George Thorogood And The Destroyers’ Live Album Gets a New Release Date

As previously announced, Craft Recordings will release a new comprehensive reissue of George Thorogood and The DestroyersLive in Boston, 1982 will now be available worldwide on December 18th (as a four-LP set on 180-gram vinyl, a two-CD set, and across digital platforms). This release was delayed due to industry-wide issues following the global pandemic. In addition, the special deluxe edition (pressed on four red-marbled vinyl, including an eye-catching poster, and limited to 1,800 units) is still being released as a Record Store Day exclusive, but will now be available in record stores on Friday, December 11th. Click here to find the nearest participating RSD retailer. Watch the album trailer now!


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Newly remastered by the GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Paul Blakemore, the 27-track Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert (originally announced in Oct.) captures the band’s fiery set in its entirety, including spoken introductions. The release includes 12 previously unreleased tracks (including performances of “Bad to the Bone,” “Who Do You Love?,” and “Cocaine Blues”) and new liner notes by longtime Boston Globe music critic and Berklee College of Music professor, Steve Morse, who spoke with Thorogood about that incredible evening); plus, this marks the first time the set will be available on vinyl.


George Thorogood and The Destroyers were hometown heroes when they played to a packed audience at Boston’s Bradford Ballroom (now the Royale Nightclub) on November 23, 1982. Hailing from Wilmington, Delaware, Thorogood and his band had settled in Boston in the late ’70s, where they became mainstays in the scene—releasing their 1977 self-titled debut and their 1978 follow-up, Move It on Over, with the then-locally based Rounder Records. By the fall of 1982, the blues rockers were fast-rising stars on a national level. Just one year prior, they scored a supporting slot on The Rolling Stones’ tour, while that October, they appeared on Saturday Night Live, promoting their fifth studio album, Bad to the Bone. As the busy year came to a close, the album’s hard-driving title track—which would become one of Thorogood’s most iconic songs—was getting steady airplay on the radio and its video was a mainstay on the burgeoning MTV.


For his liner notes, Steve Morse also interviewed Scott Billington, a longtime Rounder Records producer who oversaw the original, 2010 edition of Live in Boston, 1982. “It was exciting to revisit the entire show,” Billington told Morse. “Listening back to these recordings also reminded me of how George had taken the original rock ’n’ roll blues aesthetic and brought it back into the mainstream at a time when that was not a particularly popular aspect of rock. Hearing a manifestation of that in the early ’80s was a breath of fresh air.”


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Product shots of new collection (L-R: CD version of worldwide release and RSD exclusive vinyl)



Tracklist – Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert (2-CD Set)


Disc 1

  1. House of Blue Lights  
  2. Kids from Philly  
  3. Who Do You Love?*
  4. I’m Wanted  
  5. Cocaine Blues*
  6. One Way Ticket 
  7. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  8. As the Years Go Passing By
  9. Spoken Introduction: The Dance Floor*
  10. It Wasn’t Me 
  11. Bottom of the Sea*
  12. Night Time*
  13. New Boogie Chillun’


Disc 2

  1. I’ll Change My Style*
  2. Miss Luann
  3. Madison Blues*
  4. The Sky Is Crying*
  5. I Can’t Stop Lovin’
  6. Spoken Introduction: Audience Participation*
  7. Same Thing*
  8. Bad to the Bone*
  9. Move It on Over
  10. Wild Weekend
  11. Nobody but Me
  12. No Particular Place to Go* 
  13. Ride on Josephine*
  14. Reelin’ and Rockin’*


* Previously unreleased


Tracklist – Live in Boston, 1982: The Complete Concert (4-LP Set)


Side A

  1. House of Blue Lights
  2. Kids From Philly
  3. Who Do You Love?*


Side B

  1. I’m Wanted
  2. Cocaine Blues*
  3. One Way Ticket


Side C

  1. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
  2. As the Years Go Passing By


Side D

  1. Spoken Introduction: The Dance Floor*
  2. It Wasn’t Me
  3. Bottom of the Sea*
  4. Night Time*


Side E

  1. New Boogie Chillun’
  2. I’ll Change My Style*
  3. Miss Luann


Side F

  1. Madison Blues*
  2. The Sky Is Crying*
  3. Can’t Stop Lovin’


Side G

  1. Spoken Introduction: Audience Participation*
  2. Same Thing*
  3. Bad to the Bone*
  4. Move It on Over
  5. Wild Weekend
  6. Nobody but Me


Side H

  1. No Particular Place to Go*
  2. Ride on Josephine*
  3. Reelin’ and Rockin’*


* Previously unreleased


George Thorogood and The Destroyers 2021 tour dates:

May 4: Grande Prairie, AB @ Revolution Place

May 6: Edmonton, AB @ River Cree Resort and Casino

May 10: Saskatoon, SK @ TCU Place

May 11: Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre

May 19: Kitchener, ON @ Centre In The Square

May 20: Montreal, QC @ M Telus

May 22: Niagara Falls, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort

May 29: Stateline, NV @ Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa

May 30: Avila Beach, CA @ Avila Beach Blues Festival

July 14: Madrid, ES @ Noches Del Botánico

July 17: Peer, BE @ Blues Peer

July 18: St. Julien, FR @ Festival Guitare En Scène

July 19: Frankfurt, DE @ Hugenottenhalle

July 21: Utrecth, NL @ Tivolivredenberg

July 23: Nottingham, UK @ Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

July 25: London, UK @ London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

July 26: Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Philharmonic

July 28: Birmingham, UK @ Birmingham Symphony Hall

July 30: York, UK @ York Barbican

July 31: Glasgow, UK @ Glasgow SEC Armadillo

August 1: Manchester, UK @ Manchester Bridgewater Hall

August 3: Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

August 4: Copenhagen, DK @ Koncerthuset

August 6: Notodden, NO @ Notodden Blues Festival

September 2: Pueblo, CO @ Colorado State Fair

September 9: Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre

September 16: Ocean City, MD @ OC Bikefest

September 17: Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom

September 23: Huntington, NY @ The Paramount