It's been 35 years since George Thorogood released his first album, and he has a clear idea of why he's been able to stick around for so long.
"I've got songs like 'I Drink Alone' and Rudy Toombs' 'One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer. People have been drinking for 3,000 years, y'know? So those songs are never out of fashion," says Thorogood, 62, whose signature hit "Bad to the Bone" turns 30 this year. "Something like (the Steve Miller Band's 'Rock'n Me Baby,' those words have been around since the beard on Moses. (B.B. King's) 'The Thrill is Gone' is gonna last forever. That's an emotion that every human being has experienced -- pain.
"It's like, y'know, a good cheeseburger never goes out of style. And neither does a good song."
There's a downside to that, however. "We have three songs about drinking and 120 that have nothing to do with drinking, but everyone thinks all I do is songs about drinking," Thorogood notes. To that end one of the several projects he's contemplating is a compilation that spotlights those other songs and also correct perceptions that a) he doesn't write any of his own songs and b) he only plays songs with one chord.
"We have a lot of originals that have nothing to do with drinking and have more than one chord," he says. "I get it; radio plays 'Bourbon, Scotch and Beer' and 'Bad to the Bone' every day, so the world thinks that's my complete body of work. It's like people thinking James Cagney only made gangster movies or Clint Eastwood only did Westerns.
"So I want to put together something to present to the public, just to say THIS is really our life's work, not just those songs you hear all the time."
George Thorogood & the Destroyers and Ty Stone & the Truth perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $33-$44. Call 866-782-0633 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com
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