GEORGE THOROGOOD and The Destroyers – A Day on the Green Centennial Vinyard Bowral 13 Feb 2011

 

Quite often when you go to see a headline act, you just wish that the support act would hurry and get it over and done with so that the artist you have come to see can strut their stuff.  Maynard comes to mind when he supported the Village People on their last Australian tour.  His act was just a waste of time and left people wondering "Why?". 

With Joe Cocker headlining at A Day on the Green and having just had Diesel finish his set, George Thorogood and his band The Destroyers got up and blew the place apart with their brand of Rock n Roll. This reviewer leapt up out of his seat literally from the first chord and I wasn’t alone!  Many of the punters who had spent most of the time chatting to their friends whilst feasting over cheese platters and other home brought goodies suddenly stopped to take notice of what was happening on stage. 

Not knowing much about Thorogood, it was time to do some quick research with a quick jump to the nearby merchandise stand.  Whilst inspecting the goodies on offer, Thorogood was still going at a 100 miles per hour (as he did the whole show).  I noticed the merchandise was pretty good and nicely priced as well.  Unfortunately, they had no best of Thorogood albums so I made a mental note to purchase one the next time I was out shopping but I did purchase one of his cool 50s inspired t-shirts. 

As I said before, I don’t know much about Thorogood (not that you need to anyway) but I did recognize some of the songs that I had heard over the years on the radio with tunes such as "Bad to the Bone", "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer", "I Drink Alone", "Madison Blues" and "Who Do you Love" amongst others. 

With some performers, they may be great musically but lack communication skills with the crowd they are meant to be entertaining, but not George.  He literally had them eating out his hand right from the word go and the crowd appreciated it by getting louder and louder and dancing more as his set went on.  In what is rare in a festival setup, the support act usually doesn't get to do an encore but not only did Thorogood do one, he did three songs and left the crowd wanting even more! 

Thorogood has what I think is a unique style in this modern music age.  He plays his guitar with a very 50’s type of playing style with pick and slides and I believe this sets him apart from his peers and gives him own unique sound.  This obviously makes him very popular no matter where he goes and it looks like he is out to please no matter what, which is all a crowd wants in a performance. 

I for one will be lining up for tickets the next time George Thorogood and his Destroyers are in Australia, they are really worth seeing and were worth the admission price. 

My only criticism is that it takes far too long to exit the carpark.  Better organisation and more exit points are definitely required. Whilst I had a most enjoyable outing, the carpark delays would make think twice about seeing a gig there when having to work the next day.

 

Paul Bartle 

 

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