Blues-Rock Bad Boy --- How George Thorogood and the Destroyers Spent 40 Years Being Awesome
During a 40-year career fronting a band called the Destroyers and writing some monster-sounding blues-rock songs, George Thorogood’s music has gained a large and loyal following around the world. Eight of his 16 studio albums have either gone gold or platinum, and he’s sold more than 15 million recordings. His biggest single, “Bad To the Bone,” is one of the most iconic songs and packs one of the most familiar riffs from the early 1980s. The song still gets plenty of airplay, is heard regularly at sporting events, has been used in commercials and has popped up in movie and TV shows.
So it’s probably just as well that songs Thorogood originally wrote with other artists in mind never got made, for one reason or another. “Bad to the Bone” is a perfect example: Thorogood initially thought blues legend Muddy Waters would be perfect for the song. But the tune never got past Waters’ front line of defense. In fact, Thorogood said, the bluesman’s manager was almost offended. “They said it’s a real sacrilege that an up-and-coming white blues musician would write a song for one of the all-time great blues masters,” Thorogood recalled with a sardonic laugh during a recent phone call. “And I said that’s silly, a great song is a great song. If Elvis Presley had been alive, I’d have given it to him.”
It wasn’t that Thorogood wanted to give away songs because he lacked confidence in the sound he and the Destroyers were producing. When they were just getting known, they were good enough to appear as the music stars on Saturday Night Live. And, in 1981, they parlayed what was supposed to be a one-night one-off into a full-blown tour opening for the Rolling Stones. So they weren’t exactly chopped liver; it’s just that Thorogood heard other voices in his head singing lead vocals on his original music.
For instance, Thorogood wrote “I Really Like Girls” with the band Stray Cats in mind. “I Drink Alone” should have been a George Jones song. And “Born To Be Bad,” he said, was written thinking Steppenwolf would be the perfect group, because Thorogood liked lead singer John Kay’s voice.
George Thorogood still bad to the bone 40 years later
Courtesy - Saratogian.com
By: Don Wilcock
George Thorogood never thought he’d still be singing “Bad to The Bone” 32 years after he first recorded it and 41 years after he sat slack-jawed watching Blues Hall of Fame band leader Eddie Shaw squire a dying blues legend Howlin’ Wolf to clubs around the country.
About halfway through a grueling 40th-anniversary tour, boogey boy Thorogood brings his Delaware Destroyers band to Empire State Plaza at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a free performance that promises to force younger hard rock bands to “Move It On Over” so he can get Capitaland “Reelin’ and Rockin’.”
Ten years ago, Thorogood told me he couldn’t wait to become a senior citizen so he could engage in behavior that would allow him to get away with shenanigans that would get a younger million-selling rock star busted. Now, at 64, he finds that being an AARP card-carrier doesn’t have the advertised advantages, at least for rock and rollers.
“They keep raising the bar all the time. Nobody gets old anymore, thanks to Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler, who are a little older than me,” he said. “They keep playing, out there rockin’, and everybody turns around and says, ‘Hey, man! Let’s rock.’ I say, ‘What are you trying to do to us?’”
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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.