Thoro­good won’t stop mu­si­cal pil­grim­ages

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Jen Zoratti

DON’T be sur­prised if Ge­orge Thoro­good pulls a Bob Dy­lan and pops by Neil Young’s old house when he’s in town with the De­stroy­ers for Satur­day night’s show at the Bur­ton Cum­mings Theatre. Turns out, the blues-rock vet­eran is a big fan of both artists. “I heard a story that Bob Dy­lan went to Neil Young’s house when he was in Win­nipeg — and he had to drive way out­side the city. He knocked on the door and asked where Neil’s bed­room was. He stood at the win­dow and said, ‘I won­der what he was think­ing.’ How in­cred­i­ble is that?” Pretty in­cred­i­ble, I agreed, al­though I tell him whomever told the story got one part wrong: there was no drive out­side the city when Dy­lan paid that visit in 2008. Young’s teenage home is just on Grosvenor Av­enue. “Oh, so you’ve heard that story be­fore,” Thoro­good says, sound­ing vaguely dis­ap­pointed. I tell him that when Dy­lan stops by Young’s old house, it tends to make the lo­cal news. His dis­ap­point­ment is short-lived, how­ever, when he re­al­izes he could see Young’s old stomp­ing grounds for him­self. “We ac­tu­ally vis­ited Bob Dy­lan’s house in Du­luth, but we didn’t have the nerve to knock on the door,” he says with a laugh. That’s not the only pil­grim­age Thoro­good’s gone on. An avid base­ball lover — he even played semi-pro in the 1970s — he’s dropped by the child­hood homes of sev­eral of his favourite play­ers, in­clud­ing Babe Ruth. I ask him if any­one has ever vis­ited his child­hood home in Delaware. “Yeah, one per­son did — me,” he quips. “And I al­ready know what it looks like in­side.” Thoro­good, 64, is bring­ing his caval­cade of hits — in­clud­ing Bad To The Bone, Who Do You Love and One Bour­bon, One Scotch, One Beer — across North Amer­ica on a 40th an­niver­sary tour, in sup­port of the great­est-hits pack­age, Ge­orge Thoro­good & the De­stroy­ers ICON. While 40 years in rock ’n’ roll is worth com­mem­o­rat­ing, Thoro­good makes lit­tle of it. (“At my age, ev­ery­day is a mile­stone.”)

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