A Few Minutes With… George Thorogood

June 23rd, 2014, 3:00 pm by Greg

Interview and story by Don Wilcock

I love veteran performers who find their niche early in their careers and just keep honing and honing that style until it looks so effortless and comes across in live performance so tight it makes you scream. George Thorogood – who headlines the final show of the Capital Concert Series at Albany’s Empire State Plaza Convention Hall on Wednesday – is such an artist. Early in life he was told, “You got all the moves, kid. You got it, (but) you’ve got no voice.”

“So that’s when I took up the guitar,” he told me in one of five interviews I’ve done with him since 2004. “I said I’m never gonna be able to write like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. I’m never gonna have the pipes of a Robert Plant or an Eric Burdon. I know I’m not gonna play like Carlos Santana. So I said, what can you do? And I sat down. I said, ‘Well, I can hammer the shit out of one chord. I know a little bit about slide guitar, and I know how to be funny.’ So I took those three elements and said, ‘This is what I’m gonna go with ’cause this is all I got, see?’”

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