George Thorogood fortifies itinerary with Bryan Adams dates

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April 30, 2007 03:17 PM
by Tjames Madison
LiveDaily Contributor
Already busy with their long spring and summer tour, veteran blues-rockers George Thorogood & The Destroyers have announced a few dates with singer Bryan Adams.
Thorogood and his band, who are touring behind last year's "The Hard Stuff," are already well into a tour that kicked off April 6 and resumes Friday (4/27) in Fort Worth, TX. The new dates with Adams consist of nine shows in August sandwiched between the nearly 50 shows that the hard-working band will play this spring and summer. Full details are included below.

Thorogood said in a press release that he's been looking forward to touring with Adams since the two performed together during a 1985 jam session in Nashville with Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn. "We got along immediately, and it's great that we're finally able to get out and do some shows together," Thorogood said.

"The Hard Stuff" is Torogood & The Destroyers' first new studio set since 2003's "Ride 'til I Die." Released last May, the 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 Top Blues Albums chart, and 90 weeks on the chart overall.

Thorogood and two other Destroyers--drummer Jeff Simon and bassist Billy Blough--remain from a group that was formed more than 30 years ago. Newer additions Jim Suhler (guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) round out the current unit.

Canadian singer/songwriter Adams, who first achieved MTV fame with 1983's "Cuts Like a Knife," released his most recent studio album, "Room Service," in 2004.

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