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Rock & Roll Icon George Thorogood to perform at The Forum

 In 1973, Hank Aaron was within one home run of Babe Ruth’s MLB all-time record; President Nixon announced that he wasn’t a crook; A gallon of gas cost 39 cents; MTV was still 8 years away, and a young Wilmington guitar-slinger and his band played their first electrifying gig at a University of Delaware residence hall.

Today, home run records are performance-enhanced; Watergate seems quaint, while gas prices veer to insane. Few remember what the ‘M’ in MTV once stood for. But over 8,000 live shows and 15 million albums sold worldwide later, George Thorogood is still making explosive music, still thrilling audiences, and still the baddest-to-the-bone performer in rock.

That’s 40 Years Strong. And what better way to commemorate than a celebratory tour, stopping at Harrisburg’s The Forum for a special performance on March 11th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 14 at Ticketmaster and the Whitaker Center Box Office.

 For George Thorogood and his longtime band The Destroyers – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – their 40th anniversary is indestructible proof that staying true to yourself and the music can still mean something. And with a catalog of iconic hits that includes “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Bad To The Bone” and more, being able to share it with audiences is what will always matter.

In fact, ask anyone who’s seen a GT&D performance – from that first show at Lane Hall, through legendary appearances on SNL and Live Aid, the opening slot on the Rolling Stones historic ’81 tour, their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year – and it’s undisputed that their reputation as worldwide road warriors is stronger than ever. “I love to perform live,” George says. “I consider my job description to be ‘live rock performer’. When we play, whether it’s a great old theater, a brand new casino, an outdoor festival, wherever, we’re making a living doing what we love to do. And people love what it is we're doing. We’ve worked hard over the past 40 years to get to this point, and we’re proud to be here.”

For George Thorogood & The Destroyers, and for rock & roll, it doesn’t get stronger than that – delivering the very same no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches, blues-infused, good ol’ fashioned rock & roll that has left their indelible mark on the world.

GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS

March 11, 2015 – 7:30pm

The Forum – 500 Walnut St, Harrisburg, PA

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, the Whitaker Center Box Office, and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or 717-214-ARTS.

 

Produced by Eric Smith 2006 for ESPN Classic Road Show --George and the boys play 'Sweet Home Chicago'

 

A hard-playing blues-rocker marking 40 years in the business and who recently headlined Bethlehem’s Musikfest festival will return to the Lehigh Valley to play a far more intimate venue.

George Thorogood Live 5George Thorogood, best known for his 1983 hit "Bad to the Bone" as well as for covers of blues standards such as Hank Williams’ "Move It On Over,"  and Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" will play Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. March 17, it was just announced.

The show will be part of Thorogood’s 40 Years Strong tour, which marks four decades since the 1979 release of his debut album, “Better Than the Rest.”

Tickets, at $39.50 and $45.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Symphony Hall box office, Ticketmaster outlets,  www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000 or 610-432-6715.