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Posts about 50-50 tour dates that took place on college campuses in the United States.

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 30 – Edwards Auditorium, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 30

Date:  November 21, 1981

Venue:  Edwards Auditorium.  University of Rhode Island.  64 Upper College Rd.  Kingston, RI.  02881.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/7XpeoHoK4ZT2

Venue Exterior

1987: 

30 Edwards Auditorium Exterior University of Rhode Island 1987 Renaissance Yearbook Pg 30

Source:  University of Rhode Island ‘Renaissance’ Yearbook.  1987.  Pg. 30.

2012:

30 Streetview Edwards Auditorium Exterior University of Rhode Island Sept 2012

Venue Interior:

2011:

20 Edwards Auditorium Interior 2011

Sourcehttp://brewsterthornton.com/institutional/educational-construction/uri-edwards-hall/

Opening Act:  Hometown Rockers

Read more about the Hometown Rockers at these links:

http://rhodeislandmusichalloffame.com/site/?page_id=1702

https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Turkey-Band-and-Hometown-Rockers-130269487021970/

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  I have not come across a poster, flyer or handbill for the Rhode Island 50-50 show to date.  Please get in touch if you have a scan that you can share.

Press & Promotion:

Source:  Standard Times newspaper.  November 18, 1981.  Pg. 1.

Source:  Standard Times newspaper.  November 18, 1981.  Pg. 12.

Ticket Price:  $5 for students, $7 for all others.

Ticket Stub

30 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Edwards Auditorium University of Rhode Island Ticket Stub 1981 Nov 21

My sincere thanks to Bob F. for sharing this ticket stub photo from the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Rhode Island.

Attendance:  Unknown.  Edwards Auditorium currently has capacity for 920 people.

Set List:  Unknown.

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

Concert Photos:

30 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour University of Rhode Island Renaissance 1982 pg 240

Source:  University of Rhode Island ‘Renaissance’ Yearbook.  1982.  Pg. 240.  Photo credit:  M. Haag.

Concert Reaction:  I am still looking for a concert review of the Rhode Island 50-50 show.  Please get in touch if you know of one.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  Edwards Auditorium was renovated in 2011 to meet current safety codes and to restore the look of the building closer to its 1910 design.  Edwards Auditorium continues to host concerts, guest speakers, and other live events.

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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 14 – Stephens Auditorium, Ames, Iowa

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 14

Date:  November 5, 1981

Venue:  C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.  Ames, Iowa.  50011

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/mUf9cWeqZ7T2

Venue Exterior

1969:

14 Stephens Auditorium Ames Iowa 1969

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1970.  Pg. 27.  Photo credit:  Unknown.

2015:

14-stephens-auditorium-ames-iowa-2015-october

Venue Interior:

1969:

14 CY Stephens Auditorium Interior 1969

Read more about the history of C.Y. Stephens Auditorium here (also the source of the above photograph):  http://www.add.lib.iastate.edu/spcl/exhibits/buildings/cystephens.html

Opening Act:  Patrick Hazell Band

14 Patrick Hazell Album Cover

Read more about Patrick Hazell at these links:

http://www.theblueshop.com/

https://theeventsoundslike.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/revolution-in-the-heartland-how-patrick-hazell-and-the-mother-blues-band-defined-iowa-student-voice-in-the-1960s/

Source:  Des Moines Register.  Nov. 6, 1981. 

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:

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour CY Stephens Concert Listing with Wrong Date The Planet Oct 22 1981

Source:  “The Planet” newspaper (Des Moines) ad with incorrect concert date in heading.  Oct. 22, 1981.   

Source:  “The Planet” newspaper (Des Moines).  Nov. 5, 1981.  Pg. 14.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Ames Iowa Concert Listing Des Moines Register 1981 Nov 5

Source:  Des Moines Register.  Nov. 5, 1981.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour CY Stephens Concert Listing Tickets at the Door The Planet Nov 5 1981

Source:  “The Planet” newspaper.  Nov. 5, 1981. 

Ticket Price:  Unknown.

Ticket Stub:  I only have a very low resolution photo of the ticket stub from this show to date.  Please contact me if you have a ticket stub from this concert for sale.

14 George Thorogood CY Stephens Iowa 50 50 Tour Ticket Stub Low Res

Attendance:  1,950.  Note:  Stephens Auditorium had seating for 2,637 concert goers in 1981. 

