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."

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