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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LIVE: George Thorogood & the Destroyers @ The Egg, 8/6/10

August 11th, 2010, 2:03 pm by Sara

George Thorogood

George Thorogood

In the middle of a rousing version of “Get a Job,” George Thorogood grinned out at the audience and yelled, “How does it feel to be 17 years old again?!”

That statement nails it. While some of the crowd was 17 when Thorogood and the Destroyers first landed on the scene like an anvil on a coyote, Lonesome George’s 30-year-old catalog of blues/rockabilly blasters shoots right to the heart of the adolescent in all of us. It’ that same buzz some people get from muscle cars and Kung Fu movies: There’s nothing intellectual or sophisticated about it, and that’s exactly the point.

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