Source:  Des Moines Register.  Nov. 6, 1981. 

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

  • Cocaine Blues*
  • Madison Blues*
  • Move It On Over*
  • The Sky is Crying*
  • It Wasn’t Me*
  • I’ll Change My Style*

The Destroyers entire 50-50 concert in Ames was 2 hours and 20 minutes long.

* 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:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233 & Des Moines Register.  Nov. 6, 1981.

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

Concert Photos:

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Photo 1 University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook 1982 pg 232

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233.  Photo credit:  Mark Rawson.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Photo 3 University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook 1982 pg 233

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233.  Photo credit:  Mark Rawson.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Photo 2 University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook 1982 pg 233

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233.  Photo credit:  Mark Rawson.

Concert Reaction

14 Review Headline University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook 1982 pg 232 Thorogood 50-50 Concert

Laurie A. Wilson of the University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook offered this recollection of the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Ames:

“How sweet it is!”, Thorogood called out to fans, whom minutes before had been on their feet, chanting, “We want George!” The audience cheered as Thorogood localized his songs, singing about Iowa men, cops, girls, fictional “Ames, Iowa pen (penitentiary)” and downtown Ames.

Referring to the women in the audience, Thorogood said, “I knew Iowa was known for something besides growing corn”.

While touching fans’ heads with his guitar, kissing women, thrusting the microphone into the audience, letting a woman hold his guitar while he removed his jacket and walking out into the crowd, Thorogood emphasized interaction with the audience…”

Source:  University of Iowa Bomb Yearbook.  1982.  Pp. 232-233.

14 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Concert Review Headline Ames Iowa Des Moines Register 1981 Nov 6

On a far less positive note, Jim Healey of the Des Moines Register wrote a critical review of the Destroyers 50-50 performance in Ames: 

“The show had spark and style, and Thorogood exuded an appealing mania.  But many of the musical arrangements were offensively banal, about as varied and innovative as a washing machine agitator in operation”.

Source:  Des Moines Register.  Nov. 6, 1981. 

Other Notes:  The 50-50 carpet makes an appearance in the first concert photo posted above.

Fate of the Venue:  Stephens Auditorium continues to host concerts and other live events.

 

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 37 – Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 37 (Concert # 38)

Date:  November 28, 1981

Venue:  Columbia Township Auditorium (aka The Township).  1703 Taylor Street.  Columbia, SC 29201.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/C8wT9WdLXjm

Venue Exterior

Circa 1940s to 1950s:

38 Township Auditorium Postcard Front of Building

2015:

38 Street View Township Auditorium 2015

Venue Interior:

38 Township Auditorium Interior

Read more about the Township Auditorium here (scroll down to the later pages):  http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/richland/S10817740134/S10817740134.pdf

Opening Act:  The Skip Castro Band, plus airband contest winners from the University of South Carolina.

35 Skip Castro Band Daily Press July 15 1984 pg E1

Read more about the Skip Castro Band here:  http://www.skipcastro.com/

 38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Airband Winners Opening Act Gamecock Nov 20 1981 pg 6

 Above:  Carl Singmaster and Clark Peden during their prize-winning airband performance.

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 20, 1981.  Pg. 6.

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:

38 South Carolina Thorogood Goes Cross Country 50 50 Concert Preview Gamecock Nov 16 1981 pg 13

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 13.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Preview Gamecock Nov 16 1981 pg 13

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 13.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Rectangular Gamecock Nov 19 1981 pg 11

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 19, 1981.  Pg. 11.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Ticket Prices Rectangular Gamecock Nov 23 1981 pg 6

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 23, 1981.  Pg. 6.

Ticket Price:  $7.75 for University of South Carolina students.  $8.75 for non-students.

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 for sale.

Attendance:  Unknown.  The Township has seating capacity for up to 3,500.

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

  • Madison Blues*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Move It On Over*
  • Same Thing*
  • I’ll Change My Style*

* 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:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  December 2, 1981.  Pg. 6.

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 found any photos of the Destroyers’ South Carolina 50-50 concert to date.  Please get in touch if you have any photos that can be shared.

