An Evening With Black Stone Cherry
27th November 2016 – Newcastle City Hall
By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)
These guys are at home on any size stage, whether it’s headlining a festival or like the week before this show playing at the Cathouse (Glasgow) birthday party they just love playing. However this latest tour sees them taking on what looked like their most nerve wracking challenge to date – opening up for themselves with a 45 minute acoustic set. For one thing I have no idea how they manage to get Ben Wells to sit for that long he’s usually all over the place from the get go! BUT it works and works really well.
They have a stripped down curtained off stage and loads of moonshine jars filled with tiny lights looking like they are out in the porch with a million fire flies strewn around their instruments and stools. If the guys were nervous about being so “open” it didn’t show and the 8 song set certainly struck a chord with the crowd! Hell or High Water sounded great stripped back but it was The Rambler and Things My Father Said that stood out.
After a short break and a set change the electric set begins and it would seem the sit down just charges them up all the more and they come out all guns blazing for another 18 song set drawing not only from their current Kentucky album and previous releases but also throwing in George Thorogood, Willie Dixon and Hendrix covers for good measure to honour their heroes! The stage show too is one of the best I’ve seen in a while outside of an arena production, which a lot of bands seem to be forgetting can be an integral part of the gig!
Granted the band aren’t for everyone and that’s fine with them, they know who their fans are and they go out to give them a good show which you can’t really argue with.
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