GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS
- GOOD TO BE BAD TOUR -
NEW DATE: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
Presented by K96.3 Kelowna's Classic Rock
Tickets: Starting at $49.00 (additional fees and taxes apply)
Since 1976, George Thorogood and the Destroyers sold over 15 million albums, built a classic catalog of hits, and played more than 8,000 ferocious live shows. They broke records with their 50 Dates/50 States Tour, delivered landmark performances at Live Aid and on SNL, and became mainstays of radio, MTV and stages worldwide for more than two generations. Through it all, they’ve remained one of the most consistent – and consistently passionate – progenitors of blues-based rock in pop culture history. And in 2023, their Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock will prove why like never before. Get ready to celebrate the milestone with the band themselves at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre (PTCC) in Penticton on Saturday, April 29, 2023! Presented by K96.3 Kelowna’s Classic Rock.
DATE CHANGE: George Thorogood & The Destroyers originally scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2022 will be rescheduled to Saturday, April 29, 2023 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre in Penticton. Tickets for the original date will be honoured accordingly and no further action is required. If you cannot make the new date or prefer a refund, ticket holders will receive an email shortly with refund options. For questions or concerns, or if you did not receive the e-mail, please contact the Valley First Box Office at SOEC-BoxOffice@penticton.ca or at 250-276-2144.
For Thorogood and his longtime band – Jeff Simon (drums, percussion), Bill Blough (bass guitar), Jim Suhler (rhythm guitar) and Buddy Leach (saxophone) – the power to rock audiences has been both battle cry and creed since the beginning. “It wasn’t about the amount of people we drew, but rather the impression we made,” George remembers. “I asked myself, ‘Are we reaching them? Do they want more?’ And we knew from the very first set that we had something special.”
It’s on stage that George & The Destroyers flip the switch nightly, delivering what The Toledo Blade calls “a gut-bustin’, guitar-wailin’, face-meltin’, fiery-tempoed, take-no-prisoners, good old-fashioned lunch-bucket rock & roll show” that includes their signature hits “Get A Haircut”, “I Drink Alone”, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer”, “Move It On Over”, “Who Do You Love” and the definitive badass anthem “Bad To The Bone”, along with several surprises. “It’s been a constant evolution to make the show all killer, no filler,” explains 43-year Destroyer bassist Bill Blough. “Something still inherently clicks the second we step on stage. We feel the audience’s energy and the show just explodes.”
But after 45 years of rock – and no signs of stopping – can Thorogood point to what continues to make it all matter? “My highlight is every night when I walk on that stage and play our hits for those happy people,” he says. “At the end of the show, the audience is smiling, I don’t see any police and everyone got their money’s worth.”
More importantly, is it still good to be bad? George Thorogood instantly flashes that huge grin. “You bet it is,” he says. ”We’ll always be the baddest band in the land. Expect our best on this tour, because that’s what you’re gonna get.”
Tickets start at $49.00 (additional fees and taxes apply) and can be purchased in person at the Valley First Box Office (at the South Okanagan Events Centre) or online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com.
COVID-19 Protocols and Vaccination Requirements
The South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) Complex, which includes the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, is following all provincial and regional mandates in regards to public health and safety and the use of the COVID-19 Vaccine Passport program. Patrons aged 12 and up are required to show full proof of vaccination* (two doses) upon entry into the venue with no exemptions at this time. Face masks (covering both nose and mouth) are to be worn at all times, unless while actively eating and drinking in your seat(s). For more information, please visit HERE.
*Vaccination requirements and COVID-19 policies are subject to change.