Long Center for the Performing Arts
"...They came back to Austin whenever they could, and in 1971, with Godfrey's influence waning, they returned to Austin to stay. Their timing was good; Allred and partner Dewayne "Son" Smith got back just in time to see their sleepy, blue-collar neighborhood turn into an internationally known musical mecca, anchored by such Southside venues as the Split Rail and the famed Armadillo World Headquarters...."
"...Passersby rescued our seven human and one canine passenger, while I rode a tow truck back to the lifeless town of Ozona, where I camped for days in the desolate dirt lot of a diesel garage. With no phone, funds, laptop, TV, or electricity, I excavated the van's only reading material: Armadillo World Headquarters, a memoir by Eddie Wilson...."
"...This, of course, is not the first time the show has moved. It started at the old National Guard Armory that became the Armadillo World Headquarters..."
"...Local lore has it that Bruce Springsteen landed at Austin's Armadillo World Headquarters because local poster artist Micael Priest snuck a copy of The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle onto Armadillo founder Eddie Wilson's turntable (see "Tales Behind the Posters," Oct. 6, 2006)..."
"...Days before Threadgill's World Headquarters permanently shuttered last Sunday, the joint packed out with lunchers consuming chicken-fried pork chops and vegetable plates. The restaurant and music venue's owner, who previously oversaw the three-ring circus known as the Armadillo World Headquarters, sat at table one having his lunch interrupted by a relentless stream of well-wishers...."
"...Five days later, on March 15, he arrived in Austin for a two-night stand at the Armadillo World Headquarters, which was razed in 1981. Both shows are remembered here today as the stuff of legend only the likes of Bruce Springsteen could create, concerts people still talk about 40 years later..."
"...Eddie Wilson told “Playback” today that he doesn’t currently have a lease for his vaunted Threadgill’s World Headquarters restaurant and concert venue on Riverside Drive, and that he’s informed employees that it will close after South by Southwest in 2018...."
"...My day had already been far too long, passed in a cubbyhole in a bookstore on the Drag with a newly Xeroxed poster that read, "Smash It and I'll Build Around It." The whole year felt bleak. The Armadillo World Headquarters had announced its closing at the end of the year, and Austin's punk emporium Raul's had already ceased (for the first time, anyway)..."
"...Austin's music scene was already well-established. Places like the Broken Spoke, Armadillo World Headquarters, and Soap Creek Saloon were already burnishing national reputations..."
"...Austin Chronicle: You’re playing an Austin fundraiser this weekend called “Back to the Armadillo,” so I’m wondering if Creedence ever played the Armadillo World Headquarters...."
"...Presently, it’s overrun with DJs and cover bands, but “Dirty Sixth” does offer some worthwhile places to hear bands. Flamingo Cantina is Austin’s reggae headquarters, a vibey place to hang that brings in great bands of local and international provenance..."
"...According to Walter Becker Wednesday at a sold-out Bass Concert Hall, the last time Steely Dan played in Austin was at the Armadillo World Headquarters (1970-1980). The group that performed last night had the same name and some of the same songs, but was worlds apart..."
"...News broke last week that owners of Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater have taken steps to change the music venue and restaurant’s name to Liberty Lunch, an iconic Austin concert hall in operation 1975-1999. Many considered it successor to the Armadillo World Headquarters, which closed in 1980...."
"...I rang up four different local video outlets and got nowhere, fast. That's like you going to Austin and not being able to find a copy of Slacker or a killer mango margarita at Polvo's (you gotta try 'em when you're in town, trust me), or even an aging hippie lamenting the demise of the Armadillo World Headquarters..."
"...Friday, both Gilmores appear at Threadgill’s South to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the opening of the Armadillo World Headquarters. At 34, Colin is too young to remember the storied venue: “It’s possible that my parents took me there..."
"...Threadgill's World Headquarters evokes another era of Wilson's career. The converted cafeteria just south of the river is literally only a stone's throw from the onetime location of the iconic Armadillo World Headquarters, another of Wilson's music ventures..."
"...In the looming shadow of the massive Texas State Capitol, it's easy to miss. The bus stop on the corner might call your attention to it, or the benches nearby if you need to take a load off, but if you're at the intersection of 11th Street and Congress Avenue, you're probably there for one reason only -- to conduct business at the headquarters of the most Republican state in the union -- so chances are you just walked past this historical landmark..."
"...Forty years ago on Aug. 7, the Armadillo World Headquarters officially opened, but the old National Guard Armory at 525½ Barton Springs Rd..."
"...While Shelton moved to San Francisco and let the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers run amok, others hung onto Austin's nascent poster art business as long as possible, eventually forming a locally owned and operated poster art ad biz, Directions Company -- by the hippies, for the hippies. Like all good things, that fell through before too long, and the "Armadillo Art Squad" (as most of the local artists who designed posters and handbills for Eddie Wilson's Armadillo World Headquarters were known) fell by the wayside, with the artists receiving less and less money for less and less work..."
"...As the first local retail shop to carry original punk rock gear back when putting some Manic Panic in your hair could get you a beat down on the Drag or worse, Atomic City is an Austin institution. Imported English shoes, rockabilly style gear, Clash tees, plus toys, gadgets, novelties, even a talking, blinking, pricey scale model of Forbidden Planet's beloved Robby the Robot makes Hughes' retail headquarters a veritable riot of fun..."