Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators at the SEC Centre, Glasgow 17th February 2019

 When I bought the tickets to this show, I remember thinking “we better not be knee deep in slushy snow for this one.” The weather Gods were shining on us though as Boy Child drove FB Son and I towards Glasgow. With the sun setting behind us we headed off to the SEC Centre (former SECC).

We had a date with a “cat in a hat” and some conspirators and, of course, Myles Kennedy. Yes, we were headed to the SEC to see Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.

It must be something about the SEC – my second visit there in three months and the second time my chaperones ditched me as soon as we got there! Their loss!

After a chilly hour or so queuing outside, we were finally allowed indoors. (SEC- you could have let has queue indoors down the length of the concourse. Rock fans don’t bite and have little interest in the cheerleaders that were charging about!)

Most of the queue headed stage right (Slash side) but I headed left of centre (Conspirators side). Centre front was already pretty packed but I found a wee spot to the left just about on the rail and safely among “AB family.” (Ladies, it was fabulous to see you again)

There was only one support act on the bill and at seven thirty prompt Phil Campbell (of Motorhead fame) and the Bastard Sons (yes, three of the band really are Phil’s sons) took to the stage.

These Welshmen had a lot of fans in the rapidly growing crowd or perhaps it was a lot of Motorhead fans. Either way, Glasgow gave the band a huge welcome and embraced their forty-five-minute set whole heartedly.

Vocalist Neil Starr did a sterling job out front and swiftly won over the Scottish crowd. His energetic delivery was impressive. (One wardrobe suggestion, Neil. Buy a belt!)

It’s virtually impossible to disassociate this band from their Motorhead heritage. The influences are audible in their own material and they almost raised the roof with their cover of Born To Raise Hell.

Phil Campbell himself quietly presided over things but did address the fans once to say that the next song was in memory of the late members of Motorhead – a rousing cover of Hawkwind’s Silver Machine.

There was only one song that could follow that – Ace of Spades!

The band finished on one of their own compositions High Rule and left the stage with their heads held high.

 

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At eight thirty, the houselights dimmed and amid a sea of roaming blue spotlights, Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators took to the stage amid a deafening roar from the large Scottish crowd.

They opened their twenty-two-song set with Call Of The Wild from the current album Living The Dream then swiftly followed that with two of my personal favourites Halo and Standing In The Sun. Awesome start to this two hour plus set.

Far to my right, Slash was busy being Slash with his die-hard fans hanging on his every note.  Trust me, there were plenty to hang on!

Centre stage, Myles Kennedy looked far more self-assured in his role of “guitar-less frontman” compared to the last tour in 2014. This was the third time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this line up and it was a joy to see them al relaxed and having fun on stage.

In front of where I was standing, Frank Sidoris was holding his own against “the boss” under that mass of tumbling hair of his. Love it! The baby of the band, he just quietly gets on with the job.

Possibly the biggest presence on stage is the band’s bassist Todd “Dammit” Kerns. The camaraderie between him and Myles is clear to see but it was great to see him interact more with Slash himself.

One of the highlights of the night was Serve You Right, also from Living The Dream. (The third of seven songs on the set from the latest album)

 

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Mid-set Myles stepped off stage to allow Todd Kerns to take over the vocal chores for a couple of songs. The two contrast and complement each other beautifully.  Todd did a stunning job of We’re All Gonna Die then, with another dedication to the late great Lemmy, sang his heart out on Dr Alibi.

 

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When Myles returned to the stage, they moved into the second half of the show with Lost Inside The Girl. Love that one! So soulful and sultry.

One of the highlights of the night for me was By The Sword. I could listen to Myles sing this one on repeat all night. (OK, I’ll be honest, I could listen to Myles sing most things all night but I do genuinely love this one).

 

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The only Guns N Rose song on the set was the mighty Nightrain and it proved to be a popular choice with the passionate Scottish fans.

The ever-beautiful ballad, the first song Myles and Slash collaborated on, Starlight followed. Simply divine!

You’re A Lie followed then World On Fire complete with some extended solos rounded off the main body of the set.

“Extended solos” were perhaps a point of debate among the fans present. Personally, I feel if you go to a Slash show you have to expect multiple lengthy guitar solos that do all start to sound quite similar after a while. If you think you’re going to hear anything different then you are kidding yourself on. It was an absolute delight to see Myles getting to play a little more this time round. At the risk of incurring the wrath of legions of Slash fanatics, in my humble opinion, Mr Kennedy is the more talented musician between them. There…. I’ve said it!

