Montreal, Sunday, July 1, 2018 — The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto presents this year’s B.B.-King Award to George Thorogood. The trophy will be presented to him by André Ménard, Vice-president and cofounder of the Festival at a press conference hosted by Nicolas Tittley which will be held today at 3 p.m. in the Salle Stevie Wonder of the Maison du Festival, as well as tonight on stage at 9:15 p.m. at his concert.
George Thorogood is the fifth recipient of the B.B. King Award, created in 2014 for the 35th edition of the Festival to honour and recognize the exceptional talent of an artist who has left an indelible mark on the blues scene.
Shot to fame in 1977 with their self-titled and now-classic debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have released a total of 16 studio albums—including six gold and two platinum discs—and amassed an unmatched catalogue of hits that includes I Drink Alone, Move It On Over, and the ultimate badass anthem, Bad to the Bone. But it was their powerhouse live performances that made the band legendary: from opening for the Rolling Stones to their own record-breaking 50/50 tour, or any of their current 100+ shows per year, George and his longtime band remain among the most relentless and relevant classic blues-rock acts on tour today.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Rock Party Tour 2018. Opening act: Jordan Officer. July 1st, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, PdA, June 27, 7:30 p.m. (Événements spéciaux TD series).
George Thorogood succeeds to Charlie Musselwhite (2017), Taj Mahel (2016), James Cotton (2015) and the artist in whose name the trophy was created, B.B. King (2014).