Category: George Thorogood News Published Date Written by Super User
The guitarist and singer founded his Destroyers in Delaware in the early ‘70s, then moved to Boston. The band opened ears, piqued interest and got fans jumping in the late '70s for a reason: their rollicking covers of songs such as “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Madison Blues” and “Move It on Over” and Thorogood's “Bad to the Bone” struck primal chords in listeners. Last year, Thorogood and the Destroyers released “The Dirty Dozen” (Capitol/EMI), a collection of six new studio recordings and six fan favorites that topped the Billboard blues chart.
Tuesday, Thorogood and the Destroyers — the original rhythm section, Jeff Simon (drums) and Billy Blough (bass), Dallas guitarist Jim Suhler, leader of the band Monkey Beat, and sax man Buddy Leach — will hit the Majestic Theatre. Junior Brown will open with his “guitsteel,” his guitar/steel guitar hybrid, and his brand of turbo-country/honky-tonk/etc.
“There are times I'll say, ‘I guess that's it.' Then the phone will ring and someone will offer me some money,” Thorogood said. “We'll play, then the person who offered me the money will say, ‘You did a pretty good job. Wanna come back?' You have to have the three Ds: desire, demand and delivery.”
Thorogood has the three Ds, and a fitness tip.
“I decided to spend a little more time on the treadmill and a little less time at the bar,” he said, laughing. “Do you want another Corona or do you want to look good?”
The fitness tip was followed by a band-leading tip. Keeping the core of a band together for more than three decades is next to impossible. Yet Thorogood has done just that.
“I was asked by a band leader how I managed to do that,” Thorogood said. “I told him I respect them. He told me he respected his band. I told him, ‘No. I respect them,' and I rubbed my thumb and forefinger together (as in, the universal sign for paying real money). He said, ‘Oh.'”
The covers on “The Dirty Dozen” include old hits such as Roy Head's “Treat Her Right” along with selections that weren't hits, including Bo Diddley's “Let Me Pass.”
“We do some obscure tunes,” Thorogood said. “Some were known, but the tunes I look for are the ones I want to do. And I still need a couple new jokes to go with the old songs. We always need more ammo to flesh out the show.”
Guitar World magazine's Web site (www.guitarworld.com) features a George Thorogood guitar tutorial.
“It keeps my name out there,” Thorogood said. “I'm very awkward at these things because I don't have a lot of technique and I use only one guitar. I'd like to see guitar videos with Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa and Roy Buchanan. I play one chord. But it keeps me out of the bars and off the streets.”
Thorogood has long been a student of the masters.
“You can get inspiration from just about anywhere,” he said. “When I got serious about playing, I thought, ‘Where do I go?' Robert Johnson was a good start. And then there's John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. I graduated from the same school as Eric Clapton. He graduated with honors. I squeezed by with a C.”