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Bad to the Bone: Thorogood to bring raw, unfiltered performance to 2018 Lakes Jam

Lakes Jam 2018 is the sixth annual iteration of the festival -- a series of open air performances by rock and country artists, including boogie rocker George Thorogood. Submitted Photo / George Thorogood and the Destroyers1 / 2
George Thorogood and the Destroyers are slated to perform at the 2018 Lakes Jam -- a music festival that will feature both rock and country artists. Submitted Photo / George Thorogood and the Destroyers2 / 2

Much like the raw, defiant guitar riffs that typifies his art, George Thorogood didn't mince words when he was asked about the sixth annual 2018 Lakes Jam festival at which he's slated to perform.

"The perspective?" barked the 68-year-old boogie rocker—he of the "Bad to the Bone" fame—as he spoke to the Dispatch during a phone interview Tuesday, June 5. "The perspective is they're paying me to go out there and put on a great rock and roll show. That's the perspective."

Lakes Jam is set to take place June 21-23, at the Brainerd International Raceway.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers will be joining a lineup of performers exemplifying what Lakes Jam is all about—open air, rural Minnesota in the dog days of summer; a bevy of artists and styles that brings out the best in rock and country and hands it back to the fans.

Thorogood, who's been in the business for more than 40 years, has no illusions about what he's bringing to the table.

"I'm a professional entertainer—there's a lot of thought that goes into it, but it's a lot like any other production, like a television show or Broadway play or anything like that," Thorogood said. "People buy tickets and drive a long way and they don't want to be disappointed."

As such, fans can expect timeless classics like "Bad to the Bone" and Thorogood's other lesser-known favorites like "I Drink Alone" and a cover of "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer"—but there's always an effort, he noted, to shake things up and offer a different kind of performance every time he comes back to a venue.

Translation: Don't break what isn't broken, but there's always fresh material to be shared with his fans.

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