Blimp Time Hop: George Thorogood Rocks CCCC For First Time
Today we celebrate another great concert from long, long ago in Blimpville. 32 years have past since George Thorogood brought the boogie back to Portland with the Destroyers on the Born to Be Bad tour on March 7, 1988.
With 9 trips to Maine over the years from 1981 to 2016, this was his first of two appearances ever at the Civic Center. His second and last show there was on the Boogie People tour in 1991. The first Portland Thorogood concert was at the Expo on April 4, 1985. George's earliest trip to Maine was in Saco on the 50 States In 50 Days Tour, November 20, 1981.
I’m pretty sure I remember having the honor of going onstage at the CCCC before the George's first show there to welcome the crowd.
It's always an adrenaline rush being in front of thousands of Blimpsters, that's for sure. The reason I was alIowed to step up to the center mic was because I had the very cool privilege of bringing along a big framed piece of memorabilia to show-off in the spotlight.
The rare collectible was a larger version of the Born To Be Bad album cover kindly autographed by George Thorogood. We gave it away to a lucky Blimpster the next day on the BLM Morning Show.
You Talk Too Much was the new song spinning on the Blimp back in '88. Now friggin' zip it and crank it the hell up.