Congratulations to the Boogie People Fan of the Month for July 2022 Darrel H! Learn more about Darrell below!

 Darrell Hagel

Where are you from?: Mannum - South Australia

How many years have you been a fan?: From the moment in 1986 that my older brother played the live album at a party I was hooked.

What is your favorite George Thorogood song: Hello Little Girl

How many times have you seen George Thorogood live? 20-30 Times

What’s one thing that sets you apart from other George Thorogood fans?: My old school red ( white guitar ) signed t shirt and my dedication ranging from spending days at Adelaide airport to meet George and the band to meeting Jim outside Thebarton Theatre while sitting outside on a deck chair with drinks listening to the sound checks. Also going on tour around Australia being a groupie and driving from town to town or flying. Even went to New Orleans just to see George!

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From the aviator sunglasses inside, to the full head of hair and deep American accent, rock legend George Thorogood embodies the image of an 80s rock legend who is still living the dream decades later.

He is humble, though. Not in a self-deprecating way, but he knows he is lucky to be living a life of rock and roll 45 years after the release of the band’s self-titled debut album.

He had dreams of guitar legend status as a kid. As time went on that quickly became, “I just want to be able to make a living doing this”.

As for the phenomenal success that became a reality?

“I don’t think anybody had that kind of imagination,” he says.

Plenty of music greats are still “kicking it” years later he says, but suggests musicians like the Who and Paul McCartney were brilliant from the get go.

“They had a bit more to work with than I did,” he laughs.

“A lot of those cats were blessed with great musical talent and insight ... there’s only one Paul McCartney.”

It could be said there is only one George Thorogood, too, though. He laughs.

“I do ok with what I got.”

The band is heading to New Zealand for the 45 Years of Rock tour in October this year. Thorogood has clear memories of the band’s 2020 visit Down Under. The first being the weather was some of the hottest it has ever been. The second was New Zealand crowds were there to party.

“[2020] was the greatest experience we ever had working there,” he says.

“New Zealand as a country is a power to be reckoned with. It’s not a Sleepy Hollow like some people think,” he says adding the crowd size and enthusiasm was incredible.

“I can’t wait to come back”

George Thorogood and the Destroyers first gained success in the late 1970s with cover songs like the reworked John Lee Hooker’s One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. But it was Thorogood’s first release of a song he wrote himself that cemented his place in the rock world.

Bad to the Bone was released in 1982. Perhaps most famously, it was used during the bar scene in Terminator 2: Judgement Day. That was the scene we saw the terminator (also a fan of sunglasses inside) for the first time. The song has featured in more than 25 films or television shows. Even 40 years later, it remains an iconic “bad boy” song.

He knew the song was good when he wrote it, he assumed it would be a good song for the fans. As for the insane success that followed its release, however, he never saw it coming.

“To make it to this level, we never dreamed of that. Nobody does.”

He feels that way about the band’s success as a whole, too.

“When I was starting I had ears and I could hear the sounds coming out of the guitar. I knew I had something. I knew I had something I could make a living doing,” he says.

But now he is 72, he is on his way back to New Zealand and has a name synonymous with old school rock and roll. It could be easy to chill out and rets on his laurels. But that is not the George Thorogood way of doing things.

“If someone comes up to me and says you were really good yesterday, I say ‘yeah, yesterday’, I don’t like to look in the rearview mirror,” he says.

“I want to compete with myself. I want to be better than I was yesterday. I can’t say I want to be better than Jeff Beck, nobody can. Forget about that, see if you can top George Thorogood. That keeps me pretty busy.”

After decades of living the rock and roll dream, is there anything that stands out as a career highlight?

“Yeah,” says Thorogood.

“Every night.”

And that every night buzz is enough to keep him coming back for more. At least for now.

“I’m planning on doing it at least until I get to New Zealand,” he says.

“And then we’ll take it from there.”

Congratulations to the Boogie People Fan of the Month for June 2022 Kyle S! Learn more about Kyle below!

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Where are you from?: Virginia

How many years have you been a fan?: 47 Years!

What is your favorite George Thorogood song: Who Do You Love?

How many times have you seen George Thorogood live? Been to 20+ shows and love all of them!

What’s one thing that sets you apart from other George Thorogood fans?: I've seen him in more states than most fans

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George Thorogood & The Destroyers have announced an Australian tour across October and November 2022.

Celebrating 40 years of their classic “Bad To The Bone” this September, the blues-rock icons have announced their return to Australia this October and November for a select run of headline shows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra, with additional regional shows in NSW and Queensland.

For the past 45 years, George Thorogood and his long-time legendary band, The Destroyers, made up of Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) have been delivering explosive live shows, and with no signs of slowing down in 2022, their ‘Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock’ will prove why like never before.

Kicking off at Canberra Theatre on October 27, the band’s Australian tour will then take them to Melbourne’s Forum on October 28, Enmore Theatre in Sydney on October 31, Civic Theatre in Newcastle on November 2, Entertainment Centre in Townsville on November 4, Convention Centre in Cairns on November 5 and Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane on November 7 before finishing up at the Thebarton Theatre in Adelaide. Tickets for all shows go on sale Friday 27 May, 12pm (local time) via the Live Nation website.

Since 1976, the Destroyers have sold over 15 million albums, built a catalogue of classic hits, played more than 8,000 ferocious live shows, and become mainstays of radio, TV, and stages worldwide for more than two generations. Through it all, they’ve remained one of the most consistent – and consistently passionate – progenitors of blues-based rock in pop culture history.

“Since I was 17,” George says, “All I wanted to do was see how far I could go with my guitar, putting my own spin on music I loved.”

As always, you can expect the band to deliver a gut-bustin’, guitar-wailin’, face-meltin’, fiery-tempoed, take-no-prisoners, good old-fashioned lunch-bucket rock & roll show that includes their signature hits “Get A Haircut”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Who Do You Love” and the definitive badass anthem “Bad To The Bone”, along with several surprises.

To coincide with the tour Universal Music will be releasing the Australasian-Exclusive souvenir edition of The Original George Thorogood, which brings together the best from the rock and roll heart and fevered brain of George Thorogood and his unstoppable, long-time band, The Destroyers. The Original George Thorogood will be released on CD (including Australian exclusive tour slipcase) and digitally.

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