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b3b86908c759389f5c0777ca923c41c5George Thorogood’s a straight-shooter, both onstage and off.

Speaking with the guitarist by telephone in advance of his July 1st show at Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park, we found ourselves both charmed and disarmed by the Delaware native’s quick wit and conversational je ne sais quoi.

A good journalist does his homework. But you’ve got to stay sharp while interviewing Thorogood, or he’ll wrest away the reigns, turn the tables, and fire some zingers back at you. He’s a cordial dude, the kind you’d want to belly to the bar with and pound a couple brews, just like in his songs. His relaxed tone put us at ease, even if some responses made us feel like we were a day late and a dollar short. One imagines the “I Drink Alone” author isn’t unlike the cobra pictured on the body of his white Gibson ES-125 guitar, sly and resourceful. Certainly mischievous, if not devious.

So we’re unprepared when George jumps on the line and get things rolling with a question of his own—a query straight out of left field. Literally.

But yes, Thorogood and his Destroyers—now in their 40th year together—are about as consistent as it gets in rock and roll, churning out album after album of raucous, blues-based guitar rock that still gets the blood pumping. Got the Wednesday hump-day blues? Looking forward to 5 o’clock? Ready for the weekend? Few artists are as synonymous with barroom bacchanalia and bad-boy braggadocio as Thorogood, and—not withstanding Springsteen’s “Born to Run”—few songs can fire up your average blue-collar Joe for quittin’ time as well as “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”

And when it comes to playing the hits, George doesn’t skimp. Fans can expect to hear all the classics—from “Bad to The Bone” and “I Drink Alone” to “Who Do You Love” and “One Bourbon”—when The Destroyers take the Hard Rock Stage.

Legendary liquor-centric lyrics aside, the raconteur of alcohol-fueled revelry remains a staunch proponent of responsible partying. In concert, Thorogood still suggests having your nondrinking buddy drive you home (or better yet, have your buddy’s girlfriend drive you home). During our twenty-minute chat, George shared his thoughts on his guitar style, the history of Classic Rock, and his admiration for C-Town’s love of live music.

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By:  Ken Kelly

GT-682x1024Just because they are now entering their fourth decade as a band, don’t expect George Thorogood & The Destroyers to be slowing down anytime soon.

The acclaimed, crowd-pleasing blues-rock band has been responsible for many classic rock radio hits including “Bad To The Bone,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and “Move It On Over.”

From the first time they took the stage on December 1, 1973, Thorogood and his longtime band The Destroyers – comprised of Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – have released 16 studio albums, with two platinum albums and six gold albums, including more than 650,000 records sold in Canada.

Thorogood’s stop at Casino New Brunswick on Friday night comes at the tail end of an extensive 20-date Canadian tour that kicked off on April 30 in Prince George, B.C.

Being back on the road means the opportunity to get up onstage on an almost nightly basis and do what he loves doing the most. As far as George is concerned, life couldn’t be better these days.

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