Concert Reaction

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review Gamecock Dec 2 1981 pg 6

John Vaughan, Assistant Entertainment Editor for the South Carolina Gamecock newspaper, wrote a positive review of the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert:  

“Thorogood seemed always to be trying to get everywhere on the stage at once.  He raced from one side to the other, leaning into the crowd, jumping back, hopping over to the microphone.  He brandished his guitar like his personal Excalibur, playing it up, down and behind his head.

Thorogood seemed to enjoy his audience as much as it enjoyed him; he repeatedly injected local names into his lyrics and smiled as the crowd roared its approval.  He did this especially with ‘Same Thing’ when he played cheerleader and made the crowd sing the refrain louder and louder”.

The student airband performers did not fair as well in the article:

“The concert opened with a joke.  Not the stand-up comedian type, but rather, two of the winning groups in the Golden Spur’s monthly airband competitions.  The Three Preps were followed by Denny and the Desenex Burgers and both were horrible.  The entertainment factor seemed to come from the opportunity to throw ice and beer cups and boo the groups off the stage”.

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  December 2, 1981.  Pg. 6.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  Columbia Township Auditorium continues to host concerts and other live events.

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 4 – WSU Performing Arts Coliseum, Pullman, Washington

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 4

Date:  October 26, 1981

Venue:  WSU Performing Arts Coliseum.  Washington State University.  PO Box 641710.  Pullman, WA.  99164-1710

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/u1EHc6Nd9rG2

Venue Exterior

December 1981:

04 Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum Exterior WSU Hilltopics December 1981 Pg 3

Source:  WSU Hilltopics.  December 1981.  Pg. 3.  Photo credit:  Jo Savage.

Circa late 1970s:

04 Pullman Beasley Coliseum Postcard Building Exterior

2013:

04 Pullman Streetview Updated

Venue Interior:

Circa 2014:

04 Pullman Beasley Coliseum Postcard Building Interior Concert Theatre Setup

Read more about the history of WSU Performing Arts Coliseum (aka Beasley Coliseum) here:  https://beasley.wsu.edu/history/

Opening Act:  The Burners

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  

My thanks to Bob S. for sharing a photo of his Pullman 50-50 poster!

Press & Promotion:  The Pullman 50 50 Tour stop was extensively covered and promoted in regional and campus newspapers.

04 Pullman Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Shield Version with Opening Act WSU Evergreen 1981 Oct 9 Pg2

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 9, 1981.  Pg. 2.

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Tickets on Sale Ad Evergreen Sept 17 1981 pgA3

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  September 17, 1981.  Pg. A3.

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Small Ad Evergreen Oct 21 1981

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 21, 1981.  Pg. 10.

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Tonight Evergreen Oct 26 1981 Pg5

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 26, 1981.  Pg. 5.

04 Thorogood 50 50 tour Pullman Ticket Ad w Pricing Spokane Daily Chronicle 1981 Sept 30

Above:  Pullman 50-50 concert press clipping.  Spokane Daily Chronicle.  September 30, 1981.  Pg. 47.

04 George Thorogood 50 50 preview article Pullman WA Spokane Daily Sept 23 1981

Above:  Pullman 50-50 concert press clipping.  Spokane Daily Chronicle.  September 23, 1981.  Pg. 43.

04 Pullman Concert Preview Newspaper Mention

Ticket Price:  $7 and $8.  Later raised to $8 and $8.50 closer to the date of the show.

Ticket Stub:

Attendance:  2,500.  (Source:  1982 Washington State University ‘Chinook’ Yearbook.  Pg. 102).

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

  • Madison Blues*
  • Nadine*
  • Night Time*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (“a 15 minute rendition”)*

* 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:  1982 WSU Chinook Yearbook. Pg. 102 & WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  November 2, 1981.  Pg. 4.

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

Concert Photos:

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review w Photo Evergreen Oct 28 1981 pg10 Pic

Above:  Thorogood on stage at the WSU Performing Arts Coliseum.  Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 28, 1981.  Pg. 10.  Photo credit:  Andrew C. Church.

04 Pullman Washington State University Chinook Yearbook George Thorogood 50 50 tour Article

Above:  The 50-50 carpet makes an appearance in this photo from the Destroyers’ Pullman 50-50 concert.  Source:  1982 WSU Chinook Yearbook.  Pg. 102.  Photo credit:  Dave Carey.

