Courtesy: Nick Kuhl - The Lethbridge Herald
"You’re never too old for rock and roll, baby,” said George Thorogood late in his set Saturday night.
This became easily apparent for Thorogood, his band The Destroyers, as well as about 2,000 people who weren’t drinking alone at the Enmax Centre.
The 68-year-old rock legend was in Lethbridge this weekend for the penultimate Canadian date of his Rock Party 2018 tour. He played a blistering 90-minute set packed with all of his top hits such as “Bad To The Bone,” “I Drink Alone,” and “Who Do You Love.”
Thorogood was clearly enjoying himself on stage, getting right into his heavy blues riffs and hip thrusting with opener “Ain’t Coming Home Tonight.”
The Delaware native, along with original drummer Jeff Simon, bassist Billy Blough, guitarist Jim Suhler, and saxophone player Buddy Leach, remained his charismatic self throughout the show, proving why he’s sold 15 million albums worldwide and still has legions of fans after more than 40 years of touring.
He also didn’t play any songs from his 2017 solo acoustic album “Party Of One,” choosing rather to keep the volume and tempo at high levels.
After a mid-set run of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Gear Jammer,” fan singalong “Get A Haircut,” the band broke into its biggest hit and signature song, “Bad To The Bone.”
By this point, Thorogood had the crowd in the palm of his hands. Since he’s a crafty veteran, he didn’t stop there.
After a quick musical interlude, he came back on stage wearing a Dylan Cozens Lethbridge Hurricanes T-shirt – to raucous cheers.
“We’ve never had the pleasure of playing Lethbridge before,” Thorogood said. “We hope it’s the start of a long beautiful relationship. We have always enjoyed the support of our Canadian fans.”
Thorogood then closed the show with “Move It On Over,” and “Born To Be Bad.” It was only a 12-song set, but I’m pretty sure everyone who was there Saturday got their money’s worth – as it was a textbook example of a great rock concert.
Before Thorogood performed, opening act Damon Fowler displayed some talent fronting a three-piece blues rock formation. The singer/guitarist from Florida has been releasing work since 1999, but had never toured much in Canada.
“This is just about as far north as I’ve ever been,” Fowler said midway through his 40-minute set. He went on to explain he believes “Canadians are awesome,” detailing a story of when he got a speeding ticket earlier on this tour, which wrapped Sunday night in Calgary.
“He smiled and told me to have a nice day,” Fowler said. “We have some CDs for sale. We need to sell them to pay for the speeding ticket.”
Solid blues riffs and a good sense of humour clearly had Fowler making some new fans Saturday night in Lethbridge.