George Thorogood & the Destroyers Set 50th Anniversary Tour

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2022’s The Original George Thorogood album release

On December 1, 1973, a guitarist, a drummer, and their rhythm guitarist loaded their gear into the drummer’s Volkswagen bus and drove to Lane Hall at the University of Delaware. In a week that saw new albums by Wings, Black Sabbath, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, the three-piece band proceeded to play covers that included “No Particular Place To Go,” “Madison Blues” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.” The drummer, Jeff Simon, recalls the crowd was wary at first, “then it was like someone flipped a switch.” By the second set, the dance floor was packed.

“After the gig,” George the guitarist says, “Jeff and I thought, ‘maybe we’re onto something.’” It was the first-ever performance by George Thorogood & The Destroyers.

Five decades, more than 8,000 live shows, and 15 million albums later, George Thorogood and Jeff Simon (drums, percussion) – with long-time Destroyers Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar), and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – have announced their Bad All Over the World – 50 Years of Rock Tour in 2023. “From that very first show, we’ve stayed true to ourselves and the music we love,” says Thorogood. “We’ve decided to celebrate our first half-century by throwing the biggest and baddest rock party ever.” (Yes, the band played what they called a 45 Years of Rock tour in 2021.)

George Thorogood in 1984

From the Dec. 1 announcement: Since 1976, the hard-working band has built a catalog of classic hits, and played more than 8,000 live shows. They did a 50 Dates/50 States Tour, performed 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. With more than 20 studio and live albums to their credit, the band has achieved Platinum and Gold success with eight. In the past few years, the band re-issued their legendary Bad To the Bone, Born To Be Bad, and Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock albums. Thorogood’s 2017 solo debut Party of One became his fastest-selling disc in over 20 years.

“It wasn’t about the amount of people we drew, but rather the impression we made,” Thorogood explains. “I asked myself, ‘Are we reaching them? Do they want more?’ And we knew from the very first set that we had something special.”

Related: Our feature of Thorogood’s performance of “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”

A new collection, The Original George Thorogood, was released in 2022 to celebrate Thorogood as a tunesmith. The album features radio favorites like “I Drink Alone” and “Rock and Roll Christmas,” as well as his mega-hit, “Bad to the Bone.” The guitarist will turn 73 on Feb. 24, 2023.

Watch the band perform the classic in 1984

George Thorogood & the Destroyers’ Bad All Over the World Tour (Tickets are available here)

2/13/23 Rock Legends Cruise X / Ft. Lauderdale, FL to CocoCay, Bahamas
2/17/23 Rock Legends Cruise X / Ft. Lauderdale, FL to CocoCay, Bahamas

3/17/23 Chinook Winds Casino Resort / Lincoln City, OR
3/18/23 Chinook Winds Casino Resort / Lincoln City, OR
3/19/23 Northern Quest Resort & Casino / Airway Heights, WA
3/21/23 Redding Civic Auditorium / Redding, CA
3/22/23 Luther Burbank Center for the Arts / Santa Rosa, CA
3/24/23 Yaamava’ Resort & Casino / Highland, CA
3/25/23 Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort / Las Vegas, NV
4/27/23 Commodore Ballroom / Vancouver, BC
4/28/23 Commodore Ballroom / Vancouver, BC
4/29/23 Trade and Convention Centre / Penticton, BC
4/30/23 CN Centre / Prince George, BC
5/2/23 Bonnetts Energy Centre / Grand Prairie, AB
5/4/23 The Venue at River Cree / Edmonton, AB
5/5/23 Grey Eagle Resort & Casino Event Centre / Calgary, AB
5/6/23 Casino Regina / Regina, SK
5/8/23 TCU Place / Saskatoon, SK
5/9/23 Burton Cummings Theatre / Winnipeg, MB
5/12/23 Sudbury Arena / Sudbury, ON
5/13/23 Peterborough Memorial Centre / Peterborough, ON
5/14/23 MTelus / Montreal, QC
5/16/23 Centre in the Square / Kitchener, ON
5/17/23 Fallsview Casino Resort / Niagara Falls, ON

Additional dates to be announced.

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