Concert Reaction

04 Pullman George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review w Photo Evergreen Oct 28 1981 pg10 Headline

Deborah Turcotte of the Daily Evergreen described the scene at the Performing Arts Coliseum during the Destroyers’ show:

“The dance floor was packed with Thorogood followers, including five guys wanting the star to come to their area of the stage just to shake his hand in the typical, “I will never wash this hand again” attitude.’

Bass player Bill Blough, drummer Jeff Simon, Thorogood and Carter brainwashed members of the cult with fast-beat country and western, rhythm and blues, and rock songs. They were masters of the craft; straining voices and instruments to unfathomable peaks.”

The Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Pullman was also very favorably reviewed in the Chinook yearbook.:

“It didn’t matter what he played, the crowd reacted like it was the one song it had come to hear.  A performer would have to put out a supreme effort to top the Pullman show…”

Source:  WSU “Daily Evergreen” Student Newspaper.  October 28, 1981.  Pg. 10. & 1982 WSU Chinook Yearbook.  Pg. 102.

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 a partial image of the Pullman pass (Top-right of photo/”Stop #4″).

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

Fate of the Venue:  WSU Performing Arts Coliseum was renamed Beasley Coliseum in December of 1981.  Beasley Coliseum continues to host concerts and sporting events – including Washington State Cougars’ basketball games.

04 Renaming of Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum WSU Hilltopics December 1981 Pg 3

Source:  WSU Hilltopics.  December 1981.  Pg. 3.  Photo credit:  Jo Savage.

 

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 23 – West Virginia University, Mountainlair Ballroom, Morgantown, West Virginia

** Special Note:  I would like to acknowledge and express my sincere thanks to site visitor and WVU 50-50 concert attendee Brad Stalnaker for going above and beyond by sharing memories and many items from his personal collection for this blog post. **  

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 23

Date:  November 14, 1981

Venue:  West Virginia University.  Mountainlair Student Union Ballroom (aka The Lair Ballroom).  1550 University Avenue.  Morgantown, WV.  26506.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/zFFYSYuNz5C2

Venue Exterior

1980: 

23 WVU Mountainlair Outside View 1980 from Monticola Yearbook

Source:  WVU ‘Monticola’ Yearbook.  1980.  Pg. 1.

2015:

23 Street View Mountainlair WVU 2015

Venue Interior:

1980:

23 WVU Mountainlair Ballroom Interior View 1980 from Monticola Yearbook

Source:  West Virginia University ‘Monticola’ Yearbook.  1981.  Pg. 64.  Photo credit:  Unknown.

November 1969:

23 University of West Virginia Mountainlair Ballrooms Interior 1969 Muhammad Ali Photo

Muhammad Ali speaks to a packed house of WVU students at the Mountainlair Ballroom.

Source:  https://lib.wvu.edu/about/news/2015/06/23/muhammad-ali-visits-wvu-in-1969/

Opening Act:  There was no opening act for this concert.  Brad Stalnaker shares this anecdote about the resulting confusion on the night of the show:

“At about 9:30[pm] my buddy and I decided to go down and listen. When we got to the Lair EVERYBODY was still in the hall. The doors had not opened. We found out that GT thought there WAS an opening act, so they had not arrived yet.”

At the time, Larry Shaughnessy from the the West Virginia University ‘Daily Athenaeum’ student newspaper reported:

“More than a thousand rowdy fans packed the Lair Ballrooms Saturday night to see George Thorogood in concert, but George wasn’t there to see them.  Under the impression he was to perform after a warm-up band, Thorogood and the Destroyers were still on their way […] from their Friday night show in Columbus.  By the time George arrived and hit the stage, he was an hour and 15 minutes late and fans were angry.  At 9:30 the lights dimmed and the crowd roared in anticipation.”

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  I have not come across a poster, flyer or handbill for the WVU 50-50 show to date.  Please get in touch if you have a scan that you can share.

Press & Promotion:

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Mountainlair Ballroom Advertisement Daily Athenaeum 1981 Oct 27

Source:  WVU ‘Daily Athenaeum’ student newspaper.  October 27, 1981.  Pg. 2.

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour West Virginia Daily Athenaeum Concert Ad Ticket Prices

Source:  WVU ‘Daily Athenaeum’ student newspaper.

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Morgantown West Virginia Concert Listing Calendar

Source:  Rolling Stone Magazine.

Ticket Price:  $5 for students, $7 for non-students.

