George Thorogood Recalls a Surprise Encounter with One of Music’s Most Legendary Producers on ‘Rock & Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar’ June 16
Blues Rock legend George Thorogood—the multiplatinum musician behind enduring hits such as “Bad To The Bone” and “I Drink Alone”—joins Sammy Hagar for an all-new episode of Rock & Roll Road Trip, airing Sunday, June 16 at 8pE/5pP.
In this exclusive first look, Thorogood recalls the events leading up to his rise to rock n’ roll superstardom. “I was on this tour that we did in 1981, the 50/50 Tour… tour stop number 54 happened to be playing at the SuperDome with the Neville Brothers and Rolling Stones,” Thorogood explains. “Now, the night before that, we played a place in Arkansas called The Library, seated 125 people… [The SuperDome] seated 80,000 people!” The band’s star was about to get a whole lot bigger thanks to “Bad To The Bone”—a song that would go on to become one of Thorogood’s signatures, but at the time, was only just beginning to take shape.
Though it had only ever been played during soundchecks, “Bad To The Bone” managed to capture the attention of one of music’s most celebrated producers. Thorogood continues, “This man comes up to me and he introduces himself. He says, ‘Are you writing any songs?’… I said, ‘Actually, I am. I’m trying to put some stuff together.’ And he said, ‘Well, if they’re anything like ‘Bone’, you’re gonna do all right’… I said, ‘How do you know about that song?’ Because nobody knew it. And he goes, ‘George, it’s my job to know it. By the way, I’m David Geffen.’ “ Check it out here.
Epiphone Announces the George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit
By Richard Bienstock / GuitarWorld.com
New signature model boasts Bone White finish, P-90 PRO pickups.
Epiphone has announced the Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit, based on Thorogood’s late Fifties two-pickup ES-12. The new hollowbody archtop model boasts a laminated maple body with a Bone White finish and removable “Cobra” sticker, a mahogany neck and a pao ferro fingerboard.
There’s also a pau ferro floating bridge, traditional "diamond" trapeze tailpiece (secured to the top) and Wilkinson deluxe tuners. Pickups are a pair of P-90 PRO single-coils.
Said Thorogood, “My new Epiphones are like riding a thoroughbred horse—you have to hold them back. You should have more to work with not less. That’s when it gets fun. I used to struggle with my old guitars backstage. Now, I can’t wait to get to the gig. Thanks, Epiphone!”
The White Fang comes with a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity and a custom hard case with “snake-skin” handle and is available for $899.
For more information, head to Epiphone.
Epiphone presents “Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit”
Epiphone, the leader in affordable professional instruments, proudly presents the Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit, the premier signature guitar by blues legend GEORGE THOROGOOD. Featuring a vintage-inspired ES-125 hollowbody archtop in a Bone White finish with removable “Cobra” sticker, new ProBuckerTM P-90 single-coil pickups, a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity, Custom Hard Case with “snake-skin” handle, and WilkinsonTM Deluxe Tuners.
The ES-125 thin-line hollowbody was first introduced in 1956 as a student guitar, but in George Thorogood’s hands, his rare, late 50s two-pickup ES-125 was transformed into one of the most iconic instruments in American music. “My new Epiphones are like riding a thoroughbred horse--you have to hold them back,” explains THOROGOOD. “You should have more to work with not less. That’s when it gets fun. I used to struggle with my old guitars backstage. Now, I can’t wait to get to the gig. Thanks, Epiphone!”
Watch GEORGE THOROGOOD talk about and play his new “White Fang” ES-125TDC, Here.
THOROGOOD and his band, George Thorogood & The Destroyers have sold over 15 million albums, built a classic catalog of hits, and played more than 8,000 ferocious live shows. See THOROGOOD and his Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit live in action during George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ forthcoming North American tour, “Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock.” The “Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock” tour continues Saturday, June 22 in Hinckley, MN, for all tour dates, visit: https://www.georgethorogood.com.
Epiphone Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit Street Price $899. Download specs: Here.
“Bad to the Bone” Classic ES-125:
The Ltd. Ed. George Thorogood “White Fang” ES-125TDC Outfit is a full hollowbody archtop made in collaboration with GEORGE and Epiphone’s luthiers in Nashville. The “White Fang” features a Bone White finish and a removable “Cobra” sticker that is an exact replica of the decal on GEORGE’s personal customized ES-125. The “White Fang” is powered by new Epiphone P-90 PRO™ single coil pickups, which recreate the tone of the first generation of P-90s invented by Gibson legend Seth Lover. The “White Fang” includes a hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity and Custom Hard Case with “snake-skin” handle.
Look for the “White Fang” at Authorized Epiphone Dealers this summer.
Rock ’n’ roll never sleeps with “groovy” tunes.
Courtesy City View
During the past 45 years, George Thorogood has performed more than 8,000 live shows. He has sold 15 million albums — two have gone platinum; six have gone gold. His “Bad to the Bone” recording has made the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs list, and he was the 2018 recipient of the BB King award, which recognizes the talent of artists who have left a mark on the blues scene.
Thorogood is bringing his Good to Be Bad Tour: 45 Years of Rock to Hoyt Sherman Place on April 28. CITYVIEW caught up to Thorogood prior to this upcoming concert. In this interview, his responses — like his songs — are short, staccato-like, and to the point. When asked about returning to Hoyt, he says, “The demand is still there for us. Anyone who asks us — we come back.”
With “Bad to the Bone,” the song’s popularity earned its way into countless movies scenes, when a bad event is about to happen. He shrugs off the idea that his song is in numerous movies.
“It’s a common statement,” he says. “It’s only in less than one half of 1 percent of all movies made. It’s not much. … We thought it would be an American Slang. I don’t think it ever happened. It’s just a groovy song fans like to hear.”
At age 69 — when most people quit their job — there’s little chance of retirement for Thorogood. It would seem tactless that a reporter dare ask such a foolish question, but since we did, here’s his response.