Monday, August 23, 2010

George Thorogood and band play raucous set at House of Blues

 By Eric Schelkopf

George Thorogood and his band The Destroyers do not need lasers or dancers to entertain an audience.

They proved that in convincing fashion Saturday night at the House of Blues in Chicago.

Thorogood and his band quickly won over the Chicago crowd when they blasted out a sweaty version of the Bo Diddley classic, "Who Do You Love," as their second song of the night.

It also didn't hurt that Thorogood during the show declared Chicago to be the "heart of America."
The 60-year-old Thorogood commanded the stage with the energy of a man half his age, running from one end of the stage to the other as he greeted his grateful fans.

Although the majority of those fans were age 40 or older, younger faces were in the crowd as well, showing the power of Thorogood's music.

The audience lit up when he tore into his hits, such as "I Drink Alone," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," and "Bad To The Bone."

Those in the audience included Chicago blues legend Lonnie Brooks, who was hard to miss in his trademark 10-gallon cowboy hat.

In an ideal word, Brooks would have jumped on stage and get into a guitar duel with Thorogood. But hopefully that will happen the next time Thorogood comes to town.