50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 43 – The Library Club, Fayetteville, Arkansas

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 43 (Concert # 44)

Date:  December 4, 1981

Venue:  The Library Club (aka The Library).  422 West Dickson St.  Fayetteville, AR.  72701.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/8RrcWu4CsY22

Venue Exterior

1992: 

44 Library Club Fayetteville Front 1992 Source Once Upon Dickson Book Pg 193

Source:  Once Upon Dickson: An Illustrated History, 1868-2000 by Anthony J. Wappel and Ethel C. Simpson

2014:

44 Street View Fayetteville AR Library Club 2014 April

Venue Interior:

1981: 

I have not been able to find a photo of the inside of the Library Club as it looked circa 1981. Please get in touch if there is a picture from the 50-50 tour era that you can point me to.  

Opening Act:  Southern Fried.

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  I have not come across a poster, flyer or handbill for the Arkansas 50-50 show to date.  Please get in touch if you have a scan that you can share.

Press & Promotion:

44 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Fayetteville Preview Ad w Opening Act

Source:  Northwest Arkansas Times. December 2, 1981.  Pg. 31.

Ticket Price:  Unknown.

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:  In a March 2016 radio interview, George Thorogood recalls that The Library Club held 125 people.

Source:  http://www.lonestar925.com/media/play/george-thorogood-pt-1-26773718/ 

Thanks to blog reader James G. for the info!

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.  Please get in touch if you have any information.

Concert Photos:  I have not seen any concert photos for the Destroyers’ Fayetteville 50-50 concert to date.

Concert Reaction:  I have not come across a concert review for this show thus far.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  The Library Club had a major fire in 1982, but re-opened in 1983.  The venue closed for good in 1993.

Source:  Once Upon Dickson: An Illustrated History, 1868-2000 by Anthony J. Wappel and Ethel C. Simpson

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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 14 – Stephens Auditorium, Ames, Iowa

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 14

Date:  November 5, 1981

Venue:  C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.  Ames, Iowa.  50011

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/mUf9cWeqZ7T2

Venue Exterior

1969:

14 Stephens Auditorium Ames Iowa 1969

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1970.  Pg. 27.  Photo credit:  Unknown.

2015:

14-stephens-auditorium-ames-iowa-2015-october

Venue Interior:

1969:

14 CY Stephens Auditorium Interior 1969

Read more about the history of C.Y. Stephens Auditorium here (also the source of the above photograph):  http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/exhibits/buildings/cystephens.html

Opening Act:  Patrick Hazell Band

14 Patrick Hazell Album Cover

Read more about Patrick Hazell at these links:

http://www.theblueshop.com/

https://theeventsoundslike.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/revolution-in-the-heartland-how-patrick-hazell-and-the-mother-blues-band-defined-iowa-student-voice-in-the-1960s/

Source:  Des Moines Register.  Nov. 6, 1981. 

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:

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour CY Stephens Concert Listing with Wrong Date The Planet Oct 22 1981

Source:  “The Planet” newspaper (Des Moines) ad with incorrect concert date in heading.  Oct. 22, 1981.   

Source:  “The Planet” newspaper (Des Moines).  Nov. 5, 1981.  Pg. 14.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Ames Iowa Concert Listing Des Moines Register 1981 Nov 5

Source:  Des Moines Register.  Nov. 5, 1981.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour CY Stephens Concert Listing Tickets at the Door The Planet Nov 5 1981

Source:  “The Planet” newspaper.  Nov. 5, 1981. 

Ticket Price:  Unknown.

Ticket Stub:  I only have a very low resolution photo of the ticket stub from this show to date.  Please contact me if you have a ticket stub from this concert for sale.

14 George Thorogood CY Stephens Iowa 50 50 Tour Ticket Stub Low Res

Attendance:  1,950.  Note:  Stephens Auditorium had seating for 2,637 concert goers in 1981. 

Source:  Des Moines Register.  Nov. 6, 1981. 

