Stephanie Netherton's In: George Thorogood, Gin Blossoms concerts bring back fond memories

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March 21, 2008
By Stephanie Netherton
snetherton@gannett.com

I'm a fan of anyone who wears a tuxedo T-shirt, and last Friday night that meant I was going to love George Thorogood.

As the singer strolled out on stage, wearing his tux tee, he was as cool as they come. With a bandana tied around his forehead and large circular sunglasses to shade his eyes, he greeted hundreds of adoring fans at the Riverdome at Horseshoe Casino and Hotel.


"How sweet it is," Thorogood said in his ragged, rough voice.

The crowd voiced its agreement with a loud roar.

But I have to admit, I wasn't one of the people roaring. I hadn't been exactly thrilled going into the evening. It's not because I don't like George Thorogood. But when I walk out of the office Friday, I have a hard time willing myself to even leave the house until Saturday. I want to hibernate, spend some time recovering from the work week and refueling for the one ahead.

Plus, my greatest memory of George Thorogood comes from when I would ride to elementary school in the back seat of my dad's car. Between Dad's rendition of "Bad to the Bone" and Mike and the Mechanics' "In the Living Years," it was enough to turn anyone off to the songs for good. (Sorry, Dad, it's true).

But Friday night, it didn't take long for all of that to change. I realize Thorogood has played more than 30 years with his band, the Destroyers, but his live performances make him relevant even today. He was a solid entertainer who knew exactly how to tease his crowd.

"We're going to do nasty things, dirty things and, most importantly, bad things."

Once again the crowd cheered, anticipating when Thorogood would play his biggest hit. The rocker played through other hit songs like "You Talk Too Much" and "Get A Haircut," but he didn't keep fans waiting on their favorite Thorogood song.

"How bad do you want it?" Thorogood said.

The question was met with applause before one of the most famous openings in rock music echoed through the Riverdome.

"Alright, then you got it," Thorogood said as people flew out of their seats to dance in the aisles, regardless of age.

Fans may have known what to expect from George Thorogood and the Destroyers that night, but he still surpassed everyone's expectations.

I went to the Gin Blossoms' concert at Harrah's Louisiana Downs the next night. Their music also strikes up fond memories for me, but from a later stage in my life than George Thorogood.

My high school friends and I would listen to the Gin Blossoms on the way to our weeknight softball games. We weren't serious Gin Blossom fans, much like we weren't serious ball players, but the music remains interwoven with my memories of those spring softball games.

The band was huge in the '90s. Songs like "Hey Jealousy," "Allison Road," "Found Out About You," "Til I Hear It From You" and "Until I Fall Away," were fun to hear again and both of the concerts reminded me that sometimes we like to hear music from our past just to jog our memory.

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