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50-50 venues that burned to the ground.

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 # 43 – The Library Club, Fayetteville, Arkansas

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 43 (Concert # 44)

Date:  December 4, 1981

Venue:  The Library Club (aka The Library).  422 West Dickson St.  Fayetteville, AR.  72701.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/8RrcWu4CsY22

Venue Exterior

1992: 

44 Library Club Fayetteville Front 1992 Source Once Upon Dickson Book Pg 193

Source:  Once Upon Dickson: An Illustrated History, 1868-2000 by Anthony J. Wappel and Ethel C. Simpson

2014:

44 Street View Fayetteville AR Library Club 2014 April

Venue Interior:

1981: 

I have not been able to find a photo of the inside of the Library Club as it looked circa 1981. Please get in touch if there is a picture from the 50-50 tour era that you can point me to.  

Opening Act:  Southern Fried.

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

Press & Promotion:

44 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Fayetteville Preview Ad w Opening Act

Source:  Northwest Arkansas Times. December 2, 1981.  Pg. 31.

Ticket Price:  Unknown.

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:  In a March 2016 radio interview, George Thorogood recalls that The Library Club held 125 people.

Source:  http://www.lonestar925.com/media/play/george-thorogood-pt-1-26773718/ 

Thanks to blog reader James G. for the info!

Set List:  Unknown.

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

Concert Photos:  I have not seen any concert photos for the Destroyers’ Fayetteville 50-50 concert to date.

Concert Reaction:  I have not come across a concert review for this show thus far.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  The Library Club had a major fire in 1982, but re-opened in 1983.  The venue closed for good in 1993.

Source:  Once Upon Dickson: An Illustrated History, 1868-2000 by Anthony J. Wappel and Ethel C. Simpson

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