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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.

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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.

38 Skip Castro Band You're Killing Me

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.

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