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Review and photos by Frances SealyGeorge Thorogood was in the mood to have fun and he was about to make that sure everyone in the theatre was going to do the same. He promised that he would do everything he could to get arrested for playing rock and roll and judging by the audience's response, and his relentless energy, he kept his promise. The front of the theatre was decorated with Harley Davidson motorcycles for just the the perfect "Thorogood" effect.
It is apparent that Tucson cannot get enough of George Thorogood. The rowdier the fans got, the wilder George got. The opposite was true as well. George pulled everything he could from giving the crowd a tongue lashing to sashaying multiple times across the stage during a song. It's all in great fun and as he remarked during the show, rock and roll is supposed to be fun. At one point he said, "I'm so full of shit, even I can't stand it."
George's gravely voice and his signature blues guitar strokes were as powerful today as they were 40 years ago. His longtime musicians, the Destroyers, were in perfect unison with their fearless leader. Jeff Simon on drums, Bill Blough on bass, Jim Suhler on rhythm guitar and Buddy Leach on saxophone were all partners in George's stage antics.
Thorogood delivered elongated versions of fan favorite songs like "Who Do You Love?," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and "Bad To the Bone." Mr. Thorogood paid homage to his heroes Johnny and June Cash, Hank Williams, and the Rolling Stones. He spoke with great pride when he related the story of meeting "the Cashes" on Johnny's birthday.
This was the best "Rock Party" in town all month! Too bad Tucson will have to wait a couple of years for this much outrageous fun again.
1. Rock Party
2. Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover)
3. Devil in Disguise
4. I Drink Alone
5. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (Amos Milburn cover)
6. Cocaine Blues (Johnny Cash cover)
7. Get a Haircut
8. Gear Jammer
9. Move It On Over (Hank Williams cover)
10. Tail Dragger (Howlin' Wolf cover)
11. Bad to the Bone
12. Madison Blues (Elmore James cover)
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