George Thorogood talks baseball, ‘The Godfather’ ahead of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe show
If you go
What: George Thorogood and the Destroyers
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26
Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Longtime rocker George Thorogood doesn’t talk much about music, he just plays it. Mention baseball, though, and he has plenty of thoughts to share.
The New York Mets fan is cautiously optimistic about the team’s chances this year, but he’s taking it one step at a time, given some of the team’s less illustrious history. He thinks San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner deserves the Most Valuable Player award for his all-around ability and said he would take Bob Gibson over Sandy Koufax at pitcher because of the former’s fielding and hitting skills.
When the 65-year-old rocker does talk music, he is positively upbeat. Even after 40+ years onstage, knowing that most people in the crowd at any particular show have never seen him play keeps it exciting, Thorogood said during a Tuesday phone interview.
“That’s what’ keeps it fresh,” Thorogood said. “For them it’s a new act.”
When asked what his favorite show on the tour as been, he simply said “all of them.”
Thorogood performs with the Destroyers in the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room Saturday. He’ll bring a deep catalog to the show, including classics like “Who Do You Love,” “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over” and “Bad To The Bone.”
One of those staples of American music, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” can be found on Thorogood’s most recent album, a reissue of “George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers,” that saw widespread release in June.
The album, an original mix of the group’s self-titled 1976 debut, includes the never-before-released “Goodbye Baby” and features Thorogood’s first-ever publicity photo on the cover. The album also includes “You Got to Lose,” “Madison Blues,” “Can’t Stop Lovin’,” “Ride On Josephine,” “Homesick Boy,” “I’ll Change My Style” and “Delaware Slide.”
“George Thorogood and the Destroyers have become an American music institution, carrying the flame of no-frills rock ’n roll from one century to the next,” according to a press release for the album. “When the band played its first gigs in the mid-1970s, Thorogood’s heroes such as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and John Lee Hooker were still actively touring. Having added to their legacy with his own repertoire of new blues and boogie standards, Thorogood, over the decades, stands as one of the stalwarts of American roots music.”
Thorogood said he expects to sit down and record a solo record this fall. The solo effort will take Thorogood back to the start of his career, which began with him as a solo artist influenced by country-blues players like Robert Johnson and Elmore James. Thorogood isn’t as sure about making another studio album with the Destroyers, although the group may have one more good live album in them, he said. The group plays dozens of shows per year and doesn’t show any signs of slowing on that front.
As for his thoughts on Lake Tahoe, Thorogood invoked a “Godfather II” gangster. The movie was partially filmed at the lake.
“If it’s good enough for Michael Corleone, it’s good enough for me,” Thorogood said.
More information on Saturday’s show can be found at http://www.ticketmaster.com.