You never forget your first George Thorogood show, or your second, or even your third. Or your twenty-second, I suppose, if you make a career out of it.  Thorogood’s just that kind of performer, one of a kind.  For the folks gathered at Hampton Beach’s Casino Ballroom for the hot and steamy Thursday night show, they won’t forget that show either – it was just that much fun.  There is only one Thorogood, probably for two reasons – 1) no one can copy him, and 2) no one could keep up with him.

I am only on my third George Thorogood & The Destroyers show, but I’ve been a fan since the early days.  I may be getting older, but by the looks Thorogood is not.  The man has not lost a thing as the years have slipped by – his vocals are as sharp as ever, his guitar work is as tight as ever, and his antics are as naughty as ever.  The setlist hasn’t varied a great deal since I saw him four or so years ago, but the music stands the test of time.  Plus, Thorogood sells every single song with attitude, verve, and a big old grin.  This was a great show, as expected.

Hampton Beach’s Casino Ballroom is a wonderful venue: big enough to hold a couple of thousand people and small enough to be an intimate performance.  Thorogood is great on a big stage, but he’s even better on the smaller stage with the fans right at his feet.  Artists seem to love performing there, and the fans flock to see their favorites up close and personal.

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Time to go old school for the summer. As the month of July came to a close, with it came some great music that still holds sway in this day and age. This past weekend, George Thorogood & The Destroyers along with their peers Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes paid the good people of New York City a visit via The Beacon Theater. Not only was it an amazing throwback to some classic blues rock, but the performances proved that these men still have the skills to kill.

Despite the rainy Saturday evening, guests were relishing the unusually cool temperatures that swooped in. Finally, the humid heat dissipated for a temporary escape. For those who like to wet their whistle before some rock, head on over to McAleer’s Pub for an iced cold brew. It’s the best way to ease into the soon to be raucous events to come. Arriving at The Beacon gives way to crowds of 50+ aged couples and families who patiently waited in lines for entry. Once inside the legendary venue, bikers dominated the space with their handlebar mustaches and leather jackets, male and female alike.

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Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson remembers when he was a rookie determined to make a name for himself on special teams.

"I knew that you do good on special teams, you get on the field. I took pride in that," Johnson said.

Johnson is now a firmly established part of the Rams defense, allowing him to enjoy the increased intensity of Monday's practice focused entirely on special teams. Without fans in attendance for the first time during training camp at UC Irvine, the Rams more than made up for the possible energy deficit during spirited drills as George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" blared over the speakers.

"Man, this is the most exciting practice for me to see what young guys come up and step up," Johnson said. "This is the first day in pads, so you know it's going to be physical."

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At 66 years old, George Thorogood, who grew up in Wilmington, still plays about 100 dates a year all around the world. (Submitted photo/Mitchell Glotzer)Courtesy Delaware State News

George Thorogood has only one request when he and the Destroyers play the Delaware State Fair Friday night.

Keep those mosquitoes away.

“Delaware mosquitoes are the worst. They are deadlier than the cobras in India,” he proclaimed.

Mr. Thorogood should know, having grown up in Wilmington, graduating from Brandywine High School in 1968, and going on to become perhaps Delaware’s best-known musical export.

He and his band play their first professional gig Downstate Friday at the Delaware State Fair during a stop on their Badder Than Ever Tour.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds will open the 7:30 p.m. show at the fair’s M&T Grandstand.

At 66 years old, George Thorogood, who grew up in Wilmington, still plays about 100 dates a year all around the world. (Submitted photo/Mitchell Glotzer)

While it is surprising to learn that the First State favorite has never played Kent or Sussex County since hitting it big, he does recall a gig at the Dover Air Force Base many years ago.

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