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For George Thorogood, recording a solo album that featured just him singing and playing guitar was "like walking around in public naked, which I've never done, but you are alone and exposed. It's very difficult."

Thorogood, 67, will be performing with his band, The Destroyers, tonight at Riverbend (9:30 p.m., Coke Stage). He says he's not likely to ever record another solo album such as "Party of One," nor is he ever going to perform by himself. At least he doesn't think so.

The idea of doing a solo record is not new for him, but it just never worked out before, he says. Rounder Records pushed the idea, and it worked out. This time.

"There won't be a second," he says of the new CD, which will be released Aug. 4. It contains covers of tracks by everyone from Bob Dylan to Robert Johnson to the Rolling Stones. They are songs that mean something to Thorogood — and also ones that he could play and sing.

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By Larry Widen - On Milwaukee

After performing more than 8,000 shows in a career that spans 40 years, it's easy to envision George Thorogood on autopilot when he hits The Pabst Theater stage on Tuesday, May 30. After all, at age 67, the king of full-throttle slide guitar boogie has earned the right to take the intensity of his shows down a notch or two, right?

Nothing could be farther from the truth. The king himself dispelled any notion of turning in a low-energy show during a recent phone interview before he and his band, the Destroyers, bring their "Rock Party" tour to town.

"I am up and ready to rock and roll, not just for Milwaukee, but for every show," Thorogood said. "I worked hard to get where I am. I love my job. If I didn't, I'd quit."

Some of the audience members may be coming to see him for the first time, but many have been to one or more shows in the past. "It doesn't really matter," he said. "All those people are my employers. I work for them."

Thorogood was eager to talk about his new album, "Party of One," scheduled for release later this summer. It's the blues rocker's first album without the Destroyers, a project that began more than four decades ago.


By Walter Tunis

Contributing Music Critic - Lexington Herald-Leader

It has taken 40 years, but George Thorogood is finally set to release his first album.

Obviously, the Delaware rocker known for giving a contemporary voice to the music and inspirations of roots, blues and boogie stars from generations past has been touring and recording at an unrelenting pace since the 1970s. But that has been with his longstanding band the Destroyers. This summer, the guitarist and vocalist steps out without his wrecking crew for a record composed almost entirely of blues and roots-music standards cut entirely on his own. There are no embellishments and no band, just him. The album is titled “Party of One.”

In what amounts to a full-circle coincidence, the new record, due out Aug. 4, finds Thorogood back with Rounder Records, the label where he began his recording career in 1977.

“I wanted to do something like this originally,” he said. “Most people do start out as a solo deal — people like Bob Dylan, John Hammond, Bruce Springsteen. So did I. But I didn’t get Rounder’s ear until 1976. By that time, I had the band together. So we’ve been bouncing around for years about doing this. I just thought we’d better do it now or never. It’s kind of like, this is what I should have done before everything else. But I’m doing it now.”