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Jodi Villa

Where are you from?: Denver, CO

How many years have you been a fan?: 35 years

What is your favorite George Thorogood song: Move It On Over

How many times have you seen George Thorogood live? 3 - Red Rocks Amphitheater

What’s one thing that sets you apart from other George Thorogood fans?: An appreciation of his timeless sound and the fact that it spans generations. My husband first heard about George Thorogood in the 1970's; we enjoyed George's music throughout the 1980's - 2000's; and we took our kids to a concert about 10 years ago.

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Today, the legendary El Mocambo announces the return of George Thorogood & The Destroyers with three back-to-back shows kicking off May 20, 2022.

Today’s announcement marks Thorogood & The Destroyers first dates back at the legendary venue since they last hit the stage over 40 years ago in 1978, playing under the newly reimagined Neon Palms following the completion of the El Mocambo’s multimillion dollar restoration in 2020.   

Tickets are on sale at 10 AM, ET on December 16 with both General Admission and VIP options, and can be purchased at elmocambo.com. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

“The El Mocambo is where we played our first Canadian show back in 1978 and we’ve been dying to get back there ever since,” says Thorogood. “I am extremely excited about these shows.  We’re going to have a blast!”

George Thorogood & The Destroyers Live From The El Mocambo:

May 20 (presented by Q107)
May 21 (presented by 94.9 The Rock)
May 22 (presented by BOOM 97.3)

By Carlton Fletcher/ Albany Herald

There’s a simple reason George Thorogood is still playing, 45 years into his career, the music that brought him his share of rock and roll fame.

“What else am I going to do?” the guitarist/vocalist said as he prepared to head South to the Albany Municipal Auditorium for his show Sunday evening. “There was little chance that I was going to do anything else. Even my parents encouraged me to play music ... with two pretty much juvenile delinquent brothers, they could at least keep up with where I was.

“Besides, some people were born to make music. Can you imagine Keith Richards as an actor? Tom Petty working on a telephone pole? The fact is, I just wasn’t very good at working. It was music for me all the way.”

Thorogood and his touring band, who are in the midst of their “Good to Be Bad” tour, will bring their bag of blues-based rock and roll classics — “Move It on Over,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer,” “Who Do You Love?,” “I Drink Alone” and, of course, “Bad to the Bone,” to name a few — to the Albany venue Sunday evening at 7 p.m.

Touring behind the music that he and his band, the Delaware Destroyers, have been playing now for decades also is not a stretch for Thorogood.

“I don’t think that playing a 45th anniversary tour is that big a deal for me because it’s what I’ve been doing since I started,” he said. “I’ve pretty much been on the road since I got into this business. I believe in doing the work.

“People talk about The Beatles and their success, but they were one of those ‘overnight successes 10 years in the making.’ I’d hear some musicians complain, ‘Man, it took three months for us to get a record deal.’ Yeah, I’m really going to cry for you. We had the fans at our shows, but we couldn’t get the attention of record companies. I had to keep working to refrain from violence, because I reached the point where I was going to throw someone (in the music industry) off a building or I was going to jump myself.”

Indeed, Thorogood is known as much for his road work as he is the songs that “Classic Rock Radio” discovered in the ’90s, elevating him to superstar status. He and his band have played more than 8,000 shows (and counting), and they were lauded for their “50 Dates/50 States” tour.

“It wasn’t until the Classic Rock format hit radio big in the ’90s that people started discovering us,” Thorogood said. “All of a sudden, DJs were playing our songs alongside Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Steve Miller Band, folks like that. All these songs that had fallen on deaf ears for so long were finally being exposed.

“It renewed our faith in these songs we’d been playing over and over and over on the road.”

Now fans are hungry to hear classics like “Bad to the Bone,” which may have been played in more movies, sporting events and TV projects than any other song.

“Obviously, it feels great to get a positive reaction from audiences when we play these songs,” Thorogood said. “For the most part, we’ve been encouraged by the reaction from audiences on this tour. I don’t think about a lot of things once we get on the stage other than pleasing the audience. They’re the ones who have supported us all these years, and they’re the ones we focus on.”

As for his first show in Albany, Thorogood said he’s ready to connect with southwest Georgia music fans.

“I’ll bring my guitar, a bass player, a drummer ... and we’ll see where that takes us,” he said. “It’s what we do every time we get on a stage. We keep in mind: Rock and roll never sleeps; it just carries on.”

George Thorogood and the Destroyers: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $50-$73; 941-263-6799; vanwezel.org

Over the group's four-decade career, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have been voracious tourers, even embarking on a 50/50 Tour of all 50 states over 50 nights in 1981. Now, after the pandemic largely put a halt to touring live entertainment last year, the band is back on the road again continuing its "Good to Be Bad Tour: 45 Years of Rock," including a stop at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Tuesday.

