George Thorogood and The Destroyers - US Blues guitarist George Thorogood first became interested in music when he saw John Paul Hammond performing in 1970. He formed the Destroyers in Delaware in 1973 before moving to Boston where they backed visiting blues stars. The Destroyers comprised Thorogood and school friend Ron Smith on guitars, Mike Lenn on bass and Jeff Simon on drums. They recorded their first album in 1975, but it took all of three years before it was committed to vinyl. The band built up a solid reputation as a really exciting live act and also released a number of excellent albums on the Rounder Record label. Smith left in 1980 and was replaced by sax player Hank Carter. Thorogood, a former semi-professional baseball player, took time away from music in 1980, but returned in 1981 as the band opened for the Rolling Stones at several of their American gigs. Thorogood preferred playing the clubs as opposed to the larger arenas, even to the extent of playing under false names to prevent the smaller venues from being overcrowded. Thorogood and The Destroyers are still around today - they released the very good "Half a boy, half a man" album in 1999, and the excellent "Live in 99" album this year. The line-up nowadays is T horogood and Jim Suhler on guitars, Bill Blough on bass, Carter on sax, keyboards and vocal, and Simon on drums. If you'd like to catch this dynamic band at their live best, get yourself a copy of the "Live in '99" DVD. Wow - awesome stuff
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