Ticket Stub

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Morgantown West Virginia University Mountainlair Ticket Stub 1981 Nov 14

Attendance:  The official attendance for the WVU 50-50 show was 1,000.  The WVU ‘Daily Athenaeum’ student newspaper reported that “more than” 1,000 people were in the audience.

Set List:  

  • Who Do You Love?*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Move It On Over*
  • Bad to the Bone*
  • Reelin’ and Rockin’*

* 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:  WVU ‘Daily Athenaeum’ student newspaper.  November 1981.

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

Concert Photos:

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Morgantown West Virginia Daily Athenaeum Concert Photo George and Crowd

Source:  WVU ‘Daily Athenaeum’ student newspaper.  November 1981.  Photo credit:  Dave Rodgers.

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Mountainlair Ballroom Concert Photo George Cowboy Hat 1981 Nov 14

Source:  Brad Stalnaker’s personal collection.

23 University of West Virginia Monticola Yearbook 1982 pg 74 George Thorogood 50-50 Tour Photo Whole Page

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour West Virginia University Mountainlair Ballroom 1981 Nov 14 Concert Photo 1982 Monticola Yearbook

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour West Virginia University Mountainlair Ballroom 1981 Nov 14 Hank Carter Photo 2 1982 Monticola Yearbook

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour West Virginia University Mountainlair Ballroom 1981 Nov 14 Hank Carter Photo 1982 Monticola Yearbook

Source:  West Virginia University ‘Monticola’ Yearbook.  1982.  Pg. 74.  Photo credit:  Unknown.

Concert Reaction:  

23 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Morgantown West Virginia Daily Athenaeum Concert Review Headline Rock Lair for 2 1-2 Hours

Larry Shaughnessy of the Daily Athenaeum filed a very positive review of the Destroyers’ 50-50 show in West Virginia:  

“Not only was [Thorogood’s] voice at its best, but his guitar playing was even better than it is on his records.  His style is marked with energy, to say the least.  He duck walks, high steps, blesses the front row fans with his guitar and holds the mike out over the audience – while playing.

Those who missed the concert should not be too upset because if the rest of this 50 day tour is as great as it was here, George Thorogood is on his way to a long and successful career of ‘Saturday night jamborees’ in front of much bigger audiences.” 

Source:  WVU ‘Daily Athenaeum’ student newspaper.  November 1981. 

The WVU Vice President of Student Affairs received a letter of complaint about the lack of crowd control at the Destroyers’ Mountainlair Ballroom concert:

“Apparently the people in charge of controlling admission to the event simply gave up at some point in the evening and let everyone in…  Since there was no seating provided, the Ballroom was simply jammed from wall to wall with people.  Rhythmic bouncing or stomping that went along with the music made the floor move enough that it gave serious concern to my son and his date who forced their way out and left early…”  

Source:  WVU Archives.

Other Notes:  

Below is an unused backstage pass from the Mountainlair Ballroom 50-50 concert.

23-george-thorogood-50-50-concert-mountainlair-ballroom-wv-backstage-pass-1981-nov-14

Fate of the Venue:  The West Virginia University’s Mountainlair Ballroom was closed as a concert venue in 2009.  The Ballroom continues to host other live events.

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 47 – Popejoy Hall, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 47 (Concert # 48)

Date:  December 8, 1981

Venue:  Popejoy Hall.  203 Cornell Drive.  Albuquerque, New Mexico.  87131.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/iF2EC7NESgm

Venue Exterior

1981: 

I do not have a photo of Popejoy Hall’s exterior as it looked in 1981.  I would be much obliged to anyone who can point me to a good picture from that era.

Circa 2015:

48 Popejoy Hall Front Entrance

Photo credit:  http://hypnotherapyacademy.com/location-accommodations/

Venue Interior:

1966:

48-popejoy-hall-interior-1966-large

Source:  Screen grab from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLcgn8W_oq8

Opening ActStevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.

48 Stevie Ray Vaughn George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall New Mexico Daily Lobo Dec 14 1981

Above:  Photo of Stevie Ray “Vaughn” from the New Mexico Daily Lobo.  December 14, 1981.  Photo credit:  Bill Wechter.

In a short, post-show interview published in the New Mexico Daily Lobo, SRV says that this was his first-ever performance in Albuquerque.  When asked about his connection with George Thorogood, SRV says that he’d played with Thorogood once before in Austin.  “Nice man, always looks us up”.  

