Category Archives: 50 Dates in 50 Blog Posts

Blog posts detailing each of the stops on the 50-50 tour.

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:  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:  

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 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:  None.

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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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.

 

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

2015:

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.

 

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 40 – Saenger Theatre, Mobile, Alabama

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 40 (Concert # 41)

Date:  December 1, 1981

Venue:  Saenger Theatre. 6 South Joachim Street.  Mobile, Alabama.  36602.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/HMjKqnYVkNB2

Venue Exterior

December 1988:

41 Saenger Exterior 1988

Source:  Mobile Register.  May 5, 1988.  Pg. 20-A.

2016:

41 Saenger Theatre Street View 2016 Nov

Venue Interior:

Date unknown (Pre-1999):

Photo credit:  http://www.angelfire.com/al/saenger/

Read more about the history of Saenger Theatre (Mobile) here:  http://www.saengeramusements.com/theatres/mobile/saenger/mobile.htm

Opening Act:  Cruis-o-matic

Photo credit:  http://theancestors.com/cruisearlyyears.htm

Read more about Cruis-o-matic here:  https://www.cruis-o-matic.com/bio

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  

Source:  http://www.shaggytexas.com/board/showthread.php/86806-Fox-Bros.-BBQ-Atlanta-GA

Press & Promotion:  The Mobile 50 50 Tour stop was well promoted in regional newspapers.

Source:  Pensacola News Journal.  November 27, 1981.

Source:  Mobile Register.  November 27, 1981.

Source:  Mobile Register.  November 27, 1981.

Ticket Price:  $7 in advance.  $8 on the day of the show.

Source:  Pensacola News Journal.  November 20, 1981.

Ticket Stub:  I have not seen a ticket stub from this show to date.  Please contact me if you have a ticket stub from this concert to share or for sale.

AttendanceUnknown.  Saenger Theatre had seating capacity for 1,970 in 1987.  

Source:  Mobile Press Register.  June 14, 1987.  Pg. 2-G.

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.  If you have any information, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this post.

Concert Photos:  I have not come across any photos from the Destroyers’ 50 50 concert in Mobile thus far.  Please send me a note using the comment box if you can point me in the right direction.

Concert Reaction:  I am still looking for a printed review from this concert.  Please get in touch if you know of one.

Other Notes: There was much speculation leading up to the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Mobile that the Rolling Stones would put in an appearance at the Saenger Theatre.  In the end, the Stones did not attend the show.

Source:  Pensacola News Journal.  November 20, 1981.

Fate of the Venue:  Saenger Theatre underwent an extensive renovation in 2004.  The theatre continues to host concerts and other public events.

Read more about the Saenger Theatre here:  http://www.mobilesaenger.com/history/ 

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.

Ticket Price:  $10.00.

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.

Concert Reaction:  

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

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 36 – Much More Club, Richmond, Virginia

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 36 (Concert # 37)

Date:  November 26, 1981

Venue:  Much More Club (aka Much More).  2729 West Broad Street.  Richmond, VA.  23220.

Find it on Google Maps:   https://goo.gl/maps/mULJAh5BXhH2

Venue Exterior

1981:

I have not yet found a photo of the exterior of the Much More Club as it looked circa the 50-50 tour.  Please get in touch if you know of one.

2016:

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Venue Interior:

1979:

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Above:  The group “Sandcastle” perform at the Much More Club in 1979.  Source:  YouTube.

Opening Act:  The One-400s.

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The One-400s were a Pennsylvania-based band with rockabilly and blues-rock influences.

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:  

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Ticket Price:  Unknown.

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

Attendance:  Unknown.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that “Lonesome George and the boys played to a sold-out house”.

Source:  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  November 27, 1981.

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.    

Concert Photos:  I am still looking for any photos of the Destroyers in concert at the Much More Club during the 50-50 tour.  Please get in touch if you have any!  

Concert Reaction:

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Music columnist C.A. Bustard of the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote a very positive review of George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Richmond, VA:

“[The] group seems more energized than on past forays, the energy more concentrated, the stage set more cohesive and pointed.  Whatever the exhaustion factor of this adventure on the road … the quartet seems to be taking to it like athletes on a winning streak.

Source:  Richmond Times-Dispatch.  November 27, 1981.

Other Notes:  None.  

Fate of the Venue:

The site where Much More once operated has been home to a number of night clubs and concert venues in recent years.

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 34 – Warner Theatre, Washington, DC

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 34 (Concert 34)

Date:  November 25, 1981

Venue:  Warner Theatre.  513 13th Street.  Washington, DC.  20004.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/kqpzgBrb8zC2

Venue Exterior

1981:

I have not yet found a photo of the exterior of the Warner Theatre as it looked circa the 50-50 tour.  Please get in touch if you know of one.

2015:

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Venue Interior:

1978:

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Above:  Tom Jones and Tina Turner perform at the Warner Theatre in 1978.  Source:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG8sABxo7WY

Opening Act:  Evan Johns and the H-Bombs.

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Read more about Evan Johns at this link: http://rubbercityreview.com/2011/01/evan-johns-and-the-h-bombs/

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:  

34 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Warner Theatre Ad Maryland Diamondback Student Newspaper 1981 Nov 09

Ticket Price:  $11.00

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

Attendance:  Unknown.  The Washington Post reported that the Destroyers played to “a full house”.  Warner Theatre currently has capacity for 1,847 people.

