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Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones: Live at the Checkerboard Lounge 1981 (2012)

Video  -  Music  -  10 July 2012 (USA)
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The Rolling Stones join Muddy Waters' band on stage in 1981, at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Muddy, whose health was declining, dying 1 ½ years later, is ... See full summary »

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Muddy Waters ...
Himself - Guitar, Vocals
John Primer ...
Himself - Guitar
Lovie Lee ...
Himself - Piano
Earnest Johnson ...
Himself - Bass
Ray Allison ...
Himself - Drums
George 'Mojo' Buford ...
Himself - Harmonica
Lefty Dizz ...
Himself - Guitar, Vocals
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Junior Wells ...
Himself - Harmonica, Vocals
Rick Kreher ...
Himself - Guitar
Nick Charles ...
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Himself - Guitar
Ian Stewart ...
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The Rolling Stones join Muddy Waters' band on stage in 1981, at the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. Muddy, whose health was declining, dying 1 ½ years later, is sitting down, playing a rather desultory set when the Rolling Stones finally lurch into the club. This seems to fire up Muddy who plays standing up the rest of the show, but needs to urge the Stones, who idolized Muddy, to join him. One by one they do. Muddy beseeches Mick Jagger, who seems the drunkest of the Stones, coming up last to sing with Muddy on several tunes. Guitarist Buddy Guy, who was an owner of the club, joins the group, along with harpist Junior Wells and a fiery Lefty Dizz. The Stones were playing in Rosemont, Illinois on the Tattoo You tour, and this was their night off. The film of the set appeared immediately on bootlegs, but was not issued on DVD until 2012. Written by David Stevens

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I Wish I Could Have Been There!
6 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It starts off with the great Muddy Waters and Little Walter doing their standard repertoire when the Rolling Stones come into the club from a drunken night out. Muddy sees them enter (it is a small compact club) and as they get their drinks in, Muddy calls them to the stage one at a time, orders underlings to fetch some guitars for a jam. I never appreciated the skills of Richards and Wood until I saw this film, they blended in perfectly with some very credible guitar playing. Mick who was blitzed seemed to be ill at ease and uncertain of what to do next, this could not be said of Richards and Wood. The party really takes off on the 50 minute line, when the omnipotence of Buddy Guy joins the onstage party, there follows some amazing guitar work until someone up till now I had never heard of called Lefty Dizz playing a right handed Stratocaster upside down so the high E-String is uppermost, and then displayed some wonderful musical showmanship and guitar playing. This is a delight for all music purists, with some jaw dropping guitar solo's, a guitarists dream show and sadly proving that shows like this will never be repeated in the future. Bliss, worth repeated watching and obviously totally recommended!


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