Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones Live at the Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981
DVD and CD
Muddy Waters and The Rolling Stones Label: Eagle Records and Eagle Vision
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Review Date: July 15, 2012
On a cold Chicago winter night, November 22, 1981, the Rolling Stones were in the midst of their huge Tattoo You tour and had a night off. Hearing that the legendary Muddy Waters was playing a gig at Buddy Guy’s Checkerboard Lounge, they decided to catch one of their blues idols act. Before the night was over, Muddy had summoned Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Ian Stewart to the stage for a night of jamming to some blues classics.
Fortunately for those of us who were not fortunate enough to catch that historical performance, it was caught on camera and is now made available to us on DVD and CD to watch and listen to as we wish – and we’ll all wish to watch and listen to it a lot.
The package includes 16 tracks on the DVD, eleven of which are featured on the CD. Featured on both are classics like Baby Please Don’t Go (a Boomerocity favorite), Hoochie Coochie Man, and Clouds in My Heart. The entire collection is blues – historic blues – as it should be played. The icing on the cake is hearing it played by the likes of Muddy, Keith, Ronnie, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy. Add Sir Mick to the mix on vocals and, Wow! History is taking place right before your very eyes and ears.
This collection is a must-have for any serious music fan or musicologist since a line of this magnitude is rarely caught on film for posterity. Order it today and pick up a couple of extra copies in order to get some very early Christmas shopping done for the music nut on your shopping list.
Written by Randy Patterson