Set List:  I can only confirm a partial set list for this show:

  • Cocaine Blues*
  • Madison Blues*
  • Move It On Over*
  • The Sky is Crying*
  • It Wasn’t Me*
  • I’ll Change My Style*

The Destroyers entire 50-50 concert in Ames was 2 hours and 20 minutes long.

* I am not able to confirm the order in which these songs were played, only that they were part of the Destroyers’ set list for this show.

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233 & Des Moines Register.  Nov. 6, 1981.

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

Concert Photos:

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Photo 1 University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook 1982 pg 232

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233.  Photo credit:  Mark Rawson.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Photo 3 University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook 1982 pg 233

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233.  Photo credit:  Mark Rawson.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Photo 2 University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook 1982 pg 233

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233.  Photo credit:  Mark Rawson.

Concert Reaction

14 Review Headline University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook 1982 pg 232 Thorogood 50-50 Concert

Laurie A. Wilson of the University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook offered this recollection of the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Ames:

“How sweet it is!”, Thorogood called out to fans, whom minutes before had been on their feet, chanting, “We want George!” The audience cheered as Thorogood localized his songs, singing about Iowa men, cops, girls, fictional “Ames, Iowa pen (penitentiary)” and downtown Ames.

Referring to the women in the audience, Thorogood said, “I knew Iowa was known for something besides growing corn”.

While touching fans’ heads with his guitar, kissing women, thrusting the microphone into the audience, letting a woman hold his guitar while he removed his jacket and walking out into the crowd, Thorogood emphasized interaction with the audience…”

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Concert Review Headline Ames Iowa Des Moines Register 1981 Nov 6

On a far less positive note, Jim Healey of the Des Moines Register wrote a critical review of the Destroyers 50-50 performance in Ames: 

“The show had spark and style, and Thorogood exuded an appealing mania.  But many of the musical arrangements were offensively banal, about as varied and innovative as a washing machine agitator in operation”.

Source:  Des Moines Register.  Nov. 6, 1981. 

Other Notes:  The 50-50 carpet makes an appearance in the first concert photo posted above.

Fate of the Venue:  Stephens Auditorium continues to host concerts and other live events.

 

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 19 – Headliners, Madison, Wisconsin

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 19

Date:  November 10, 1981

Venue:  Headliners.  626 University Ave.  Madison, Wisconsin.  53715.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/1XwpWRbsxKq

Venue Exterior

1986:

19 Street View Headliners Madison Sept 1986

Source:  http://host.madison.com/wsj/entertainment/throwback-gallery-madison-area-bars-you-ll-never-drink-at/article_68d224c7-a122-5630-99a3-fe875134dca3.html

2014:

19 Street View Headliners Madison 2014

Venue Interior:

Feb 1982

19 Interior View Headliners U2 1982 Feb 22 from Mediaspin-com

There are several photos of the Headliners stage (during a U2 concert) at this site:  http://www.mediaspin.com/u2/U2-1.html

Opening Act:  Bo Ramsey and the Sliders.

19 Opening Act Bo Ramsey and the Sliders

Read more about Bo Ramsey at this link:  http://www.boramsey.com/bio/

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 Madison 50 50 Tour stop was promoted in the Wisconsin State Journal.

19 George Thorogood Madison Headliners 50 50 Tour Ad Wisconsin State Journal Oct 31 1981 Sec 8 Pg 8.jpg

Source:  Wisconsin State Journal.  October 31, 1981.  Section 8.  Pg. 8.

Ticket PriceUnknown.

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.  Headliners had a capacity of approximately 1,200 people for concerts.

Set List:  I can only confirm a partial set list for this show:

  • Who Do You Love*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • I’m Wanted*
  • Madison Blues*

* I am not able to confirm the order in which these songs were played, only that they were part of the Destroyers’ set list for this show.

Source:  Wisconsin State Journal.  October 31, 1981.  Section 4.  Pg. 7.

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

Concert Photos:

Source:  University of Wisconsin “Badger” Yearbook.  1982.  Pg. 64.

