50/50 Tour Stop: # 15
Date: November 6, 1981
Venue: Hoch Auditorium. 1455 Jayhawk Boulevard. University of Kansas. Lawrence, KS. 66045.
Find it on Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/HochKansas
If you have a photo of the inside of Hoch Auditorium circa 1981, please send me a note. I’d love to update this image with something more relevant.
Read more about the history of Hoch Auditorium here: http://kuhistory.com/articles/fahrenheit-53000/
Opening Act: Son Seals Blues Band
Read more about the Son Seals Blues Band here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_Seals
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 50-50 tour stop at Hoch Auditorium was very well promoted in the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper. A variety of ads and previews saw print leading up to the show.
There are several variants of the above ad with text that changed closer to the date of the concert (e.g., “Tickets available at the door”).
Ticket Price: $8 / $9 Reserved Seats
Attendance: Unknown. Hoch Auditorium had seating capacity of 3,500.
Set List: Unknown. If you have any information, please get in touch.
Was the Concert Recorded? Unknown. If you have any information, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this post.
Source: 1982 University of Kansas Jayhawker Yearbook. Photo credit: Jeff Schotland.
Concert Reaction: On December 5, 1981, Billboard Magazine printed a letter from a University of Kansas Student Union representative praising the ‘Thorogood entourage’ for the low cost of tickets for this show. The letter goes on, however, to criticize ‘the performer’ for ‘cranking up’ the sound volume to ‘painful’ and ‘damaging’ levels, and for encouraging the audience to leave their assigned seats.
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 one from the Kansas show (Center of photo).
Fate of the Venue: Hoch Auditorium was struck by lightning on June 15, 1991 and heavily damaged by the resulting fire. The re-built and re-designed structure (which now includes three lecture halls, four classrooms, and a computer lab) was re-opened on the same site as Budig Hall in 1997.