George Thorogood sums up his career with a baseball story. Its appropriate -- since the classic-rock staple not only spent some time in the minor leagues, hes more than a little obsessed with the national pastime. I threw the ball out at a game 20 years ago, and they introduced me as blues artist, he says. Ten years later, I was a rock legend. I threw the ball out at Wrigley a few weeks ago, and now Im a rock icon.
Next week, Capitol releases Bad to the Bone: 25th Anniversary Edition -- a digitally remastered and expanded version of Thorogoods most popular album. He shrugs off its durability. We had a very clear image of what we wanted, he recalls. I had good material, but I didnt have the chops to pull it all off.
Thorogood, 56, says he started writing songs (including Bones title track, whose menacing opening guitar riff has become synonymous with big- and small-screen badasses) only after the obscure blues nuggets he frequently covered disappeared. I was always afraid another hard-hitting blues-boogie outfit like J. Geils would scoop up the tunes, he says. By the time I got around to them, there was hardly anything left. I had no choice but to write my own songs.
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