was a channel. One of the purest channels I’ve ever seen, where everything he played and sang flowed directly from the sky.”