In an interview we had with Buzz Osborne earlier this summer, he claimed that George Thorogood and the Destroyers did not actually complete their 50-shows in 50-days tour. Now Thorogood has spoken up and is saying that Osborne is mistaken. Read on for more details.
In the interview, Osborne said:
“The people always say George Thorogood did it. But if George Thorogood did it, why isn’t he in the record book? You know why he’s not in the record book? He didn’t do it!”
A couple of weeks later, while on tour going through Minnesota, Utah, and Wyoming, Osborne wrote in the Melvins Tour Diary acknowledged the situation and sticks behind his claim. No written proof in the record book, then it can’t be true.
Thorogood’s manager Mike Donahue, of course, wants to make sure people have the right impression. He told Rolling Stone “There are a multitude of promoters and press people who can verify they did complete the tour [in 1981].” Donahue also states that there was a day off before the band reconvened with the Rolling Stones. The next ten days of performances actually happened prior to the start of the 50/50 tour.
The 50/50 tour in question took place just over two decades ago. Statements have been made on both ends, but there is still no settlement as to which party is making the correct claims. Until then, The Melvins continue on to set the record by performing throughout the United States in 51 days, hitting every state plus a performance in Washington D.C.