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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 36 – Music City, Raleigh, North Carolina

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 36 (Concert # 37)

Date:  November 27, 1981

Venue:  Music City.  3210 Yonkers Road.  Raleigh, NC.  27604.

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Venue Exterior

1981: 

I have not been able to find a photo of the outside of Music City as it looked circa 1981.  Please get in touch if there is a picture from the 50-50 tour era that you can point me to.  

2014:

37 Raleigh Street View 2014

Venue Interior:

1981: 

37 Raleigh Technician-v62n21-1981-10-16 pg 2 Interior Photo Music City Venue

Source:  “Technician” Student Newspaper.  North Carolina State University.  October 16, 1981.  Pg. 2.  Photo credit:  Jim Frei.

Opening Act:  Unknown.

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

Press & Promotion:  The Raleigh 50-50 tour stop was well advertised in the NC State student newspaper.  Ads similar to the one below (with updated information) appeared in print for over a month leading up to the show.

37 Raleigh NCState 50 50 Ad Technician-v62n37-1981-11-25 w Ticket Price_Page_5

Source:  “Technician” Student Newspaper.  North Carolina State University.  November 25, 1981.  Pg. 2.

37 George Thorogood Raleigh 50 50 Concert Listing Technician-v62n21-1981-10-16

Source:  “Technician” Student Newspaper.  North Carolina State University.  October 16, 1981.  Pg. 5.

Ticket Price:  $10.00.

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:  “3,000-plus”.

Source:  “The Chronicle”.  Duke University student newspaper.  Vol. 77, No. 62.  R&R Section.  December 3, 1981.  Pg. 5.

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

  • House of Blue Lights*
  • Kids from Philly*
  • I’m Wanted**
  • Cocaine Blues**
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer**
  • It Wasn’t Me**
  • I’ll Change My Style**
  • I Can’t Stop Lovin’**
  • Madison Blues**
  • The Sky is Crying**
  • Bad to the Bone**
  • Move It On Over**
  • Night Time**
  • Ride on Josephine (Encore)
  • No Particular Place to Go (Encore)
  • Reelin’ and Rockin’ (Encore)

This concert was 2 and 1/2 hours long.

* House of Blue Lights and Kids from Philly are confirmed as this concert’s opening two songs.  

** 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:  “The Chronicle”.  Duke University student newspaper.  Vol. 77, No. 62.  R&R Section.  December 3, 1981.  Pp. 5-6.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.  Please get in touch if you have any information.

Concert Photos:  I have not come across any photos from the Music City 50-50 concert.  Please get in touch if you know of any.

Concert Reaction:  

37-george-thorogood-50-50-tour-destroyers-devastate-music-city-duke-chronicle-1981-dec-3-pg-13

In his report for the Duke University Chronicle newspaper, Rick Shoaf said of the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Raleigh:

“Thorogood and his band gave a free-spirited, two-and-one-half hour performance that kept a sold-out 3,000-plus crowd on its feet for the duration of the show…  The most enjoyable aspect of the show was Thorogood’s talent as an entertainer. Performing on stage his enthusiasm and exuberance were infectuous (sic), making his Music City concert all the more delightful.”

Source:  “The Chronicle”.  Duke University student newspaper.  Vol. 77, No. 62.  R&R Section.  December 3, 1981.  Pp. 5-6.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  The site where Music City once operated has been home to strip clubs and a steak house in recent years.

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