Source:  Washington Post.  November 26, 1981.

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.    

Concert Photos

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Above:  George Thorogood performs at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC on the 50-50 tour.  Photo credit:  Unknown.

Concert Reaction:

In George Thorogood’s own words, the Warner Theatre concert was the pinnacle of the 50-50 tour:

“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.

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In his review of the Destroyers’ 50-50 show in DC for the Washington Post, music reporter Mike Joyce said:

“[Thorogood] wasn’t halfway through his first song before he jumped off the stage. Duckwalking through the crowd, he let loose with a fusillade of Chuck Berry riffs on his hollow-body Gibson guitar. Then it was back to the stage for feverish tributes to Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash and even Budweiser beer.

Thorogood has always been content to sing old rock and R&B classics, but his versions pack a wallop few others do…  If anything, the band sounds sharper and more enthusiastic than ever. When Thorogood said he was going to “party till 5 a.m.,” he looked ready for it.”

Source:  Washington Post.  November 26, 1981.

Other Notes:  An official concert program was created for the Destroyers’ 50-50 show in Washington, DC.  Below are scans of the cover and selected interior pages.

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Fate of the Venue:

The Warner Theatre was extensively renovated between 1989 and 1991.  The theatre re-opened in 1992 and lives on as a venue for live entertainment.

Source:  http://www.warnertheatredc.com/venueinfo

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 25 – The Savoy, New York, NY

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

Venue Exterior

1981:

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.

2015:

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Venue Interior:

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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.

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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

Ticket Stub:  

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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).

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

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.

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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 10 – Fox Theater, Billings, Montana

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 32

Date:  November 1, 1981

Venue:  Fox Theater.  302 North Broadway.  Billings, Montana.   59101.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/wrQ2ujzANb42

Venue Exterior

1980s:

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2015:

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Venue Interior:

2016:

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I would love to update this image with something from closer to the time of the 50-50 tour.  Please get in touch if you can point me to such a photo.

Source:  http://billingsgazette.com

Opening Act:  Unknown.

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

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Source:  Eastern Montana College.  “Retort” Student Newspaper.  Vol. 36, No. 5.  Oct. 27, 1981.  Pg. 1.

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Source:  Eastern Montana College.  “Retort” Student Newspaper.  Vol. 36, No. 5.  Oct. 27, 1981.  Pg. 7.

Ticket Price:  $8.00.

Source:  Eastern Montana College.  “Retort” Student Newspaper.  Vol. 36, No. 5.  Oct. 27, 1981.  Pg. 7.

Ticket Stub:  I have yet to see a ticket stub to this concert.  Please get in touch if you have a scan you can share.  

Attendance:  Unknown.  This venue currently has capacity for 1,400 people.

Source:  http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/government-and-politics/showing-its-age-alberta-bair-seeks-a-m-facelift/article_86b1d3d3-09a5-5c83-b879-eed1b43bcba7.html

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.  Please send me an email if you have any information about the recording of this show.    

Concert Photos:  I have not come across any photos from the Destroyer’s 50-50 concert in Billings.  Please get in touch if you know of any.

Concert Reaction:  I have not found a review of the Fox Theater 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 Billings, MT show (Top-center of photo).

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Fate of the Venue:  The Fox Theater was renovated and re-opened as the Alberta Bair Theater in 1987.  The venue continues to host concerts and other performances.

Source:  http://www.albertabairtheater.org/about-abt/history/

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 32 – Capitol Theatre, Passaic, New Jersey

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 32

Date:  November 23, 1981

Venue:  Capitol Theatre.  326 Monroe Street.  Passaic, New Jersey.   07055.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/j6fSEzik7Bm

Venue Exterior

1970s:

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2015:

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Venue Interior:

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Above:  George Thorogood and the Destroyers perform at the Capitol Theatre in 1984 for the MTV series ‘Rock Influences’.  Source:  https://youtu.be/KDd7wBXTIRc

Opening Act:  The Nighthawks.

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Read more about the Nighthawks at this link:  http://www.thenighthawks.com/AboutHawks.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

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Source:  Asbury Park Press.  Oct. 19, 1981.

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Source:  Asbury Park Press.  Oct. 19, 1981.

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Source:  Asbury Park Press.  Nov. 19, 1981.

Ticket Price:  $9.50 to $10.50.

Ticket Stub

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Attendance:  Unknown.  Capitol Theatre had capacity for 3,200 people in 1981.

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown, but probably.  A remarkable number of high quality live audio and video recordings from the Capitol Theatre – many sourced from the venue’s in-house video cameras – have emerged over the years.  Please send me an email if you have any information about the recording of this show.    

Concert Photos:  I have not come across any photos from the Destroyer’s 50-50 concert in Passaic.  Please get in touch if you know of any.

Concert Reaction:  I have not found a review of the Capitol Theatre 50-50 concert thus far.   Please get in touch if you can point me in the right direction.

Other Notes:  An official concert program was created for the Destroyers’ 50-50 show in Passaic.  Below are scans of the cover and selected interior pages.

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Fate of the Venue:  The Capitol Theatre closed in the mid-1980s (late 1985 or 1986, according to different sources).  The building was torn down in 1991.  A shopping mall and parking lot currently occupy the site.