April 2022 release is a collection of self-penned classics by
George Thorogood and The Destroyers via UMe


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As George Thorogood himself once put it, "I guess a good song is a good song is a good song, you know?" And what we have here is a collection of hard-stompin,' party-down, good songs—all penned by Mr. Thorogood himself. Scheduled for release on April 15, 2022, the aptly named album The Original George Thorogood brings together the best from the rock and roll heart and fevered brain of George Thorogood and his unstoppable, longtime band, The Destroyers. The Original George Thorogood will be released on CD, digitally, and in two vinyl LP configurations, including black vinyl and, for the ultimate collector, a limited-edition Translucent Orange LP. Preorder The Original George Thorogood HERE now.

"It's easy to write a song, difficult to write a good song, and even harder to write a great song," Thorogood says. "It strikes home that I have the ability to write some pretty great songs, and there's a real sense of achievement to that."

In the late '70s, Thorogood's badass vocal delivery and grindhouse slide guitar rocketed the Destroyers onto the charts, with two platinum and six gold albums to their credit. Over the course of his 20-album career, Thorogood has won acclaim as an inspired interpreter of timeless classics by masters like Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and Hank Williams. But all along the way, he kept honing his own songcraft.

The Original George Thorogood is a celebration of Thorogood as a tunesmith. The album features rock radio blockbusters like "I Drink Alone" and "Rock and Roll Christmas," as well as Thorogood's mega-hit, "Bad to the Bone," which celebrates its 40th Anniversary this Fall. The latter song has been featured in numerous hit movies, from Terminator 2: Judgment Day to The Muppets, and TV shows including "Married... With Children," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," and "Miami Vice."

For Thorogood – currently touring with The Destroyers on their acclaimed Good To Be Bad: 45 Years Of Rock Tour – as well as for his millions of fans, The Original George Thorogood is a welcome reminder that the pen can be as mighty as the guitar. "You try to spread yourself out as a songwriter," says George, "and I've always tried to do my best. We've been playing a lot of these songs for a long time, and some haven't been performed live at all. I hope fans are surprised by the ones they've never heard before." To view tour dates or purchase tickets to the Good To Be Bad: 45 Years Of Rock Tour, click HERE.

The Original George Thorogood also showcases the range of Thorogood's output, with tracks like the tour de force truck drivin' anthem "Gear Jammer," the heartfelt country ballad "Oklahoma Sweetheart," and the previously unreleased "Back In The U.S.A." Additionally, hard-hitting barnburners like "I Really Like Girls," "If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave)," and "You Talk Too Much" are served up with classic Thorogood swagger and tongue-in-cheek panache.

It's all here. And it's all mighty good Thorogood. Or as the man himself once put it, "There is no doubt in my mind who is Number One. I have always been Number One."

The Original George Thorogood CD Tracklist

  1. Bad To The Bone
  2. I Drink Alone
  3. Gear Jammer
  4. Born To Be Bad
  5. If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave)
  6. Back In The U.S.A.**
  7. Rock And Roll Man
  8. You Talk Too Much
  9. Miss Luann
  10. Back To Wentzville
  11. Rock And Roll Christmas
  12. Oklahoma Sweetheart
  13. Woman With The Blues
  14. I Really Like Girls

The Original George Thorogood LP Tracklist

Side A:

  1. Bad to the Bone
  2. I Drink Alone
  3. Gear Jammer
  4. Born to Be Bad
  5. If You Don't Start Drinkin' (I'm Gonna Leave)

Side B:

  1. Back in the U.S.A.**
  2. Rock And Roll Man
  3. You Talk Too Much
  4. Miss Luann
  5. Oklahoma Sweetheart
  6. Rock And Roll Christmas

** New Song

Courtesy: Rick Munroe, MusicFestNews.com

Longtime blues rockers George Thorogood and the Destroyers kicked off the first of an eight-day Sunshine State-based tour stop, bringing Thorogood’s “Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock” on Thursday (Feb. 17) to Live at Coco, the new outdoor venue at Seminole Casino in Coconut Creek, Florida.

Sure, at 71, Thorogood isn’t the wild rocker he once was, but from the opening song, he got the crowd going showing everyone he still has the chops to rock out. Getting back to a pre-pandemic normal was the feeling of the night. The guitar slinger got back to basics, serving up his signature guitar riffs that have kept the singer/songwriter’s successful career in the limelight for more than 50 years. On a rainy Thursday night, the Delaware-born singer opened his catalog of hits and delivered a boisterous, blues-based 75-minute set.

At this point of his career, Thorogood is an unapologetic rock-and-roll preacher who isn’t afraid to cut loose with solos with saxophonist Buddy Leach that exemplify the spirit of the veteran rocker. Opening with “Rock Party,” he continued into several drinking-themed tunes including “I Drink Alone,” “House Rent Blues/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” and “Tequila” that got the rain-soaked crowd moving from side to side. From there, Thorogood got into several uninterrupted guitar-bass-drum combos with longtime Destroyer bandmates bassist Billy Blough and drummer Jeff Simon, a threesome who have worked together since 1976.

George Thorogood’s voice has never been particularly strong; at times he shouted lyrics to some of the his most iconic tunes. The intimate gathering of 1,500 enthusiastic fans got a high-energy rock show that had the bluesman moving all over the stage with the swagger of the George Thorogood of yesteryear. His vintage thick, crunchy, low-down blues-rock guitar tone is what we are used to seeing, and he was on point that night while fingerpicking on his signature Gibson ES-125 guitar.

