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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 40 – Saenger Theatre, Mobile, Alabama

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 40 (Concert # 41)

Date:  December 1, 1981

Venue:  Saenger Theatre. 6 South Joachim Street.  Mobile, Alabama.  36602.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/HMjKqnYVkNB2

Venue Exterior

December 1988:

41 Saenger Exterior 1988

Source:  Mobile Register.  May 5, 1988.  Pg. 20-A.

2016:

41 Saenger Theatre Street View 2016 Nov

Venue Interior:

Date unknown (Pre-1999):

Photo credit:  http://www.angelfire.com/al/saenger/

Read more about the history of Saenger Theatre (Mobile) here:  http://www.saengeramusements.com/theatres/mobile/saenger/mobile.htm

Opening Act:  Cruis-o-matic

Photo credit:  http://theancestors.com/cruisearlyyears.htm

Read more about Cruis-o-matic here:  https://www.cruis-o-matic.com/bio

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  

Source:  http://www.shaggytexas.com/board/showthread.php/86806-Fox-Bros.-BBQ-Atlanta-GA

Press & Promotion:  The Mobile 50 50 Tour stop was well promoted in regional newspapers.

Source:  Pensacola News Journal.  November 27, 1981.

Source:  Mobile Register.  November 27, 1981.

Source:  Mobile Register.  November 27, 1981.

Ticket Price:  $7 in advance.  $8 on the day of the show.

Source:  Pensacola News Journal.  November 20, 1981.

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 to share or for sale.

AttendanceUnknown.  Saenger Theatre had seating capacity for 1,970 in 1987.  

Source:  Mobile Press Register.  June 14, 1987.  Pg. 2-G.

Set List:  Unknown.

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

Concert Photos:  I have not come across any photos from the Destroyers’ 50 50 concert in Mobile thus far.  Please send me a note using the comment box if you can point me in the right direction.

Concert Reaction:  I am still looking for a printed review from this concert.  Please get in touch if you know of one.

Other Notes: There was much speculation leading up to the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Mobile that the Rolling Stones would put in an appearance at the Saenger Theatre.  In the end, the Stones did not attend the show.

Source:  Pensacola News Journal.  November 20, 1981.

Fate of the Venue:  Saenger Theatre underwent an extensive renovation in 2004.  The theatre continues to host concerts and other public events.

Read more about the Saenger Theatre here:  http://www.mobilesaenger.com/history/ 

50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 44 – Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 44 (Concert # 45)

Date:  December 5, 1981

Venue:  Louisiana Superdome.  1500 Sugar Bowl Drive.  New Orleans, LA.  70112.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/uDcxqi42ec62

Venue Exterior

Circa 1975:

 45 Louisiana Superdome Postcard Exterior 1975

July 2014:

45 Street View Louisiana Superdome 2014 July

Venue Interior:

1981

45 Louisiana Superdome Interior Rolling Stones on Stage Dec 5 1981

Above:  The Rolling Stones perform at the Louisiana Superdome on December 5, 1981.  Photo credit:  Jack Thornell.

Source:  http://www.nfl.com/photoessays/0ap1000000131155

Opening Act:  Not applicable!  The Neville Brothers and George Thorogood and the Destroyers opened for the Rolling Stones this night.

45 Neville Brothers 1981

Above:  The Neville Brothers, March 1981.  Photo credit:  David Gahr.

Source:  http://www.gettyimages.ca/detail/news-photo/art-aaron-and-cyril-neville-of-the-neville-brothers-pose-news-photo/138359370

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  There are many different posters for the Rolling Stones’ “American Tour ’81” (aka “Tour of America”) – some authorized, some not; some printed before the tour, some produced afterwards; some with generic, national information, some with concert details for individual cities.  For the purposes of this blog, I’ve chosen to include only those posters that specifically reference the New Orleans concert.

45 Rolling Stones 1981 Tour Poster

Source:  www.wolfgangsvault.com

45 Rolling Stones December 1981 Surreal Concert Poster Louisiana Superdome

Source: http://www.bestofneworleans.com/blogofneworleans/archives/2015/04/06/y-speak-party-time-egg-celent

45 Louisiana Superdome Concert Poster Thorogood Opening for Rolling Stones 50 50 Tour Stop

Source:  eBay

Press & Promotion:  As you would expect for a high profile Rolling Stones concert at a large venue, this show was heavily promoted.  As with the poster section above, I’m focusing on materials specifically discussing George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

45 Louisiana Superdome Concert Preview Destroyers Opening for Rolling Stones Wavelength Magazine Dec 1981 Pg 9

Source:  Wavelength Magazine.  December 1981.  Pg. 9.

