50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 12 – Zodiac Lounge, Moorhead, Minnesota

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 12

Date:  November 3, 1981

Venue:  Zodiac Lounge (aka The Zoo).  Brookdale Rd, Moorhead, MN.  56560.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/RGxY5Q3kGyp

Venue Exterior

Late 1970s:

The Zodiac Lounge was located in Moorhead’s Brookdale Shopping Center.

Source:  http://www.inforum.com/content/saloons-have-long-reputation-moorhead


Venue Interior:

See concert photo below.

Opening Act:  Nitro Brothers

The Nitro Brothers were a post-punk band from North Dakota that was active from 1977 to 1985.  The Nitro Brothers have a MySpace page:  https://myspace.com/thenitrobrothers

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  

Press & Promotion:  

I have not seen any newspaper advertisements for this concert.  If you know of any, please get in touch!    

Ticket Price:  $10.00

Ticket Stub:  I have not seen a stub to this concert.  If you have a scan or a stub for sale, please contact me!    

Attendance:  300.

Source:  Fargo-Moorhead Forum newspaper.  November 4, 1981.

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

  • House of Blue Lights¹
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Nobody But Me*
  • Ride on Josephine*
  • No Particular Place to Go²

¹ House of Blue Lights was the first song played at this concert.

² No Particular Place to go was the second to last 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:  Fargo-Moorhead Forum newspaper.  November 4, 1981.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.    

Concert Photos

12 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Zodiac Lounge Concert Photo Moorhead MN 1981 Nov 3

My sincere thanks to blog visitor Thomas G. for sharing this photo of the Destroyers on stage during the the Zodiac Lounge 50-50 concert! 

Concert Reaction:

Entertainment editor Sylvia Paine of the Fargo-Moorhead Forum filed a detailed, positive review of the Destroyers’ 50-50 show:

“People shrieked as he did what they knew he would – duck walked a la Chuck Berry, shook his head and shoulders, zigzagged through the crowd, played insistently with one chord or one note until the room vibrated with it…  Thorogood gives a performance so athletic and emotional you’d think he’d need two days of rest afterwards…”

Source:  Fargo-Moorhead Forum newspaper.  November 4, 1981.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  

Moorhead’s Brookdale Shopping Center has been completely redeveloped since the Zodiac Lounge closed.