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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 3 – Paramount Theater, Portland, Oregon

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 3

Date:  October 25, 1981

Venue:  Paramount Theater (aka The Portland Paramount).  1037 SW Broadway.  Portland, Oregon.  97205.

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Venue Exterior

Circa early 1980s: 

03 Paramount Theater Portland exterior early 1980s

Read more about the Portland Paramount at this link (also the source of the above photo):  www.oregonencyclopedia.org/articles/portland_paramount_theatre_arlene_schnitzer_concert_hall


03 Street View Portland Paramount Theater 2014

Venue Interior:

Circa 2014:

03 Portland Paramount Theater Interior

If you have a vintage photo of the inside of the Portland Paramount, please send me a note.  I’d love to update this image with something from closer to the 50/50 tour era.

Opening Act:  Robert Cray Band.

03 Robert Cray Band Press Photo

Read more about Robert Cray at this link:  RobertCray.com

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

Press & Promotion:  A small number of ads for the Portland 50-50 tour stop appeared in area papers.

03 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Ad Portland Paramount

Above:  Portland Paramount 50-50 concert ad.  October 4, 1981.

03 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Ticket Ad Portland Paramount

Above:  Events listing that includes the Destroyers’ Portland 50-50 show.  G.I. Joe’s was a retail chain that operated in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  October 4, 1981.

Ticket Price:  $8.50

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 current incarnation of the Paramount Theater has a seating capacity of 2,776.

Set List:  Unknown.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.

Concert Photos:

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

Concert Reaction

Oregonian staff writer John Wendeborn summed up the Portland 50-50 show thusly:  “Rock of a different feel was the awesome rhythmic tornado known as George Thorogood and the Destroyers, who played the Paramount last week.  On the third date of a 50-night (consecutively) tour, this band blew everyone out of the seats with raw, muscular rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly” (November 3, 1981).

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 Portland show.

00 George Thorogood Anthology CD Inlay w 50 50 Tour Backstage Passes

Fate of the Venue:  The Paramount Theater lives on as a venue for live music and performances.  The Paramount was renovated in the mid-1980s and re-opened as the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Find out more about the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall at this link:  http://www.portland5.com/about/history