45 Louisiana Superdome Concert Listing Destroyers Opening for Rolling Stones Wavelength Magazine Dec 1981 Pg 9

Source:  Wavelength Magazine.  December 1981.  Pg. 9

45 Preview Louisiana Superdome George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Editors Note Times Picayune Dec 4 1981 pg 10

Source:  Times Picayune.  December 4, 1981.  Pg. 10.

45 Preview Louisiana Superdome Rolling Stones George Thorogood Loverboy Baton Rouge Billboard Dec 4 1981 Pg 5

Above:  Newspaper listing for the December 5, 1981 with the Canadian band Loverboy incorrectly included as an opening act.  In the author’s defense, there was discussion/rumour in the month prior to this show that Loverboy would be part of the bill.

Source:  Baton Rouge Billboard.  December 4, 1981.  Pg. 5.

Ticket Price:  $18.50.

Ticket Stub:  This is far and away the easiest 50-50 ticket stub to find in collecting circles.  There are typically two or three examples up for sale on eBay at any one time.  Full tickets, with the stub still attached, also come up for sale on a semi-regular basis.

45 Louisiana Superdome Rolling Stones George Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ticket Stub

Attendance:  87,500.

45 New Orleans Attendance Stats Billboard Magazine 1981 Dec 19 pg 29

At the time, this was the largest indoor concert ever held in the United States.  This attendance record was broken in 2014 at a George Strait concert in Dallas, Texas.

Source:  Billboard Magazine.  December 25, 1982.  Pg. TIA-41.

Set List:  Unknown.  There is surprisingly little information available about the opening sets by the Destroyers and the Neville Brothers for this concert.  The only tidbit of (unconfirmed) information I have is that the Destroyers played two encores.  If you have any information, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this post.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.  The Rolling Stones’ headlining portion of this concert is widely available as a soundboard-quality bootleg.  One would think that the same equipment could have very easily recorded George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ opening set as well.  If you have any information, please contact me using the form at the bottom of this post.

Concert Photos:

Please follow this link to see two photos of the Destroyers from their New Orleans 50-50 concert.

Source:  http://www.jdthedj.com/Thorogood.aspx

Concert Reaction

45 Concert Review Louisiana Superdome Rolling Stones George Thorogood Worst Acoustics HEADLINE Times Picayune Dec 8 1981 Sec 5 Pg 7

In his review of the Rolling Stones’ 1981 Louisiana Superdome concert, Eddy Allman of the Baton Rouge State Times included a nice mention of the Destroyers’ 50-50 performance:

“George Thorogood has just finished a blazing, compact set in which he had appropriated every time-worn blues guitar riff and Chuck Berry stage move ever cataloged in the Great Book of Rock.  And, what’s more, Thorogood had carried it off with grit, flash and firepower to bring the Superdome to the verge of meltdown.  George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers.  Indeed.”  

Source:  Baton Rouge State Times.  December 11, 1981.  Pg. 24.

Other Notes:  

George Thorogood performed this concert with a very high temperature and a “monster head cold”.    

Future Destroyers’ guitarist Jim Suhler attended this concert as a member of the general public.

The Superdome concert was the first time Mick Jagger watched the Destroyers perform.  To that point, the Destroyers had opened for the Stones on ten nights of their 1981 American Tour.

Source:  http://www.lonestar925.com/media/play/george-thorogood-pt-1-26773718/

Fate of the Venue:  $336 million was spent renovating the Superdome in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (August 2005).   The Superdome continues to host sporting events and concerts.

45 Louisiana Superdome Before and After Hurricane Katrina Repairs

Wall-to-Wall Entertainment: The 50-50 Carpet

50 50 Tour Carpet Hampton VA Dec 18 1981 George Thorogood Opening for the Rolling StonesAbove:  The 50-50 carpet getting post 50-50 tour use.  Hampton Coliseum.  Hampton, VA.  December 18, 1981.  George Thorogood and the Destroyers opening for the Rolling Stones.

One of my favorite details from the 50 States in 50 Days tour is the custom red area rug that appeared on stage with the band at many 50/50 shows.  As you can see from the accompanying images, the carpet featured a circular star design with two 50s and a lightning bolt slashing through the middle.

I’d love to learn more about the origin (and fate) of this magnificent piece of set decoration.  If you have any info, please get in touch!

50 50 Tour Carpet on Stage in San Francisco CA Oct 17 1981 George Thorogood and the Destroyers Opening for Rolling StonesAbove:  The 50-50 carpet is previewed on the west coast before the 50-50 tour.  Candlestick Park.  San Francisco, CA.  October 17, 1981.  George Thorogood and the Destroyers opening for the Rolling Stones.

00 Carpet 50 50 Tour Chicago Park West Nov 11 1981Above:  The 50/50 carpet makes an appearance at Chicago’s Park West as the Destroyers take the stage.  November 11, 1981.