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50 Dates in 50 Posts – Tour Stop # 17 – University of Kentucky Student Center Grand Ballroom, Lexington, Kentucky

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

Venue Exterior

17 University of Kentucky Matchbook Cover Front of Student Center


17 University of Kentucky Student Center Exterior 1982


17 Street View UK Student Center 2013

Venue Interior:


17 University of Kentucky Grand Ballroom Interior 1964

Opening Act:  Blog reader (and past UK concert chairman) Douglas B has confirmed there was no opening act for this show.

Poster / Flyer / Handbill:

17 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Concert Poster Kentucky Grand Ballroom November 8 1981

Press & Promotion:  Several ads for the 50-50 concert and the accompanying radio broadcast appeared in area newspapers.

17 Preview University of Kentucky Thorogood 50 50 Concert Courier Journal Sun Oct 25 1981

Source:  Louisville Courier Journal Sun.  October 25, 1981.

17 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour Kentucky Concert Listing Herald & Leader Oct 17 1981 B7

17 George Thorogood Kentucky 50 50 Tour Ad for Radio Broadcast 1

Ticket Price:  $6

Ticket Stub:

17 George Thorogood 50 50 Tour University of Kentucky Ticket Stub Front

Attendance:  1000.  (Source:  Lexington Herald newspaper).

Set List:

  • 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.

17 Bootleg Cover George Thorogood Live 1981 University of Kentucky

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.

Concert Reaction

17 George Thorogood Kentucky 50 50 Tour Concert Review

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).

00 George Thorogood Anthology CD Inlay w 50 50 Tour Backstage Passes

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).



Source:  http://www.uky.edu/studentcenter/renovation/rblog and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu8pci89_VY