This music has been around since before the beard on Moses. I happed to do it very well and I happen to have a lot of groovy songs that I know people are going to dig. I know more about it than you do.— George Thorogood
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When people come to the show they think we are a legendary band because they hear us on Classic Rock radio all the time. It is psychological. That's okay - I'm down with that.
Classic Rock radio gave us our longevity.
I didn't live in the world of disco or the world of the Eagles.
Every time the guys were knocked out by my guitar playing and the girls were knocked out by the type of songs I did. That set us apart from the average blues band.
I was a big J. Geils fan, a Steppenwolf fan and a Savoy Brown fan.
I said if you want to be Keith Richards, you've got to listen to Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry. Then I thought, "What did Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry listen to?" I said, "They listened to Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters." Well who'd they listen to? They listened to Robert Johnson. I said, "Ok, we'll start with that."
Rock and roll never sleeps. It just passes out.
All I have is my performance, I try to feed in the best of everything that I could possibly do into those 90 minutes and to make a live entertainment show out of it.
I make a rich woman beg, I'll make a good woman steal.
I'll make an old woman blush, and make a young woman squeal.
Look at Gleason in The Honeymooners. He was humorous but the way he lived wasn't really humorous. He was a bus driver. Who wants to be a bus driver? He didn't have any money and he was not famous. But despite that, the show is humorous.
On the day I was born, the nurses gathered around, to gaze in wide wonder at the joy they had found.
Rounder Records decided to call the album Move It On Over, much to my chagrin but they knew what they were doing. It took off and to this day I can't figure out why.
After the Ed Sullivan Show, Feb. 9, 1964, at approx. 8:04pm [laughs], after that moment every album, every guitar, evey set of drums that was ever sold ... 10% should have gone right into their pocket!
Whatever title you want to lay on me is fine. I am still working; you know what I'm saying?
There are now grandmothers and grandfathers coming to see us because they are of that age, they grew up in the '50s and '60s and they bring their sons and their daughters to hear the songs they heard when they were young.
I mean, you could have said Elvis Presley was new wave when it happened.
I heard Willy DeVille and Tom Petty and to me they were new wave really because they were new.
Did I think it would last 30 years? No, I didn't think it would have those kind of legs.
Pain I keep to myself; my music is for entertainment purposes and I always have that in mind.
I was not a big Allman Brothers fan but I could relate to that because that is what the flavor of the day was at that time - at least it was like that for me.
Led Zeppelin, they still rule the airwaves.
I hear Zeppelin every day, and they've been around since '69. So the people who grew up with that still listen to that, and now their children listen to it.
Radio is paid by advertising. They decide what songs to play that'll keep people listening. And that's what promoters and the Classic Rock people do.
When I walk the streets, kings and queens step aside, every woman I meet, they all stay satisfied.
How would you define [Bob] Dylan? You can't.
That's a true artist. How about Ray Charles? Can you classify Ray Charles? No, you can't. He's just great, period.
I'm a big Marty Robbins fan. I love Marty Robbins. Of course, everybody does. That's not such a big shock.
You know when your mouth a-getting dry You're plenty high.
I'm more of a rhythmic player. My soloing is pretty much limited to playing slide guitar.
Anything that's new wave is new. As far as punk rock goes, I've never really been exposed to any.
They said my friends were just an unruly mob, and I should get a hair cut and get a new job.
The reason it has lasted for 30 years is for one reason and one reason only: Classic Rock radio.
I drink alone. Yeah, with nobody else. You know when I drink alone, I prefer to be by myself.
Everybody funny, now you funny too.
I am more of a rock guy than I am a blues guy.
People get the idea that I am a dyed in the wool blues cat, but I rock out when I do my show you know that.
We've plotted through the years of how to get to here, where we are now, or we would have never made it.
I hate categories. Hank Williams is a great artist, period. Bob Dylan is a great artist, so is Marty Robbins. They just classify these people and put them in categories so they can sell the thing easier.
My father had a couple of Mitch Miller records and a Spike Jones record, and that was it. My older brother had two or three Elvis Presley singles, and that was about it. The rest of it I did on my own.
I guess a good song is a good song is a good song, ya know.
I love Hank Williams. Who doesn't love Hank Williams? So my choices are not that surprising.
I figured the people who liked the sort of thing I was doing would come see it.
If it was only 200 then that was alright and if it was 2000 then that is alright as well. I wasn't really interested in the big numbers; I was just interested in some numbers.
I really, really, really, really, really, really, really like girls.
I figured if you want to get to where John Hammond is or Billy Gibbons is or Peter Wolf is, you have to start listening to the same stuff they did, and learn from that, and that's what I did.
My grandfather used to say I don't care how you talk about me, good or bad, just don't leave me out of the conversation.
I knew I had the right material and I knew what I was going after.
You can't rely on luck. I've had some stages in my career where I've said we're going to wing it, and we've always ended up in trouble.
My parents taught me what life is about, so I grew up the type they warned me about.
The other day I got invited to a party, but I stayed home instead.
Just me and my pal Johnny Walker and his brothers Black and Red.
The [2012 covers album] 2120 [South Michigan Ave.
] was different. We covered a lot of classics there. But most of the time when we did it I always prided myself on digging up obscure songs that no one knew of.
If you don't start drinking, I'm gonna leave.
I wanted to write songs that were as good as the covers.
I saw the movie Sid & Nancy. It was a pretty good movie. It didn't really make me a punk rock fan. But anything that's new, as long as it's good I enjoy it.