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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 5 – Boise State University, Student Union Ballroom, Boise, Idaho

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 5

Date:  October 27, 1981

Venue:  Boise State University.  Student Union Ballroom.  1700 University Drive.  Boise, Idaho.  83725.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/32hU7CizU3y

Venue Exterior

1968: 

05 Street View Boise State Student Union Building 1968 BSU Yearbook

Source:  Boise State Yearbook, 1968.

2011:

05 Street View Boise State Student Union Building 2011

Venue Interior:

05 Boise State Student Union Ballroom Interior 1970s

Above:  Boise State Student Union ballroom.  1970s.  Source:  http://digital.boisestate.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/archives/id/386/rec/7

Opening Act:  Unknown.

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  I have not come across a poster, flyer or handbill for the Boise State 50-50 show to date.  Please get in touch if you have a scan that you can share.

Press & Promotion:  This 50-50 tour stop was promoted in the Boise State student newspaper.

05 Boise State University News October 21 Concert Preview_Page_3

Above:  Boise State Student Union 50-50 concert preview article.   Boise State University News.  October 21, 1981.  Pg. 3.

05 George Thorogood 50 50 tour Boise State University News October 21 pg 3 Preview Text

Above:  Close-up of text from the above Boise State Student Union 50-50 concert preview article.

Ticket Price:  $8.

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 Boise State University News reported that the Destroyers played to a “packed room”.

Set List:

  • House of Blue Lights
  • Cocaine Blues*
  • I’m Wanted*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Move It On Over*
  • Madison Blues*
  • Nobody But Me (Encore)
  • No Particular Place to Go (Encore)

* 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:  Boise State University News.  October 28, 1981.  Pg. 10.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.

Concert Photos:

05 George Thorogood concert photo Boise State 50 50 tour University News 1981 October 28 pg 4

Source:  Boise State University News.  October 28, 1981.  Pg. 4.  Photo credit:  Meg Fereday.

Concert Reaction

05 George Thorogood 50 50 tour Boise SUB Concert Review University News October 28 1981 pg 10

Source:  Boise State University News.  October 28, 1981.  Pg. 10.

Other Notes:  In an interview with NBC News from December 27, 1981, Thorogood recalled that the Student Union Ballroom’s inadequate sound system led the band to play “one of the quietest Destroyer shows ever”.   

Fate of the Venue:  The Boise State Student Union building underwent a major renovation in 2009.  Concerts and other events continue to be held on site.

Read more about the Boise State Student Union building at this link:  http://sub.boisestate.edu/history-of-the-sub/

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