Judge Patrick Naugle is bad to the epidermis.
It's good to be bad.
George Thorogood and his Destroyers finally get the chance to take the stage at the Montreaux Jazz Festival. This concert (filmed in 2013) features Thorogood and his bad playing their biggest hits to a sold out crowd. From the simmering twang of "Who Do You Love?" to the rock shaking riffs of his most famous tune, "Bad to the Bone," Thorogood offers listeners a loud and proud set of bar blasting ditties.
The set list includes…
George Thorogood is one of those 'classic' rockers who found unbelievable success in one song, then went on to have a career off of it. Oh sure, he's got fans and a decent catalog of material for his live shows. But make no mistake about it: Mr. Thorogood's popularity is based almost entirely on the song "Bad to the Bone." If you don't recognize it by the title, you'd most certainly recognize it when you heard it. "Bad to the Bone" has been featured on just about every TV show or movie that showed a motorcycle riding down the highway. I can only imagine that Thorogood has purchased dozens of homes off the royalties of this song alone.
This concert features 12 of the blues rocker's biggest hits, which pretty much includes "Bad to the Bone" and…a few others songs you may vaguely recognize. I was able to place a couple of Thorogood's tunes, most notably a cover of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love," which I'm pretty sure was featured in a TV commercial for hard liquor, and "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," which I'm sure has been played in just about every bar every weekend twice a night.
Thorogood's music can only be described as "bar band makes good." The guitar riffs are crunchy and loud and the Destroyers sound as if their instruments have been soaked in Jack Daniels for three weeks straight. The music is professionally crafted while still sounding raw and rough. No surprise since Thorogood has been in the music business for well over 35 years now (with over 15 studio albums to his name). This show features the aging Thorogood (lord, he does look old) on stage playing his heart out. It's all fairly standard stuff that nonetheless will have you tapping your toes, especially during songs like "Cocaine Blues" and "Get a Haircut." The stage show itself isn't anything flashy; Thorogood has an amiable, likeable personality and his music—a blend of country, roots rock, and blues—certainly is a big hit with the crowd.
George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Live at Montreaux 2013 (Blu-ray) is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen in 1080i high definition. The image for this concert film looks very nice. The predominant colors are blues and blacks, all of which look bright and solid. The stage show itself is just the band playing (with glimpses of the audience), so the transfer does what's required and little else. The soundtrack is presented in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround in English. This is an excellent audio mix that sports an immersive surround sound experience. The vocals, guitars, and drums are crystal clear and sonically impressive. Also included is a LCPM mix in English.
The only extra feature included on this disc is an interview with Thorogood discussing music and the way he likes to play.
Casual fans of Thorogood (the only song you know is "Bad to the Bone") may want to check out George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Live at Montreaux. The concert doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does offer up an hour and a half of hard rocking music. Sometimes that's enough.
Bar band blues in Blu-ray.
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