50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 1 – The Wave Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 1

Date:  October 23, 1981

Venue:  The Wave Waikiki.  1877 Kalakaua Avenue.  Honolulu, Hawaii.  96815.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/caFTP2qFPJM2 

Venue Exterior

1983:

2011:

 

Venue Interior:

I don’t have a good photo of the Wave Waikiki stage as it looked in 1981.  Please get in touch if you can point me to one.

Opening Act:  The Squids.

Read more about the Squids at this link:  http://archives.starbulletin.com/2001/08/24/features/story5.html

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

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 17, 1981.

01 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Concert Listing Wave Waikiki Honolulu Advertiser Oct 23 1981 pg 49

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 23, 1981.  Pg. 49.

Ticket Price:  $10.00 in advance.  $12.50 at the door.

Ticket Stub:  I have not seen a ticket stub for the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Hawaii.  Please get in touch if you have a photo to share.

Attendance:  400.

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 17, 1981.

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

  • Who Do You Love?
  • The Sky is Crying
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  • Reelin’ and Rockin’ (Misidentified as “Chuck Berry’s Rock Around the Clock” in the Advertiser’s concert review).

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 26, 1981.  Pg. B-5.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.

Concert Photos

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 26, 1981.  Pg. B-5.

01 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Waikiki Wave Concert Photos Review Honolulu Star Bulletin Oct 27 1981 Pg B1 - Playing in Crowd

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 23, 1981.  Pg. 49.

01 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Waikiki Wave Concert Photos Review Honolulu Star Bulletin Oct 27 1981 Pg B1 - Band Lineup

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 23, 1981.  Pg. 49.

01 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Waikiki Wave Concert Photos Review Honolulu Star Bulletin Oct 27 1981 Pg B1 Guitar Over Head

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 23, 1981.  Pg. 49.

Concert Reaction

01 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Waikiki Wave Concert Photos Review Honolulu Star Bulletin Oct 27 1981 Pg B1 - On the Road Again Text

Of the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert at the Wave Waikiki, Honolulu Star-Bulletin writer John Christensen reported:

If his performance Friday was any indication, he will […] have to keep his wheels in shape.  For 2 hours and 10 minutes, Thorogood worked the sellout crowd of 400 into a sweaty, throbbing, dancing throng.  [He] recreated Chuck Berry’s duckwalk, vamped with saxophonist Hank Carter, fell to his knees, flopped over on his back [and] was lost among the crowd. 

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 23, 1981.  Pg. 49.

Staff Writer Jay Hartwell of the Honolulu Advertiser wrote a favorable review of the Destroyer’s 50-50 concert at the Wave Waikiki:

“‘We’re going to rock like we’ve never rocked before,’ Thorogood told the audience, and the man spoke the truth.  

You could tell Thorogood loves this music.  Throughout the show he was high-stepping and duck walking across the stage or wading into the crowd, anointing people with the peghead of this guitar.”

Source:  Honolulu Advertiser.  October 26, 1981.  Pg. B-5.

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 Waikiki show (Top-left of photo).

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

Fate of the Venue:  The Wave Waikiki was demolished in 2006.

Source:  http://archives.starbulletin.com/2006/07/20/news/story11.html

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