50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 15 – Hoch Auditorium, Lawrence, Kansas

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 15

Date:  November 6, 1981

Venue:  Hoch Auditorium.  1455 Jayhawk Boulevard.  University of Kansas.  Lawrence, KS.  66045.

Find it on Google Mapshttp://tinyurl.com/HochKansas

Venue Exterior

Circa 1950s:

15 Hoch Auditorium Exterior Pre Fire Date Unknown


15 Street View Budig Hall 2012

Venue Interior:

15 Hoch Auditorium Interior View Date Unknown

If you have a photo of the inside of Hoch Auditorium circa 1981, please send me a note.  I’d love to update this image with something more relevant.

Read more about the history of Hoch Auditorium here:  http://kuhistory.com/articles/fahrenheit-53000/

Opening Act:  Son Seals Blues Band

15 Son Seals 1982

Read more about the Son Seals Blues Band here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Seals

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  I have not yet seen a poster, flyer or handbill for this show.  If you have a copy or any information, please get in touch!

Press & Promotion:  The 50-50 tour stop at Hoch Auditorium was very well promoted in the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper.  A variety of ads and previews saw print leading up to the show.

15 Hoch Promo Large Star Border w Son Seals

There are several variants of the above ad with text that changed closer to the date of the concert (e.g., “Tickets available at the door”).

15 Hoch Promo Horizontal Text Format Gatemouth Brown

Ticket Price:  $8 / $9 Reserved Seats

Ticket Stub:


AttendanceUnknown.  Hoch Auditorium had seating capacity of 3,500.

Set ListUnknown.  If you have any information, please get in touch.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.  If you have any information, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this post.

Concert Photos:

15 George Thorogood 50 50 tour Hoch Concert Photo Jayhawker Yearbook 1982

Source:  1982 University of Kansas Jayhawker Yearbook.  Photo credit:  Jeff Schotland.

Concert Reaction:  On December 5, 1981, Billboard Magazine printed a letter from a University of Kansas Student Union representative praising the ‘Thorogood entourage’ for the low cost of tickets for this show.  The letter goes on, however, to criticize ‘the performer’ for ‘cranking up’ the sound volume to ‘painful’ and ‘damaging’ levels, and for encouraging the audience to leave their assigned seats.

Other Notes:  The CD tray inlay for the album George Thorogood & the Destroyers Anthology (Capitol Records, 2000) shows a sepia tone montage of backstage passes from the 50 50 tour, including one from the Kansas show (Center of photo).

00 George Thorogood Anthology CD Inlay w 50 50 Tour Backstage Passes

Fate of the Venue:  Hoch Auditorium was struck by lightning on June 15, 1991 and heavily damaged by the resulting fire.  The re-built and re-designed structure (which now includes three lecture halls, four classrooms, and a computer lab) was re-opened on the same site as Budig Hall in 1997.

15 Hoch Auditorium Fire Lightning Strike June 16 1991

Great Moments in Rock Merchandising: The 50-50 T-Shirt

Of all the t-shirt designs used by George Thorogood and the Destroyers over the years, this one – a red, white and blue image printed on a black cotton shirt – ranks among the very best.  This same image – with updated wording at the bottom – was also used for the band’s 1982 tour.

Front and back image designs from the official 50-50 tour t-shirt.

Above:  Front and back designs from black version of the official 50 States in 50 Days tour t-shirt.

00 George Thorogood 50 50 Shirt Grey Version Front

Above:  Front and back designs of the grey version of the official 50 States in 50 Days tour t-shirt.

** Please note that high quality, modern copies of the black 50 States in 50 Days shirt are regularly available for sale online.  Buyer beware if someone is trying to sell you an “original” 50-50 concert shirt, in brand-new condition, at a premium price.

Wall-to-Wall Entertainment: The 50-50 Tour Carpet

One of my favorite details from the Destroyers’ 50 States in 50 Days tour is the custom red area rug that appeared on stage with the band during their 50/50 shows and during their opening sets for the Rolling Stones in 1981.  As you can see from the accompanying images, the carpet featured a circular star design with two 50s and a lightning bolt slashing through the middle.

I’d love to learn more about the origin (and fate) of this magnificent piece of set decoration.  If you have any info, please get in touch using the comments box below!

50 50 Tour Carpet Hampton VA Dec 18 1981 George Thorogood Opening for the Rolling Stones

Above:  The 50-50 carpet graces the Hampton Coliseum stage in Hampton, Virginia on December 18, 1981 during George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ opening set for the Rolling Stones after the 50-50 tour had concluded.

50 50 Tour Carpet on Stage in San Francisco CA Oct 17 1981 George Thorogood and the Destroyers Opening for Rolling Stones

Above:  The 50-50 carpet is previewed on the west coast before the 50-50 tour, this time at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA on October 17, 1981 when George Thorogood and the Destroyers opened for the Rolling Stones.

00 Carpet 50 50 Tour Chicago Park West Nov 11 1981

Above:  Anointing the front row.  The 50/50 carpet makes an appearance at Chicago’s Park West as the Destroyers take the stage on November 11, 1981.

50 Las Vegas Troubadour George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Concert Photo with 50 50 Rug Michael Schivo

Above:  Rug burn alert!  The 50/50 carpet in action at the Las Vegas Troubadour Lounge on December 10, 1981.