Concert Reaction

19 George Thorogood Madison Headliners 50 50 Tour Concert Review w Opening Act.jpg

Music writer Michael St. John of the Wisconsin State Journal described the scene inside Headliners during the Destroyers’ 50-50 performance in Madison:

“Passionately stroking a cream colored Gibson one and a quarter, Thorogood proclaimed the club ‘Madison’s chapel of rock,’ punctuated the accents of each song with repeated genuflection and occasionally dipped the neck of his guitar to the up-stretched hands of the faithful.  It was rock ‘n’ roll revival time and Brother George was preaching the gospel.

The shoulder-to-collarbone hoard danced, on the floor, in the balcony and on the railings.  During the second of three encores, Thorogood joined those dancers on the railings, and when the house lights came on, the club’s staff had to practically pry the crowd out of the room”.

Source:  Wisconsin State Journal.  October 31, 1981.  Section 4.  Pg. 7.

Other Notes:  Opening act Bo Ramsey and the Sliders referenced this concert in a 1982 ad for a show in Omaha, Nebraska.

19 Bo Ramsey Ad 1982 Jan 15 Nebraska at Omaha

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 Madison show (Middle column towards bottom of photo).

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

Fate of the Venue:  Headliners closed in the late 1990s.

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 22 – Agora Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 22

Date:  November 13, 1981

Venue:  Agora Ballroom.  1722 N. High Street.  Columbus, Ohio.  43201

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/y4yu1haYtnT2

Venue Exterior

1977:

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Exterior Photo Ohio State Lantern Sept 1977 pg 13

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  September 1977.  Pg. 13.  Photo credit:  Dave Huey.

2015:

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Exterior Street View 2015 Aug Newport Music Hall

Venue Interior:

1983

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Interior 1983 Ronald Koal and the Trillionaires

Above:  Ronald Koal and the Trillionaires perform at the Agora Ballroom in 1983.

Source:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPfhehXrvyQ

Opening Act:  Unknown.

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 Columbus 50 50 Tour stop was promoted in the Ohio State Lantern student newspaper.

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Ohio State Nov 13 1981 pg 9

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 13, 1981.  Pg. 9.

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Ohio State Nov 13 1981 pg 12

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 13, 1981.  Pg. 12.

Ticket Price:  $7.50 in advance.

Ticket Stub

My thanks to Jeff S. for sharing a photo of his ticket stub from the Destroyers’ 50/50 “tower” (tour) stop in Columbus!

Attendance:  Unknown.  The Agora Ballroom in Columbus held 1,700.

Set List:  I can only confirm a partial set list for this show:

  • Who Do You Love*
  • Night Time*
  • I’ll Change My Style*
  • Can’t Stop Lovin’*
  • Bad to the Bone*
  • I’m Wanted*
  • Cocaine Blues*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Move It On Over*
  • Madison Blues*
  • The Sky is Crying*
  • No Particular Place to Go*
  • Reelin’ and Rockin’¹

¹ Reelin’ and Rockin’ is confirmed as the final song played at this concert.

* I am not able to confirm the order in which these songs were played, only that they were part of the Destroyers’ set list for this show.

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 11.

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

Concert Photos:

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Thorogood 50 50 Concert Photo Ohio State Nov 16 1981 pg 11

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 11.  Photo credit:  Jim Ozello.

Concert Reaction

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review Headline Ohio State Nov 16 1981 pg 11

Doug Curran of the Ohio State Lantern wrote in glowing terms about the Destroyers’ 50-50 performance in Columbus:

“Charles Young of Rolling Stone magazine once said that if Thorogood gave off any more energy, the government would lock him in a lead barrel and dump him off the coast of New Jersey, and Friday ‘s crowd probably agreed with him.

An expression of the brash Chicago blues sound which started in the fifties, the Destroyers music is not just an echo of that r&b tradition.  Their primal simplicity and energy hit an immediate chord of response , leaving the audience with the realization that this is the spirit that should enfuse (sic) rhythm ‘n ‘ blues rock ‘n ‘ roll at its most stunning”.

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 11.

Other Notes:  This concert did not take place at the Cleveland Agora, as is incorrectly stated on some 50-50 tour date lists circulating online.

