George Thorogood And The Destroyers performing their Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock at The Royal Concert Hall Nottingham on Wednesday 27th July 2022


Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

The all-American rock and roll band, George Thorogood And The Destroyers who are on their Good To Be Bad Tour celebrating 45 years of rock, made their way to the Royal Concert Hall on Wednesday night.

With the Destroyers he has released over twenty studio albums and has sold over fifteen million records worldwide so he is no stranger to success.

On time the lights went out and the traditional playing of Eve Of Destruction blared around the auditorium before the Delaware born singer walked on to the stage with The Destroyers that include original drummer Jeff Simon and bassist Bill Blough, guitarist Jim Suhler and saxophonist Buddy Leach who all came to rock out the Concert Hall.

Opening his catalogue of hits with Rock Party; a boisterous blues based set followed. At 72 he may not be the wild rocker that he once was, but he instantly got the crowd going. There were several drinking themed songs with the likes of I Drink Alone and One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer that had the crowd moving.

Hits like Who Do You Love? and Bad To The Bone had the crowd dancing before an awe inspiring rendition of Great Jammer that showcased Thorogood’s guitar prowess on an extended solo without the band, stole the show.

Night Time, Get A Haircut and Time Is On My Side saw the guitar slinger get back to basics, serving up his signature guitar riffs that have kept this popular singer songwriter’s career in the limelight for more than fifty years.

The highlight of the night came in the encore which was an electrifying execution of Born To Be Bad leaving the crowd to relish in a high energy rock show that had the bluesman moving all over the stage with the swagger of a man who is ageless.