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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

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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.

 

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