By Todd Beebe, October 30, 2019
George Thorogood has been a force to be reckoned with in the Blues/Rock world for more than 40 years now. From his 1977 debut with his band The Destroyers, to his most recent solo album, Party Of One, George has kept the Blues and Rock and Roll alive as only he can. Musical trends come and go, and George has seen them all. From disco to new wave to alternative rock, George Thorogood stays true to himself and plays music on his own terms. When you list artists who have kept blues based rock and roll alive through the decades, George Thorogood is at the top. Party Of One features him singing and playing guitar completely alone and shows George in top form. I had the privilege of speaking with George recently. We talked about the new album and how George is born to rock! When I asked him about a possible follow-up to Party Of One, his answer was "nope! The minute I got done with the album, I was ready to make music with The Destroyers again!" George is as great as they come and a super down-to-earth guy. His sense of humor is off the chart and we laughed constantly through this interview! We had a great time talking and reflecting on his 40 plus year career. Here's to another 40 years George! Thanks for a great interview!
 
Todd Beebe: Hey George! Thanks for talking to me today! It's an honor.
 
George Thorogood: Sure Todd! My pleasure.
 
TB: I'd like to start off talking about your early years and music you heard that first caught your ear.
 
GT: As far as the first music I ever heard that influenced me, I mean I was listening to music since I was a kid. I had two older teenage brothers that played rock and roll music all the time, either on the radio or on the record player. So I didn't know, when I was a little kid, that Elvis Presley was a new phenomenon called rock and roll. I thought it had been around forever, because I didn't know! I was too young. I knew I liked it, but I was saying "what's the big deal?!" This guy, Elvis Presley, was just blowing everybody's mind, and all this incredible new music was coming on the radio: Fats Domino, The Everly Brothers, and people like that. I just took it in stride cause I just thought, you know, it was always around, just like sunshine was or baseball or winter and summer. It was just a natural thing. But when the Beatles hit, that's like everybody else in the world. It's like, Elvis Presley shook the world, The Beatles shook the universe! (laughs) That was absolutely impossible to deny! I mean, the second you turned on the TV and you saw this guy with this mop haircut with a guitar shaped like a violin and he was playing it left handed, he said the three words that changed the world Todd. And those three words were (sings) "close your eyes!" BOOM! And the world's never been the same! The whole world was watching! I've never asked them about this. I wish I had, but I know for a fact, even though I have never asked them, face to face. I know exactly where Chrissie Hynde was on February 9, 1964, or Bruce Springsteen or Mellencamp or Tom Petty, Willy DeVille. ANY of them! They were right where I was- with their nose right up against that TV screen watching the Ed Sullivan show! And we watched it for the next 5 years! The band that really got close to me quickly was the Rolling Stones. I mean, when I saw them, remember, they were coming out at a time when the Beatles were doing A Hard Day's Night, and they were just blowing everybody's mind! The Stones were just getting started, and they hadn't done any originals yet, to speak of actually. They were doing covers of rhythm and blues. See, I looked at The Beatles and they represented freedom. They were young, they were good looking, they were rich, they were single. They had it all! I mean they were living the 007 dream! (laughs) And I said "wow! They're free of... they don't have to go to gym class, they don't have to cut their hair, they don't have to go to some job they hate!" At least this is what I thought, when I was a kid. Dylan represented truth. When I listened to him it sounded like a person speaking the truth. The Stones represented hope to me. Hope for a guy like me. A slim hope! You gotta remember, the music that happened from 1964 to 1970 is 75% of the music we still listen to today!
 

SEVEN SUPPORTED CHARITIES PLUS “EVERYDAY HERO / FAN SUBMISSION” WILL BE FEATURED; KICKING OFF NOVEMBER 11 (VETERANS DAY) THROUGH THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 30, 2019

 

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Los Angeles, CA (October 29, 2019)--George Thorogood and The Destroyers announce their 4th annual “Who Do You Love?” holiday charity social media campaign, featuring seven Non-profit organizations that are important to the band, also including an “Everyday Hero / Fan Submission.” The campaign this year will begin this Veterans Day on November 11, and will continue through the week of December 30. Each week, the band’s social posts will feature a different charity: Gary Sinise Foundation (11/11), Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation (11/18), Sweet Relief Musicians Fund (11/25), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (12/2), Musically Fed (12/9), Every Day Hero / Fan Submission (12/16), T.J. Martell Foundation (12/23) and Pajama Program (12/30).

