50/50 Tour Stop: # 3
Date: October 25, 1981
Venue: Paramount Theater (aka The Portland Paramount). 1037 SW Broadway. Portland, Oregon. 97205.
Find it on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/ZtxGxMbVcKU2
Circa 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
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.
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.
Above: Portland Paramount 50-50 concert ad. October 4, 1981.
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.
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.
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.
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