Myles also displayed some “hidden talents” as he accompanied Brent Fits on drums! Suspect he needs a few more lessons here though…LOL

 

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I have to wonder how many fans in the crowd were focussed on the drumkit t at that point rather than on the musician in the spotlight……

The band returned to the stage a few brief moments after leaving it, and brought the night to a close with a two-song encore of Avalon, from World On Fire and the ever-popular Anastasia. It was a sheer delight to watch Myles playing so passionately during this finale, clearly lost in the music and Living The Dream.

And just like that, two and a quarter hours had passed in a flash.

What a show! Here’s hoping it’s not another three plus years until these guys return to Glasgow.

 

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Rival Sons at Barrowlands, Glasgow 1st February 2019

On a bitterly cold Friday night, Boy Child and I boarded the 525 to Glasgow. Wrapped up against the wintery weather (yes, Boy Child had even put a hoodie on!) we were heading to Glasgow’s iconic Barrowlands to see Rival Sons.

It had been way too long  since we had last seen these guys. Almost four years!!

With the venue’s iconic sign lighting up the night sky and sleety, snow doing its best to fall on the growing queue, we waited impatiently for the doors to open.

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Lady Luck wasn’t on our side and we missed out on a rail spot for the evening. C’est la vie. Instead we positioned ourselves to the right of centre and one row off the rail.

There was only one support act for the evening – The Sheepdogs. Hailing from Saskatoon, Canada, this five-piece band delivered a pretty solid eleven song set. Feeling slightly dazzled and bemused by front man, Ewan Currie’s, sequined suit, I felt like I had taken a step back in time to the early 1970’s. Don’t get me wrong, these guys did a great job of getting the crowd warmed up on this chilly night but, overall, they left me a bit cold. Only one song caught my attention early in their set, “I’ve Got A Hole Where My Heart Should Be. Try as I might I couldn’t warm to The Sheepdog’s poor man’s “Allman Brothers meets Lynyrd Skynyrd” sound. Sorry, guys.

 

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By 9.15 the capacity crowd was growing slightly restless as we waited on the headliners to take to the stage.

The lights finally dimmed, the PA tape stopped and the skeletal image of a dog was projected onto the black back drop. A red heart pulsed within its ribcage and the air pulsated with the sounds of a heartbeat. As the sound reverberated round the room, Rival Sons took  to the the stage to open their ninety-minute set with Back In The Woods from their recently released album Feral Roots. Judging by the Scottish fans’ reaction, most of the crowd had already familiarised themselves with this album. A good job too as there were nine tracks out of the eleven in the set! Sugar On The Bone, another new song, followed and then the ever-popular Pressure And Time rounded off the opening trio.

Looking as sharp as ever, Scott Holiday reigned supreme at his side of the stage. Boy Child was hanging on his every note.

The Jaybird himself, Jay Buchanan, was in fine form. Wearing a dubious looking pair of trousers (I’m sure my mother had curtains in that fabric in the 1970’s) Jay paced the length and breadth of the stage throughout every song, barely standing still. The shoes didn’t last long  either and Jay performed most of the set barefoot.

This was the third time we’d seen Rival Sons headline in Glasgow and I struggle to accurately describe their enigmatic front man. You ever really know which Jay you can expect to appear on stage. What you are always guaranteed is a stunning vocal performance from one of the best voices out there. He didn’t disappoint on this occasion either.

Electric Man from their Great Western Valkyrie album almost raised the star studded roof off Barrowlands. Awesome!

 

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Personally, I was delighted when Jay introduced Jordan, saying that there were folk in the crowd who needed to hear it. I love this song.  I needed to hear it. This beautiful ballad has been rearranged somewhat for 2019 and, if I’m being honest, I prefer the original arrangement. That said though, listening to the Jaybird pour his soul into the lyrics raised goose bumps…..stunning stuff!

Glasgow proved to be in fine voice all night but sang especially well through Torture. Showing a playful side, Jay had various sections of the crowd singing off against each other and, maintaining the high-spirited mood, the fans kept their chanting up long after the band had finished the song.

The main body of the set was rounded off with four of the last five songs coming from Feral Roots, including the title track and a live premiere of End Of Forever. Do Your Worst brought the set to a thunderous climax.

A few moments after leaving the stage, the boys from Long Beach, California were back out for an encore. They opened their two-song encore with the beautiful Shooting Stars from Feral Roots. The album version has a gospel choir backing it. Rival Sons didn’t need one here. They had a sell out Glasgow choir instead. A true moment of musical magic.

The ever popular Keep On Swinging brought the evening to a rousing conclusion.

A truly awesome night in the company of Rival Sons. I just wish Where I’ve Been had made the set…..next time, boys.