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  I have not come across a poster, flyer or handbill for the Popejoy Hall show to date.  Please get in touch if you have a scan that you can share.

Press & Promotion:  Several ads and concert listings for the Albuquerque 50-50 tour stop appeared in area papers, including the University of New Mexico’s Daily Lobo campus newspaper.

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Ad New Mexico Daily Lobo Dec 3 1981

Above:  Popejoy Hall 50-50 concert ad from the Daily Lobo.  December 3, 1981.

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Concert Preview Destroyers Take Over New Mexico Daily Lobo Dec 3 1981

Above:  Popejoy Hall 50-50 promo article from the Daily Lobo.  December 3, 1981.

Excerpt:  “Popejoy Hall will never be the same after this one, and I seriously doubt that Big River and PEC (the people who are bringing us all of this) will ever get a rock-n-roll performance in that hall again, so get it while it’s hot”.

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Concert Ad with Photo After Hours

Above:  Newspaper ad for the George Thorogood and the “Defenders” (sic) show at Popejoy Hall on December 8, 1981.

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Tickets Still Available After Hours

Above:  Popejoy Hall 50-50 concert listing from a Santa Fe area newspaper.

Ticket Price:  $9.50

Ticket Stub:

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Ticket Stub 1981 Dec 8

My sincere thanks to blog visitor and concert attendee Ted M. for sharing this photo of his Popejoy Hall 50-50 ticket stub!

Attendance:  Unknown.  Popejoy Hall currently has a capacity of 1,985.

Set List:

  • House of Blue Lights
  • Kids from Philly
  • Who Do You Love
  • I’m Wanted
  • Cocaine Blues
  • One Way Ticket
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  • It Wasn’t Me
  • Bottom of the Sea
  • Night Time
  • I’ll Change My Style
  • Madison Blues
  • Can’t Stop Lovin’
  • The Sky is Crying
  • That Same Thing
  • Bad to the Bone
  • Move It On Over
  • Nobody But Me
  • No Particular Place to Go
  • Ride on Josephine
  • Reelin’ and Rockin’*

* The last song is unconfirmed.  On the concert recording, Thorogood does his customary encore routine of asking the crowd if there are any obscenity laws in this part of town…  but the recording fades out right at the point when the song is (seemingly) about to start.

The music portion of the Popejoy Hall 50-50 concert was just over 2 hours long.

It is interesting to note the introduction into the set list of three songs – Bad to the Bone, Nobody But Me, No Particular Place to Go – from the then-still-eight-months-away Bad to the Bone album (released in August 1982).

Source:  Concert recording.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Yes.  A bootleg audience recording exists of the Popejoy Hall 50-50 concert.  See the track listing above.

Concert Photos:

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Concert Photo New Mexico Daily Lobo Dec 14 1981 Main Photo

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Concert Photo New Mexico Daily Lobo Dec 14 1981

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Concert Photo New Mexico Daily Lobo Dec 9 1981

Above:  George Thorogood on stage at Popejoy Hall as part of the 50-50 tour.  Photo credit:  Bill Wechter.

Concert Reaction

48 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Popejoy Hall Concert Review Headline New Mexico Daily Lobo Dec 14 1981

In a follow-up article published in the New Mexico Daily Lobo newspaper, Bill Wechter provides a first-hand account of the Popejoy Hall 50-50 show from the side of the stage: 

“Thorogood was running in and out for encores.  He’d come in from the stage soaked in sweat, looking ragged out. There was this imaginary line right where the flies [the space above the stage where scenery and lighting hang out of audience view] met the stage. He’d hit that spot coming off and it was like, “Whew!”  He’d wipe himself down, catch his breath, pick up another guitar, get that set up, get a running start, aim for that line and when he’d hit it, he’d start it up all over again.  The man was a pro to the point. He’s done it 47 times in a row.  The man knows what he’s doing.”

The Daily Lobo review notes that “people were dancing in the aisles”, “everyone was having a good time”, and “overall it was a good show”.

