Someone has to hold the reigns for the blues-rock genre moving forward. The iconic blues rockers George Thorogood & the Destroyers will appear at the Wiltsie Center at the Historic Castle in Hazleton on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Doors open at 7, and tickets are currently available.
This latest tour, including this famed stop at the Wiltsie Center, is in celebration of the group’s 40 years together. This spans the duration between the groups’s gathering together and subsequent release of their debut self-titled album in 1977, to the latest release from the group. 2120 South Michigan Avenue is a collection of classic blues covers, from the likes of Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, and Buddy Guy, among others. It includes two originals.
This latest release is a fantastic ode and throwback to the band’s origins, where their debut album in particular helmed some classic covers from some of the same artists. George Thorogood & the Destroyers have always seemed to hold their influences on their sleeves. Whether as young strapping men in the late 70’s, or arguable old though still off-kilter tight-knit rockers in their age, the group still hold true what shapes and molds the throughout their extensive history.
The group’s breakthrough hit came in 1982 with “Bad to the Bone” on the aptly and similarly titled album. This was followed by a string of effective and consistent success in the 90’s. The band’s latest release was in 2009 with The Dirty Dozen, a mix covers album and original material showcase, a common theme within their discography.
When it comes to classic rock artists, it is hard to compete against the instant blues-rock appeal of George Thorogood. His work has always seemed to stand in its own world, a break away from the traditional modern music movements which have seemed to capture and destroy many of the group’s peers. The Destroyers seemed to have destroyed the music industry’s massive wheel.
You can purchase tickets for the event at Ticketmaster.com. Also consider becoming a Castle Club member, as members obtain exclusive offers, VIP passes, and other perks. A Knight membership provides you with advance ticketing options, up to two, whereas Rock members can purchase up to four privileged advance tickets (the next level, Queen, sets this number at six). The premium level, King, enables you to purchase up to ten premium advance tickets, as well as a VIP parking pass and invitation to meet and greet events. Standard tickets are $27-52.
Tickets and More Info: www.wiltsiecenter.org
Ryan Merkel is a cool writer guy and contributor all over the internet, from blogs on music to magazines about music to sites about playing music. He is currently founder of SunState Investing and is head editor of the music entertainment magazine, CultureTease. He has written two novels, and is currently working on a third full-length novel, surprisingly, not about music. His novel “Splatter the Noise” earned accolades for independent publishing. Be sure to check out: www.sunstateinvesting.com
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