Photographer’s notebook: “Move it on Over” because George Thorogood & The Destroyers are still badder than ever. There was a great atmosphere and fantastic music at the South Shore Room in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. Thorogood played to an enthusiastic crowd that seemed to know the lyrics to every song. I hadn’t seen Thorogood in more than 30 years and his voice and energy was still just as good as back in the day. That’s saying a lot for someone who has been playing for more than four decades and has played 8,000-plus live shows. The songs he played was like listening to “The Best of George Thorogood & The Destroyers” CD. There’s no new musical ground being broken here, just good-old, consistent American boogie blues, which is what his longtime enthusiastic fans came to hear. Thorogood made a few remarks pertaining to Tahoe such as “Stateline Nevada, best kept secret ever!” And added to the lyrics “Coming back to Tahoe till the day I die!” in “Gear Jammer.” Thorogood continues to be the consummate performer. It was a fantastic show.
— Kurt Johnson
ABOUT Kurt Johnson
Photographer Kurt E. Johnson has played drums since he was 14. He is in the South Shore blues band Mudd Bonz and the instrumental progressive psychedelic space rock band Aether Haze. He retired after a 31-year career in the Bay Area and has lived at Lake Tahoe for 10 years. His passion is concert photography and playing music. To see more of his photos, visit his website http://photoskejohnson.smugmug.com/
Check out this time-lapse video we took this evening from the weather office here in Reno, NV. You can see the turbulent, unstable atmosphere, along with downdrafts and outflow wind bursts as the storm went over Reno-Tahoe. Simply beautiful!