By Larry Widen - On Milwaukee
After performing more than 8,000 shows in a career that spans 40 years, it's easy to envision George Thorogood on autopilot when he hits The Pabst Theater stage on Tuesday, May 30. After all, at age 67, the king of full-throttle slide guitar boogie has earned the right to take the intensity of his shows down a notch or two, right?
Nothing could be farther from the truth. The king himself dispelled any notion of turning in a low-energy show during a recent phone interview before he and his band, the Destroyers, bring their "Rock Party" tour to town.
"I am up and ready to rock and roll, not just for Milwaukee, but for every show," Thorogood said. "I worked hard to get where I am. I love my job. If I didn't, I'd quit."
Some of the audience members may be coming to see him for the first time, but many have been to one or more shows in the past. "It doesn't really matter," he said. "All those people are my employers. I work for them."
Thorogood was eager to talk about his new album, "Party of One," scheduled for release later this summer. It's the blues rocker's first album without the Destroyers, a project that began more than four decades ago.