George Thorogood Doesn’t “Drink Alone” At Walker Theatre

Live music is alive and well in Chattanooga and back with a vengeance thanks to George Thorogood. The larger than life personality, that Thorogood helped rechristen the Walker Theatre as the first live show since the pandemic hit 18 months ago.

The larger than life personality that Thorogood is celebrating 45 years of truly being bad to the bone. The night started appropriately enough with “Rock Party” and indeed it was. Thorogood and merry band of Destroyers had the house on their feet a moving instantly. The intensity continued to grow with “Who Do You Love?” as revelers welcomed live music.

Thorogood is a master showman as his banter between songs was a show amongst itself. But the guttural blues rock with a hint if rockabilly was what folks were there to here and they were not disappointed.

Thorogood mixed his set with originals and blues and country songs he’s made his own over the years. The crowd toasted the big man when he started “One Bourbon, Once Scotch, One Beer” and the roof of the house was nearly torn off as he finished the night with his signature song, “Bad to the Bone”. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that many smiles in one place.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers Setlist

Rock Party
Who Do You Love? (Bo Diddley cover)
Shot Down (The Sonic cover)
Night Time (The Strangeloves cover)
I Drink Alone
House Rent Blues (John Lee Hooker cover)
One Bourbon, Once Scotch, One Beer (Amos Milburn cover)
Gear Jammer
Move It On Over (Hank Williams cover)
Bad to the Bone

 – Dave Weinthal