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George Thorogood band sued by former member

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George Thorogood & the Destroyers, the rock band known for the 1982 song "Bad to the Bone," was sued by a former member who claims he is being shortchanged in royalty payments.

Henry G. Carter, who sings and plays keyboard, guitar, and wind instruments, says in the suit filed June 30 in federal court in Delaware that he joined the band in 1979 and had been paid 20 percent of net record-sale royalties since the 1980s.

Since being "involuntarily released" by the Landenberg, Pa.-based band in 2003, Carter says he has received royalty checks "that are sporadic and inexplicably reduced by a 'management fee.'"

The band released a retrospective last year, "George Thorogood: 30 Years of Rock," under EMI Group Plc's Capitol Records Inc. label. It sold more than 500,000 copies and was named the top blues album of 2005 by Billboard Magazine, the lawsuit says.

The band didn't immediately return an e-mail seeking comment on the suit. Neither the band nor its management arm, Independent Productions Inc. of Landenberg, have listed telephone numbers.