George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be touring hard again this summer with 31 dates now on the books between late-June and October. Thorogood kicks off his summer and fall trek on June 24th in Owen Sound, Ontario and — as of now — wraps things up on October 1st in Springfield, Massachusetts. More dates are expected to be announced soon.
George Thorogood owes a huge part of his success to his presence on early MTV, which included near saturation airplay of his early videos — especially “Bad To The Bone,” which featured his hero Bo Diddley. Thorogood explained to us that back then, MTV was in no position to be discerning about any of its content, and happily ate up everything rock bands — especially cool and envelope-pushing artists — were handing them: “The politics of MTV were this; the demand was bigger than the supply, ’cause when MTV came on it was on 24 hours a day — no commercials. And they were lookin’ for stuff; and they were showing old Elvis Presley movies, they were showing (American) Bandstand — y’know, anything they could get their hands on. So, I knew that in ’81 when they started, because in ’82, we did the video ‘Nobody But Me’ and ‘Bad To The Bone,’ because I knew it was like the early days of television.
Television was in its infancy — so was MTV. And at the time, we had just signed with EMI, we were hot off the (1981 Rolling) Stones tour, so we were a pretty hot item at the time. About five or six years later I got tired of it, because then it became a commercial for your record. It wasn’t like the early days.”
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