Night 1 of the five-day 2016 Built Ford Tough Professional Bull Riders World Finals kicked off at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday night for the first time, and contributing photographer Tom Donoghue, as part of his yearly calendar of events, was on duty for his photo gallery.

The PBR World Finals, for many years at the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, is on the Las Vegas Strip this year at T-Mobile Arena. Events also are at South Point south of the Strip.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers and their “Bad to the Bone” entertained on the first night of the five-day championship at T-Mobile Arena, while Colt Ford ruled the outdoors at Toshiba Plaza.

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George donated an autographed Les Paul Junior model and meet and greet for 4 to Veterans Matter, a program that is working to house 2,000 more homeless veterans this year. Please visit to place your bid.

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If you like solid blues and blues-rock, check out the new album, Live at the Kessler, from Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, released over the summer. I stumbled across this record and have been playing it in constant rotation. Suhler and Monkey Beat have been playing together for a couple of decades and definitely deserve wider recognition. Suhler, in addition to his work with Monkey Beat, plays lead guitar with George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

The album was recorded in Dallas at the Kessler Theater and features tracks from Suhler’s previous studio albums plus a couple of new tunes. Suhler plays his own brand of Texas blues-rock with a solid backing group in Monkey Beat.  In addition to his Texas roots, his appreciation for the Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher was obvious only a couple of tracks into the album, long before he name-checked the Cork legend on the final song. With those kind of influences, you are in for a fun ride. But Suhler is his own man and not a clone, even as he pays tribute to the late Irish Strat-master.

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George Thorogood was 'bad to the bone' as he rocked the Xfinity Arena at The Big E on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016. Thorogood, backed by his long-time band the Destroyers rocked every inch of the Xfinity stage as he brought his 2016 Badder Than Ever Tour to The Big E as the final concert for the 2016 fair season. The Big E concludes on Sunday.

Guitarist and singer Thorogood, saxophonist, Buddy Leach, drummer Jeff Simon, bassist Bill Blough and guitarist Jim Sutler played their 4 decades of hits like "Who Do You Love" and "Bad to the Bone."

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