 

The 2019 schedule for the “Who Do You Love?” campaign is as follows:

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 – GARY SINISE FOUNDATION

 

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The mission of the Gary Sinise Foundation is to serve and honor our nation's service members, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. 

 

Says the Foundation, “Gary Sinise Foundation partners with people that share our values. George Thorogood has shown with his “Who Do You Love?” campaign that he shares the same values as our foundation. We are honored to be one of the non-profits featured in this campaign.”

 

Donation Link: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/donate/

Website Link: https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

 

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – THE MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS FOUNDATION

 

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The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation was inspired by the acclaimed motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus, the story of the profound effect a dedicated music teacher had on generations of students.  Over 23 years, more than 28,000 instruments have been donated to 1,550 schools across the country.

 

Says the Foundation, “Artist's support of music education has been a strong driver of our work to keep music alive in schools, and give kids opportunities to create and play music, find their voice, and succeed in life. We’re grateful to the music industry for recognizing where it all starts. Thank you for giving the gift of music."

 

Donation link: The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Website link: https://www.mhopus.org/

 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 -- SWEET RELIEF MUSICIANS FUND

 

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Sweet Relief Musicians Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides assistance to career musicians and music industry workers who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. In other words, Healing Musicians in Need.

 

Grant recipients include recording artists, club and session musicians, and composers and songwriters from every musical genre. Since its inception in 1994, Sweet Relief has helped musicians with medical and living expenses, including insurance premiums, prescriptions, medical treatment and procedures, housing and food costs, utilities, and other vital living expenses.

 

Says the Foundation:  It’s an honor and true pleasure to have George as a supporter.  He is a generous soul and his consistent contributions over the years have enabled us to help so many musicians in need; we couldn’t be more grateful!”

 

 

Donation link: Sweet Relief

Website link: https://sweetrelief.org/

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 2 – THE LEUKEMIA AND LYMPHOMA SOCIETY

 

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As an organization founded by a family for families, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is celebrating 70 years of impact by looking to the past for inspiration that will continue to propel us forward in our continued fight for all those affected by blood cancer. From investing in cutting edge research to providing first-class patient education and support services to leading advocacy endeavors, LLS has helped millions impacted by cancer.

 

Says the Foundation: “Since 2015, George Thorogood has put his talents to work helping LLS, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to fighting blood cancer, find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. This year marks the fifth consecutive one that the band has teamed with LLS. In addition to raising funds by selling a specially designed shirt at all of their concerts, $1 from each ticket sold from each concert has been donated to LLS.  Check out: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFZRishzMD8).

 

Donation link:  LLS

Website link: www.lls.org

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 – MUSICALLY FED

 

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Musically Fed’s mission is to mobilize the music industry in the fight against hunger by distributing excess food and catering from tours, shows, and events to those in greatest need. Musically Fed works with artists, promoters, management and venues to donate unused backstage meals to community organizations that feed the homeless, hungry and food insecure.

 

Donation link: Musically Fed

Website link: https://www.musicallyfed.org/

 

 

Says Director of the Foundation, Maria Brunner:  “The daily mission of Musically Fed is to make it easy for promoters, performers and their teams to leave each city they visit with a lasting positive impact. We are proud to partner with George Thorogood & The Destroyers on their “Who Do You Love?” Campaign and hope that together we can serve as an example – and a challenge –for the rest of the music industry to get involved.”

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16 – EVERYDAY HERO / FAN SUBMISSION

 

George Thorogood and The Destroyers are also proud to support Everyday Hero / Fan Submission. An everyday hero can be anyone. A person who selflessly intervenes in a situation small or big is a hero. That person who enters your life on a truly bad day and makes you feel better is a hero. We can all be everyday heroes. Now is the time to show how much you love them and what they do to make the world a better place.

 

Fans can nominate their “Who Do You Love?”  Everyday Hero by sending their name, a photo and a short story of why they are their everyday hero.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 23 – THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION

 

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The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The Foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million for research at flagship hospitals in the United States.

 

Says CEO Laura Heatherly, “The T.J. Martell Foundation is honored to participate in George Thorogood’s “Who Do You Love?” campaign again this year.  We look forward to directing the funds raised to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center for the Marla Thorogood Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and know our researchers will appreciate these contributions to eradicate this devastating disease.”

