GEORGE THOROGOOD (GENTLY) DESTROYS THE GRAMMY MUSEUM
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George Thorogood (Gently) Destroys the Grammy Museum: We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — these Grammy Museum events are superb. The Q&A’s are always informative, the moderators informed and well-prepared, and when there is a short performance afterwards, they’re always a blast.
George Thorogood & the Destroyers were there on Thursday, and it was a predictably entertaining evening. Thorogood himself is an animated talker — a compelling and likable storyteller who takes every opportunity to involve the invested crowd in every twist and turn of his bio snippets.
He wasn’t the only one there; the stage was packed with Destroyers. They didn’t get much of a word in, such is Thorogood’s “Chatty Kathy” personality. But they were on hand to add color when necessary, and it was good to see them in this environment.
So we heard Thorogood talk about the band’s early days, and the fact that to this day he hates the photos on the debut album sleeve. He talked about discovering the blues and country, and the fact that he believes Robert Johnson and Hank Williams to be music’s greatest geniuses. And he talked about the fact that he always wanted to cover blues songs that nobody else (such as the Stones or Savoy Brown) was covering.
Thorogood took questions from the adoring audience, and then it was time for the short set. It started with George playing a couple of blues tunes solo, including John Lee Hooker’s “New Boogie Chillin’,” and then the band joined him (fully plugged in) for renditions of “Ride On Josephine” and of course “Bad to the Bone.”
Much like when we saw Sammy Hagar here, or Lana Del Rey, the gift at these shows is seeing a premier league artist on the most intimate of surroundings.
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DECEMBER 2023 BOOGIE PEOPLE FAN OF THE MONTH
Congratulations to the Boogie People Fan of the Month for December 2023, Tom F! Learn more about Tom below!
Where are you from?: Sanford, FL
How many years have you been a fan?: 40Years
What is your favorite George Thorogood song: Born to Be Bad
How many times have you seen George Thorogood live? What was your favorite show? 25 or so. I think it was 1984 at the Los Angeles Colesium with the Rolling Stones, J Geils, and Prince....amazing show!!!!
What’s one thing that sets you apart from other George Thorogood fans?: I can't think of any unique attributes, but I do believe he and his band mates give an amazing show every time!!!!
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THOROGOOD ANNOUNCES "WHO DO YOU LOVE" CHARITY CAMPAIGN
This holiday season, legendary classic rock band George Thorogood and the Destroyers are spreading the love through their "Who Do You Love” holiday campaign. The campaign, running from November 25TH to January 5TH, aims to raise awareness and support for three impactful charities.
Our opening act is Musically Fed, a nonprofit working nationally with artists and producers in the music and live entertainment industries to help feed veterans, seniors, and families facing food insecurity by reducing catering and food waste. We love Musically Fed because they leave a lasting and positive impact on communities by treating everyone with dignity and feeding the least fortunate among us. They’ll be featured from November 25TH through December 8TH.
From December 9TH through December 22ND, the second leg of the campaign will focus on Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, an organization committed to providing financial assistance to musicians facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Fans are urged to lend their support to ensure that the music never stops for those who bring joy to our lives.
Concluding the campaign, George Thorogood and the Destroyers shine a light on The Marla Thorogood Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research from December 23RD through January 5TH. This fund, in memory of George's late wife, aims to advance research and awareness surrounding ovarian cancer and fans are encouraged to contribute to this vital cause and honor Marla's legacy. Proceeds from the Marla Thorogood Memorial Fund will go toward the research of Ronald D. Alvarez, MD, MBA, Chairman and Clinical Service Chief and Betty and Lonnie S. Burnett Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Part of Alvarez’s work studies gene mutations that put women at risk for ovarian and breast cancer and identifies those at risk to prevent cases.
George and Marla Thorogood were married in July of 1985. At the time of Marla’s passing, they had been married 34 years and have one daughter, Rio, who has performed with her father and is an accomplished musician and actor in her own right.
This holiday season, let's come together and show love to those in need. Each charity holds a special place in our hearts, and we hope our fans will join us in supporting these incredible causes.
Fans can get involved by engaging with the band's official social media channels to raise awareness and contribute to the featured charities. George Thorogood and the Destroyers believe in the power of music to make a positive impact and invite their fans to join them in spreading love and support this holiday season.
GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS CELEBRATES THEIR FIRST SHOW & 50 TH ANNIVERSARY WITH TWO FAN-CENTRIC CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary Events Include Sold-Out Celebration at GRAMMY Museum ® ,
And Intimate KLOS Performance At Secret Location
On December 1, 1973, George Thorogood & The Destroyers played their first show at The University of Delaware’s Lane Hall. Fifty years later, the one-of-a-kind rock party thrown by “one of the most iconic bands in rock history” (Rapid City Journal) is just getting started.
To commemorate this milestone, The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY Museum® is proud to present ‘An Evening With George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ on Thursday, November 30, at The Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles. The sold-out evening will feature an intimate conversation moderated by Matt Pinfield, followed by an electrifying live performance.
On Friday, December 1 – fifty years to the date of the band’s very first performance – Southern California’s renowned rock station KLOS-FM will host George and the band for a private show and an exclusive interview with esteemed KLOS DJs Matt Pinfield and Marci Wiser, with 200 lucky fans.
As George Thorogood reflects on this half-century journey, he shares, “I’ll admit to a warm feeling of satisfaction, maybe a bit of pride, and definitely a whole lot of gratitude. But, I must admit, fifty years doesn’t feel like a long time when you love what you do. Every show we play can still feel like the biggest night of our lives.”
With more than 8,000 live performances, more than 15 million albums sold, and iconic hits such as “Get A Haircut,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Who Do You Love” and the definitive anthem “Bad To The Bone,” Thorogood and his long-time band – Jeff Simon (drums), Bill Blough (bass), Jim Suhler (guitar), and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – continue to captivate audiences like no other. Their legendary status is underlined by the fact that they remain one of the most remarkable live acts in the world, having completed their “50 Dates/50 States Tour,” participated in landmark events like Live Aid, and shared stages with legends like Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones. Their commitment to their fans is evident with last year’s extensive tour of nearly 100 shows across 17 countries on three continents, including Europe and Australia.
Details on the George Thorogood & The Destroyers 50th Anniversary Celebrations:
AN EVENING WITH GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS AT THE GRAMMY MUSEUM – THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30
The GRAMMY Museum® is thrilled to welcome George Thorogood & The Destroyers for an intimate event at the museum’s intimate 200-seat Clive Davis Theater. The sold-out evening will include a conversation moderated by Matt Pinfield celebrating their 50th Anniversary, with a performance to follow. To join the waitlist for tickets, please click HERE.
KLOS PRESENTS AN INTIMATE CONCERT AND INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS AT A SECRET LOCATION – LIVE ON THE KLOS LIVE STAGE – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1
On Friday, December 1, 2023 – fifty years to the day of George Thorogood & The Destroyers, first-ever performance, legendary Los Angeles radio station KLOS will join in the celebration by hosting a private event to celebrate this momentous occasion in rock history. Two hundred of George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ biggest fans will descend upon a secret location in the Mid-Wilshire area for a private performance and interview with Matt Pinfield and Marci Wiser. Fans interested in attending this intimate event can win tickets by listening to 95.5 KLOS-FM or by registering to win at www.955klos.com. Winners will be chosen at random and notified in advance of the event.
Listen to George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ Greatest Hits HERE.