Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bad To The Bone

During the Rolling Stones' 1981 US tour support acts changed from venue to venue, but amongst the regulars were George Thorogood and the Destroyers, a Delaware based blues rock band led by vocalist and guitarist George Thorogood. Ian Stewart joined the band on stage during a couple of shows, among which the famous one at Hampton Coliseum (December 18).

Stu must have felt attracted to the Destroyers because they always, right from their start in 1977, dug deep into the Chess Records back catalogue, performing songs from longtime Rolling Stones heroes and influencers Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin' Wolf, and many others. In 2011, George Thorogood and the Destroyers paid tribute to the legendary label on their album 2120 South Michigan Ave.

Early 1982 Ian Stewart also entered the studio with the band, to record one of their most well-known albums, "Bad To The Bone" (released September, 1982). Stu played piano and/or organ on almost all album tracks, including the smash hit title track (more than loosely based on Bo Diddley's 'I'm A Man'), Chuck Berry's 'No Particular Place To Go', Jimmy Reed's 'It's A Sin', the Isley Brothers' 'Nobody But Me', and others. If you're interested, listen to the full album right down here.

1 comment:

  1. January, 1982: Dimension Sound Studios, Jamaican Plain (Boston), Massachusetts, USA (Bad To The Bone).
    George Thorogood and The Destroyers: Bad To The Bone (Thorogood) (4:54)

    820100C Early 1982: GEORGE THOROGOOD and THE DESTROYERS. Jamaican Plain (near Boston), Massachusetts, Dimension Sound Studios. Producers: Terry Manning and The Delaware Destroyers. Sound engineers: John Nagy and Paul Mufson. Recordings for the upcoming album ‘Bad To The Bone’ (released September, 1982). Incl.
    - Bad To The Bone (Thorogood).
    Line-up: George Thorogood (gtr, voc)/Ian Stewart (p, org)/Hank Carter (sax, bvoc)/Bill Blough (bass)/Jeff Simon (dr).