George Thorogood and the Destroyers Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon – 3/20/2012 (Podcast 228)
Posted on 3/28/2012
George Thorogood and the Destroyers returned to Nashville, TN to perform at the Sold-Out Wildhorse Saloon. Nashville classic rock radio station 105.9 The Rock presented this show and they did their job well. When the doors opened, there were only 90 tickets left and before the opening act was finished, the show was completely Sold-Out, which made for a great show!
Concert Blast was invited to review this concert so Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and old Concert Blast friend, Michael Fulghum, gave their thoughts on the review during this audio podcast.
George hyped the crowd before he took the stage with the intro music, sounds, multiple video screens and stage light effects. When George finally took the stage he walked out dressed in a black T-shirt, black jeans, white tennis shoes, dark shades, and a bandanna head band along with a backup band consisting of a bass, guitar, drums, saxaphone, and for the first two or three songs, a friend (maybe one of the road crew) with shakers.
George stepped up to the microphone to say his signature hello, “How Sweet It Is!” as he sang the first line of the first song of the night, Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Rock and Roller“. Throughout the instrumental portion of the song, George and the sax player would choreograph their moves together as they strutted from the rear to the front and across the stage while playing together in perfect time.
As the first song ended, George starred at the crowd of fans and listened to the cheers for about 10 seconds before he yelled into the mic, “And Away We Go!“, which sparked the rhythym section to start the very familar Bo Diddley sound of “Who Do You Love“.
Before cranking out the next tune, George took a moment to thank everyone for being at the show, then gave his appreciation to Nashville, TN being a “Fine City“. He said to the band, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!” as George led the band into a song called, “The Fixer“.
As the band continued into the next number, George and the guys created the familiar noise sound twice before George played a very familiar riff that brought the audience to a louder level for the song, “I Drink Alone“.
George stood in front of the drummer with his back to the crowd combing his hair. He pretended to be asking the band members how he looked before slowly turning around as he played the intro to one of his most popular recordings from John Lee Hooker, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer“.
It was time for George to show his country roots as he paid a tribute to Johnny Cash by performing Cash’s “Cocaine Blues“. The video screen showed old photos of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in front of Folson Prison. George told the audience that he had the privaledge to meet them and according to George, they told him they liked his music very much, as his smiled with that wide grin of his.
George took a moment to say he could dedicate this next song to the girls in the house, but he won’t. Then he said he could dedicate the song to all the ladies in the house, but he won’t do that either. George continued by saying he will dedicate this song to all the ”Women in the House!” as he went back to his blues roots to perform an old Willie Dixon song, made famous by Johnny Rivers, “Seventh Son“.
After the song, George mentioned, ”It is now time to get Sophisticated! It’s time to play a Sophisticated Song!“ as George and the band performed his song with a fun message, “Get A Haircut (And Get A Real Job)“.
George continued with asking the audience, “How bad do you want it?“ The delightful screams from the attendees knew what was coming next as George continued to tease them with saying lines containing and emphasizing the word, “BAD“. George finally says, “Ok I see you want it BAD enough!“, before playing his world famous opening riff to his biggest hit, “Bad To The Bone“. During the song, the video screens were showing old video footage made famous from the MTV days of George and Bo Diddley playing pool. The video screens also showed various graphics of the words “Bad” and “Bad to the Bone” throughough the song.
As soon as the song ended, George stepped up to the mic to sing the opening line of the old Hank Williams Sr. song, “Move It On Over“, which thrilled the crowd even more than any other song of the night!
George Thorogood and the Destroyers said goodnight and left the stage for about thirty seconds before the band returned performing guitar solos before George returned to the stage as the band went into the song, “Tail Dragger“. George strutted around the stage sporting a fedora hat, wearing a black T-shirt with the words, “Let It Rock” on it, and singing the song without playing the guitar. For the second song of the encore George pulled out a fan favorite, “You Talk Too Much“. During the end of the song George repeated the words, “SHUT UP!” and the video screen expressed the same words in various graphics.
George and the band once again waved goodnight as George said before leaving the stage, ”Thank You and God Bless Tennessee!“ One would think the concert was over, but this enthusiastic crowd still wanted more, so George and his band returned for a second encore! This time George performed another favorite, “Born To Be Bad” as the fans sang along during the chorus.
George and the band waved goodnight and left the stage again. An instrumental version of the National Anthem blasted through the speakers as the American flag was displayed on the various video screens. The crowd kept yelling and George Thorogood walked out once again. This time he was on stage by himself as he spent a few minutes shaking hands, signing a few autographs, hugging people, posing for pictures, and thanking Nashville, TN before leaving the stage for the night.
For the Concert Blast Scale, Tom Thompson was impressed with the excellent setlist and his energy while giving it a 9.3. Mike Arnold took a point away for the mild, but unnecessary profanity. Mike also mentioned although the setlist was an excellent one, he still wanted to hear “Rock Party” and “Madison Blues“.
There was a couple at the show that flew in from Paris, France to see this concert. The couple said that it’s been decades since George has performed in Paris. We introduced the couple to the saxaphonist for a short conversation and photo oppotunity, although the man couldn’t speak English at all. We will definitely be back to see George again if given the opportunity and suggest everyone to see George Thorogood and the Destroyers in concert if you have the chance. It a straight up “Rock Party!”
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