GALLERY: George Thorogood @ Canalside

George Thorogood did not drink alone Friday the 28th of June, but rather he drank with a couple thousand of his friends at the inner city canal side of brotherly love.   As the sun settled behind mammoth Naval boats, a little after 8pm The Destroyers started the intro of “Born to be Bad,” George came out wearing sunglasses and his trademark white bandana.   Belting out that he was “Born to be Bad,” and encouraging others to be bad with him before picked his guitar to rock out to “Rock Party,” George and the Destroyers have been touring since the 70’s and who hasn’t  seen a movie or commercial without one of their songs.   Alvin and the chipmunks even did a version of “Bad to the Bone.” 
 George Thorogood and They Destroyers will make their way through NY, Rochester will follow Buffalo on their 2014 schedule of their “40 Years Strong” Tour.
The night came to a close at canal side as fireworks where hitting the sky from Coca-Cola field celebrating the end of a Fridaynight baseball game.
 
Intro
Eve of Destruction
Born to Be Bad
Rock Party
Who Do You Love
Help Me
I Drink Alone
One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer
Get a Haircut
Gear Jammer
Move it on over
Tail Dragger
Bad to the Bone
 
Encore – Madison Blues
 
Outro – Star Spangled Banner
 
 
Main supporting act of the whisky drinking boys from Lexington, Kentucky, known as Fifth on the Floor, hit the stage with much enthusiasm.  Justin Wells, the Vocalist/Guitarist warmed the stage with southern style vocals in “Distant Memory Lane” before the rest of the band joined him.  The four band members, adorned in Duck Dynasty style beards sang about whiskey, god, moonshine, and raved about the beautiful Buffalo venue before them.  
 
Distant Memory Lane
Whiskey
Same Old Thing
Another Bender Might Break Me
Hell in Our Hands
Shine
Ten Years Done
Running Ragged
January in Louisiana
The Fall
 
Patti Parks Band – A local Buffalo NY band went on at 6pm with her band.  Even if Patti wasn’t wearing sparkle pants, she would still draw in a crowd with her jazz/ lounge songs.
Review By Jessie Lakatos