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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 19 – Headliners, Madison, Wisconsin

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 19

Date:  November 10, 1981

Venue:  Headliners.  626 University Ave.  Madison, Wisconsin.  53715.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/1XwpWRbsxKq

Venue Exterior


19 Street View Headliners Madison Sept 1986

Source:  http://host.madison.com/wsj/entertainment/throwback-gallery-madison-area-bars-you-ll-never-drink-at/article_68d224c7-a122-5630-99a3-fe875134dca3.html


19 Street View Headliners Madison 2014

Venue Interior:

Feb 1982

19 Interior View Headliners U2 1982 Feb 22 from Mediaspin-com

There are several photos of the Headliners stage (during a U2 concert) at this site:  http://www.mediaspin.com/u2/U2-1.html

Opening Act:  Bo Ramsey and the Sliders.

19 Opening Act Bo Ramsey and the Sliders

Read more about Bo Ramsey at this link:  http://www.boramsey.com/bio/

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 Madison 50 50 Tour stop was promoted in the Wisconsin State Journal.

19 George Thorogood Madison Headliners 50 50 Tour Ad Wisconsin State Journal Oct 31 1981 Sec 8 Pg 8.jpg

Source:  Wisconsin State Journal.  October 31, 1981.  Section 8.  Pg. 8.

Ticket PriceUnknown.

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.  Headliners had a capacity of approximately 1,200 people for concerts.

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

  • Who Do You Love*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • I’m Wanted*
  • Madison Blues*

* 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:  Wisconsin State Journal.  October 31, 1981.  Section 4.  Pg. 7.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.  If you have any information, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this post.

Concert Photos:

Source:  University of Wisconsin “Badger” Yearbook.  1982.  Pg. 64.

Concert Reaction

19 George Thorogood Madison Headliners 50 50 Tour Concert Review w Opening Act.jpg

Music writer Michael St. John of the Wisconsin State Journal described the scene inside Headliners during the Destroyers’ 50-50 performance in Madison:

“Passionately stroking a cream colored Gibson one and a quarter, Thorogood proclaimed the club ‘Madison’s chapel of rock,’ punctuated the accents of each song with repeated genuflection and occasionally dipped the neck of his guitar to the up-stretched hands of the faithful.  It was rock ‘n’ roll revival time and Brother George was preaching the gospel.

The shoulder-to-collarbone hoard danced, on the floor, in the balcony and on the railings.  During the second of three encores, Thorogood joined those dancers on the railings, and when the house lights came on, the club’s staff had to practically pry the crowd out of the room”.

Source:  Wisconsin State Journal.  October 31, 1981.  Section 4.  Pg. 7.

Other Notes:  Opening act Bo Ramsey and the Sliders referenced this concert in a 1982 ad for a show in Omaha, Nebraska.

19 Bo Ramsey Ad 1982 Jan 15 Nebraska at Omaha

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 Madison show (Middle column towards bottom of photo).

00 George Thorogood Anthology CD Inlay w 50 50 Tour Backstage Passes

Fate of the Venue:  Headliners closed in the late 1990s.