Perhaps finding inspiration in this hallowed venue for the new studio album he will record later this year, guitarist George Thorogood blew the roof off the joint with a hits-filled 90-minute set that found Lonesome George to be as bad as he ever was.</

Perhaps finding inspiration in this hallowed venue for the new studio album he will record later this year, guitarist George Thorogood blew the roof off the joint with a hits-filled 90-minute set that found Lonesome George to be as bad as he ever was.

After a blistering six-song opening that included faves “I Drink Alone” and “Who Do You Love” as well as a rousing reading of one of the band’s signature concert tunes, John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” the ever-spirited Thorogood was just getting warmed up.

“Let’s start the show,” said the already-sweat-soaked singer-guitarist as he shed his snakeskin jacket, grabbed a slide and launched into another series of classic rock tunes extolling fast living that he and the boys could no doubt play in their sleep, among them “Gearjammer,” the much-licensed “Bad to the Bone” and “Move It on Over.”

Little has changed with most of these road-tested blues numbers over the years, and the few recent Thorogood originals, such as “Get a Haircut,” that were played didn’t match up that well with the older ones.

But no matter. This was a party of convention and reverence, and the boisterous and happy audience members got in these familiar mirthful anthems exactly what they came to hear, all of it capped by the contented “Rocking My Life Away,” a fitting ending for Thorogood, who once again proved he’s found in the blues his true calling.

George Thorogood & the Destroyers

House of Blues; 999 capacity; $25 top

Production

Presented inhouse. Opened Jan. 9, 1999; closed and reviewed Jan. 10.

With

Band: George Thorogood, Bill Blough, Jeff Simon, Hank Carter; guest: Waddy Wachtel.
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