50/50 Tour Stop: # 26
Date: November 17, 1981
Venue: Bradford Hotel Ballroom. 275 Tremont Street. Boston, MA. 02116.
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Above: The Bradford Ballroom’s stage during a Miles Davis concert in April 1982. Photo credit: Tom Hasegawa.
Opening Act: Duke Robillard Band.
(Source: Boston Globe. November 19, 1981.)
Poster / Flyer / Handbill: I have not come across a poster, flyer or handbill for the Boston Bradford show to date. Please get in touch if you have a scan that you can share.
Press & Promotion: A small number of ads for the Boston 50-50 tour stop appeared in area papers.
Above: Boston Bradford Hotel Ballroom 50-50 concert clipping. The Alleger. Vol. 1, No. 5. Boston College Law School. November 18, 1981.
Source: Boston Herald American. Nov. 15, 1981. Pg. B11.
Ticket Price: $9.50
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 Bradford Hotel Ballroom had capacity for 3000 people in 1943, but that number may have changed by 1981.
(Source: Billboard Magazine. March 20, 1943. Pg. 23).
Set List: Unknown. See below.
Was the Concert Recorded? Unknown. There is a widely available bootleg in circulation that purports to be an FM recording of the Destroyers’ 1981 Bradford Ballroom concert. This bootleg is actually from the Destroyers’ 1982 show at the Bradford.
To date, I have not come across any photos from the Destroyers’ Boston 50-50 concert. If you have any photos from this show, please get in touch using the Comment box below.
Of the Destroyers’ Boston 50-50 concert, Steve Morse of the Boston Globe wrote:
“By the end, it was evident that only Bruce Springsteen could keep up with Thorogood for sheer energy. Springsteen changes moods much more often – as opposed to Thorogood’s heavy reliance on straight R&B – but no one puts the hammer down any harder than George” (November 19, 1981. Arts/Films section. Pg. 1)
Other Notes: None.
Fate of the Venue: The Hotel Bradford Ballroom was renovated in 1983 and closed as a venue for rock concerts. A series of night clubs have occupied the space in recent years.