The band appeared to be having a great time together as they rocked and rolled through plenty of feel-good moments. They plowed through the radio hits that everyone came to hear, including fan-favorite fare like “Who Do You Love?” and “Bad to the Bone.” The frontman showed his guitar prowess on an extended show-stopping solo sans band midway through “Gear Jammer.”

It was great seeing the iconic rocker still on stage delivering a solid rock show. While the show was entertaining, it was pure nostalgia. What can we expect from George Thorogood moving forward? At this point in his career, he has nothing left to prove, and if rocking and rolling is still fun, he and the band should continue to entertain crowds who choose to spend their entertainment dollars getting “Bad to the Bone.”

Congratulations to the Boogie People Fan of the Month for February 2022 Javin, M Learn more about Javin below!

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Where are you from?: Flagstaff, AZ

How many years have you been a fan?: 40 years

What is your favorite George Thorogood song: Madison Blues

How many times have you seen George Thorogood live? I've probably seen a dozen shows over the years. My favorite show of all concerts is a GT show. I was 18 years old and just out of High School. Madison, Wisconsin. Halloween night. Bad to the Bone tour. Venue was the brand new Civic center downtown. The band as well as the audience are dressed in Halloween costumes. George appropriately dressed as a skeleton as he is bad to the bone of course. They played a 30 minute version of Madison Blues! Unbelievable! I ran into George and the band after the show out on State Street where there's a party of 30,000 every year. What a show. What a night!

What’s one thing that sets you apart from other George Thorogood fans?: I'm not sure if anything in particular sets me apart from all of the other GT fans but I can say this there isn't a day that goes by where you don't hear at least one GT song in my house. I still have and can fit in the GT concert shirt I bought from the Reelin and Rockin tour from 1986! I also currently need to "Get a haircut and get a real job"!

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Tickets on Sale Friday, January 28 at 10 a.m. Local Time via LiveNation.com

Pre-sale Tickets Available Starting Tuesday, January 25

Presented by Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co., Santo Tequila and Beach Bar Rum

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Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar today announced the first dates of his “Crazy Times” North American summer amphitheater tour. Hagar will be joined by his best-selling rock supergroup The Circle, featuring fellow Van Halen alum and Rock Hall of Fame inductee, Michael Anthony; Grammy-award winning drummer, Jason Bonham; and Vic Johnson, Hagar’s longtime guitar virtuoso. Special guests George Thorogood & The Destroyers will also join the entire tour, which is produced by Live Nation and presented by Hagar’s portfolio of spirits — Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co., Santo Tequila and Beach Bar Rum. The “Crazy Times” tour kicks off in Bridgeport, CT on Friday, Jun. 10 at Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater and continues through Saturday, Sept. 10 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California. A full list of dates is below.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. local time on Friday, Jan. 28. Redhead Fan Club Members will have access to the first pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. local time. For tickets and more information, visit RedRocker.com.

Sammy Hagar said: “A tour this size has been a long time coming and it's definitely going to be worth the wait. The Circle and I are super excited and ready to throw the party of the year with George Thorogood.

We're going to take the music and party to a whole new level— 'Crazy Times' is an understatement."

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on the road today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Hagar’s solo years, Montrose, Van Halen, The Circle, and with Bonham on drums a Led Zeppelin track or two. With an ever-changing setlist that draws from more than five decades of iconic rock anthems, fans will experience the excitement of live music with songs including, “I Can’t Drive 55,” “Right Now,” “There's Only One Way To Rock,” “Mas Tequila,” “Why Can’t This Be Love,” “Heavy Metal,” “Your Love is Driving Me Crazy,” and many more.

Special guests George Thorogood and The Destroyers are set to turn up the rock-blues vibes as they celebrate 45 years in music. With a catalog of classic hits that includes "Who Do You Love," "Move It On Over," "Bad To The Bone," "I Drink Alone" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," it’s a pairing for the rock party record books.

Sammy Hagar & The Circle “Crazy Times Tour” Tour Dates:

6/10/22                Bridgeport, CT                    Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater

6/11/22                Holmdel, NJ                        PNC Bank Arts Center

6/13/22                Mansfield, MA                     Xfinity Center                          

6/15/22                Noblesville, IN                     Ruoff Music Center

6/16/22                 Cuyahoga Falls, OH           Blossom Music Center

8/23/22                Clarkston, MI                       Pine Knob Music Theatre

8/24/22                Cincinnati, OH                     Riverbend Music Center

8/26/22                Maryland Heights, MO        Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/27/22                Tinley Park, IL                      Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

8/30/22                Salt Lake City, UT                USANA Amphitheatre

9/1/22                   Bend, OR                            Hayden Homes Amphitheater

9/7/22                   Phoenix, AZ                        Ak-Chin Pavilion

9/9/22                   Mountain View, CA             Shoreline Amphitheatre

9/10/22                Irvine, CA                             FivePoint Amphitheatre

The tour comes on the heels of Hagar’s Las Vegas residency, which is now in its second year of sold-out concerts at The Strat. On January 5, 2022, he was awarded Mexico’s Medal of Honor and named Los Cabos’ first Honorary Ambassador of Tourism by the region’s top dignitaries, in recognition of his longtime investment in their people and economy. Hagar’s tour is presented by his award-winning portfolio of spirits, including Santo Tequila and Mezquila, a partnership with Guy Fieri; his premium Puerto Rico-made Beach Bar Rum, with partner Rick Springfield; and Sammy’s Beach Bar Cocktail Co., his new top-shelf sparkling rum cocktails in a can.