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
I was also blessed with being at this show. Me and my gf at time was late arriving and she had to go to bathroom when got there. She came out as I waited and some stage hand dude asked her if she would like to go on stage and hand George a guitar during a song . I said YES she would. And she did. I got to go backstage also. Was awesome. Never forget it.!
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Hi! I was the 2nd girl to do that! Muy friend and I did it in a spur of the moment. She reached up and felt a big cable running down the side of the stage. I let her put her foot inn my hand and up she went. No way wss I leaving without doing it too. Security did tell us we were lucky they didn’t throw us out. Afterwards we walked over to the Hyatt and he and his drummer and two other guys were in the hall. We managed to obtain 1 drumstick and two autographs. While my two brothers and her one brother that went with us correctly met my mother at the designated pickup spot on time,, we did not. I got grounded. But it was so worth it! My husband and me really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!