 

Donation link: TJMartell

Website link: www.tjmartell.org.

 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30 – PAJAMA PROGRAM

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Pajama Program is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine for children to help them thrive. Since 2001, the organization has provided over 6.5 million inspiring storybooks and cozy pajamas to children nationwide who are experiencing challenges beyond their control, as well as critical resources for caregivers to support children at bedtime. Through its network of 4,000 Community Partners, 60+ volunteer Chapter Presidents, and main Reading Centers in New York and Atlanta, Pajama Program’s goal is to create “good nights for good days” for all children, everywhere.

 

Says Jamie Dyce, Executive Director, “We’re honored to be included in this year’s “Who Do You Love?” campaign. Pajama Program knows the magic of bedtime and the love and comfort that happens in those moments.  We’re incredibly grateful for individuals like Thorogood who help us in our mission to raise awareness and support so we can provide the care, expertise and gifts needed for a comforting bedtime routine for children and teens who face uncertainty in their lives.”


Donation link:  Pajama Program

Website link:  www.pajamaprogram.org

George Thorogood Review


It was a great day to head south to Nashville, Indiana on
October 13th to enjoy the great fall weather before head-
ing over to the new Brown Country Music Center for a
meet and greet with George Thorogood just a short time
before he took to the stage to perform in concert. There
were several people that had the opportunity to go back
stage to meet George for pictures and autographs. When
he walked in the room, George started naming off several
famous people from Indiana starting with the Vice Presi-
dent and ending with Steve McQueen. He was personable
and enjoyed sharing a few stories.
George Thorogood and The Destroyers appeared on
stage shortly after 8:00 and opened up with “Rock Party”
followed by “Who Do You Love?” George had the sold
out crowd on its feet, cheering and singing along. “Night
Time” was next on the set list which was one of George’s
early hits from the mid 70’s.
George has a presence on stage that people just love,
with his distinctive voice and unique finger picking on his
Epiphone guitar. The band played a huge crowd favorite,
“I Drink Alone.” George then played one of my favorites,
“Ride On Josephine” followed by one of the best blues
songs to come along “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One
Beer.”
George and his band played with such high energy
all night continuing to play hit after hit including “Gear
Jammer” and “Get A Haircut And Get A Real Job”. Next
was the monster hit and George’s signature song “Bad To
The Bone.” This was definitely the highlight of the show.
George and his band then played the final song “Move It
On Over” before they left the stage. The band returned to
the stage to a cheering audience to play “Born To Be Bad”
for their encore.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers played for about
and hour and 40 minutes. All evening the band put on a
spectacular show with great songs and an awesome light
show.
This was the 3rd time I have seen George but the acous-
tics of this venue made it the best. I can’t wait to have the
chance to see him in concert again.
I highly recommend anyone that enjoys great music to
put George on your must see list. He and his band deliv-
ered great upbeat music all night. A few weeks before the
show I had the opportunity to do a phone interview with
George Thorogood. You can go to WYRZ.org or www.
sightsnsoundspromotions to listen to the interview.
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The Republican
Danville , Ind.
October 24, 2019

Courtesy Sportskeeda (Darren Paltrowitz)

With over 15 million albums sold worldwide, George Thorogood has been a successful musician for over 40 years. As the leader of George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Thorogood has been the singer and songwriter behind many blues-rock classics, including "Bad To The Bone," "I Drink Alone" and "If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave)," beyond recording definitive rock-centric versions of "Move It On Over," "Who Do You Love?" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer."

Thorogood continues to record new music -- his latest full-length is 2017's Party Of One -- and hit the road regularly. That touring regularly benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, to whom Thorogood presented a substantial check to before his September 25, 2019, headlining concert at New York City's Town Hall.

Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing George Thorogood by phone, as partially published by Sportskeeda. Within that chat, I had uncovered that Thorogood -- a native of Delaware -- was a fan of Major League Baseball's New York Mets. When asked if Thorogood had attended a game at Citi Field in the recent past, he had responded: "No, they have been winning too much for me lately. They are starting to lose their charm."

Well, the 2019 MLB season didn't give New York Mets fans much to cheer about, and team manager Mickey Callaway got the long-expected ax on October 3rd. In turn, when speaking with Thorogood about his on-going work with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on October 9th, I threw in a few Mets-related questions; both transcribed highlights and full embedded audio of the interview are shown below.

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