On this date in history, 5/1/1985, some of my friends and I traveled to the Convention Center in Indianapolis to check out George Thorogood & The Delaware Destroyers. George told us early on in the show that he instructed his manager to book the biggest dance floor he could find, because that’s the way George rolls.
From the first song to the end, this show was about the boogie! Say what you will about George Thorogood…the man knows his strengths and he sticks to the script. Blues, old school rock ‘n’ roll, slide guitar, sax solos, and testifyin’, shouted out lyrics, all delivered with a big happy grin.
Some of my personal highlights were “Move It On Over”, “Cocaine Blues”, and a monumental take on the John Lee Hooker anthem, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer.”
At one point in the show, a steady stream of girls ran onto the stage to give George a hug. It had to have been a staged gimmick, because there is no way that security was that inefficient…and George Thorogood wasn’t exactly George Clooney in the looks department! He was obviously enjoying every second of it, and the dancing, smiling crowd was, too. Sometimes rock music takes itself too seriously. This wasn’t one of those nights and I’m glad I was a part of it.
Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic