Attending a George Thorogood concert is not unlike watching "Mr. Ed" reruns.
They're both warming, amusing and pleasantly predictable experiences. You know Ed's going to wear his glasses or dial the phone the same way each time, and George is always going to crank out lots of rootsaboogie rockers topped with piercing slide-guitar bursts and foghorn vocals, and insert local references into the lyrics and work the stage with all manner of high-energy antics.
Thorogood and his band the Destroyers held true to form Thursday at the Long Beach Arena, presenting nothing much unexpected. But Thorogood is good at what he does, and he's carved out a growing niche over the years--though not large enough to fill the upper sections of the 14,000-seat arena.
But most of those who did attend were standing on their seats, dancing non-stop from the longtime opener "Long Gone" through such souped-up chestnuts as "Who Do You Love," "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and "Move It On Over." There were even some new tunes in the set, including the title track of the recent "Born to Be Bad" LP.