A hard-playing blues-rocker marking 40 years in the business and who recently headlined Bethlehem’s Musikfest festival will return to the Lehigh Valley to play a far more intimate venue.

George Thorogood Live 5George Thorogood, best known for his 1983 hit "Bad to the Bone" as well as for covers of blues standards such as Hank Williams’ "Move It On Over,"  and Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love?" will play Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. March 17, it was just announced.

The show will be part of Thorogood’s 40 Years Strong tour, which marks four decades since the 1979 release of his debut album, “Better Than the Rest.”

Tickets, at $39.50 and $45.50, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at the Symphony Hall box office, Ticketmaster outlets,  www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000 or 610-432-6715.


In those 40 years, Thorogood has played more than 8,000 live shows and sold more than 5 million copies of his 16 studio albums, five live discs and six compilation discs. Eight of those albums have gone gold, and two of them platinum: “Live” in 1986 and “The Baddest of George Thorogood and the Destroyers” in 1992.

Eight hit the Top 10 on the blues chart, with 2004’s “Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock” and 2009’s “the Dirty Dozen” both hitting No. 1. His latest disc, 2011’s “2120 South Michigan Ave.,” peaked at No. 2.

In all, Thorogood has had 15 singles hit the Top 40 on the Mainstream Rock chart.

The show will being promoted by BRE Presents, which has presented a series of popular music shows at Symphony Hall, including blues legend Buddy Guy, Americana queen Lucinda Williams, pop/jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, R&B band Tower of Power, Motown greats the Temptations and others.

Thorogood also headlined Musikfest with Jonny Lang in 2009 and solo in 2005.