Like all great rockers, George Thorogood is steeped in the blues.

But he wants to make it clear in his tender old age he’s still a rocker, that the show he’s bringing to Promenade Park on Friday night will be another one of his gut-bustin’, guitar-wailin’, face-meltin’, fiery-tempoed, take-no-prisoners, slightly bawdy, definitely sassy, and – do I dare say it? – bad-to-the-bone, good old-fashioned lunch bucket rock-and-roll shows that catapulted him to stardom in the late 1970s

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Brainred Dispatch 

By:Gabriel Lagarde

Much like the raw, defiant guitar riffs that typifies his art, George Thorogood didn't mince words when he was asked about the sixth annual 2018 Lakes Jam festival at which he's slated to perform.

"The perspective?" barked the 68-year-old boogie rocker—he of the "Bad to the Bone" fame—as he spoke to the Dispatch during a phone interview Tuesday, June 5. "The perspective is they're paying me to go out there and put on a great rock and roll show. That's the perspective."

 

Lakes Jam is set to take place June 21-23, at the Brainerd International Raceway.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers will be joining a lineup of performers exemplifying what Lakes Jam is all about—open air, rural Minnesota in the dog days of summer; a bevy of artists and styles that brings out the best in rock and country and hands it back to the fans.

Thorogood, who's been in the business for more than 40 years, has no illusions about what he's bringing to the table.

"I'm a professional entertainer—there's a lot of thought that goes into it, but it's a lot like any other production, like a television show or Broadway play or anything like that," Thorogood said. "People buy tickets and drive a long way and they don't want to be disappointed."

As such, fans can expect timeless classics like "Bad to the Bone" and Thorogood's other lesser-known favorites like "I Drink Alone" and a cover of "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer"—but there's always an effort, he noted, to shake things up and offer a different kind of performance every time he comes back to a venue.

Translation: Don't break what isn't broken, but there's always fresh material to be shared with his fans.

Blues legend George Thorogood will be honored with the 2018 B.B. King Award during this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Thorogood is the fifth recipient of the B.B. King Award, created in 2014 for the 35th edition of the Festival, to honor and recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene. He succeeds to Charlie Musselwhite (2017), Taj Mahal (2016), James Cotton (2015) and the artist in whose name the trophy was created, the late great B.B. King himself.

Having shot to fame in 1977 with their self-titled and now-classic debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have since released a total of 16 studio albums—including six gold and two platinum discs—and amassed an unmatched catalogue of hits that includes I Drink AloneMove It On Over, and Bad to the Bone. But it was their powerhouse live performances that made the band legendary: from opening for the Rolling Stones to their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year, George and his longtime band remain among the most relentless and relevant classic blues-rock acts on tour today.

Thorogood will receive the award on July 1st at the Festival at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, during his Festival performance. The band will kick off their 2018 Rock Party Tour on June 23rd and it will continue across North America through to the fall.

Listen to Richie Sambora & Orianthi, Bad Wolves & the great George Thorogood on this episode of Westwood's One's Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon. Firehouse's Bill Leverty co-hosts.

In our first interview, former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora along with Orianthi discuss their new album Radio Free America, the Hall Of Fame induction (approx 17 minute mark), working with Alice Cooper & Michael Jackson, who actually played bass on the classic Bon Jovi albums (approx. time: 21.30), Richie's approach to songwriting, his first solo album, producer Bob Rock, the 7800º Fahrenheit album, Halo Of Flies and much more.

In our second interview, John Boecklin of the Bad Wolves discusses the band's debut album Disobey, starting over, the importance of Metallica's And Justice For All... album to him, covering The Cranberries, moving on from DevilDriver, the tour with Five Finger Death Punch, his gear endorsements and more.

In our final interview, iconic guitarist George Thorogood talks about his love for Canada, his 50 States in 50 Days Tour back in 1981, the effect of classic rock radio, Party Of One (his latest album), what makes a great song, how he writes songs, Record Store Day, the NY Mets and more.