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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 33 – Carpenter Sports Building, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware

50/50 Tour Stop:  # 33

Date:  November 24, 1981

Venue:  Carpenter Sports Building.  University of Delaware.  Newark, Delaware.  19711.

Find it on Google Maps:  https://goo.gl/maps/B2D8yN4sTxM2

Venue Exterior

Circa 2010:

33 Delaware Carpenter Sports Building Pre Renovation

Source:  http://delawaresports.org/venues/carpenter-sports-building

Circa 2013:

33 Delaware Carpenter Sports Building Exterior

Read more about the Carpenter Sports Building at this link:  http://www.bluehens.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29100&ATCLID=209247928

Venue Interior:

33 Delaware Inside of Carpenter Sports Building Basketball Gymnasium John Kerry Speaking Oct 1971

Above:  John Kerry speaks out against the Vietnam War in the Carpenter Sports Building basketball gymnasium.

Source:  University of Delaware “The Review” Newspaper.  October 29, 1971.  Pg. 1.  Photo credit:  Burleigh Cooper.

Opening Act:  The Commotions.

A photo of the Commotions can be found in the University of Delaware “Review” student newspaper.  November 3, 1981.  See pg. 11 at this link:  http://udspace.udel.edu/bitstream/handle/19716/11628/udr_105_18.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Read more about The Commotions at this link:  http://hangnailphillips.com/?p=384

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

Press & Promotion:  As you might expect for the Destroyers’ home town show, the Newark 50-50 tour stop was very well covered by the University of Delaware “Review” student newspaper.

33 Delaware George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Ticket Ad Photo Opening Act udr_105_18_Page_2

Source:  University of Delaware “The Review” Newspaper.  November 3, 1981.  Pg. 2.

Ticket Price:  $8.50 for University of Delaware students.  $9.50 for others.

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 concert was sold out.  The Carpenter Sports Building gymnasium held 1,500 people.

Source:  Morning News.  Nov. 14, 1981.

Set List:

  • Intro music:  Theme from Jaws (John Williams & the Boston Pops Orchestra)
  • Who Do You Love
  • I’m Wanted¹
  • Cocaine Blues*
  • One Way Ticket*
  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer*
  • It Wasn’t Me*
  • Madison Blues*
  • The Sky is Crying*
  • Move It On Over*
  • No Particular Place to Go (Encore)
  • Ride on Josephine (Encore) 

¹ I’m Wanted was the 4th song in the set list.

* 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 Delaware “The Review” Newspaper.  December 1, 1981.  Pp. 11 & 14.

Was the Concert Recorded?  Unknown.

Concert Photos:

Several photos from this concert published in the University of Delaware “Review” student newspaper.  You can access those photos for free at this link:

University of Delaware Review.  Vol. 105.  Issue 25.  See page 1 and page 11: http://udspace.udel.edu/bitstream/handle/19716/11635/udr_105_25.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

33 Thorogood 50 50 Tour University of Delaware Yearbook 1982 Concert Photos pp 12-13a

Source:  University of Delaware “Blue Hen” Yearbook.  1982.  Pg. 9.  Photo credit:  Not indicated/Unknown.

33 Thorogood 50 50 Tour University of Delaware Yearbook 1982 Concert Photos pp 12-13b

Source:  University of Delaware “Blue Hen” Yearbook.  1982.  Pg. 9.  Photo credit:  Not indicated/Unknown.

33 Thorogood 50 50 Tour University of Delaware Yearbook 1982 Concert Photos pp 12-13c

Source:  University of Delaware “Blue Hen” Yearbook.  1982.  Pg. 8.  Photo credit:  Not indicated/Unknown.

Concert Reaction

33 George Thorogood Delaware 50 50 Concert Review Headline The News Journal Papers Nov 27 1981

Gary Mullinax of Wilmington’s News Journal Papers said of the Destroyer’s 50-50 show:

“Everybody seemed to love George Thorogood last Tuesday night when he paused in his home state long enough to perform at the Carpenter Sports Building…  Seven young women rushed onto the stage to hug the world-famous rock musician during his second encore.  Thorogood seemed happy with the attention.  In fact, when one of the women got shy and seemed about to jump back into the crowd, Thorogood grabbed her and gave her a big hug”.

University of Delaware “Review” contributor Barbara Landskroener filed a detailed account of the Destroyers’ 50-50 concert in Newark. 

Excerpts:  

“Although seating was limited, it didn’t faze too many fans as they be-bopped and rocked on the gym’s tarp covered basketball court.  

Those fortunate enough to be standing in front of the stage witnessed the heart, soul and magic that makes Thorogood’s live performance so renowned.

‘We’ll do all your favorite songs, son,’ [Thorogood] assured an over-eager fan.  He then called out for requests – ‘You say it, we’ll play it,’ – and raced into Madison Blues, jubilantly holding out the mike again to the frenzied fans in front.

Moving into rhythm and blues, Thorogood sang The Sky is Crying, during which the first of many female fans jumped onto the stage to give ‘Georgie’ a big kiss. ‘How sweet it is,’ he said again, with relish”.

Other Notes:  

This cheeky note appeared in The Review classifieds shortly after the Destroyers’ concert.

33 Delaware Thorogood 50 50 Cheeky Classified Ad Lost Tickets udr_105_26_Page_2

Fate of the Venue:  The Carpenter Sports Building underwent a major renovation from 2011 thru 2013.    The expanded and remodeled Carpenter Sports Building now functions as fitness center, sports venue and office space for the University of Delaware.

33 Delaware Carpenter Sports Building Construction Photo

Find out more about the changes to the Carpenter Sports Building at this link:  http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2014/aug/carpenter-sports-building-080613.html?DB_OEM_ID=29100

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