Courtesy American Blues Scene

George Thorogood is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. His “high-energy boogie-blues” sound became a staple of 1980’s rock radio. His original songs include “Bad to the Bone,” and “I Drink Alone.” He has popularized “Move It on Over,” “Who Do You Love,” and “One Bourbon One Scotch One Beer.”

Brant Buckley:

Could you talk about your new Epiphone White Fang ES125 guitar? What made you want to have your own signature model?

George Thorogood:

It really wasn’t my idea. It came to us out of necessity. The Epiphone Company and people in our organization had been urging me to get new instruments. The ones I was using were completely worn out. It was costing us a fortune to repair them. Maintenance on the old instruments is expensive and they don’t make them anymore. They are very frail guitars and I have a pretty heavy attack on the guitar. They tend to wear out. It’s not like banging on a Les Paul or a Stratocaster.

The original new models didn’t work out. Epiphone ended up taking stock guitars from the line and altering them to my style. It made sense to me. It’s like a pair of pants but the cuffs are too long so you make alterations. Playing my Gibson is the equivalent to swinging the bat and the ball bounces into the stands for a ground rule double. When I play the Epiphone, I hit the ball into the upper deck for a grand slam home run. I went back to the Gibson for one night and I could tell from the response from the audience. It was good but not as good as the Epiphone model. I now use the Epiphone at all times.

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For George Thorogood, bad is good. Good might be OK for some, but bad is his bread and butter. 

So if he tells you he's doing "bad," that's probably a good thing. He initially felt the title of the band's current tour, "Good to be Bad," was bad (in a bad way), but one of his crew members helped him see the good in it. 

"He said, 'The word bad has done very good for you, George,'" Thorogood said in a phone interview. "I thought, 'Yeah, he's got a point.'" 


Billy Blough has been the bass player for George Thorogood and The Destroyers since 1976. Bill and Lowell talk about how he joined the band back in the day, touring with the Rolling Stones, life on the road and so much more!

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George Thorogood has announced dates for his Good to Be Bad: 45 Years of Rock tour.

The veteran blues rockers will hit the road with his band the Destroyers for performances across the U.S. that stretch from summer into fall. You can see the full touring schedule below.

Known for songs like “Bad to the Bone,” “Get a Haircut” and “Born to Be Bad,” Thorogood and the Destroyers have sold more than 15 million records in their career. The group has also earned their reputation as a tireless live act, regularly delivering high-energy performances all over the globe


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