George Thorogood and The Destroyers
Since 1976, they've sold over 15 million albums, built a classic catalog of hits, and played more than 8,000 ferocious live shows. They broke records with their 50 Dates/50 States Tour, delivered landmark performances at Live Aid and on SNL, and became mainstays of radio, MTV and stages worldwide for more than two generations. Through it all, they've remained one of the most consistent – and consistently passionate – progenitors of blues-based rock in pop culture history.
For the past 45 years, it's been very good to be George Thorogood & The Destroyers. And in 2021, their Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock will prove why like never before.
"If you're content, you may as well be dead." George laughs with his familiar rasp. "I think everyone has thoughts about retiring, but the phone keeps ringing. You want me and The Destroyers to come to your town, set up our gear, wear some cool threads and play 'Who Do You Love?' End of conversation. Let's rock!"
For Thorogood and his longtime band – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – the power to rock audiences has been both battle cry and creed since the beginning. "It wasn't about the amount of people we drew, but rather the impression we made," George remembers. "I asked myself, 'Are we reaching them? Do they want more?' And we knew from the very first set that we had something special."
It's on stage that George & The Destroyers flip the switch nightly, delivering what The Toledo Blade calls "a gut-bustin', guitar-wailin', face-meltin', fiery-tempoed, take-no-prisoners, good old-fashioned lunch-bucket rock & roll show" that includes their signature hits "Get A Haircut", "I Drink Alone", "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", "Move It On Over", "Who Do You Love" and the definitive badass anthem "Bad To The Bone", along with several surprises. "It's been a constant evolution to make the show all killer, no filler," explains 43-year Destroyer bassist Bill Blough. "Something still inherently clicks the second we step on stage. We feel the audience's energy and the show just explodes."
But after 45 years of rock – and no signs of stopping – can Thorogood point to what continues to make it all matter? "My highlight is every night when I walk on that stage and play our hits for those happy people," he says. "At the end of the show, the audience is smiling, I don't see any police and everyone got their money's worth."
More importantly, is it still good to be bad? George Thorogood instantly flashes that huge grin. "You bet it is," he says. "We'll always be the baddest band in the land. Expect our best on this tour, because that's what you're gonna get."
After more than four decades, 38 SPECIAL continues to bring their signature blast of Southern Rock to over 100 cities a year. At each and every show, thousands of audience members are amazed by the explosive power of the band's performance.
Their many Gold and Platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.
With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes, "Hold On Loosely," "Rockin' Into the Night," "Caught Up in You," "Fantasy Girl," "If I'd Been the One," "Back Where You Belong," "Chain Lightnin'," "Second Chance," and more – Timeless hits that remain a staple at radio, immediately recognizable from the first opening chord, and paving the way to their present-day touring regimen.
Guitarist/vocalist DON BARNES says it's all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. "We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We're a team, and it's always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don't slack up, we stack up. We go out there every night to win."
Completing the team is bassist BARRY DUNAWAY, drummer GARY MOFFATT and keyboardist/vocalist BOBBY CAPPS. The most recent addition to the band is legendary virtuoso guitarist and vocalist JERRY RIGGS.
For 38 Special onstage, it is a celebration of camaraderie and brotherhood, a precision unit bringing the dedication and honesty to a long history of classic songs, as well as surprisingly fresh new material.
Since 1976, the band has released more than 15 albums. And from the start, they've toured relentlessly, bringing their signature brand of 'muscle and melody' to fans worldwide.
It is that steely determination that lives on in the hearts of these 'Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.'
Barnes adds, "This music keeps our wheels on the road. We're a band that's tried to stay honest with what has driven us over the years. We started out with nothing but bold determination to make our own history and to endure. Looking back now, it has been our greatest pride to have persevered and attained that level of success and longevity. For us, it's the ultimate validation."
"The magic's still there," adds Barnes. "It's an emotional high for us to keep 'bringing it' after all these years. When those lights go down and we all walk up those steps to the stage and hear that crowd roar, it's a real rush to the head. It feels like we're getting ready to strap ourselves in and it just takes off from there."