The Fixer, I Drink Alone and Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love? follow in swift succession. Two songs in and the headband is off, the sunglasses flicked onto the stage for the roadie to dive for.
It’s clear that Thorogood has a deep appreciation for his fans and he knows how to work a room. The
house lights are turned up frequently to involve the audience, there’s a lot of banter and acknowledgement and one lucky punter is allowed to touch his guitar.
He takes to the stage alone for the beginning of One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, a song he’s almost made his own. The crowd picks it straight away and is with him every step as he shows off with some incredible slide guitar, the band wanders back in and the entire venue is singing. He signs off with the exhortation not to drink and drive.
“A community service – free!”
Nineties hit Get A Haircut is “just like being 17 again”, admittedly a fond but fading memory for many, but when asked what song the fans want most, there’s only one name reverberating throughout the venue.
The familiar riff breaks out, Destroyers Bill Blough, Jeff Simon and Jim Suhler underscore with steady rhythm and bass, punctuated with blasts from Buddy Leach on saxophone, and the whole place is B-b-b-bad To The Bone.
Hank Williams’ infectious Move It On Over and Twenty Dollar Gig draw proceedings to a close, but
Thorogood is beckoned back with football stadium fervour, closing with the classic, rocking Born To Be Bad.
At 75 minutes it’s a short, sharp set with high-energy, all killer, no filler – George Thorogood and the Destroyers are making sure no-one leaves unsatisfied.