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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 13 – Omaha City Auditorium Music Hall, Omaha, Nebraska

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 13

Date:  November 4, 1981

Venue:  Omaha City Auditorium Music Hall (aka The Music Hall; aka Omaha Music Hall; aka City Auditorium Music Hall).  N 17th Street.  Omaha, Nebraska.  68102.

Note:  The Omaha Music Hall was part of the larger Omaha Civic Auditorium complex located at 1804 Capitol Avenue.  Omaha, Nebraska.  68102.

Note:  The concert promoter tried to book the Destroyers’ 50-50 show in the Omaha Civic Auditorium, but that venue was already booked for a sporting event.  (Source: Omaha World-Herald.  Nov. 1, 1981.  Pg. 2).

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/XGDDG64qPvy 

Venue Exterior

1981: 

I do not have a photo of Omaha Music Hall’s exterior as it looked in 1981.  I would be much obliged to anyone who can point me to a good picture from that era.

2011:

13 Street View Omaha Music Hall Nebraska 2011

Venue Interior:

2014:

13 Omaha Music Hall Interior 2 Images from Liquidation Auction

13 Omaha Music Hall Interior 1 Images from Liquidation Auction

If you have a vintage photo of the inside of Omaha Music Hall, please send me a note.  I’d love to update these images with something from closer to the 50/50 tour era.

Opening Act:  Cocktail Shorty and the Table Rockers

13 Cocktail Shorty and the Tablerockers Kansas City Ad 1981 Nov

Read more about Cocktail Shorty and the Table Rockers at these links:

http://www.midwestmusicmasters.com/bands3.aspx?Name=Cocktail%20Shorty%20And%20The%20Tablerockers

http://hearnebraska.org/feature/remembering-sean-benjamin-1955-2014/

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

Press & Promotion:  Several ads and concert listings for the Omaha 50-50 tour stop appeared in area papers.

13 George Thorogood Omaha 50 50 Tour Concert Ad Nov 1 1981

13 Thorogood 50 50 Omaha Music Hall Text Advert 2

Above:  Omaha Music Hall 50-50 concert ad.  November 1, 1981.

13 Thorogood 50 50 Omaha Concert Listing Ticket Price

Above:  Events listing with the Destroyers’ Omaha Music Hall 50-50 show.  November 4, 1981.

Ticket Price:  $9

Ticket Stub:

My thanks to blog reader and concert attendee Jesse G. for sharing this photo of his Omaha 50-50 ticket stub!

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Attendance:  2,608.

Source:  Billboard Magazine. November 21, 1981.

13 Thorogood 50 50 Omaha Concert Stats w Opening Act - Billboard Magazine Nov 21 1981

Set List:

  • Intro music:  Theme from Jaws (John Williams & the Boston Pops Orchestra)
  • Madison Blues*
  • The Sky is Crying*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Cocaine Blues*
  • Move It On Over*
  • Land of 1,000 Dances (Encore)
  • Outro music:  The Star-Spangled Banner

* 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.

The Omaha Music Hall 50-50 concert was almost 2 1/2 hours long and featured two encores.

Source:  Omaha World-Herald.  Nov. 5, 1981.  Pg. 11.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Yes.  The Destroyers’ Music Hall 50-50 concert was filmed for the TV show “PM Magazine”.  I have not been able to track down a copy of the PM Magazine footage thus far.  If you have a copy, please get in touch.

Source:  Omaha World-Herald.  Nov. 5, 1981.  Pg. 11.

Concert Photos:

To date, I have not come across any photos from the Destroyers’ Omaha Music Hall 50-50 concert.  If you have any photos from this show, please get in touch using the Comment box below.

Concert Reaction

13 Thorogood 50 50 Omaha Music Hall Review Headline

Omaha World-Herald writer Roger Catlin filed a positive review of the Music Hall show.  In his recap, Mr. Catlin described the concert as “explosive” and noted that Thorogood’s guitar playing “was as sharp as ever”.  The article goes on to say, “Thorogood is a fresh and exciting conduit for such established sounds, presenting them with energy, verve and not an ounce of pretension”.  Also of interest, nearly 100 fans climbed up on stage shortly after the start of the show to dance.

Fate of the Venue:  The Omaha Civic Auditorium – including the Omaha Music Hall – was permanently closed in June 2014.  The contents of the Music Hall were auctioned off to the public in October 2014.  The building was demolished in 2016.

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13 Omaha Music Hall Liquidation Auction

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