Steady force of rock
Courtesy - The Spokesman Review
Right before George Thorogood hangs up the phone, he recites to me a short, simple credo that he’s no doubt been throwing around for years: “Rock ’n’ roll never sleeps. It just passes out.”
It’s clear that Thorogood is the kind of artist who embraces and thrives on repetition and nostalgia. His work relies heavily on reheated blues licks and revved-up covers of rock and country standards, and he says that he doesn’t mind playing the same songs for crowds night after night.
“That’s why I recorded those songs to begin with,” said Thorogood, who has no doubt performed hits like “Bad to the Bone” and “I Drink Alone” thousands of times over the years. “I’ve always put songs on records and put them in a show to entertain people. It’s always been about that, as long as they’re enjoying it. If they’re getting tired of it, then I’m getting tired of it.”
The recording studio is no longer on Thorogood’s radar, however: Besides his demanding tour schedule, he recognizes that most audiences don’t want to hear new material – they want an all killer, no filler setlist – and he’s fine with that.
George Thorogood Donates to Help Student Veterans Succeed
The Student Veterans Association (SVA) at Colorado Mesa University will receive 100% of the proceeds from the silent auction sale of an autographed George Thorogood guitar. The guitar is a gorgeous 1976 Gibson SG donated by Big J Jewelry & Loan on S. 7th Street in Grand Junction, and will be displayed for bidding at the George Thorogood concert on October 1 at the newly revamped Avalon Theatre off Main Street in Grand Junction. The winning bidder will be announced after the show.
The mission of the SVA is to provide veterans and their dependents with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and post-graduation. Colorado Mesa University has over 350 active veteran and veteran dependent students that the SVA serves with their programs and events. Additionally, the SVA strives to be active in the community by partnering with local veteran organizations to further serve the needs of fellow veterans and their families. The SVA is a chapter of the Student Veterans of America.
The SVA will use the proceeds to pay for items needed in the Veterans Lounge on campus, to begin a textbook sharing fund, to create family-friendly activities, and to build camaraderie for a supportive environment for veterans’ transitions.
Fox News: George Thorogood Getting Better With Time
Calling all boogie people
Photo courtesy of Aaron Rapoport
By Jessica Weston
Courtesy - The Daily Independent
Ask George Thorogood about playing at the Kern County Fair in Bakersfield next month and the legendary performer is hardly at a loss for words.
In a phone interview recently, Thorogood praised the area as “the original area of the hardcore country music in our country, not Nashville.” Bakersfield is the place where travelers and migrants from Oklahoma settled, he said.
People from the larger area tend to be what he calls “boogie people,” he said. “Its a hard thing to explain, people who live for the rock thing. It validates their existence in a good way.”
And Thorogood ought to know. He has performed for a lot of audiences in his career since first stepping onstage on Dec. 1, 1973. Since then, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have achieved legendary status for their down-home, yet powerhouse rock tempered with country and blues. The group is known for hits such as “Bad To The Bone,” “I Drink Alone,” “Who Do You Love,” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” They have put out 16 studio albums in all; they have two Platinum albums and six Gold albums.
Still, according to Thorogood, long-term success seemed anything but a certainty.
“I didn't know, its hard to predict something like that,” he said. “Because you don't don't know if the medium itself is going to last. Anything that has anything to do with entertainment is hard to predict.