50/50 Tour Stop: # 25
Date: November 16, 1981
Venue: The Savoy (a.k.a. The Savoy Rock Club). 141 West 44th Street. New York, NY. 10036.
Please note: The Savoy Rock Club is not to be confused with the famed Savoy Ballroom jazz venue at 596 Lenox Avenue that closed in the 1950s.
Find it on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ytDdksZAxJt
I have not found a photo of the outside of the Savoy as it looked in 1981. Please get in touch if you know of one.
Above: The Stray Cats perform at the Savoy Theatre on December 31, 1983 for MTV’s “New Year’s Eve Rock ‘n’ Roll Ball”. Source: YouTube.
Opening Act: Screaming Jay Hawkins.
Source: Billboard Magazine. December 5, 1981. Pg. 12.
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: I am still looking for any advertising relating to the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert at the Savoy. Please send an email if you know of any.
Ticket Price: $11.00
Attendance: Unknown. The Savoy had capacity for approximately 1,000 people in 1981.
Source: Billboard Magazine. July 3, 1982. Pg. 38.
Set List: Unknown.
Was the Concert Recorded? Unknown.
Concert Photos: I have not come across any photos from the Destroyer’s 50-50 concert in New York. Please get in touch if you know of any.
Concert Reaction: I have not found a review of the Savoy 50-50 concert thus far. Please get in touch if you can point me in the right direction.
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 Savoy show (Bottom-middle of photo).
Fate of the Venue:
The Savoy closed in the Spring of 1982. Returning to its original name (the Hudson Theatre), the site was granted landmark status in 1987. The Hudson Theatre was renovated and incorporated into an adjoining hotel development in the early 1990s.