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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 26 – Bradford Hotel Ballroom, Boston, Massachusetts

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 26

Date:  November 17, 1981

Venue:  Bradford Hotel Ballroom.  275 Tremont Street.  Boston, MA. 02116.

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Venue Exterior

November 1983: 

26 Bradford Hotel Ballroom Front Entrance November 1983

Photo credit:  BC KaganBoston Phoenix.  November 8, 1983.  Section Two.  Pg. 2.


26 Bradford Hotel Ballroom Street View 2014

Venue Interior:


26 Hotel Bradford Ballroom interior Miles Davis concert Boston MA 1982

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.  Pg. 59.

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:  

26 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Bradford Hotel Ad Boston College Law School Nov 18 1981

Above:  Boston Bradford Hotel Ballroom 50-50 concert clipping.  The Alleger.  Vol. 1, No. 5.  Boston College Law School.  November 18, 1981.

26 George Thorogood Boston 50 50 Tour Concert Listing w Ticket Price

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 1,500 people in 1981.

Source:  Boston Globe.  September 24, 1981.  Pg. NN.

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

  • Cocaine Blues*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Bad to the Bone*

* I am not able to confirm the order in which this song was played, only that it was part of the Destroyers’ set list for this show.

Source:  Boston Globe.  November 19, 1981.  Pg. 59.

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 – a recording that was released officially as “Live in Boston, 1982” by Rounder Records in 2010.

Concert Photos:

26 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Bradford Ballroom Concert Photo Boston Globe Nov 19 1981 pg 59

Source:  Boston Globe.  November 19, 1981.  Pg. 59.

Concert Reaction

26 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Bradford Ballroom Thorogood in Top Gear Headline Boston Globe Nov 19 1981 pg 59

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).

Source:  Boston Globe.  November 19, 1981.  Pg. 59.

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.