Written by: Andrew RowePortageLife.com

On July 22nd, George Thorogood and The Destroyers bring their raucous brand of Blues and Rock’n’Roll to the Region at this year’s Festival of the Lakes in Hammond.

“Indiana - that’s gotta be the heart of it all right there,” Thorogood said. “You’re right there in, as Huey Lewis would put it, ‘the Heart of Rock’n’Roll. It’s rich with blue collar, rock tradition.”

In returning to the Chicagoland region, Thorogood comes back to, in his mind, the birthplace of Rock’n’Roll.

“That’s where Rock’n’Roll was created,” Thorogood said of the Chicagoland region and, more specifically, Chess Records. “It disappointed me when I first visited there in ‘81. At the time it was boarded up and there were pawn shops all around. Now it’s been made into a museum but I was shocked that everybody I met had never heard of Chess Records and they didn’t know that ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘Johnny B. Goode’ was recorded right in that city.”

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When it comes to music that brims with barroom swagger and blue-collar ferocity, George Thorogood possesses droves of it.

"Bad to the Bone," "Who Do You Love," "Get a Haircut" and "I Drink Alone" are just some of the tracks that bounce with the "unchained attitude" which is cited in promotional material for the Delaware-born rocker.

He and his quartet, the Destroyers, are set to play Festival of the Lakes in Hammond on July 22.

The concert at the Wolf Lake Pavilion will begin with an opening-act performance by the Steepwater Band at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a $25 parking fee at Wolf Lake Memorial Park.

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The minute that veteran rocker George Thorogood hits the first chord on his guitar, the crowd goes crazy and the party begins. Thorogood’s signature high energy, foot stompin’ rock ‘n’ roll is the reason. Getting up on stage to entertain his fans remains his biggest thrill after over 40 years of making music.
Thorogood’s original compositions, “Bad to the Bone,” and “I Drink Alone,” are classics, as are his interpretations of timeless songs by earlier iconic artists such as “Move It on Over,” “Who Do You Love?” and “House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” Two of his albums reached Platinum status and six were certified as Gold. 

In 1981 Thorogood and the Destroyers opened for the Rolling Stones, and George acknowledges the Stones as important musical influences early on and today. In 1981, the band also completed a highly publicized marathon “50/50” tour of 50 states in 50 days. They began the tour after flying to Hawaii, Alaska, on to the Pacific Northwest, and then drove to gigs throughout the remainder of the Lower 48 in a Checker Cab.

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George Thorogood has called this year’s annual summer outing the Badder Than Ever Tour.

But can you really get badder than being “Bad To The Bone?”

“I’m pretty much the same,” Thorogood, 66, quips by phone. “I don’t think I’m getting badder than I already am. I don’t know if that’s possible.”

With “Bad To The Bone” — along with “I Drink Alone” and his definitive covers of “Move It On Over,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” and more — the Delaware native has indeed made it good to be Bad. He may be a modest record seller with five gold albums and four Top 5 Mainstream Rock chart hits, but Thorogood is a wily veteran who’s made the full-throttle stage shows he plays with his Delaware Destroyers band a calling card that keeps fans coming back year in and year out.

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