Along with "Bad to the Bone," the Thorogood-penned title track to the band's 1982 album that's continued to appear in film and television throughout the following decades, the group is known for its rollicking renditions of blues and rock tunes such as "Who Do You Love?" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer." Thorogood and the Destroyers are also renowned for their live shows, scoring a platinum album with 1986's "Live" and last year reissuing "Live in Boston 1982: The Complete Concert," recorded at the Bradford Ballroom.

In a Nov. 5 phone interview with the Herald-Tribune, Thorogood discussed returning to the road as well as memories throughout his career, including meeting Bob Dylan and the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts while opening for the Stones in 1981. Here are excerpts.

Last year saw the reissue of “Live in Boston 1982: The Complete Concert.” What are your memories of that particular show?

To tell you the truth, it was tough for me to remember that show when people ask me, because I did three shows in the Boston area at that place that were all recorded. So to try to pin it down to what it was like is a little bit more difficult than you think. I do know we did one of them on our 50/50 Tour and had an outstanding turnout. You got to remember something: in those days, if you know anything about Boston, where the Bradford Hotel was, was right in the heart of the Combat Zone. That’s what they called the roughest area of Boston, even the cops don’t go down there. So when we drew those kinds of fans from all over the Boston area, that really showed me something, that really touched us. So we kept it safe and it went well. Then they said, “Well, why don’t we just release all the stuff?” I’m not going to say no to it; if you want to release my stuff, then please do it. (Laughs)

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George Thorogood and the Destroyers are known for "Bad to the Bone," the Thorogood-penned title track to their 1982 album; their renditions of songs like "Who Do You Love?" and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and for their live performances.

The year before that show, you and the Destroyers opened for the Rolling Stones. Of course, Charlie Watts sadly passed away earlier this year. Do you have any memories of Watts from your time performing with him?

How about this one; you ready? I was fortunate enough to meet the Rolling Stones before I ever saw them play. How do you like that? The first thing one of the Rolling Stones said to me, the very first thing, was one of the Rolling Stones walked up to me with my album and said, “George, may I have your autograph?” And it was Charlie Watts. Can you top that rock and roll story? I don’t think so!

You're also clearly a fan of Bob Dylan, having recorded "Wanted Man" and performing at his 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration. Have you gotten to meet him?

I've met Bob – I call him "bad Bob" – three times. The first time I met him, it was great; the second time I met him, it was fantastic; and the third time I talked to him was over-the-moon. That's my words on bad Bob Dylan, finest gentleman I've ever had the pleasure to talk to, and he was so respectful of me. I kept calling him "bad Bob," and I said, "Excuse me, Bob, I hope you don't mind if I use the word 'bad' because that's my one word." Bob Dylan has a million words, I have one word. He goes, "Well, you are the baddest." I went, "Did you hear that? Bob thinks I'm the baddest!" and he looks at me and goes, "Man, you're the worst." So I thought if Orson Welles can call Jackie Gleason The Great One, that Bob Dylan dubbed me the worst, I'll take it.

You've had Damon Fowler open for you often in recent years, including the upcoming Van Wezel show, and he hails from here in Florida. How did he come on your radar, and what has it been like playing with him?

Well, he came our way via Adam Conde, our manager, he handles those kind of things and brings those people to our attention. You know, like anything else, if it works out, you keep going; if the artist is happy and it's made enough money to make it work. Damon's a great guy, and a great player.

You and the Destroyers are known for being road warriors, all the way back to the 50/50 Tour days. What were the early days of the pandemic like for you when touring live music essentially came to a halt?

Well, putting aside what we do for a living, it was a terrible time; it still hasn’t eased up yet. The last thing I was thinking about was going out and playing, I was watching the news and people were dropping like flies all over the world. So it was very hard for me to concentrate on myself and say I’m missing all the action. I said, “This could destroy the planet.” So to me, it was a tough time; it still is a tough time. But as far as our having to postpone or reschedule our shows, I said well, so be it. You can’t have a rock concert unless you have a healthy planet.

Now that you're back on the road, how have the shows been so far?

It’s always fantastic to play, whatever the circumstances are, and this might have been a little bit extra due to the pandemic thing. We’ve played places where they did the social distancing, people wore masks. We didn’t want to do anything that was dangerous, and neither did the promoters or anyone else. So we kind of had to ease our way into it, and once we got rolling, it was fine. Who knows? Maybe music might cure the COVID. It cures a lot of other things, right?