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Hang on folks. George's schedule is running a few minutes late.
George, how long did you work on this latest album?
That's a loaded question. We were in the studio for two weeks, but we were working on it for six months before that. Probably 9 months total.
George, what do you think about these tight wild card races we have this year? Do you think we'll be playing baseball tomorrow night?
I hope so. The more baseball the better, the way I look at it. Don Mattingly said something interesting a few years ago, when they stretched it out late into the year, anyone who likes baseball, it's a bonus. I like it.
What's the song that fans want you to sing the most?
I would be hard pressed. But I would say Bad to the Bone. If I stop playing that song, I stop eating.
George, do you play fantasy sports? If so, which ones? Thanks!
No, I just deal with reality.
I watched The Natural last night, again.. What is your favorite baseball movie..Sports movie? Thx
Happens Every Spring. I like the Natural very much, but that one's my favorite.
Who do you think will win the 2011 World Series?
Probably Philly. Not that I enjoy saying that. I hope the Yankees win the World Series and Rivera retires on top. They have the pitching! They give those guys all of that money and not win the whole thing?
Love the new album. What position did you play back when you were playing ball?
I embarrassed myself in the infield. I was a second baseman.
If you were given a chance to work in Major League Baseball now what role would you like to take? Owner, Manager, Hot Dog Vendor?
Commissioner! What do you think? No doubt about it.
I have been a long time fan. I stood in line in Atlanta in January on Peachtree Street FREEZING with a ticket in hand for over an hour to see you at the Agora Ballroom around 1982. You were worth it. You were a 3 man band for a long time. What was the decision that made you expand your band?
That was easy. I'm not a genius on the guitar like Hendrix or Clapton or those guys. We needed to expand to awaken new material. I couldn't carry the load. Maybe for 40 minutes, I could. But to get into new material, we needed to grow.
First off, love your work. Great stuff to work out to. What in your life nurtured your love of baseball?
It was a very dramatic moment. Maz hitting a home run. I was on a school bus. I had never seen a game, never played a game. I was walking off the bus and Maz, and Boom! home run and end of World Series.
Baseball - Will the Braves earn a play off spot tonight?
If Hudson pitches a good game, then yeah. It all comes down to pitching, doesn't it? I think Pujols will have something to say about it. Give credit to them for clawing their way back in it.
Looking way back, was the 50/50 tour ridiculously hard to do? Caught you twice on that tour.
Ridiculous to do, period. It wasn't that difficult, especially on the east coast, because the states are so close. If you're in a rock band and can't work 50 days in a row, there's something wrong with you. A fireman goes to work 50 days in a row. Cal Ripken played more than 2,000 games in a row.
What was it like when you visited the 2120 S, mich ave mueseum before the show in Chicago this summmer?
It was good to see the place filled up. It was my third time there. I went there in '81, but the place closed. The last time was the most satisfying. I got to play a song there. Just to be able to say I played a song there one time in my life was very satisfying. Plus I was tired that day.
Do you think it's easier or harder to "make it" in music these days compared to when you were coming up?
Oh, a lot harder now. A lot. There are 300,000 records released per year. In 1982, there were 3,200 released. How you get noticed, there are a lot more avenues to be released. And people don't have the time these days. When we were listening to records in 1970, we had a lot of time on our hands. No cable TV, no internet, no cell phones. A million other things to do with your time these days. But to be able to listen to all of the music these days, there's just not enough time to do it.
Hi George. Does your bass player use a pic or fingers, and do you have a preference for that one way or the other in your rhythm section?
It depends on the song. Some songs they use a pic, some songs they don't.
Ok, Commissioner Thorogood. What's your ruling on the DH?
The DH to me is something that sounds like a disease. "I have DH." I like it when the pitchers hit. I say this, if you don't like the pitchers hitting, then only let 8 guys hit. To have someone bat for the pitcher, that sounds odd to me. Don't let the pitcher hit at all. It gives the others extra at bats.
do fans just come up to you and start singing your songs?
All of the time. All over the world.
Is sports a welcome escape from music when you need a break? What is your favorite baseball memory from childhood?
First of all, I don't really like sports. I like baseball. There's a difference. You have to be a good sport to play baseball. But I don't follow sports, just baseball. My greatest memory of it? Probably Todd Helton, a future hall of famer asking me for my autograph. Pretty cool.
Are you finding that the new digital age where we can download music from our computers has helped you find a whole new generation of fans?
Sometimes it helps you find new fans. It doesn't help your bank account much. You may have been turning your fans on to your music for free, so you might have not normally reached them.
Thanks for all of your loyal support over the years. Wear your seatbelts.