Arts, Dining & Entertainment

George Thorogood visits  Rutland to rock the Paramount this week


Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m.—RUTLAND—George Thorogood brings a history of blues-based rock-and-roll to  Rutland’s Paramount Theatre this Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. 

Looking back on the genesis of the now famous band, it all started in Delaware. On the evening of December 1, 1973 at the University of Delaware’s Lane Hall, a guitarist, a drummer, and their rhythm guitarist set up on the small bandstand. Though the three-piece band had barely rehearsed, guitarist George Thorogood and drummer Jeff Simon had been bashing out covers of songs they loved — including “No Particular Place To Go,” “Madison Blues” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” — in suburban Wilmington basements since they were teens. The Lane Hall audience was wary at first. “Then it was like somebody flipped a switch,” Simon recalls. “Everybody hit the dance floor all at once.”

“We had the place rockin’,” Thorogood said. “From that very first show, Jeff and I knew we were onto something.” 

Five decades, 15 million albums and more than 8,000 performances later, few bands can still rock the house like George Thorogood & Destroyers. And for Thorogood, Simon, and long-time Destroyers Bill Blough, Jim Suhler and Buddy Leach, their Bad All Over The World — 50 Years of Rock Tour will be a celebration like no other.

But when asked to pick a career highlight, maybe one night over the past half century that changed everything for George Thorogood & The Destroyers, he shakes his head, flashes a huge grin and heads off to sound-check. “My highlight is when I step on that bandstand,” Thorogood said. “The promoters invited us, the fans came to hear us, and we’re ready to rock. Every night I play for people can be the biggest night of my life.”

Tickets range from $79-$99 + tax/fees. 

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