Fate of the Venue:  The Agora Ballroom in Columbus closed down in September 1983.  After renovations and upgrades, the Newport Music Hall opened at the same location in 1984.

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Closes Ohio State Lantern Sept 22 1983 pg 7

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  September 22, 1983.

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 37 – Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 37 (Concert # 38)

Date:  November 28, 1981

Venue:  Columbia Township Auditorium (aka The Township).  1703 Taylor Street.  Columbia, SC 29201.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/C8wT9WdLXjm

Venue Exterior

Circa 1940s to 1950s:

38 Township Auditorium Postcard Front of Building

2015:

38 Street View Township Auditorium 2015

Venue Interior:

38 Township Auditorium Interior

Read more about the Township Auditorium here (scroll down to the later pages):  http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/richland/S10817740134/S10817740134.pdf

Opening Act:  The Skip Castro Band, plus airband contest winners from the University of South Carolina.

35 Skip Castro Band Daily Press July 15 1984 pg E1

Read more about the Skip Castro Band here:  http://www.skipcastro.com/

 38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Airband Winners Opening Act Gamecock Nov 20 1981 pg 6

 Above:  Carl Singmaster and Clark Peden during their prize-winning airband performance.

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 20, 1981.  Pg. 6.

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:

38 South Carolina Thorogood Goes Cross Country 50 50 Concert Preview Gamecock Nov 16 1981 pg 13

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 13.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Preview Gamecock Nov 16 1981 pg 13

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 13.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Rectangular Gamecock Nov 19 1981 pg 11

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 19, 1981.  Pg. 11.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Ticket Prices Rectangular Gamecock Nov 23 1981 pg 6

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 23, 1981.  Pg. 6.

Ticket Price:  $7.75 for University of South Carolina students.  $8.75 for non-students.

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 Township has seating capacity for up to 3,500.

Set List:  I can only confirm a partial set list for this show:

  • Madison Blues*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Move It On Over*
  • Same Thing*
  • I’ll Change My Style*

* I am not able to confirm the order in which these songs were played, only that they were part of the Destroyers’ set list for this show.

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  December 2, 1981.  Pg. 6.

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

Concert Photos:  I have not found any photos of the Destroyers’ South Carolina 50-50 concert to date.  Please get in touch if you have any photos that can be shared.

Concert Reaction

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review Gamecock Dec 2 1981 pg 6

John Vaughan, Assistant Entertainment Editor for the South Carolina Gamecock newspaper, wrote a positive review of the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert:  

“Thorogood seemed always to be trying to get everywhere on the stage at once.  He raced from one side to the other, leaning into the crowd, jumping back, hopping over to the microphone.  He brandished his guitar like his personal Excalibur, playing it up, down and behind his head.

Thorogood seemed to enjoy his audience as much as it enjoyed him; he repeatedly injected local names into his lyrics and smiled as the crowd roared its approval.  He did this especially with ‘Same Thing’ when he played cheerleader and made the crowd sing the refrain louder and louder”.

The student airband performers did not fair as well in the article:

“The concert opened with a joke.  Not the stand-up comedian type, but rather, two of the winning groups in the Golden Spur’s monthly airband competitions.  The Three Preps were followed by Denny and the Desenex Burgers and both were horrible.  The entertainment factor seemed to come from the opportunity to throw ice and beer cups and boo the groups off the stage”.

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  December 2, 1981.  Pg. 6.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  Columbia Township Auditorium continues to host concerts and other live events.

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 4 – WSU Performing Arts Coliseum, Pullman, Washington

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 4

Date:  October 26, 1981

Venue:  WSU Performing Arts Coliseum.  Washington State University.  PO Box 641710.  Pullman, WA.  99164-1710

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/u1EHc6Nd9rG2

Venue Exterior

December 1981:

04 Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum Exterior WSU Hilltopics December 1981 Pg 3

Source:  WSU Hilltopics.  December 1981.  Pg. 3.  Photo credit:  Jo Savage.

