George Thorogood & The Destroyers threw a Rock N' Roll party in Sterling Heights Thursday night bringing blues legend Buddy Guy along for the festivities. Too bad most people missed it...
Buddy Guy opened up the evening right at 7:30 with an all-out lesson in the history of the Blues. At 77 years old, this guy just JAMS and is the consummate showman. Since the pavilion was less than a quarter full during his set, he and the band worked mighty hard to capture the attention of the lucky few in attendance by ripping through a set packed with action. 'Meet Me in Chicago' was a musical masterpiece, with absolutely blistering guitar work by Guy.
With wireless guitar and microphone in hand, the veteran "youngster" ventured up into the audience demanding attention. Strolling up the aisles, across the seats and out into the lawn, Guy played personally to almost every single fan in the amphitheater before returning the stage. With a nod to John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Eric Clapton, Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix, the set ended all too soon and easily could have carried on for another hour.
George Thorogood & The Destroyers proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are a REAL ROCK BAND. With early 80's videos as a backdrop, Thorogood really doesn't look much different than he did back then and he sounds the same. Cranking out hit after hit kept the crowd in a frenzy, and the highlight for me was a smoking version of 'Madison Blues.' While Thorogood made mention that it was his first time at Freedom Hill and hoped "for a long and lasting relationship", I wonder if he'll ever want to come back...
I haven't been to Freedom Hill since 1980, (yes I said 1980!) and the intimate venue has all the amenities that you'd look for on a concert night. Great acoustics, wide comfortable seats, easy access to food and drink plus free parking. Unfortunately, the one thing this place seemed to be missing was PAYING CUSTOMERS! If you were there last night...Great. But if you were there and left early...WTF?!
Memo to concert goers that leave a show early:
WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?
I realize that we're all getting old, but when the performers are busting their ass off like The Destroyers were last night, why would you leave during the show? A steady file of people starting heading for the exits starting at around 10:10 PM. The fact that the majority of customers were gone before 10:30 could not have been lost on George Thorogood. Wow, what a waste.
Hey Destroyers, you killed it last night and I'm thoroughly glad I stayed.
Keep on rocking.
I, for one, appreciate you.