Legendary rock act George Thorogood and the Destroyers have announced that they will be bringing their ‘Rock Party Tour’ down under. The band will grace Australian shores in January next year for two special shows at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Monday, January 20 and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Wednesday, January 22nd.

George Thorogood and his long-standing band, The Destroyers, featuring Jeff Simon on drums, Bill Blough on bass, Jim Suhler on Guitar and Buddy Leach on saxophone have been delivering blistering live rock shows for fourty five years. These Sydney will be a showcase of some of the finest musicians in the game. You’ll bear witness to hits like ‘Bad to the Bone’, ‘One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer’, and ‘I Drink Alone’.

My highlight is every night when I walk on that stage and play our hits for those happy people,” Thorogood shared. “At the end of the show, the audience is smiling, I don’t see any police and everyone got their money’s worth.”

General admission tickets are set to go on sale at 11 am this Friday, August 23rd. If you’re a My Nation member you’ll be able to get your mittens on tickets during the exclusive pre-sale from 10 am on Wednesday, August 21st to 10 am on Friday, August 23rd.

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"Somebody stop me!”

Such was the joyful shout from blues rocking guitarist as he threw out serving after serving of red meat guitar solos and licks to the ravenous crowd at the Ventura County Fair this warm Thursday night. One of the last of the standing gunslingers, George Thorogood is celebrating 45 years of touring around and serving up six strings of blues. This evening had the veteran playing many of his popular tunes, and while the packed arena may be head banging to the fist-pumping beats, at the marrow of Thorogood’s bone is not “bad,” but “blue.” 

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July 27, 2019...Parx Casino, Bensalem, PA

Back in the late 80's, early 90's when I would venture to the historic Philadelphia Spectrum to see George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers I always knew I'd be witnessing one hell of a party.  To me Thorogood epitomized what it was to be "cool".  At 15 years old when I saw the video for "Bad To The Bone" on MTV for the first time back in 1981 I knew this dude was what it meant to be cool.  Seriously, anyone who could put together such a rocking blues flavored track AND have Mr. Bo Diddley in a video shooting pool with him....now THAT was cool.  And Saturday night at Parx Casino I saw that Thorogood is still the definition of cool.

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Courtesy American Blues Scene

George Thorogood was in rockin’ form for his June 23rd performance at Ravinia.

The Ravinia Music Festival located in Highland Park, Illinois (23 miles north of Chicago), is the oldest outdoor music festival in the United States. Outdoor concerts and performances are held every summer from June to September. George played in The Pavilion, a 3,400-seat roofed building. Spirits were high in the 36 acre park as people braved out the rain picnicking in the grass with their umbrellas. At 7pm, he opened with “Rock Party.”

For a man about to turn 70 he performs like a 30 year old. He has the energy of a King Cobra: extremely fast and agile, focused, precise, and intense. This energy came across in his second song, “Who Do You Love,” and remained throughout the show. He followed with “Shot Down” and “Night Time.” His fifth song “I Drink Alone,” put the hook, line, and sinker into the audience. He played the opening guitar riff, paused, and the band joined.

One of the most unique and creative parts of the show was at the beginning of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” He played the song solo for a minute while a purple stage light shined through his blue eyes. The audience went nuts. After “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” he played “You Talk Too Much” and “Haircut.”

Throughout “Gear Jammer,” George was laser-focused. He needed to be, as this was his first slide guitar song. With a mesmerizing left-handed pinky slide, “Bad to the Bone” erupted and the audience started dancing. Most of the audience started singing along. George originally wrote “Bad to the Bone” for Muddy Waters but Mud declined. He was going to then give the song to Bo Diddley, but Bo didn’t have a record deal at the time.

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