George Thorogood and The Destroyers are welcomed to Wellmont.
The Wellmont will host blues-rock legend George Thorogood and the Destroyers with opening act The Slide Brothers on Fri., March 15. Thorogood’s “Bad to the Bone” sound and the Brothers’ soulful tunes will no doubt bring in a full house of both seasoned appreciators and new lovers.
Despite some changes in line-up over the years, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, still continues to play on. The current band consists of George Thorogood on lead vocals and lead guitar, with his Destroyers Jeff Simon on drums and percussion, Billy Blough on bass, Jim Suhler on rhythm guitar and newest member Buddy Leach on saxophone and piano. Leach joined in 2003.
George Thorogood and the Destroyers are no strangers to performing and the stage, having started making music in 1974. Despite Thorogood being 63 and the rest of his band just as seasoned and experienced, they show no signs of letting go and hold promise that they have only gotten better with age.
The band’s recording debut came in the late 1970’s with George Thorogood and the Destroyers. The recording featured their twist on the classic song “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” written originally by Amos Milburn. The next three years would see another album in addition to their acclaimed rendition of “Who Do You Love” by Bo Diddley. Together they have seen two certified platinum albums, six certified gold and a total of 16 studio albums.
Thorogood and the Destroyers released their latest CD in 2011 entitled 2120 South Michigan Ave, a nod to Chicago’s Chess Records and the immortal memory of its artists. The album features Charlie Musselwhite, a renowned harmonica player, on songs “My Babe” and the title track “2120 South Michigan Ave.” With the iconic sound of a saxophone and wailing guitars, the music from these men finds its way deep into your soul and infectiously takes root.
Opening act The Slide Brothers promise to amply warm up the crowd before George Thorogood takes the stage. The band, consisting of Calvin Cooke, Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell and Aubrey Ghent, is known for their use of the pedal steel guitar and their embodiment of the blues, rock and soul sound.
The Slide Brothers were recently featured in the Experience Hendrix Tour, thrilling their audiences with their interpretations of such songs as “Purple Haze.”
Be sure to arrive early and check out all that Montclair has to offer!
George Thorogood and the Destroyers’ tickets are available through the Wellmont with balcony seating and general admission standing-room available for the same price. No matter where you choose to sit or stand, you are guaranteed a perfect visual and audio experience thanks to the well-designed theater. The concert will start at 8 p.m. with doors open to the public starting at 7 p.m.
Parking for the show is available in the lot next to the Wellmont, as well as designated parking lots and street parking where permissible. For more information about the show, visit wellmonttheater.com.