Blues legend George Thorogood will be honored with the 2018 B.B. King Award during this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Thorogood is the fifth recipient of the B.B. King Award, created in 2014 for the 35th edition of the Festival, to honor and recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene. He succeeds to Charlie Musselwhite (2017), Taj Mahal (2016), James Cotton (2015) and the artist in whose name the trophy was created, the late great B.B. King himself.
Having shot to fame in 1977 with their self-titled and now-classic debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have since released a total of 16 studio albums—including six gold and two platinum discs—and amassed an unmatched catalogue of hits that includes I Drink Alone, Move It On Over, and Bad to the Bone. But it was their powerhouse live performances that made the band legendary: from opening for the Rolling Stones to their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year, George and his longtime band remain among the most relentless and relevant classic blues-rock acts on tour today.
Thorogood will receive the award on July 1st at the Festival at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, during his Festival performance. The band will kick off their 2018 Rock Party Tour on June 23rd and it will continue across North America through to the fall.