48 Concert Review Thorogood Rock Wild Albuquerque Journal Dec 10 1981

Albuquerque Journal music writer Dwight Loop’s review recounted the Popejoy scene as follows:

“For pure rock ‘n’ roll excitement, this show was one of the year’s best.  The crowd roared the moment the athletic Thorogood strolled on stage with his Gibson guitar and didn’t stop for two hours…  The aisles quickly filled with those wishing a closer look at the animated Thorogood.  Thorogood duck walked, pranced with Mick Jagger-like moves, played the guitar behind his head, kneeled and laid down on the carpeted stage, and anointed the heads of those in the first row with his guitar – all within the first few numbers”.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  Albuquerque’s Popejoy Hall continues to function as a venue for concerts.  The hall underwent an extensive renovation in 1996 to improve lighting, building acoustics and the in-house sound system.  

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 17 – University of Kentucky Student Center Grand Ballroom, Lexington, Kentucky

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 17

Date:  November 8, 1981

Venue:  University of Kentucky Student Center Grand Ballroom,  404 South Limestone St.  Lexington, KY.  40526

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

Venue Exterior

17 University of Kentucky Matchbook Cover Front of Student Center

1982:

17 University of Kentucky Student Center Exterior 1982

2013:

17 Street View UK Student Center 2013

Venue Interior:

1964:

17 University of Kentucky Grand Ballroom Interior 1964

Opening Act:  Blog reader (and past UK concert chairman) Douglas B has confirmed there was no opening act for this show.

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:

17 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Concert Poster Kentucky Grand Ballroom November 8 1981

Press & Promotion:  Several ads for the 50-50 concert and the accompanying radio broadcast appeared in area newspapers.

17 Preview University of Kentucky Thorogood 50 50 Concert Courier Journal Sun Oct 25 1981

Source:  Louisville Courier Journal Sun.  October 25, 1981.

17 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Kentucky Concert Listing Herald & Leader Oct 17 1981 B7

17 George Thorogood Kentucky 50 50 Tour Ad for Radio Broadcast 1

Ticket Price:  $6

Ticket Stub:

17 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour University of Kentucky Ticket Stub Front

Attendance:  1000.  (Source:  Lexington Herald newspaper).

Set List:

  • Hello Little Girl
  • Kids From Philly
  • Who Do You Love?
  • I’m Wanted
  • Cocaine Blues
  • One Way Ticket
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  • As The Years Go Passing By
  • It Wasn’t Me
  • Bottom Of The Sea
  • Night Time
  • I’ll Change My Style
  • Miss Luann
  • Can’t Stop Lovin’
  • Madison Blues

The Lexington Herald newspaper reported a running time for this show of two hours.  The music portion of the concert was approximately 1 hour and 26 minutes.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Yes.  A high quality soundboard recording was made of this show from the radio broadcast.

17 Bootleg Cover George Thorogood Live 1981 University of Kentucky

Above:  Cover art for a bootleg of the UK 50-50 concert.

Concert Photos:  I have not found any photos from this show as of this writing.  If you have photos from the Destroyers’ UK 50-50 show, please drop me a note.

Concert Reaction

17 George Thorogood Kentucky 50 50 Tour Concert Review

In his mostly positive review of 50-50 show # 17, Lexington Herald writer Walter Tunis praises George Thorogood’s ability to connect with the enthusiastic UK student audience.  The review makes repeated mention of how “enormously loud” the evening was, with music played at the “volume of a freight train”.

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 University of Kentucky show (Bottom-left of photo).

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

Fate of the Venue Beginning in June 2015, the University of Kentucky Student Center underwent a significant renovation to make way for a new, expanded facility.  This work included a complete overhaul of the Grand Ballroom (see second photo below).

17-demolition-of-university-of-kentucky-student-center-2015-june

17-demolition-of-university-of-kentucky-student-center-grand-ballroom-2016-nov

Source:  http://www.uky.edu/studentcenter/renovation/rblog and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu8pci89_VY

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 39 – Ruby Diamond Auditorium, Tallahassee, Florida

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 39 (Concert # 40)

Date:  November 30, 1981

Venue:  Ruby Diamond Auditorium.  222 S. Copeland St.  Tallahassee, FL.  32304.

