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He’s Too Thorogood For You

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Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1950, George Thorogood remembers the inception of his musical career to be the moment where he transitioned from holding a baseball bat to a guitar after seeing John Paul Hammond in concert. Speaking about that moment, he says, “It felt so right that it almost scared me.” It’s been four decades since his first gig at a University of Delaware dorm along with his longtime band – Jeff Simon (drum, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – and he still chooses to describe his job as a ‘live rock performer’.

Inspired by the likes of Elmore James and Robert Johnson, George started off by putting up solo acoustic acts in the country/blues genre. Although he didn’t receive much appreciation from blues purists, he was encouraged by quite a few artists who thought he had something going. Dissatisfied and aiming for more, he called up high school drummer friend Jeff Simon and, along with another bass player, put together a band. Soon, they started doing local gigs and then relocated to Boston. They toured New England and the Delaware Valley non-stop, and were loved by the crowds. But, it was only after 4 years that Bill Blough joined The Destroyers on the bass and the band signed a deal with Rounder Records. Even after that, their first album sat on the shelf for 18 months and when it finally released, the self-titled debut earned a Gold certification.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers went on to release 16 studio albums (including 6 Gold and 2 Platinum discs), perform in more than 8,000 live shows and sell over 15 million albums worldwide. The band, as popularly believed, embodies powerhouse rock with bar band roots, unchained attitude, and a fierce love of its country, blues and R&B history. They’ve risen to fame amongst live and radio audiences by their covers of some of the most notable numbers by Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker and Elmore James, while also producing original hits punctuated with good humor and swagger alike. Their classic originals like “Who Do You Love”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, and probably the one that qualifies as their anthem, “Bad To The Bone” are still a part of their most recent Badder Than Ever Tour. Italicizing this fact is George Thorogood’s remark of having written “Bad To The Bone” to perform it live for the rest of his life.

Probably the one factor that has left their reputation untouched is the motive with which they perform. No matter what the venue is, they make sure that they have fun on stage and induce the same liveliness in their audience as well, and this is what they’re going to do in Northern Lights Casino on September 8, starting 7 PM, in their outdoor tent concert. Click Here to enjoy a fun-filled evening at one of the best casinos in Minnesota, right in the middle of a week. Well, here’s something that doesn’t make you wait till the weekend to pump up your life!

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