50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 3 – Paramount Theater, Portland, Oregon

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 3

Date:  October 25, 1981

Venue:  Paramount Theater (aka The Portland Paramount).  1037 SW Broadway.  Portland, Oregon.  97205.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/ZtxGxMbVcKU2

Venue Exterior

Circa early 1980s: 

03 Paramount Theater Portland exterior early 1980s

Read more about the Portland Paramount at this link (also the source of the above photo):  www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/portland_paramount_theatre_arlene_schnitzer_concert_hall

2011:

03 Street View Portland Paramount Theater 2014

Venue Interior:

Circa 2014:

03 Portland Paramount Theater Interior

If you have a vintage photo of the inside of the Portland Paramount, please send me a note.  I’d love to update this image with something from closer to the 50/50 tour era.

Opening Act:  Robert Cray Band.

03 Robert Cray Band Press Photo

Read more about Robert Cray at this link:  RobertCray.com

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  I have not come across a poster, flyer or handbill for the Portland Paramount show to date.  Please get in touch if you have a scan that you can share.

Press & Promotion:  A small number of ads for the Portland 50-50 tour stop appeared in area papers.

03 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Ad Portland Paramount

Above:  Portland Paramount 50-50 concert ad.  October 4, 1981.

03 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Ticket Ad Portland Paramount

Above:  Events listing that includes the Destroyers’ Portland 50-50 show.  G.I. Joe’s was a retail chain that operated in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  October 4, 1981.

Ticket Price:  $8.50

Ticket Stub:  I have not seen a ticket stub from this show to date.  Please contact me if you have a ticket stub from this concert for sale.

Attendance:  Unknown.  The current incarnation of the Paramount Theater has a seating capacity of 2,776.

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.

Concert Photos:

To date, I have not come across any photos from the Destroyers’ Portland Paramount 50-50 concert.  If you have any photos from this show, please get in touch using the Comment box below.

Concert Reaction

Oregonian staff writer John Wendeborn summed up the Portland 50-50 show thusly:  “Rock of a different feel was the awesome rhythmic tornado known as George Thorogood and the Destroyers, who played the Paramount last week.  On the third date of a 50-night (consecutively) tour, this band blew everyone out of the seats with raw, muscular rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly” (November 3, 1981).

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 Portland show.

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

Fate of the Venue:  The Paramount Theater lives on as a venue for live music and performances.  The Paramount was renovated in the mid-1980s and re-opened as the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Find out more about the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall at this link:  http://www.portland5.com/about/history

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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 27 – Capitol Theatre, Concord, New Hampshire

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 27

Date:  November 18, 1981

Venue:  Capitol Theatre.  44 S. Main Street.  Concord, New Hampshire 03301.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/Q5pCm3VUU2D2

Venue Exterior

Circa 1930-1945: 

27 Capitol Theatre NH Postcard Front of Building

I do not have a photo of the Capitol Theatre’s exterior as it looked in 1981.  I would be much obliged to anyone who can point me to a good picture from that era.

2011:

27 Concord Theatre Street View 2011

Venue Interior:

Circa 2014:

27 Capitol Center for the Arts Interior Seating Photo

If you have a vintage (i.e., pre-renovation) photo of the inside of the Capitol Theatre, please send me a note.  I’d love to update this image with something from closer to the 50/50 tour era.

Opening Act:  The Blasters

Read more about the Blasters at these links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Blasters

http://www.theblasters.com/

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  I have not come across a poster, flyer or handbill for the Capitol Theatre show to date.  Please get in touch if you have a scan that you can share.

Press & Promotion:  I have not found any promotional ads for the Concord 50-50 tour stop thus far.  If you know of any advertising, please contact me using the Comment box at the bottom of this page.

Ticket Price:  Unknown

Ticket Stub:

27 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Stop 27 Capitol Theatre NH Ticket Stub

Attendance:  Unknown.  The Nashua Telegraph reported that a “thousand plus fans filled the theatre”.  The Capitol Theatre’s current incarnation has seating for 1,304.

Set List:

  • Reelin’ and Rockin’
  • Outro music:  The Star-Spangled Banner

I am only able to confirm two songs from this show’s set list.  The Nashua Telegraph reported that the show ended with “four successive numbers from Chuck Berry”, but only identified one of them (Reelin’ and Rockin’).

Source:  Nashua Telegraph.  Nov. 27, 1981.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.

Concert Photos:

To date, I have not come across any photos from the Destroyers’ Capitol Theatre 50-50 concert.  If you have any photos from this show, please get in touch using the Comment box below.

Concert Reaction

27 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Review Headline Capitol Theater Concord NH Nov 27 1981

Nashua Telegraph writer John Nogowski said of the Concord 50-50 tour stop, “It was more of an assault than a carefully planned show, but the slashing, careening sounds of [Thorogood’s] guitar, coupled with his impassioned, energetic performance of rhythm and blues and rock standards kept the show in overdrive throughout”.

27 Thorogood Capitol Theatre Concord NH 50 50 Concert Ad Nov 27 1981

Source:  Nashua Telegraph.  Nov. 27, 1981.

Fate of the Venue:  The Capitol Theatre lives on as a venue for concerts and other events.  The original theater was extensively renovated in the mid-1990s, before being re-opened as The Capitol Center for the Arts in 1995.

Read more about the Capitol Center for the Arts here:  http://ccanh.com/about