George Thorogood Remembers Playing 50 States in 50 Days
BY: Matt Wardlaw - Ultimate Classic Rock
When George Thorogood launched his ambitious 50/50 tour on Oct. 23, 1981, in Honolulu, he took on what would be a Herculean task for almost any performer: aiming to play concerts in 50 states in 50 days.
Flying by plane to Hawaii and Alaska, the rest of the journey found Thorogood and his band traveling between 200 to 500 miles a day in a converted Checker Taxi that had been accessorized with sleeping space.
“We’re playing some places that maybe have never seen a live band,” Thorogood told Ottawa Citizen that year. They had small club dates slotted in places like Mandan, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. He planned to bring his show to the Wyoming State Prison. But as the 50 States in 50 Dates blog notes, the tour schedule ran up against issues in some of the markets and, occasionally, venue problems that caused a number of the planned performances to be moved.
George Thorogood announces 2020 Australian East Coast tour
Legendary rock act George Thorogood and the Destroyers have announced that they will be bringing their ‘Rock Party Tour’ down under. The band will grace Australian shores in January next year for two special shows at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Monday, January 20 and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Wednesday, January 22nd.
George Thorogood and his long-standing band, The Destroyers, featuring Jeff Simon on drums, Bill Blough on bass, Jim Suhler on Guitar and Buddy Leach on saxophone have been delivering blistering live rock shows for fourty five years. These Sydney will be a showcase of some of the finest musicians in the game. You’ll bear witness to hits like ‘Bad to the Bone’, ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’, and ‘I Drink Alone’.
“My highlight is every night when I walk on that stage and play our hits for those happy people,” Thorogood shared. “At the end of the show, the audience is smiling, I don’t see any police and everyone got their money’s worth.”
General admission tickets are set to go on sale at 11 am this Friday, August 23rd. If you’re a My Nation member you’ll be able to get your mittens on tickets during the exclusive pre-sale from 10 am on Wednesday, August 21st to 10 am on Friday, August 23rd.
George Thorogood & The Destroyers @ The Ventura County Fair 08.08.19
"Somebody stop me!”
Such was the joyful shout from blues rocking guitarist as he threw out serving after serving of red meat guitar solos and licks to the ravenous crowd at the Ventura County Fair this warm Thursday night. One of the last of the standing gunslingers, George Thorogood is celebrating 45 years of touring around and serving up six strings of blues. This evening had the veteran playing many of his popular tunes, and while the packed arena may be head banging to the fist-pumping beats, at the marrow of Thorogood’s bone is not “bad,” but “blue.”
Concert Review July 27, 2019...Parx Casino, Bensalem, PA
July 27, 2019...Parx Casino, Bensalem, PA
Back in the late 80's, early 90's when I would venture to the historic Philadelphia Spectrum to see George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers I always knew I'd be witnessing one hell of a party. To me Thorogood epitomized what it was to be "cool". At 15 years old when I saw the video for "Bad To The Bone" on MTV for the first time back in 1981 I knew this dude was what it meant to be cool. Seriously, anyone who could put together such a rocking blues flavored track AND have Mr. Bo Diddley in a video shooting pool with him....now THAT was cool. And Saturday night at Parx Casino I saw that Thorogood is still the definition of cool.