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Posts about the Destroyers’ saxophone player.

Wall-to-Wall Entertainment: The 50-50 Carpet

50 50 Tour Carpet Hampton VA Dec 18 1981 George Thorogood Opening for the Rolling StonesAbove:  The 50-50 carpet getting post 50-50 tour use.  Hampton Coliseum.  Hampton, VA.  December 18, 1981.  George Thorogood and the Destroyers opening for the Rolling Stones.

One of my favorite details from the 50 States in 50 Days tour is the custom red area rug that appeared on stage with the band at many 50/50 shows.  As you can see from the accompanying images, the carpet featured a circular star design with two 50s and a lightning bolt slashing through the middle.

I’d love to learn more about the origin (and fate) of this magnificent piece of set decoration.  If you have any info, please get in touch!

50 50 Tour Carpet on Stage in San Francisco CA Oct 17 1981 George Thorogood and the Destroyers Opening for Rolling StonesAbove:  The 50-50 carpet is previewed on the west coast before the 50-50 tour.  Candlestick Park.  San Francisco, CA.  October 17, 1981.  George Thorogood and the Destroyers opening for the Rolling Stones.

00 Carpet 50 50 Tour Chicago Park West Nov 11 1981Above:  The 50/50 carpet makes an appearance at Chicago’s Park West as the Destroyers take the stage.  November 11, 1981.

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And Awaaay We Go: The Legendary 50 States in 50 Dates Tour

00 50 Dates 50 Nights A Destroyer HeadlineAbove:  National wire story from October 20, 1981 with news of the impending launch of the 50-50 tour.

Three and a half decades on, George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers’ “Fifty States in Fifty Dates” concert tour (aka the “50 States in 50 Days Tour”; aka the “50-50 Tour”) stands tall in the collective memory for its novelty, its test of endurance, and – ultimately – its success in promoting the band and their blues-infused brand of high energy rock n’ roll.  The premise of the 50-50 tour was ingenious in its simplicity:  fifty shows in a row, each in a different state, with no nights off.  Were that not enough, the band upped the degree of difficulty (and style) by driving from gig to gig in the Lower 48 states in a 1979 Checker Cab.

00 Press Photo Destroyers In Front of Checker CabThe 50-50 tour started on October 23, 1981 in Honolulu, Hawaii and concluded on December 11, 1981 in Pasadena, California.  When all was said and done, the Destroyers had played 51 shows in total, including two on November 25, 1981 in Washington, DC and Catonsville, MD.

00 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Destroyers Schedule Killer Tour Delaware Morning News 1981 Oct 1900 Creem Magazine Feb 1982 - Thorogood 50 50 Tour Headline Cuts Through USAFor all its legend and notoriety, some details of the 50-50 tour are poorly documented, some are buried in archives and personal collections, and some are likely lost forever as venues close, memories fade, and participants pass on.  The dates and venues for the 50-50 tour are well-known, but the list of opening acts – which included Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Albert Collins, the Blasters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan – is incomplete.  There are photos and film footage from some shows, but none to speak of (so far!) from a good number of 50-50 tour stops.

00 50 50 Tour Preview Thorogood Will Play 50 States in 50 Days

This is where you come in.  I’ve set up this blog as a way to reach out to other music fans who can help fill in some of these key gaps:

  • Did you see George Thorogood and the Destroyers on the 50-50 tour in ’81?
  • Did you take any photos?
  • Did you keep your ticket stub?
  • Maybe you have a poster, a set list, a newspaper clipping or some memorabilia from the event?

If yes, please get in touch!

00 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Newspaper Headline Arizona Republic Oct 19 1981

Send me a note using the ‘comment’ form below.  That information comes to me and is not published on this or any other site.  Any information, scans or materials you can contribute will be gratefully accepted and appreciated.  Thanks!

00 A Madman's Tour Carroll County Times 1981 Oct 19 Pg A9

00 Thorogood 50 States in 50 Days Headline with Large Photo

Quick Links to the Contents of this Blog!

