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George Thorogood readies album, tour

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April 28, 2006 03:46 PM
by Jon Zahlaway
liveDaily Senior Writer
Now in their fourth decade together, George Thorogood (tickets | music) & The Destroyers are gearing up for the May release of a new studio album that they'll support with a US tour.

The seasoned blues-rockers will issue "The Hard Stuff," their first new studio set since 2003's "Ride 'til I Die," on May 30. The new disc features a number of originals, as well as covers of several obscure blues tunes such as Jimmy Reed's "Little Rain," Hound Dog Taylor's "Give Me Back My Wig," Fats Domino's "Hello Josephine" and Johnny Shines' "Dynaflow Blues."

The group decided to make a blues-heavy album after its 2004 retrospective, "George Thorogood: 30 Years of Rock," spent 50 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Blues Albums chart, and 90 weeks on the chart overall.

"If they want the blues, we'll give it to them," Thorogood said as work began on "The Hard Stuff," according to a press release. "Let's get this sucker done and take it on the road."

The band plans to do just that, with a summer/fall US tour scheduled to launch in late July and run until at least early October. The group will warm up for the outing with a trio of mid-May club shows in the Northeast, details for which are shown below.

Sandwiched between the May warm-up shows and the full-on US run is a June European tour. More information about that trek is posted at Thorogood's website.

Thorogood Rocks 'Hard' On New Album

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April 27, 2006, 3:20 PM ET
Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Veteran rocker George Thorogood will return May 30 with "The Hard Stuff," his latest album with his band the Destroyers. In addition to a handful of originals, the group tackles blues covers like Jimmy Reed's "Little Rain," Fats Domino's "Hello Josephine" and Hound Dog Taylor's "Give Me Back My Wig" on the Eagle Rock set.

Thorogood says the Destroyers are at the top of their game and that the proof is in "The Hard Stuff," their first studio album in three years. "This is the best we've ever sounded right now, without a doubt," he tells Billboard.com. "We have an incredible jack-of-all-trades guitarist in Jim Suhler. This guy is a freak. There's nothing he can't do. I'll stack him up against anybody. I just wish I had him 20 years earlier!"

"The Hard Stuff" is Thorogood's last in a three-album deal with Eagle Rock. Going forward, he says he'd "love to do an all-acoustic record someday. Everybody does an unplugged thing, but I've yet to do that. I might like to cut a live album at a prison. That would fit our image pretty well. Someday, I'd like to do an all-country record. I'm very much into that, as much as I'm into rock or blues. I'm as wild as Marty Robbins as I am about Chuck Berry."

After more than 30 years, the Destroyers remain road warriors and already have shows booked into October. "We're like the Robert Duvalls or Harry Dean Stanton's of rock'n'roll," Thorogood says with a chuckle. "We won't win any awards but we're in every movie and we never play the same part twice."

His advice for fans on the day of the show? "Have a good meal and a good night's rest," he says. "We can hold our own with anybody."

'The Hard Stuff' CD cover

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Ladies and Gents...I present to you...The Hard Stuff!

George Thorogood - TheHardStuff

www.thorogoodconcerts.com

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The online database of Destroyers concerts has recently been moved from its old home to the brand new thorogoodconcerts.com. Let's all give Ed a hearty round of applause for putting so much work into this wonderful reference tool and give him a visit (or two or three or four!).