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George Thorogood & The Destroyers – 30th Anniversary Tour

 

Picture: B-     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Concert: B

 

 

A long time ago, I had a debate with someone about the music of George Thorogood.  The question at hand is what kind of Rock or Blues was he doing, because it was certainly a rich and hardcore kind.  That someone decided to tell me that his songs were noting but drinking music and I was missing the point, as if I knew about nothing.  Certainly, any Blues or Country song could enhance (or degrade) one while they were using alcohol, but this talk was more like “dry drunk” speak than anything else.  Such a reality is also very limited in scope and idiotic.  Once again, I was on the right track.

 

A few decades later, here is already the 30th Anniversary of Thorogood and his Destroyers and not only was I hitting the nail on the head about his kind of music, but in a time when all the radio and TV music is so watered down and bad, one can more easily than ever hear that he and the band are continuing a great legacy in its richest form.  This time though, they are not just the revivers, they are the survivors.

 

Thorogood’s voice and showmanship are still in tact, offering a real Rock experience, uncompromised by commercialism and infantilism.  This is the music of a grown adult male, which is somehow considered “politically incorrect” by the most radical extremists in that movement.  We call it art.  The songs in this roughly 90 minutes concert are:

 

1)     Long Gone

2)     Who Do You Love?

3)     Night Time

4)     I Drink Alone

5)     One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

6)     Don’t Let The Bossman Get You Down

7)     The Sky is Crying

8)     Sweet Little Lady

9)     Greedy Man

10)  Bad To The Bone

11)  Move It On Over

12)  The Fixer

13)  You Talk Too Much (the 1960 Joe Jones classic done fast)

14)  That’s Why I Quit

15)  Rockin’ My Life Away

 

 

 

To add to the problems the politically correct have with him, he is a man who can say no and take a stand.  This includes songs about the working class, the real concept of freedom, the dark side of reality and pride.  The Right in this country has problems with this, so as radio broadcasting degenerates into narrowcasting, a truly great artist like Thorogood is unjustly neglected.  This great concert DVD is one of the best return of the musically repressed we have seen in a while, so Thorogood and The Destroyers really have something to celebrate.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 image is not bad for a taped program, though the darkness is more than usual and it is an atmosphere that is appropriate for the Blues.  The Video Black is not bad, but not the best either, but detail overrides this enough for a decent presentation.  The three soundtracks are two Dolby Digital configurations (2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic surrounds and 5.1 mixes), but the DTS 5.1 wins out easily with rich sound and a better compression scheme that captures the deep bass best.  This is probably one of the best Blues concerts on DVD-Video sonically to date, but the performance of the actual musicians and Thorogood offer something rich to listen to.  The only extras are three music video clips that play like additional footage, but the top form in the concert extends to these clips.  Good show.

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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