Ge­orge Thoro­good & the De­stroy­ers

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Tonight at 7:30 Bur­ton Cum­mings Theatre Tick­ets: 39.25-$85.25 at Tick­et­mas­ter “It’s our stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure,” he says (with, one as­sumes, a shrug). “It’s like when some­one has their 49th an­niver­sary, then they make a big deal about the 50th an­niver­sary, and then the 51st is back to the same deal. This is the same thing. People think this is a mile­stone for us, but it’s no dif­fer­ent than what we’d do in our 39th or 41st year. You’re go­ing to get all the same ol’ Ge­orge Thoro­good jokes. We’re go­ing to play Bad to the Bone. But hey, if you want to in­vite me to my own party, I’ll go.” Al­though Thoro­good says self-care on the road is more of a pri­or­ity these days — “if your car gets to 90,000 miles, you get more par­tic­u­lar about when you turn the en­gine on” — he re­mains com­mit­ted to life on the road. “No one is hand­ing me a gold watch and a pen­sion any­time soon, so I’ve got to keep work­ing. As long as the de­mand is there and the de­sire is there, we’re go­ing to keep do­ing it. And I think the de­sire is based on the de­mand — and the de­liv­ery. The prod­uct has to be good,” he says. Ge­orge Thoro­good & the De­stroy­ers are noth­ing if not re­li­able. He’s not a diva about play­ing his hits; he knows where his bread is but­tered. “Why would you make those hits if you’re not go­ing to play them? I could never get be­hind that. Why not just stay home? They’re there to hear the hits. Those tick­ets aren’t cheap. My set list is cre­ated 100 per cent for fan ap­proval. It’s like plan­ning a menu for a restau­rant. They’re com­ing not for what they ex­pect, but for what they de­mand.” And what they de­mand is di­rect, meat-and-pota­toes boo­gie rock. Thoro­good may sing the blues, but he has fun do­ing it. “Pain I keep to my­self — plea­sure I share with the world,” he says. “Now there’s a quote.”

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