Find it on Google Maps:  

Copeland Street entrance:  http://tinyurl.com/RubyDiamond2

University Way entrance:  http://tinyurl.com/RubyDiamondAuditorium

Venue Exterior

Circa 1940s:

40 Westcott Building Postcard Ruby Diamond Auditorium

2014:

40 Street View Ruby Diamond FSU Copeland Entrance 2014 May

Venue Interior:

Exact Date Unknown (Pre-2010 Renovation):

40 Ruby Diamond Auditorium Interior Before Renovation

Source:  Screen grab from this news story:  https://vimeo.com/5131985

Opening Act:  John Kurzweg and the Night

40 John Kurzweg and the Night Concert Ad 1981 October 27

Read more about John Kurzweg here:  http://www.johnkurzweg.com

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:  The 50-50 tour stop at Ruby Diamond Auditorium was promoted in regional newspapers and Florida State University’s “Florida Flambeau” student newspaper.  A student organization also gave away tickets to the show in a contest.

40 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Florida Grand Tour in a Taxi Tallahassee Democrat Nov 27 1981

40 Ruby Diamond Tallahassee Florida 50 50 Tour Preview Article Nov 30 1981

40 Ruby Diamond FSU UPO Awareness Ad w Thorogood Ticket Contest 1981 Nov 2

Ticket Price:  $6

Ticket Stub

40 George Thorogood 50 50 Ticket Stub Ruby Diamond Tallahassee Florida

A HUGE thank you to blog reader Tim L for sending this photo of his ticket stub to the Destroyers’ Ruby Diamond 50-50 concert. 

Please contact me if you have a ticket stub from this show for sale.

AttendanceUnknown.  Ruby Diamond Auditorium had a seating capacity of less than 1,172 in 1981.

Set ListUnknown.  If you have any information, please get in touch.

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 seen any photos from this show to date.  If you have any photos that can be shared, please drop me a note.

Concert Reaction:  None.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  Ruby Diamond Auditorium lives on as a concert venue to this day.  The renovated venue was re-opened as the Ruby Diamond Concert Hall in October 2010.

40 Ruby Diamond Auditorium Renovation Aerial Photo 2009

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 15 – Hoch Auditorium, Lawrence, Kansas

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 15

Date:  November 6, 1981

Venue:  Hoch Auditorium.  1455 Jayhawk Boulevard.  University of Kansas.  Lawrence, KS.  66045.

Find it on Google Mapshttp://tinyurl.com/HochKansas

Venue Exterior

Circa 1950s:

15 Hoch Auditorium Exterior Pre Fire Date Unknown

2012:

15 Street View Budig Hall 2012

Venue Interior:

15 Hoch Auditorium Interior View Date Unknown

If you have a photo of the inside of Hoch Auditorium circa 1981, please send me a note.  I’d love to update this image with something more relevant.

Read more about the history of Hoch Auditorium here:  http://kuhistory.com/articles/fahrenheit-53000/

Opening Act:  Son Seals Blues Band

15 Son Seals 1982

Read more about the Son Seals Blues Band here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Seals

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:  The 50-50 tour stop at Hoch Auditorium was very well promoted in the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper.  A variety of ads and previews saw print leading up to the show.

15 Hoch Promo Large Star Border w Son Seals

There are several variants of the above ad with text that changed closer to the date of the concert (e.g., “Tickets available at the door”).

15 Hoch Promo Horizontal Text Format Gatemouth Brown

Ticket Price:  $8 / $9 Reserved Seats

Ticket Stub:

15-george-thorogood-50-50-tour-hoch-auditorium-kansas-ticket-stub-1981-nov-6

AttendanceUnknown.  Hoch Auditorium had seating capacity of 3,500.

Set ListUnknown.  If you have any information, please get in touch.

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

Concert Photos:

15 George Thorogood 50 50 tour Hoch Concert Photo Jayhawker Yearbook 1982

Source:  1982 University of Kansas Jayhawker Yearbook.  Photo credit:  Jeff Schotland.

Concert Reaction:  On December 5, 1981, Billboard Magazine printed a letter from a University of Kansas Student Union representative praising the ‘Thorogood entourage’ for the low cost of tickets for this show.  The letter goes on, however, to criticize ‘the performer’ for ‘cranking up’ the sound volume to ‘painful’ and ‘damaging’ levels, and for encouraging the audience to leave their assigned seats.

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 Kansas show (Center of photo).

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

Fate of the Venue:  Hoch Auditorium was struck by lightning on June 15, 1991 and heavily damaged by the resulting fire.  The re-built and re-designed structure (which now includes three lecture halls, four classrooms, and a computer lab) was re-opened on the same site as Budig Hall in 1997.

15 Hoch Auditorium Fire Lightning Strike June 16 1991