Blues-rocker George Thorogood is still bad to the bone
Courtesy Straight.com by Steve Newton
When you interview rockers on the road you always try to find out where they’re located, so you can write “When so-and-so calls from wherever” and establish a setting for the conversation. But when I contact blues-rocker George Thorogood, he’s not ready to cough up the info.
“We swore under oath with the government not to reveal the whereabouts of our location,” jokes the 64-year-old boogieman, so we’ll never know whether he was in Tallahassee or Kalamazoo.
And when I casually ask how he’s doing, Thorogood evades that query as well, instead replying with the title of his best-known song: “Bad to the Bone”.
Considering Thorogood’s name is synonymous with “Bad to the Bone”, it comes as quite a surprise that—at first, anyway—he didn’t even want that song for himself.
“I thought it would be a great song for Muddy Waters,” he explains. “I tried to hustle that tune to Muddy Waters’s camp, with absolutely no success, and actually his people were very offended with me for bringing the song to him. They were like, ‘A white guy bringin’ a blues song? Hell no, that’s not gonna work.’ I thought, ‘That’s bullshit! If Eric Clapton or Keith Richards did that they’d do it in a minute.’
George Thorogood Brings 40th Anniversary Tour To N.B.
He's been on the road, and making albums for 40 years now, but George Thorogood is about to do something he's never done before: "I've never done an interview on an airplane, I feel like Howard Hughes or something." It's pretty hard to be involved in a first with the veteran blues favourite, but it's his busy schedule that's behind the rushed call. Thorogood's Alaskan Airlines plane was about to head for Prince George, B.C., where he's starting a very big, very long trek across the country, 20 dates from B.C. to Halifax, including Fredericton and Moncton shows.
With his plane about to take off, we had a rushed conversation about the ongoing 40 Years Strong tour. It's not just hitting the major markets, because Thorogood has proved time and again he has a loyal crew of fans that will fill all his shows, and he's willing to go where they are. "It's a big country," Thorogood says, obviously at home here. "I don't spend enough time in Canada. You know, ever since 1978 we've been coming here and getting the red carpet treatment. It took us a while to find the right venues, but since 2008 it's been solid with the venues, and Canada's pretty spread out. The reception and the salary is well worth it for me. And it's breathtakingly beautiful."
Memories of Canada with George Thorogood
After 40 years on the road George Thorogood loves travelling
north of the border
George Thorogood and the Destroyers are headed back to Ottawa this time to perform in Southam Hall in the National Arts Centre.
Photograph by: Handout photo , Universal Music Enterprises
After four decades on the road, George Thorogood has more than his fair share of memories at his calloused fingertips.
“I used to play Ottawa quite a bit. We played at a club called Barrymore’s, we couldn’t knock it down,” he said. “We gave it our best shot but Canadians are tough.”
Thorogood, who has achieved “legend” status along with his band The Destroyers, because of songs like Who Do You Love, first crossed into Canada in 1978.
George Thorogood in concert
Where: Southam Hall, National Arts Centre
When: May 16 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: Start at $67, nac-cna.ca
242 Concepts Provides RCF Gear for George Thorogood Tour
Production company 242 Concepts, based here, is supporting George Thorogood and The Destroyers’ 40th Anniversary Tour with 24 of RCF’s HDL20-A line array elements and 12 SUB-8006AS subwoofers. Production manager/FOH engineer Jeff Pitt credited the system for output and voicing.
“Our show translated beautifully with minimal amounts of input from our system processing,” Pitt said.
The tour kicked off in February, with more gigs scheduled in the U.S. and Canada through the summer. George Thorogood is pictured here at the band’s tour stop at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN.
More details from RCF (www.rcf-usa.com):
The RCF HDL20-A is a 1,400-watt two-way line array cabinet with two 10” low frequency/mid frequency transducers coupled with a 3” high frequency compression driver capable of achieving 135 dB max SPL. The SUB-8006AS is a 5,000-watt dual 18” subwoofer able to achieve 141 dB max SPL.
With 40 years of touring experience behind them, when it was asked why they chose RCF, Production Manager/FOH Engineer Jeff Pitt said, “We had the opportunity to use the HDL 20 in several venues throughout Europe in 2013, and we were impressed with the output and voicing of the box. Our show translated beautifully with minimal amounts of input from our system processing. It comes out of the box with more performance than you need. The 8006 subs have provided the power that is necessary for taking the band’s sound to the people. The system has truly surpassed our expectations, and is allowing us to maintain the level of excellence we are known for worldwide.”
For the 40th anniversary North American tour, “We excited to have a lightweight, fantastic sounding box that is self-powered, and can fit into the vast array of venues we encounter,” says Pitt. The band first got the opportunity to use the system at the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. “We had awesome coverage, and a great evening mixing on the boxes,” said Pitt.