By Nick McCabe - Front Row Photo
Now, I’m not going to say that George Thorogood was thoroughly good last Saturday at the Silver Legacy, because I’m guessing that one has been used. And I’m not going to say that George Thorogood and The Destroyers destroyed Reno either, because I’m sure that cliché has been worn out by now. How about, Mr. Thorogood and his musical ensemble presented a completely pleasant performance to a well behaved and appreciative audience this past Saturday at The Silver Legacy in Reno, Nevada. No, let’s go with George Thorogood and The Destroyers thoroughly destroyed the place and the hum of pacemakers could be heard working overtime.
It was a powerful 90 minute set of good old fashioned rock and roll. Drums, bass, guitars, and saxophone overlaid with the gravely voice of George Thorogood. What else do you need? The fact that the band was there to have fun was apparent from the moment they took to the stage and longtime bass player Billy Blough shot me goofy faces while I played paparazzi. George’s big toothy Buddy Rich smile was in no short supply either. He was frequently smiling, throwing his arms out as if to say, “Look at me”, flicking his tongue, and thrusting his pelvis all in good fun.
The show started with the empty stage bathed in blue light and the 1965 protest song “Eve of Destruction” playing over the loud speakers (cleverly appropriate considering the ‘Destroyers’ were about to take the stage). They started off with Rock Party and Who Do You Love, and continued through a 13 song set that ended with Bad To The Bone and the encore, Jonnie B. Goode. The vocals were on key all night and the sound was great. The stage was backed by five huge LED light screens that shifted from graphics to videos to photos, all choreographed to the songs. George was mugging, making eye contact and grinning at individuals in the crowd all through the show. At the end of the evening he waved a young girl to come forward. The crowd helped get her up past two rows of seats and when she got to the front George bent down and handed her his harmonica. What a class act. She was elated.
This was a fantastic show fronted by a seasoned professional with 40 years experience at getting a crowd on their feet. It didn’t take long before he had people in their 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s jumping around like they were in their 20’s. So what if there are no new George Thorogood hits. His catalog of hits is large enough to pick through and fill more than an evening with great music. If you ever get the chance, have one bourbon, one scotch, one beer, and have a thoroughly good time with George Thorogood and The Destroyers. It will make you feel young.
...and the beat goes on.
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