In 1973, a barely-out-of-his-teens Wilmington, Del., guitarist piled his gear into his drummer’s Chevy van to play their very first gig at a University of Delaware dorm. Four decades, 8,000 live shows and 15 million albums later, Thorogood is still the most bad-to-the-bone performer in rock.
For Thorogood and his longtime band, the new Badder Than Ever Tour brings a catalog of classics that includes “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Bad To The Bone” and more.
Thorogood began his career as a solo acoustic act, but called a high-school friend, drummer Jeff Simon, and a bass player to join him. The electric trio soon graduated from basement rehearsals to local gigs.
Their self-titled and now-classic debut was certified gold. For audiences, the band instantly embodied powerhouse rock with bar band roots. Over the course of 16 studio albums, including six gold and two platinum discs, they would storm the charts by putting their own stamp on nuggets by Hank Williams, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and more, while simultaneously delivering hit George Thorogood originals that crackle with humor and swagger.
Tickets for George Thorogood & The Destroyers start at $23.50 and go on sale on Friday, June 19.