50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 35 – Coast to Coast, Catonsville, Maryland

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 34 (Concert # 35)

Date:  November 25, 1981

Venue:  Coast to Coast.  6512 Baltimore National Pike.  Catonsville, MD.  21228.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/gWiiinXC8x52 

Venue Exterior

1981:

I have yet to find a good photo of Coast to Coast as it looked in 1981.  Please send me a message if you know of one. 

2017:

35 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Baltimore Street View Catonsville 2017 Oct

Venue Interior:

I have yet to find a good photo of the inside of Coast to Coast as it looked in 1981.  Please send me a message if you know of one. 

Opening Act:  Unknown.  Please get in touch if you have any information.

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  

I have never seen a poster for this concert.  Please get in touch if you have a photo you can share.

Press & Promotion:  

35 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Cantonsville MD Headline Band Plays High Energy Rock 1981 Nov 22    

Source:  Baltimore Sun.  November 22, 1981.

35 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Baltimore Sun Coast to Coast Preview Find the Band 1981 Nov 22

Source:  Baltimore Sun.  November 22, 1981.

Ticket Price:  Unknown.

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

Attendance:  Unknown.

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  See below.  The Destroyers’ 50-50 concert at Coast to Coast was filmed for the show PM Magazine.  I have yet to come across any footage from the episode.  

Concert Photos:  I have yet to uncover any photos from the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Catonsville.  Please get in touch if you have any to share.

Concert Reaction:

George Thorogood discusses the 50-50 concert in Maryland in an interview from 1982:

“The Washington D.C. gig was the best…  That was the day we played two gigs:  D.C. and Baltimore.  But what a day it was.  Insane.  INSANE!  You see we usually went to sleep about six in the morning when we were doing the Eastern states.  And we slept until five in the afternoon.  But that day we did an afternoon show which started around six and then drove to D.C. for a show at 11.  The only day I really needed my sleep so I could energize, I got about four hours sleep, tops, because of some radio interview before the gig in D.C.  I got nothing to eat, I was totally exhausted from the previous night, and at the interview this jock wants to talk about nothing except the Rolling Stones.  Now I’m really bummed because I’m wiped out and have to do two shows, and to complicate things, the Baltimore gig is being filmed by the TV show P.M. Magazine.  Of all the times I need my energy, I got none.

Anyway, we did a two and a half hour show at Baltimore, drove to D.C. and did the show there.  And it was totally animalistic.  I mean TOTALLY.  It was unbelievable.  There was a riot in the crowd.  We had to stop playing after the third song to calm things down.  We were sizzlin’ up there on stage – we were great despite fatigue.  We got everyone fired up and then took them down with a ballad and took them right back up again.

For me it was the peak of the tour because it showed me how much I could really push myself.”

Source:  On Music & Media Magazine.  September-October 1982.  Pg. 39.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  

The site where Coast to Coast once stood is now a furniture store.

 

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