Circa late 1970s:

04 Pullman Beasley Coliseum Postcard Building Exterior

2013:

04 Pullman Streetview Updated

Venue Interior:

Circa 2014:

04 Pullman Beasley Coliseum Postcard Building Interior Concert Theatre Setup

Read more about the history of WSU Performing Arts Coliseum (aka Beasley Coliseum) here:  https://beasley.wsu.edu/history/

Opening Act:  The Burners

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  

My thanks to Bob S. for sharing a photo of his Pullman 50-50 poster!

Press & Promotion:  The Pullman 50 50 Tour stop was extensively covered and promoted in regional and campus newspapers.

04 Pullman Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Shield Version with Opening Act WSU Evergreen 1981 Oct 9 Pg2

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 9, 1981.  Pg. 2.

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Tickets on Sale Ad Evergreen Sept 17 1981 pgA3

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  September 17, 1981.  Pg. A3.

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Small Ad Evergreen Oct 21 1981

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 21, 1981.  Pg. 10.

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Tonight Evergreen Oct 26 1981 Pg5

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 26, 1981.  Pg. 5.

04 Thorogood 50 50 tour Pullman Ticket Ad w Pricing Spokane Daily Chronicle 1981 Sept 30

Above:  Pullman 50-50 concert press clipping.  Spokane Daily Chronicle.  September 30, 1981.  Pg. 47.

04 George Thorogood 50 50 preview article Pullman WA Spokane Daily Sept 23 1981

Above:  Pullman 50-50 concert press clipping.  Spokane Daily Chronicle.  September 23, 1981.  Pg. 43.

04 Pullman Concert Preview Newspaper Mention

Ticket Price:  $7 and $8.  Later raised to $8 and $8.50 closer to the date of the show.

Ticket Stub:

Attendance:  2,500.  (Source:  1982 Washington State University ‘Chinook’ Yearbook.  Pg. 102).

Set List:  I can only confirm a partial set list for this show:

  • Madison Blues*
  • Nadine*
  • Night Time*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (“a 15 minute rendition”)*

* I am not able to confirm the order in which these songs were played, only that they were part of the Destroyers’ set list for this show.

Source:  1982 WSU Chinook Yearbook. Pg. 102 & WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  November 2, 1981.  Pg. 4.

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

Concert Photos:

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review w Photo Evergreen Oct 28 1981 pg10 Pic

Above:  Thorogood on stage at the WSU Performing Arts Coliseum.  Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 28, 1981.  Pg. 10.  Photo credit:  Andrew C. Church.

04 Pullman Washington State University Chinook Yearbook George Thorogood 50 50 tour Article

Above:  The 50-50 carpet makes an appearance in this photo from the Destroyers’ Pullman 50-50 concert.  Source:  1982 WSU Chinook Yearbook.  Pg. 102.  Photo credit:  Dave Carey.

Concert Reaction

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review w Photo Evergreen Oct 28 1981 pg10 Headline

Deborah Turcotte of the Daily Evergreen described the scene at the Performing Arts Coliseum during the Destroyers’ show:

“The dance floor was packed with Thorogood followers, including five guys wanting the star to come to their area of the stage just to shake his hand in the typical, “I will never wash this hand again” attitude.’

Bass player Bill Blough, drummer Jeff Simon, Thorogood and Carter brainwashed members of the cult with fast-beat country and western, rhythm and blues, and rock songs. They were masters of the craft; straining voices and instruments to unfathomable peaks.”

The Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Pullman was also very favorably reviewed in the Chinook yearbook.:

“It didn’t matter what he played, the crowd reacted like it was the one song it had come to hear.  A performer would have to put out a supreme effort to top the Pullman show…”

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 28, 1981.  Pg. 10. & 1982 WSU Chinook Yearbook.  Pg. 102.

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 a partial image of the Pullman pass (Top-right of photo/”Stop #4″).

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

Fate of the Venue:  WSU Performing Arts Coliseum was renamed Beasley Coliseum in December of 1981.  Beasley Coliseum continues to host concerts and sporting events – including Washington State Cougars’ basketball games.

04 Renaming of Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum WSU Hilltopics December 1981 Pg 3

Source:  WSU Hilltopics.  December 1981.  Pg. 3.  Photo credit:  Jo Savage.