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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 34 – Coast to Coast, Catonsville, Maryland

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 34 (Concert # 34)

Date:  November 25, 1981

Venue:  Coast to Coast.  6512 Baltimore National Pike.  Catonsville, MD.  21228.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/gWiiinXC8x52 

Venue Exterior

1981:

35 Coast to Coast Exterior Evening Sun Dec 10 1981 pg 18

Source:  Baltimore Evening Sun.  Dec. 10, 1981.  Pg. 18.

2017:

35 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Baltimore Street View Catonsville 2017 Oct

Venue Interior:

35 Coast to Coast Interior Evening Sun Dec 10 1981 pg 18

Above:  The band D.C. Star performs at Coast to Coast.  Source:  Baltimore Evening Sun.  Dec. 10, 1981.  Pg. 18.

Opening Act:  The Skip Castro Band.

35 Skip Castro Band Daily Press July 15 1984 pg E1

Note:  George Thorogood joined the Skip Castro Band for part of their opening set.  Please see the “Set List” section below for details.

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:  

I have never seen a poster for this concert.  Please get in touch if you have a photo you can share.

Press & Promotion:  

35 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Cantonsville MD Headline Band Plays High Energy Rock 1981 Nov 22    

Source:  Baltimore Sun.  November 22, 1981.

35 Concert Preview Part II Bringing Basic Rock Baltimore Sun Nov 22 1981

Source:  Baltimore Sun.  November 22, 1981.

35 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Baltimore Sun Coast to Coast Preview Find the Band 1981 Nov 22

Source:  Baltimore Sun.  November 22, 1981.

Ticket Price:  Unknown.

Ticket Stub:  I have not seen a stub to this concert thus far.  If you have a scan or a stub for sale, please contact me!    

Attendance:  “About 1,000”.

Source:  Baltimore Evening Sun.  Nov. 27, 1981.  Pg. B1.

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

  • Oh What a Thrill¹ 
  • Intro music:  Theme from Jaws (John Williams & the Boston Pops Orchestra)
  • One Way Ticket*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • I’m Wanted*
  • Who Do You Love?*
  • Night Time*

¹ As reported in the Baltimore Evening Sun:

The group [The Skip Castro Band] closed its set with Chuck Berry’s “Oh What a Thrill”, as lead guitarist Bo Randall leaped off the stage and duckwalked through the room.  When he returned onstage five minutes later, he was met by [George] Thorogood who strapped on his guitar and jammed for a short while with the band…  Thorogood’s appearance was totally unplanned.    

* 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:  Baltimore Evening Sun.  Nov. 27, 1981.  Pg. B10.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Yes.  See “Concert Reaction” below.  The Destroyers’ 50-50 concert at Coast to Coast was filmed for NBC’s “The Today Show” and for the syndicated program “PM Magazine”.  I have yet to come across any footage from either episode.    

Source:  Baltimore Evening Sun.  Nov. 27, 1981.  Pg. B1 & On Music & Media Magazine.  September-October 1982.  Pg. 39.

Concert Photos:  I have yet to uncover any photos from the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Catonsville.  Please get in touch if you have any to share.

Concert Reaction:

35 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Maryland Review Pt 1 Evening Sun Nov 27 1981 pg B1

Patrick Ercolano of the Baltimore Evening Sun filed a positive review of the Destroyers’ 50/50 concert at Coast to Coast:

Wasting little time in getting things rolling, Thorogood and company […] led off with several numbers at a break-neck tempo that had customers dancing on the tables and chairs…  For an artist who doesn’t exactly possess a huge national reputation and whose records are on the small […] Rounder label, Thorogood has intensely devoted fans.  At Coast to Coast, they seemed to sing along with every lyric.

George Thorogood discusses the 50-50 concert in Maryland in an interview from 1982:

“The Washington D.C. gig was the best…  That was the day we played two gigs:  D.C. and Baltimore.  But what a day it was.  Insane.  INSANE!  You see we usually went to sleep about six in the morning when we were doing the Eastern states.  And we slept until five in the afternoon.  But that day we did an afternoon show which started around six and then drove to D.C. for a show at 11.  The only day I really needed my sleep so I could energize, I got about four hours sleep, tops, because of some radio interview before the gig in D.C.  I got nothing to eat, I was totally exhausted from the previous night, and at the interview this jock wants to talk about nothing except the Rolling Stones.  Now I’m really bummed because I’m wiped out and have to do two shows, and to complicate things, the Baltimore gig is being filmed by the TV show P.M. Magazine.  Of all the times I need my energy, I got none.

