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Once upon a time, in the far-too-distant past, rock stars built careers on talent instead of trendy looks and marketability. The true gttestament to such talent is longevity.

The trendy, under-talented and over-marketed ones will not stand the test of time. It takes true talent and dedication to continue a successful career for 40 years, and George Thorogood and The Destroyers have done it.

Thorogood's never been a pretty boy, not by any stretch of the imagination, but his music is raw, unrefined, punch-you-in-the-gut rock and roll that will endure. At his recent performance at Effingham Performance Center, the 64-year-old rocker proved that he can still rock the house.

Most of us 40-somethings are very familiar with original songs such as "I Drink Alone," "Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job," and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer."

Notable cover songs Thorogood and The Destroyers made famous include the Bo Diddley classic "Who Do You Love," and the old Hank Snow country hit "Move It On Over." Of course, the song that is synonymous with "George Thorogood" is "Bad to the Bone."

GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS are slated to perform on the all-star lineup of next year’s 2015 Stagecoach Festival, on 2 GT White BackGRSunday, April 26.  Performing on the same bill as Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Sara Evans, and more, the three day-festival (April 24-26 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA), will also featureTim McGraw, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard.

Four decades strong, GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS have marked their 40th Anniversary with 2014 national U.S. and Canadian tours that began in February – performing live for audiences at more than 100 concerts this year.  Touring in relation to their Universal Music Enterprises George Thorogood & The Destroyers ICON album and Eagle Rock Entertainment’s live DVD titled Live At Montreux, Thorogood and his band continue to give audiences the opportunity to hear the band’s greatest hits such as “Bad To The Bone,”I Drink Alone,” “Who Do You Love,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” and many more.


George Thorogood and his longtime band The Destroyers – whose lineup includes:  Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) andBuddy Leach (saxophone), have released 16 studio albums, with two Platinum albums and six Gold albums.  Taking the stage for the first time on December 1, 1973, the band has established themselves as a mega successful powerhouse rock group with bar roots, unchained attitude, and a love of its country and blues history.


Tickets for STAGECOACH: CALIFORNIA’S COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL will go on sale Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM PDT at (see below lineup).



By Herb Meeker
News Report Staff
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9792926Interviewing legendary rocker George Thorogood means you better be ready to shift gears.

But once you get used to his humor – when asked about the weather during his West Coast leg of his 40th anniversary concert tour, he deadpanned he could not divulge his location due to government security measures -- you get some insight into the guy who wrote the iconic blues-heavy rock hit “Bad to the Bone” and redefined blues hits like “Who Do You Love?” and “One Bourdon, One Scotch, One Beer” with a driving rock beat.

Thorogood and his band, The Destroyers, roll into Effingham next week at the Effingham Performance Center. During a phone interview, Thorogood explained how he came up with the phrase of the hit that cut to the bone for rock fans more than 30 years ago.

“Was the saying, ‘Bad to the Bone,’ ever out of our culture? It was a common phrase like ‘Born to Be Wild’ or ‘Born to Run.’ It’s too obvious to ignore. Someone has to do it so why not me,” Thorogood said when asked what inspired him to write that song.

When asked if it is a thrill to hear ‘Bad to the Bone’ playing a few minutes into one of best sci-fi movies ever, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” Thorogood jokes, “Well, my agent, my bankers and my manager love it!”

Artists who inspired him are two English guys named Mick and Keith of the Rolling Stones and John Lennon for not letting Rock and Roll die.