Bad to the Bone rockers headline concertThorogood & The Destroyers set to play in Odessa

The Odessa Education Foundation on Monday announced that their 18th annual fundraising concert will feature rock ‘n’ roll guitarist George Thorogood and his band, The Destroyers. The annual concert is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Ector County Coliseum.

A news release detailed the band’s success with more than 15 million albums sold since 1975.

“I am so excited that the Foundation will be hosting this legendary rock band in Odessa for our annual fundraising concert,” Event Chairman Jay Arrick stated in the news release. “Everyone knows his classic hits like “Bad to the Bone,” “Move it On Over” and “Who Do You Love.” These great songs are heard almost every day on classic rock stations.”

Tickets go on sale Tuesday at the Ector County Coliseum box office.

Since 1975, George Thorogood & The Destroyers have sold more than 15 million albums, played more than 8,000 live shows, and built a catalog of classic rock ‘n’ roll hits. Now the band is celebrating its longevity with their Good To Be Bad Tour: 45 Years Of Rock tour which includes Odessa as one of its stops.

The Toledo Blade reviewed the tour as a “gut-bustin’, guitar-wailin’, face-meltin’, take-no-prisoners, good old-fashioned lunch bucket rock-and-roll show.” The Sacramento Bee says, “The Destroyers remain as they have been for years — Jeff Simon on percussion, Bill Blough on bass, Jim Suhler on guitar, and Buddy Leach on saxophone. They are without doubt one of the best touring bands in blues-rock history.”

Rolling Stone once raved, “George Thorogood & The Destroyers play rock & roll hot enough to melt the polar icecaps and flood the world’s major population centers.”

The Odessa Education Foundation raises money for teachers and children, Foundation President Jeff Woltz said in the news release.

Reserved seat tickets go on sell at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ector County Coliseum box office. Tickets are also available online at and by phone at 800-514-3849 and 432-552-7825. Ticket prices are $35 and $55 plus a handling charge. Sponsor tables may be reserved by calling 432-456-7059.

Since its inception in May 2000, the Education Foundation has awarded more than $2.4 million to ECISD teachers through the Teacher Grants Program. This program allows teachers in ECISD to apply for funding each year for innovative instructional approaches that may not otherwise be possible due to district budgetary constraints.