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Massive – Rebuild Destroy

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In 2014 I was lucky enough to get the promo link for a new Australian rock band’s debut album. I was instantly hooked. My horns were up!  These hardworking musos hit the road Full Throttle and haven’t eased up since.

Who am I referring to?

The mighty Massive from Melbourne, Australia.

Two years down the highway and these guys, with a slightly revised line up, were heading for Destination Somewhere. From the number of miles they clocked up, they searched long and hard for it.

Another two years on and many many road miles later, following a huge UK and European tour in late 2018, Massive are back with their third studio album, Rebuild Destroy.

Released on 1st Feb via Wrecking Crew Records (worldwide) and Off Yer Rocker (Europe), Rebuild Destroy is not for the faint hearted. If you are of a nervous disposition, not keen on “in your face” riffs” and have weak neck muscles, turn back now. For the rest of you, do yourself a favour, grab a beer, crank up the volume (your neighbours will thank you later) and check this album out.

Rebuild Destroy opens with Generation Riot. This track explodes off the mark and confirms from the outset that Massive are still travelling at Full Throttle. The raw energy that was harnessed in that debut album has been recaptured, fed some raw meat then let loose again.

The current band line up has been tweaked again and I’m not about to say XXX is better than XXX was. All musicians involved are super talented guys (and genuinely nice human beings too). Massive in 2019 though are a well-tuned engine and that shines through in every one of the eleven tracks on Rebuild Destroy.

I’m not about to dissect this album track by track. I’m a rock fan (a Massive fan) and not a musician.

If you love good honest, high energy, riff laden, Aussie rock music, you’re going to love Rebuild Destroy.

There’s a maturity to this album though and Massive have built on the strengths of their first two albums. This isn’t Full Throttle part two or Destination Somewhere continued. Rebuild Destroy reinforces Massive’s rock roots but the blues influences are still present in tracks like Bullet and Face In The Crowd.

Roses, the first single from the album, has also been carefully crafted and has all the key ingredients required to be both a radio and live favourite (Live it’s awesome – trust me!).

Massive almost pay homage to their Aussie influences (think Rose Tattoo, ACDC, Electric Mary and Airborne) with tracks such as Pieces.

And like all classic rock albums, there’s a beautiful ballad there too. Album closer A Mile In My Shoes is sung straight from the heart. It’s raw, emotional, sultry and I love it (maybe not quite as much as Ghost, Brad, but I love it)

Massive are a force to be reckoned with. The drive, the passion, the dedication and the desire to succeed that Messrs Marr, Laguda, Carmichael and Greentree display is impressive to say the least. Massive deserve to be just that and Rebuild Destroy surely paves the way to greater things for these boys.

Don’t believe me? Check them out for yourselves. You can thank me for the introduction later.

 

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You can check out Roses here   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58lRBAAJU4M

 

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And you can keep track of the boys here:

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Avatar at The Garage, Glasgow 16 January 2019

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The time had finally come…..time to head to Glasgow for the first show of 2019.

“Doors Open” had been brought forward by thirty minutes so instead of the 525 to Glasgow, Boy Child and I boarded the 1638 to Glasgow (definitely doesn’t have the same ring to it) as were joined one station further down the tracks by FB Son.
Our destination for the evening was The Garage.
So who had earned the honour of being my first headline act of 2019?
Swedish metal band Avatar!
There were two support acts advertised for the tour and as we queued outside on a thankfully dry chilly January evening, we debated what genre would be suitable to open for the headliners. (I did also note that The Garage’s iconic truck had been painted since my last visit in December) As we trooped into the building (I’d love to say warmth but it was cold indoors as well as out) we were none the wiser at to what to expect.
Let’s just say our thoughts were WAY off the mark!
First out on stage was Irish singer-songwriter Dylan Walshe. The immediately likeable Irishman who is currently residing in Nashville charmed the growing crowd with a solid if short six song set, which included Wraggle Taggle Gypsies, a song I’ve not heard since my childhood.
From the stunned expressions on the faces of the die hard Avatar fans centre front, I’m hazarding an educated guess that very few of the had ever heard a live folk-singer before! Personally, I really enjoyed Dylan’s set. It was certainly a pleasant surprise but I can’t help but feel he was a tad out of place….

 

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Next out were Irish-Canadians The Mahones. These guys and girl are the polar opposite to Dylan Walshe. Subtle they are not! The Mahones delivered a ten song set of high energy Irish Punk rock (Think The Pogues or The Dropkick Murphys meet The Undertones) I’d love to be able to tell you what these guys played for their fifty minutes but there was an accent barrier here. If my life depended on it, I couldn’t tell you a word of what their front man said all night.
The Mahones delivered one of the most energetic renditions of the traditional Irish folk song The Wild Rover that I’ve ever heard. (Another blast from my childhood long since past) plus a stomping version of The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks. Star of the band was undoubtedly their drummer, Guillaume Lauzon. WOW! Easy on the eye and one of the most impressive drummers I’ve ever heard.

