George Thorogood returns to Casino Ballroom
By Christopher Hislop
Last time I caught up with George Thorogood was in 2011. He ended that conversation with "rock 'n' roll never sleeps ...; It just passes out."
It was hilarious. We shared a loud, long laugh, and that was that.
WHAT George Thorogood
WHEN Friday and Saturday, June 20 & 21
WHERE Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, 169 Ocean Blvd., Hampton
COST $44.05 /$59.40
CONTACT 929-4100 www.casinoballroom.com
He went on to destroy the Casino Ballroom, as he's been doing since 1987 when he first set foot in the place (to the best of his recollection).
Fast-forward to present day, and he's coming back again. This time celebrating his 40th anniversary in the music industry.
When he called for this interview, he picked up exactly where we left off ...;
"Chris, it's been too long! Rock 'n' roll never sleeps ...; It just passes out. My apologies, I passed out for a bit long there ...; " He laughs.
Forty years. That's a long time. For Thorogood, it's sailed on by.
George Thorogood and The Destroyers hit Hard Rock at Northfield Park July 1
Courtesy - Examiner.com
Speaking with the guitarist by telephone in advance of his July 1st show at Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park, we found ourselves both charmed and disarmed by the Delaware native’s quick wit and conversational je ne sais quoi.
A good journalist does his homework. But you’ve got to stay sharp while interviewing Thorogood, or he’ll wrest away the reigns, turn the tables, and fire some zingers back at you. He’s a cordial dude, the kind you’d want to belly to the bar with and pound a couple brews, just like in his songs. His relaxed tone put us at ease, even if some responses made us feel like we were a day late and a dollar short. One imagines the “I Drink Alone” author isn’t unlike the cobra pictured on the body of his white Gibson ES-125 guitar, sly and resourceful. Certainly mischievous, if not devious.
So we’re unprepared when George jumps on the line and get things rolling with a question of his own—a query straight out of left field. Literally.
But yes, Thorogood and his Destroyers—now in their 40th year together—are about as consistent as it gets in rock and roll, churning out album after album of raucous, blues-based guitar rock that still gets the blood pumping. Got the Wednesday hump-day blues? Looking forward to 5 o’clock? Ready for the weekend? Few artists are as synonymous with barroom bacchanalia and bad-boy braggadocio as Thorogood, and—not withstanding Springsteen’s “Born to Run”—few songs can fire up your average blue-collar Joe for quittin’ time as well as “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”
And when it comes to playing the hits, George doesn’t skimp. Fans can expect to hear all the classics—from “Bad to The Bone” and “I Drink Alone” to “Who Do You Love” and “One Bourbon”—when The Destroyers take the Hard Rock Stage.
Legendary liquor-centric lyrics aside, the raconteur of alcohol-fueled revelry remains a staunch proponent of responsible partying. In concert, Thorogood still suggests having your nondrinking buddy drive you home (or better yet, have your buddy’s girlfriend drive you home). During our twenty-minute chat, George shared his thoughts on his guitar style, the history of Classic Rock, and his admiration for C-Town’s love of live music.
George Thorogood on 105.3 The Fox
Click here to heck out George's interview with 105.3 The Fox in Fredericton. GTD performed in Fredericton, NB at the Aitken Centre.
George Thorogood on Q107 - Toronto's Rock Station....
Check out George's interview on Q107 - Toronto's Rock Station!
Click here to listen.