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Interview:
George Thorogood is Badder than ever -- and that's good
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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George Thorogood has called this year's annual summer outing the Badder Than Ever Tour.

But can you really get badder than being "Bad To The Bone?"

"I'm pretty much the same," Thorogood, 66, quips by phone. "I don't think I'm getting badder than I already am. I don't know if that's possible."

With "Bad To The Bone" -- along with "I Drink Alone" and his definitive covers of "Move It On Over," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and more -- the Delaware native has indeed made it good to be Bad. He may be a modest record seller with five gold albums and four Top 5 Mainstream Rock chart hits, but Thorogood is a wily veteran who's made the full-throttle stage shows he plays with his Delaware Destroyers band a calling card that keeps fans coming back year in and year out.

"The performing, just doing it, that's really the best," he says. "The whole thing is the best. I rarely have time to reflect on it, 'cause I'm so bsy doing what it is I do. Once in awhile I'll sit down and say, 'This song sounds a little better than when we recorded it,' but we've been playing it for 35 years, so it should be, right? We should always be playing better."

Thorogood still has his sights set on some recording, however. His last album, 2011's "2120 MIchigan Ave," was an homage to the influential Chess Records label, with covers of songs by Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters and more. His next project is "still kind of in limbo," but Thorogood has in mind a solo album, most likely of more covers. "Maybe some day I'll put out a whole album of all my originals," Thorogood says, but he's putting no timetable on any of the work.

"You can't rush genius," he says with a laugh. "It'll get done when it gets done, let's put it that way."

George Thorogood and Mark Farner

8 p.m. Saturday, June 25.

Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the Oakland University campus in Rochester Hills. Tickets are $25-$55 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack.

Call 248--644-3556 or visit palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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