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How you doing today?“Bad,” answers George Thorogood.

Pleased by a the laughter he draws, Thorogood adds that life doesn’t guarantee laughs.

When it comes to bad, however, at least in the context of George Thorogood And The Destroyers, bad is probably guaranteed. 

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Courtesy Rick Keene Music Scene

George Thorogood may drink alone but he certainly doesn’t put on a show alone.

On Thursday night, George was in the Province of Quebec for the second time this summer. In July, he received the B.B. King Award as part of the lineup of The Montreal International Jazz Festival. This time– Trois Rivieres en Blues were the hosts and the difference between the two performances was apparent.

George Thorogood and his band; The Destroyers – are fit more for an outdoor venue then the safe confines of Place des Arts. No disrespect to George or the band yet face it, Rock n Roll is dangerous and a stadium / amphitheater breeds danger.

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By John Kelly

CRAK7LVABYI6RE7DETIXAPJKPIIt had been a long time since Mike McLaughlin thought about the hot summer night in 1978 when guitarists George Thorogood and the Nighthawks’ Jimmy Thackery crossed a busy Georgetown street and briefly switched places in each other’s bands during a raucous performance of “Madison Blues.”

Then last year Mike was going through some old photos and found himself staring at the past. There he was at the Cellar Door nightclub with Jackie Miles, his future wife, and his DeMatha buddies Mike Morley, Pat Quigley and George Koebke. There was Thorogood, sweatily hunched over a hollow-body Gibson.

“I don’t remember who came up with the idea [to go to the Cellar Door show],” said Mike, of Laurel, Md. “I know we were all big music fans and Thorogood fans.”

The Cellar Door was a legendary spot at 34th and M, across the street from Desperado’s. The two bands — the Nighthawks and Thorogood’s Destroyers — had prearranged the stunt. “The M Street Shuffle” it came to be called. Or “The Duel on M Street.”

Courtesy Oshkosh Independent

Delaware native George Thorogood is famous for his blistering slide guitar and let’s-get-this-party-started brand of rock ‘n’ roll. He remains a solid fan favorite with his raucous live performances. “Bad To the Bone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “I Drink Alone,” “Get A Haircut,” and “Who Do You Love?” are his best known hits.

The Destroyers consist of Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar), and Buddy Leach (saxophone).

The band has garnered six gold and two platinum discs in its 40 year career.

Thorogood has said that the Beatles were a great influence on him and that George Harrison was his favorite. He proudly pointed out that their birthdays are only a day apart – his is February 24th and Harrison’s is February 25th.

Thorogood received the B.B. King Award at on July 1, 2017 at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. He is only the fifth winner of the prestigious award, joining previous award recipients, blues legends B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Taj Mahal and James Cotton.

His long awaited solo debut album, Party Of One, was released on August 4, 2017.

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