Written by Eddie Ferranti
Mar 11, 2010 at 08:00 PM
ImageGot to go to a gig that felt like slidin’ into your favorite pair of shorts or jeans recently at the House of Blues in Downtown Houston. Lonesome George Thorogood and his Mighty Destroyers cruised in.  This was my 5th go around with this band and again I got what I expected.

A good old fashioned night of rockin’ in your face ham ‘n eggs blues rock baby! Thorogood has been putting out albums since the late ’70’s, but nothing has really scored after the late ’80’s. He is touring behind his latest from 2009 “Dirty Dozen” which is a batch of blues covers. Imagine that.  No problem. Dude has cut over 20 albums (including Live ones) and really is doing what works best for him at this stage of his career- playing before a live audience.

For a guy who is about to turn 60, he still packs an entertainment punch. George bills himself and his band as “The World’s Greatest Bar Band”, which is an appropriate moniker indeed. And what’s wrong with that?

Tearing into his arsenal with the classic Bo Diddley tune “Who Do You Love” two songs in smoked up the crowd big time. For the most part GT let the guitar and his band do the talkin’ which was alright by me. Hank William’s “Move it on Over” ROCKED along with stalwarts “Bad to the Bone” and “I Drink Alone”!

The always fresh little story that precedes “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer” made the place explode when George and the boys ripped into the signature riffs on it with the crowd roaring the lyrics with GT! And the “Boys” in the band, especially Buddy Leach on sax and Jim Suhler on guitar, really filled in all the blanks behind and along side Mr. Thorogood.

Thorogood has been known to describe his career as a dude who started out on the bottom and “clawed” his way to the middle !  That’s part of the appeal of this guy. Never full of himself and always a tongue-in-cheek blues rocker who really seems to be enjoying himself after all the constant touring he does.

I know the male dominated (and drunk!) crowd sweated their way from start to finish enjoying every fist pumping moment!  The HOB was on fire most of the night and the modern video screens that flanked the band all night helped stoke the fire of rock all night. If ya wanna knock off a slice of fun Thorogood style, check him out next time he rolls into a venue near you.  Ta Ta for now…