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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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Written by: Andrew

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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Courtesy Chicago Tribune

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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