Courtesy Bakersfield.com

Need a theme song to represent someone with an attitude?

"Da-duh-da-duh-da. Da-duh-da-duh-da. Bad to the bone."

Yeah, George Thorogood pretty much owns that particular niche of pop culture or just general barroom bad-boy-ishness. Just picture Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular cyborg in "Terminator 2: Judgement Day" putting on some shades and taking off on a stolen motorcycle as the three-note guitar intro to Thorogood's signature hit fires up.

Thorogood, along with his appropriately named backing band the Destroyers, will return Tuesday to the Fox Theater in Bakersfield, a town the 67-year-old blues rock singer/ guitarist said has just the kind of attitude he himself brings.

“Bakersfield is, let’s face it, the real, true, original home of hardcore country music in America,” Thorogood said via phone interview. “That’s pretty much where it started. Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, people like that, really had a harder sound. It wasn’t as much of a commercial, polished sound that you get out of Nashville these days.

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Courtesy Santa Ynez Valley News

George Thorogood and the Destroyers are throwing a rock party in the Chumash Casino Resort’s Samala Showroom at 8 p.m. March 2.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ high-energy, distinctive sound became a staple of the 1980s rock scene. With a career span of more than 40 years, the band has sold over 15 million albums and performed for more than 8,000 audiences. Their new "Rock Party" tour promises to raise the bar and rock the house like never before. It’s in those early moments, when the house lights emerge from the darkness and you hear the familiar sound of a slide guitar in tune with the punch of a drumbeat, that you know these guys are about to unleash a powerhouse, bad-to-the-bone performance.

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Courtesy Coachella Valley Independent

During the late ’70s and ’80s, while New Wave was taking over the radio, George Thorogood found success by melding Chicago blues with rock ’n’ roll.

Thorogood, turning 67 on Feb. 24, is still rocking today. He puts on one a hell of a show and will be performing a sold-out concert at Morongo Casino Resort and Spa on Friday, March 3.

During a recent phone interview, Thorogood said he already knew what he wanted to do with his life as he grew up in Wilmington, Del.

“When I first played as a young boy in school, I was in a band, and we played a birthday party for one of my sisters,” Thorogood said. “That was pretty much my first gig. From that day, I knew what I was going to do for a living. I had been thinking about it for months before that. It wasn’t a hobby or something I was just trying to get out of my system: I knew what I wanted to do.”

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Courtesy American Iron

George Thorogood and the Destroyers will be performing for fans at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip on Thurs., Aug. 10 and they’re still “Bad to the Bone.” The band’s show will follow Doug Danger’s Rattlesnake Jump, an attempt to jump Evel Knievel’s 1972 Harley-Davidson 120 ft. over a pit filled with live rattlesnakes. See the best partier anywhere make the announcement by clicking here.

George Thorogood And The Destroyers has been a nonstop touring rock and roll machine since the ‘70s, celebrating 40 years of performing together in 2014. In that time the band’s signature snarling, buzz saw bluesy rock ‘n’ roll blend generated classic rock staples like “Bad to the Bone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “I Drink Alone,” “Who Do You Love,” “Move it On Over,” and many more.

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