George Thorogood and the Destroyers: 3/31/1983

This was my second time seeing George Thorogood (click here to read about the first time). He was great both times. There is not a whole lot to say; George is just fun, straight-ahead rockin’ blues. He doesn’t take himself too seriously, just wants to play guitar and have a good time. And that is exactly what his concerts are like, just a good time.

I was not able to find the setlist from this particular show, but I did find one from the same tour when he played in Salem, OR. While 1983 was a long time ago, this seems pretty consistent with what I remember from this show, so here it is. Rock it on over…


  • The House of Blue Lights
  • Who Do You Love?
  • I’m Wanted
  • Cocaine Blues
  • Wanted Man
  • Bad to the Bone
  • Move It on Over
  • The Sky Is Crying
  • Madison Blues
  • El Paso
  • It Wasn’t Me
  • Willie and the Hand Jive
  • Night Time
  • No Particular Place to Go


  • One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  • Nobody but Me
  • Wild Weekend

George Thorogood and the Destroyers: 3/28/1981


The Gusman Cultural Center was located in the heart of downtown Miami. I looked it up online and discovered that it has been renamed to the Olympia Theater. One thing you can say about Miami—it’s completely different from what it was 35 years ago.

Anyway, I went to this concert with my friend Jim. I was pretty psyched, since I had never seen Thorogood and liked his guitar playing, and also because I was getting to check out a venue that I had never been to before, and I had heard great things about the Gusman.

The venue was really nice and the acoustics were superb. What I remember from the show was that George was great. He totally rocked and I recall being particularly impressed with the sax player. Saxophone definitely adds a unique quality to a band’s sound.

Sorry I don’t have too much more to say about this show. It’s one of those that I know I enjoyed and can still conjure a vague impression of the band on stage, but that’s about all.

“Move it on over… Rock it on over!”