50/50 Tour Stop: # 17
Date: November 8, 1981
Venue: University of Kentucky Student Center Grand Ballroom, 404 South Limestone St. Lexington, KY. 40526
Find it on Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/zsPij
Opening Act: Blog reader (and past UK concert chairman) Douglas B has confirmed there was no opening act for this show.
Poster / Flyer / Handbill:
Press & Promotion: Several ads for the 50-50 concert and the accompanying radio broadcast appeared in area newspapers.
Source: Louisville Courier Journal Sun. October 25, 1981.
Ticket Price: $6
Attendance: 1000. (Source: Lexington Herald newspaper).
- Hello Little Girl
- Kids From Philly
- Who Do You Love?
- I’m Wanted
- Cocaine Blues
- One Way Ticket
- One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
- As The Years Go Passing By
- It Wasn’t Me
- Bottom Of The Sea
- Night Time
- I’ll Change My Style
- Miss Luann
- Can’t Stop Lovin’
- Madison Blues
The Lexington Herald newspaper reported a running time for this show of two hours. The music portion of the concert was approximately 1 hour and 26 minutes.
Was the Concert Recorded? Yes. A high quality soundboard recording was made of this show from the radio broadcast.
Above: Cover art for a bootleg of the UK 50-50 concert.
Concert Photos: I have not found any photos from this show as of this writing. If you have photos from the Destroyers’ UK 50-50 show, please drop me a note.
In his mostly positive review of 50-50 show # 17, Lexington Herald writer Walter Tunis praises George Thorogood’s ability to connect with the enthusiastic UK student audience. The review makes repeated mention of how “enormously loud” the evening was, with music played at the “volume of a freight train”.
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 University of Kentucky show (Bottom-left of photo).
Fate of the Venue: Beginning in June 2015, the University of Kentucky Student Center underwent a significant renovation to make way for a new, expanded facility. This work included a complete overhaul of the Grand Ballroom (see second photo below).