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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 22 – Agora Ballroom, Columbus, Ohio

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 22

Date:  November 13, 1981

Venue:  Agora Ballroom.  1722 N. High Street.  Columbus, Ohio.  43201

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/y4yu1haYtnT2

Venue Exterior

1977:

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Exterior Photo Ohio State Lantern Sept 1977 pg 13

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  September 1977.  Pg. 13.  Photo credit:  Dave Huey.

2015:

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Exterior Street View 2015 Aug Newport Music Hall

Venue Interior:

1983

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Interior 1983 Ronald Koal and the Trillionaires

Above:  Ronald Koal and the Trillionaires perform at the Agora Ballroom in 1983.

Source:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPfhehXrvyQ

Opening Act:  Unknown.

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 Columbus 50 50 Tour stop was promoted in the Ohio State Lantern student newspaper.

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Ohio State Nov 13 1981 pg 9

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 13, 1981.  Pg. 9.

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Ohio State Nov 13 1981 pg 12

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 13, 1981.  Pg. 12.

Ticket Price:  $7.50 in advance.

Ticket Stub

My thanks to Jeff S. for sharing a photo of his ticket stub from the Destroyers’ 50/50 “tower” (tour) stop in Columbus!

Attendance:  Unknown.  The Agora Ballroom in Columbus held 1,700.

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

  • Who Do You Love*
  • Night Time*
  • I’ll Change My Style*
  • Can’t Stop Lovin’*
  • Bad to the Bone*
  • I’m Wanted*
  • Cocaine Blues*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Move It On Over*
  • Madison Blues*
  • The Sky is Crying*
  • No Particular Place to Go*
  • Reelin’ and Rockin’¹

¹ Reelin’ and Rockin’ is confirmed as the final song played at this concert.

* 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:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 11.

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

Concert Photos:

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Thorogood 50 50 Concert Photo Ohio State Nov 16 1981 pg 11

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 11.  Photo credit:  Jim Ozello.

Concert Reaction

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review Headline Ohio State Nov 16 1981 pg 11

Doug Curran of the Ohio State Lantern wrote in glowing terms about the Destroyers’ 50-50 performance in Columbus:

“Charles Young of Rolling Stone magazine once said that if Thorogood gave off any more energy, the government would lock him in a lead barrel and dump him off the coast of New Jersey, and Friday ‘s crowd probably agreed with him.

An expression of the brash Chicago blues sound which started in the fifties, the Destroyers music is not just an echo of that r&b tradition.  Their primal simplicity and energy hit an immediate chord of response , leaving the audience with the realization that this is the spirit that should enfuse (sic) rhythm ‘n ‘ blues rock ‘n ‘ roll at its most stunning”.

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 11.

Other Notes:  This concert did not take place at the Cleveland Agora, as is incorrectly stated on some 50-50 tour date lists circulating online.

Fate of the Venue:  The Agora Ballroom in Columbus closed down in September 1983.  After renovations and upgrades, the Newport Music Hall opened at the same location in 1984.

22 Agora Ballroom Columbus Closes Ohio State Lantern Sept 22 1983 pg 7

Source:  Ohio State Lantern.  September 22, 1983.

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