Blues rock legend says he loves playing in Canada.

By: Music, Published on Thu May 15 2014

George Thorogood is a man of few words — everything he’s got to say is there in his legendary rock/blues party tunes.george thorogood.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterbox

“Move it on Over,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Who Do You Love,” and “I Drink Alone” will certainly rattle the rafters at Massey Hall on Thursday, he promises in an interview, during which he seems to be channelling his hit “Bad to the Bone.”

Currently on a Canadian swing as part of his 40th anniversary tour with the Destroyers, Thorogood laconically delivers zingers and sound bites that could double as song titles.

Congratulated for surviving 40 years in the business and the successful “40 Years Strong” tour, he says, “I’m sneaking by.”

George Thorogood has been around now for 40 years and the large crowd at the Sudbury Arena indicated he is still a force to be reckoned with. Photo by Marg Seregelyi.

George Thorogood has been around now for 40 years and the large crowd at the Sudbury Arena indicated he is still a force to be reckoned with. Photo by Marg Seregelyi.

Sixteen studio albums — two that were certified platinum, six that have been certified gold, that have sold 15 million albums worldwide — has only made George Thorogood a greater artist.

Thorogood has been around now for 40 years and the large crowd at the Sudbury Arena indicated he is still a force to be reckoned with. Bodies swaying, arms waving, fans singing along and standing ovations are a testament to this man's ability to entertain — and entertain he did.

It was also evident that Sudbury embraced him. Sandra is one of those Sudburians who feels Thorogood's earthiness relates to the common person. She said he has excellent rhythm and lyrics that everyone can relate to.

Thorogood was having fun with the crowd, telling them he would do everything in his power to get arrested. The cops in attendance were too into his music to bust him.

Thorogood would periodically refer to Sudbury in endearing terms such as Sudbury is the best kept secret in Ontario, which made the crowd grow wild.

A young fellow, accompanied by his mom on his first concert, was obviously enjoying the music, which was a real testament to Thorogood's relevance after all these years.

Gilles and Robert, a father and son team, feel Thorogood offers good old fashioned rock and roll.

Linda agreed and suggested Thorogood's music is great on the fishing boat.

Thorogood who is an excellent singer, guitarist and entertainer and had a great audience connection. He oozed charisma which the crowd ate up.

 

Courtesy - The StarPhoenix.com

The ageless blues rocker George Thorogood returned to Saskatoon on Thursday night for the millionth time in his career and entertained a sold-out crowd 9821214at TCU Place as if he was still trying to prove himself.

And we’re here to tell you that even at 64 he still has the licks and chops and, darn him, even the hair.

He started and finished the night with real bad songs — Born to be Bad and that other one (what’s it called? Oh yeah, Bad to the Bone). 

Photograph by: Gord Waldner , The StarPhoenix

This outfit has sold something like 18 million albums to people old enough to remember paying for music — and, judging by the crowd, old enough to forget having to pay for it. Whether it’s an original like Get a Haircut — a big crowd fave — or a cover like Who Do You Love that George has made his own, it’s simple, funny, good-time stuff that’s so catchy it almost ain’t fair.

George Thorogood and his Destroyers keep going and going … and going.

If, by chance, longevity equates to greatness on any level, it hardly seems to matter to his legion of followers that it’s the same thing over and over … and over.

Judging by the response of the 2,200 aging rockers in attendance at the fabulous Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium last night they wouldn’t have it any other way.

From the opening intro tape of Barry McGuire’s Eve of Destruction into stomping blues rockers Born To Be Bad and Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love?, there was very little to differentiate the Delaware-bred, Boston-based belter’s last stop at this very same venue just under two years ago.

On what has been dubbed the 40 Years And Strong tour, the 64-year-old still has that shuffling, duck-walking swagger that has made Thorogood semi-legendary, and the Destroyers have been doing this so long it’s almost second nature.

Let’s face it … what else could any of these guys possibly do?

Just as sure as the bar lineups were long and constant, the assembled throng drank down the music with the same vigour as their favourite over-priced beverage.
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Photo Credit (Karl Tremblay/QMI Agency)

One bourbon, one scotch, one beer?                    

Hell, that was just getting started!

The stomping blues-rock drinking anthems continued through The Strangelove’s Night Time, I Drink Alone (just not tonight) and the aforementioned John Lee Hooker cover of One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.

Hooker is classic blues royalty, but admittedly (and with all due respect) it was Thorogood that made this one a hit.