Just pure rock and roll
REVIEW: George Thorogood and the Destroyers @Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sunday, June 4 MY first reaction, when George Thorogood walked onto the stage brandishing a guitar, wearing shades and a snakeskin design bandana was just to grin widely. Is this guy
REVIEW: George Thorogood and the Destroyers @Cambridge Corn Exchange,
Sunday, June 4
MY first reaction, when George Thorogood walked onto the stage brandishing a guitar, wearing shades and a snakeskin design bandana was just to grin widely. "Is this guy for real? Is this a joke?"
Yes he's for real and no it's not a joke - George Thorogood goes out of his way to deliver two things when he's on stage - rock and roll - pure and simple.
"I'm gonna try my hardest to get arrested tonight - somebody's gotta get arrested for rock and roll - it might as well be me."
The bad-to-the-bone lines are delivered with his tongue barely in his cheek. After one track, he makes his way to the microphone to address the audience. You ponder for a second what he might have to say - a little history about the song? A political rant? Some rock star philosophising? None of it. "Baby, it's great to be alive!" And the crowd roar back their approval. You can't help but love this guy.
- 1 Mother pays tribute to “much-loved” son who died near Fen Drayton
- 2 One arrest and cars seized on busy day for cops
- 3 Karl Brockett writes about the history of St Ives
- 4 House fire that killed two children will not have further electrical checks
- 5 Cambridgeshire's Enhanced Area Status extended amid Covid surge in schools
- 6 Hinchingbrooke Hospital get share of £4.5m to 'improve care'
- 7 Robber attempts to steal scratch card and alcohol from convenience store
- 8 Items from Lidl and Sainsbury's recalled over health and safety concerns
- 9 Man who died in St Neots crash is named
- 10 Huge spike in safety complaints due to 'bedroom sellers' during pandemic
But let me mention the music - the perfect accompaniment to his larger-than-life character. At first it sounds like a slightly edgy Status Quo - never straying far from classic rock and blues structures - but quickly it progresses to become something much more. Thorogood's voice is powerful and his guitar-playing incredible - especially his magnificent slide-playing. The Destroyers alongside him are excellent too - with the saxophone helping to echo the E-Street Band at times. When rock and roll is played this well it's all you need.