Music Blu-ray Review: George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Live at Montreux 2013

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Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival this past July, George Thorogood & The Destroyers - Live at Montreux 2013 is a blast of rough-and-tumble, good-time rock and roll. Still kicking fiercely after all these years, Thorogood steam rolls through a set of favorites for an enthusiastic crowd. In a brief interview included on Eagle Rock’s Blu-ray, the Destroyers’ frontman says he continues to perform because the buzz and excitement are still there. That’s pretty clear from the performance, which can only be faulted for its relative brevity (82 minutes).

Crowd-pleasing highlights include the band’s hit cover of the Hank Williams’ classic “Move It On Over,” Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?,” and of course, their signature, “Bad to the Bone.” Nothing fancy, nothing differing from the Destroyers’ tried-and-true formula, but a solid rock show just the same. Relatively recent (2003) addition Buddy Leach’s growling sax solos regularly boost the intensity levels. The longtime rhythm section of Bill Blough (bass) and Jeff Simon (drums), augmented by another “newer” guy, rhythm guitarist Jim Suhler (with the band since ’99), anchor the hard-edged sound securely.

Eagle Rock’s Blu-ray boasts their usual strong audio/visual presentation. The 1080i transfer handles the intense, blue-dominated stage lighting well. Much more attention-getting is the DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix, which offers equally pleasing high and low end, especially allowing the bass and drums to thunder forth. The bonus interview is a casual chat that only runs about four minutes, but the Blu-ray includes a great essay by Pierre Perrone in the booklet.

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Chaz Lipp is a Seattle-based freelance writer whose focus is music and film. As “The Other Chad,” he has written for the online magazine Blogcritics since 2008. When he’s not writing, Chaz can be found trolling jazz clubs, attempting to find somewhere to play his sax (whether anyone wants to hear…

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