Pop & Rock

Destroying Boston


George Thorogood And The Destroyers have unapologetically delivered rowdy blend of Chicago blues and southern rock since the late-'70s. The recent Rounder release Live In Boston, 1982 captures Thorogood's simple, aggressive licks and a sly sense of humor, as well as the solid support dished up by the Destroyers.

Other bands let the tide of public taste push their sound hither and yon, but throughout his career, Thorogood has faithfully stuck to the simple structures of the veteran blues artists that inspired him such as Hound Dog Taylor and Muddy Waters. Live In Boston, 1982 showcases Thorogood's shock-and-awe live show and features a handful of popular covers, including John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" and Hank Williams' "Move It On Over."

Some of the songs on Live In Boston, 1982 have never appeared on any other live album by the band. Even if they had, the entire set comes off flawlessly vigorous, no doubt in part because the members were just coming off a gig opening for The Rolling Stones.

George Thorogood And The Destroyers play a cluster of shows this month around the Northeast and Midwest. Check out Live In Boston, 1982 and compare it to their current live gigs and you'll see why they've survived when other bands have fallen.

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