50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 38 – Agora Ballroom, Atlanta, Georgia

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 38 (Concert # 39)

Date:  November 29, 1981

Venue:  The Agora (aka the Agora Ballroom).  665 Peachtree Street NE.  Atlanta GA.  30308.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/3PAk2YJdjB92

Venue Exterior

September 1981:

39 Agora Ballroom Atlanta Front Entrance Billboard Magazine 1981 Sept 26

1982:

39 Street View Agora Ballroom Atlanta 1982

39 Street View Agora Ballroom Atlanta 1982 Wide Shot

2017:

39 Street View Agora Ballroom Atlanta 2017 Nov

Venue Interior:

39 Agora Ballroom Atlanta Ramones January 30 1979

Above:  The Ramones on stage at Atlanta’s Agora Ballroom in January 1979.

Opening Act:  Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.

39 Clarence Gatemouth Brown Lincoln NB 1981 Journal Star July 28 1981 pg 8

Photo credit:  Lincoln Nebraska Journal Star.  July 28, 1981.  Pg. 8.

Learn more about Gatemouth Brown at this link:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarence_%22Gatemouth%22_Brown

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:  

39 George Thorogood Agora Atlanta 50 50 Tour Concert Listing Augusta Nov 11 1981    

Source:  Augusta Chronicle.  November 11, 1981.

39 George Thorogood Agora Atlanta 50 50 Tour Ad Ticket Cost Anniston Star Nov 21 1981

Source:  Anniston Star.  November 21, 1981.

39 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Atlanta Agora Concert Preview Atlanta Constitution Nov 28 1981 pg 2

Source:  Atlanta Constitution.  Nov. 28, 1981.  Pg. 2.

39 George Thorogood Agora Atlanta 50 50 Tour Concert Calendar Montgomery Advertiser Willie Nelson Dec 4 1981

Source:  Montgomery Advertiser.  December 4, 1981.

Ticket Price:  $7.50.

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.  Atlanta’s Agora Ballroom had an official capacity of 1,200 in 1981.

Source:  Billboard Magazine.  September 26, 1981.  Pg. G-10.

Set List:  Unknown.

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

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

Concert Reaction:  I have never seen a published review for this concert.  Please get in touch if you can point me in the right direction.

Other Notes:  The Destroyer’s 50/50 concert at the Agora was an all-ages show because Atlanta’s laws of the day did not allow liquor sales on Sundays.   

Fate of the Venue:  

39 Fire Destroys Agora Ballroom Atlanta 1987 Georgia State University Archives

Atlanta’s Agora Ballroom closed as a concert venue in 1983.  After laying derelict for several years, the site burned in a major fire on August 30, 1987.  

Source:  Marietta Daily Journal.  September 2, 1987.  Pg. 1B. & Atlanta Fire Department.  History of Service Commemorative Yearbook.  1982.

 

 

 

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