B-b-b-b-b-bad! George Thorogood’s movin’ on over on July 29

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This show is guaranteed to be b-b-b-b-b-bad.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers hit Asser Levy Seaside Park hard on July 29 — and if that isn’t enough bad to the bone rock and roll for you, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform, too.

“I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve never played in Brooklyn before,” said Thorogood, best known as the man behind “The House Rent Boogie/One Bourbon, One Shot, One Beer,” the anthem of bar flies everywhere, and “Bad to the Bone,” one of the best uses of the stutter since “My Generation.”

Now 60, the rocker claims he isn’t the badass he once purported to be. In fact, he’s written dozens of other rock-a-billy tunes which have nothing to do with hard drinking, carousing and womanizing, but — big surprise — his audience never latched onto them.

“I’ve only had three songs about drinking and I only wrote two of them,” he said. “But that’s what we cut our teeth on, and that’s what people turned onto when they were on the radio.”

Some would say Thorogood’s hard riffs and far-from-refined lyrics touch a primal chord with his audience. Yet Thorogood considers his music comfort food.

“There are few people in the world who enjoy a filet mignon and a glass of wine every day,” he said. “But everyone can enjoy a cheeseburger and a beer.”

We’ll drink to that.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers, plus Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at Asser Levy Seaside Park [W. Fifth Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island, (718) 222-0600], July 29 at 7:30 pm. Free. For info, visit

Updated 12:18 am, July 20, 2010
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