Seaside Concerts: George Thorogood & The Destroyers, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

Thursday, July 29, 2010 7:30 PM

Seaside Concert Series
Asser Levy Park, Brooklyn

After 35 years as “The World Greatest Bar Band,” George Thorogood & The Destroyers are still bad to the bone.

Formed in Delaware in the early 1970s, the band’s raucous, slide guitar-stoked, blues-rock takes on tunes by Chuck Berry, Elmore James, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and others helped them audiences across the country with their raucous take on classic urban rock and blues.

Their first hit was “Move It On Over,” an amped-up cover of a Hank Williams tune, and they broke big with the immortal rocker “Bad to the Bone,” the title track from their

gold-certified 1982 album. That song has been a perennial favorite, featured in everything from James Cameron’s Terminator to a Wrangler’s commercial starring Bret Favre.

Their 2004 gold-certified compilation, “Greatest Hits: 30 Years of Rock,” was Billboard’s Blues Album of the Year two years running. Just last year, the band released “The Dirty Dozen,” which paired six new studio recordings with six classic fan favorites and drew raves from fans and critics alike. The Destroyers were the first, and perhaps the only, band to perform in 50 states in 50 days.

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes have flourished for more than 30 years, with 30 albums, EPs and a box set; thousands of live performances around the globe; a legion of dedicated and enthusiastic fans; dozens of classic songs; and a record – Hearts of Stone – that Rolling Stone called one of the “top 100 albums of the 70’s and 80’s.”

Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, Southside started out singing and playing at the now legendary Upstage Club, often joined by pals Bruce Springsteen, “Miami Steve” Van Zandt, and Garry Tallent. Southside and his band, eventually called the Asbury Jukes, grew their reputation as a dynamic live act.

Southside Johnny

In 1975, they released the critically acclaimed I Don’t Want To Go Home, and a legend began. Over three decades of recording and touring followed. Since 1999, Johnny and the Jukes have released Messin’ With The Blues, Going To Jukesville, Into The Harbour and a live album. A new live record and a studio record are in the works.