Stop 1 / Concert 1.  October 23, 1981.  Wave Waikiki.  Honolulu, HI.  Link
Stop 2 / Concert 2.  October 24, 1981.  International Banquet House. Anchorage, AK.
Stop 3 / Concert 3.  October 25, 1981.  Paramount Theatre.  Portland, OR.  Link
Stop 4 / Concert 4.  October 26, 1981.   WSU Performing Arts Coliseum.  Washington State University.  Pullman, WA.  Link
Stop 5 / Concert 5.  October 27, 1981.  Student Union Ballroom.  Boise State University.  Boise, ID.  Link
Stop 6 / Concert 6.  October 28, 1981.  New Faces Roadhouse.  Salt Lake City, UT.  Link
Stop 7 / Concert 7.  October 29, 1981.  Hitching Post.  Cheyenne, WY.
Stop 8 / Concert 8.  October 30, 1981.  Macky Auditorium.  University of Colorado.  Boulder, CO.  Link
Stop 9 / Concert 9.  October 31, 1981.  The Barbarian.  Rapid City, SD.  Link
Stop 10 / Concert 10.  November 1, 1981.  Fox Theater.  Billings, MT.  Link
Stop 11 / Concert 11.  November 2, 1981.  Gaiety II.  Mandan, ND.  Link
Stop 12 / Concert 12.  November 3, 1981.  Zodiac Lounge.  Moorhead, MN.  Link
Stop 13 / Concert 13.  November 4, 1981.  Omaha City Auditorium Music Hall.  Omaha, NE.  Link
Stop 14 / Concert 14.  November 5, 1981.  C.Y. Stephens Auditorium.  Ames, IA.  Link
Stop 15 / Concert 15.  November 6, 1981.  Hoch Auditorium.  Lawrence, KS.  Link
Stop 16 / Concert 16.  November 7, 1981.  Night Moves.  St. Louis, MO.  Link
Stop 17 / Concert 17.  November 8, 1981.  University of Kentucky Student Center Grand Ballroom.  Lexington, KY.  Link
Stop 18 / Concert 18.  November 9, 1981.  Vogue Theater.  Indianapolis, IN.  Link
Stop 19 / Concert 19.  November 10, 1981.  Headliners.  Madison, WI.  Link
Stop 20 / Concert 20.  November 11, 1981.  Park West.  Chicago, IL.  Link
Stop 21 / Concert 21.  November 12, 1981.  Second Chance.  Ann Arbor, MI.  Link
Stop 22 / Concert 22.  November 13, 1981.  The Agora Ballroom.  Columbus, OH.  Link
Stop 23 / Concert 23.  November 14, 1981.  West Virginia University.  Mountainlair Student Union Ballroom.  Morgantown, WV.  Link
Stop 24 / Concert 24.  November 15, 1981.  Harrisburg Forum Auditorium.  Harrisburg, PA.  Link
Stop 25 / Concert 25.  November 16, 1981.  Savoy.  New York, NY.  Link
Stop 26 / Concert 26.  November 17, 1981.  Bradford Hotel Ballroom.  Boston, MA.  Link
Stop 27 / Concert 27.  November 18, 1981.  Capitol Theater.  Concord, NH.  Link
Stop 28 / Concert 28.  November 19, 1981.  Flat Street.  Brattleboro, VT.
Stop 29 / Concert 29.  November 20, 1981.  Longbranch.  Saco, ME.
Stop 30 / Concert 30.  November 21, 1981.  Edwards Auditorium.  University of Rhode Island.  Kingston, RI.  Link
Stop 31 / Concert 31.  November 22, 1981.  Toad’s Place.  New Haven, CT.  Link
Stop 32 / Concert 32.  November 23, 1981.  Capitol Theatre.  Passaic, NJ.  Link
Stop 33 / Concert 33.  November 24, 1981.  Carpenter Sports Building.  University of Delaware.  Newark, DE.  Link
Stop 34 / Concert 34.  November 25, 1981.  Coast To Coast.  Catonsville, MD.  Link
Stop 34 / Concert 35.  November 25, 1981.  Warner Theater.  Washington, DC.  Link
Stop 35 / Concert 36.  November 26, 1981.  Much More Club.  Richmond, VA.  Link
Stop 36 / Concert 37.  November 27, 1981.  Music City.  Raleigh, NC.  Link
Stop 37 / Concert 38.  November 28, 1981.  Township Auditorium. Columbia, SC.  Link
Stop 38 / Concert 39.  November 29, 1981.   The Agora.  Atlanta, GA.  Link
Stop 39 / Concert 40.  November 30, 1981.  Ruby Diamond Auditorium.  Tallahassee, FL.  Link
Stop 40 / Concert 41.  December 1, 1981.  Saenger Theatre.  Mobile, AL.  Link
Stop 41 / Concert 42.  December 2, 1981.  Abbey’s Irish Rose.  Oxford, MS.
Stop 42 / Concert 43.  December 3, 1981.  POETS Music Hall.  Memphis, TN.
Stop 43 / Concert 44.  December 4, 1981.  The Library Club.  Fayetteville, AR.  Link
Stop 44 / Concert 45.  December 5, 1981.  Superdome.  New Orleans, LA.  Link
Stop 45 / Concert 46.  December 6, 1981.  Cain’s Ballroom.  Tulsa, OK.  Link
Stop 46 / Concert 47.  December 7, 1981.  The Jersey Lilly.  Amarillo, TX.
Stop 47 / Concert 48.  December 8, 1981.  Popejoy Hall.  University of New Mexico.  Albuquerque, NM.  Link
Stop 48 / Concert 49.  December 9, 1981.  Shakey Drakes.  Flagstaff, AZ.  Link
Stop 49 / Concert 50.  December 10, 1981.  Las Vegas Troubadour Lounge. Las Vegas, NV.
Stop 50 / Concert 51.  December 11, 1981.  Perkins Palace.  Pasadena, CA.