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Because he grew up entrenched in the music of great blues artists, George Thorogood naively thought everybody was familiar with the uniquely all-American genre.

So it was something of a jarring wakeup call for the singer, songwriter and guitarist when his first band, The Delaware Destroyers — later simply the Destroyers — began looking to spread their wings and gain some nightclub experience. One of the first places they set their sights on was the Jersey Shore bar scene.

Thorogood knew that shore bars proved to be good training grounds for bands who took music seriously and weren’t just a bunch of college kids with marginal musical talent who formed bands and wrangled summer gigs with the express purpose of meeting girls.

“We went and asked the clubs for gigs, we just didn’t get any,” Thorogood says and he looks back across a career that spans over 40 years. “We asked everybody. Gigs were hard to find for us. We were just a three-piece band playing boogie blues.”

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Courtesy Centre Daily Times

Legendary rocker George Thorogood will return to Happy Valley on July 26 to play to a sold-out crowd at The State Theatre. Thorogood will bring along his longtime backing band, The Destroyers.

The slick slide guitarist discovered music early.

“I heard (music) on the radio just like everyone else,” Thorogood said. “I couldn’t sing like Roger Daltrey or Robert Plant. And, I certainly knew I wasn’t going to write ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ or ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’ I knew that wasn’t going to happen.”

Thorogood said he didn’t realize his potential on the six string until he heard it from his friends.

“I had other people come to me — friends of mine, accomplished guitarists — and they heard me fooling around doing John Lee Hooker-type stuff or Robert Johnson-type stuff or Jimmie Reed, and they said, ‘you know, you can really do that,’ ” Thorogood said.

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A capacity crowd at the Parc de la Francophonie witnessed George Thorogood and the Destroyers absolutely nail it on the Scène Loto-Québec stage.

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s now time for the main event, the undisputed, undefeated heavyweight rock and roll champion of the world – George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

‘How sweet this is. Let’s have a rock party tonight’, said George. So we did.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers came for a party – a full on, mega rock party. And that’s exactly what everyone got.

On top form, the boys from south of the border delivered. Big time.

They came out swinging right from the off with Rock Party and didn’t stop until the 12-strong set was done.

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