Anyway, we did a two and a half hour show at Baltimore, drove to D.C. and did the show there.  And it was totally animalistic.  I mean TOTALLY.  It was unbelievable.  There was a riot in the crowd.  We had to stop playing after the third song to calm things down.  We were sizzlin’ up there on stage – we were great despite fatigue.  We got everyone fired up and then took them down with a ballad and took them right back up again.

For me it was the peak of the tour because it showed me how much I could really push myself.”

Source:  On Music & Media Magazine.  September-October 1982.  Pg. 39.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  The site where Coast to Coast once stood is now a furniture store.

 

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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 37 – Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 37 (Concert # 38)

Date:  November 28, 1981

Venue:  Columbia Township Auditorium (aka The Township).  1703 Taylor Street.  Columbia, SC 29201.

Find it on Google Mapshttps://goo.gl/maps/C8wT9WdLXjm

Venue Exterior

Circa 1940s to 1950s:

38 Township Auditorium Postcard Front of Building

2015:

38 Street View Township Auditorium 2015

Venue Interior:

38 Township Auditorium Interior

Read more about the Township Auditorium here (scroll down to the later pages):  http://www.nationalregister.sc.gov/richland/S10817740134/S10817740134.pdf

Opening Act:  The Skip Castro Band, plus airband contest winners from the University of South Carolina.

35 Skip Castro Band Daily Press July 15 1984 pg E1

Read more about the Skip Castro Band here:  http://www.skipcastro.com/

 38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Airband Winners Opening Act Gamecock Nov 20 1981 pg 6

 Above:  Carl Singmaster and Clark Peden during their prize-winning airband performance.

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 20, 1981.  Pg. 6.

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:

38 South Carolina Thorogood Goes Cross Country 50 50 Concert Preview Gamecock Nov 16 1981 pg 13

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 13.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Preview Gamecock Nov 16 1981 pg 13

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 16, 1981.  Pg. 13.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Rectangular Gamecock Nov 19 1981 pg 11

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 19, 1981.  Pg. 11.

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Ad Ticket Prices Rectangular Gamecock Nov 23 1981 pg 6

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  November 23, 1981.  Pg. 6.

Ticket Price:  $7.75 for University of South Carolina students.  $8.75 for non-students.

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 Township has seating capacity for up to 3,500.

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

  • Madison Blues*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • Move It On Over*
  • Same Thing*
  • I’ll Change My Style*

* 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:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  December 2, 1981.  Pg. 6.

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 found any photos of the Destroyers’ South Carolina 50-50 concert to date.  Please get in touch if you have any photos that can be shared.

Concert Reaction

38 South Carolina Thorogood 50 50 Concert Review Gamecock Dec 2 1981 pg 6

John Vaughan, Assistant Entertainment Editor for the South Carolina Gamecock newspaper, wrote a positive review of the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert:  

“Thorogood seemed always to be trying to get everywhere on the stage at once.  He raced from one side to the other, leaning into the crowd, jumping back, hopping over to the microphone.  He brandished his guitar like his personal Excalibur, playing it up, down and behind his head.

Thorogood seemed to enjoy his audience as much as it enjoyed him; he repeatedly injected local names into his lyrics and smiled as the crowd roared its approval.  He did this especially with ‘Same Thing’ when he played cheerleader and made the crowd sing the refrain louder and louder”.

The student airband performers did not fair as well in the article:

“The concert opened with a joke.  Not the stand-up comedian type, but rather, two of the winning groups in the Golden Spur’s monthly airband competitions.  The Three Preps were followed by Denny and the Desenex Burgers and both were horrible.  The entertainment factor seemed to come from the opportunity to throw ice and beer cups and boo the groups off the stage”.

Source:  University of South Carolina “Gamecock” Newspaper.  December 2, 1981.  Pg. 6.

Other Notes:  None.

Fate of the Venue:  Columbia Township Auditorium continues to host concerts and other live events.