 

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By now The Garage was most definitely ready for a trip to Avatar Country.
Oh, where to begin to describe the next ninety minutes?……
As we waited for the headliners to come out, two things struck me about Avatar’s stage set up. First, the drummer was going to have a bit of climb to get up to his drumkit and secondly the wheeled platform for the King’s throne looked a bit precarious!
The house lights dimmed. The radio show-esque PA tape stopped and on stage the circus style AVATAR lit up one letter at a time, proclaiming the arrival of the Swedes and their King.
From behind his scarlet lectern, front man Johannes Eckerstromm, welcome the crowd. He could charm the birds from the trees with that charisma. Avatar opened the show and the tour with two “regal” songs – A Statue To The King and Legend Of The King, Resplendent in his crown and robes, Kungen, have climbed up a little cautiously, held court over his loyal Scottish subjects. Majestic start!

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With the throne removed from the stage, Avatar were free to roam from the third song on the set, Paint It Red onwards.
One thing is for sure, there is very little that is subtle about this band!
At some six foot five (approx) front man Johannes was a commanding presence on the relatively small stage. He cuts a dashing figure in his tailed coats and is a natural “clown” with his over exaggerated facial expressions. He plays the semi-tragic, overly dramatic, clown persona to creepy perfection. (I’m sure he’s a really sweet down to earth guy out of make up and off stage) Love him!
I’ll be honest, Avatar are not a band who feature on my playlists. To appreciate their music at its best you need to be able to see them at their theatrical best as well as hear them. I love the quirkiness of it all. Smartly turned out, Avatar deliver light frivalrous melodious intros to lure you into a song then hit you with the song with full Avatar-metal style.
Watching the two guitarists and bass player lined up with Johannes in front of them windmilling in sync is an impressive spectacle to behold!
I do have to say that playing a song called Let It Burn in Glasgow only a few short months after we lost our beloved O2 ABC to fire was a calculated risk and a bit sick but it paid off! The citizens of Avatar Country loved it!
Highlight songs for me personally were Tower, mid-set, then Smells Like A Freakshow towards the end plus The King Welcomes You To Avatar Country.
Avatar are heavy pounding metal heads. We’d already been treated to some pyro early in the set but I expected something special as we were welcomed into Avatar Country. What I didn’t expect was bubbles! Thousands and thousands of them that floated out over the Glasgow fans. Loved it! More bands need to use bubbles!
Hail The Apocalypse brought the night and the constant stream of crowd surfing to an end.
For a first show of the year Avatar hit the mark and were good for my soul.
Already looking forward to my next trip to Avatar Country…really must learn how to windmill…….

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2018….the musical highlights

Well I’ve been to my last gig of the year so I guess now is as good a time as any to reflect on the musical highlights of the year.

There have been some incredible moments this year….some highs and some lows. The highs are most definitely the Myles Kennedy solo shows. The low point was the demise of the O2 ABC in June. R.I.P. Glitterball.

There were some bitterly cold gigs (Myles Kennedy in Birmingham in March) and some incredibly hot gigs (Tremonti in Glasgow in June and Myles Kennedy in Liverpool in July).

There were some newcomers (Greta Van Fleet in April) and some old favourites (Def Leppard in December).

There were also some nights with old friends (Myles Kennedy,  Brian Fallon, Massive, Volbeat, Tremonti, Halestorm,TC3 and Black Stone Cherry)

The diary is already filling up for 2019 – Avatar, Slash ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Rival Sons, Greta Van Fleet, Disturbed,  Monster Truck and Halestorm so far.

Here’s a quick photographic reminder of this year’s gigs.

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Plus a few very precious moments too….

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Have a very Merry Christmas when it comes and a music filled Happy 2019!

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Def Leppard @ the SSE Hydro, Glasgow 11 December 2018

Some shows you go to wondering if the band in question are going to be as good as or better than the last time you saw them.

Tuesday night was one such night as I headed up the M8 for the second time this week. This time I was ably chaperoned by Mr A (less chance of getting lost on the way home – long story for another time)

Twenty six years have passed since I had last seen this band play live. That show still ranks in my top ten of all time shows. Could this one match it?

We were heading to the SSE Hydro to see Def Leppard on their Hysteria tour. The Sheffield rockers are celebrating that classic album’s 30th anniversary. (Lord, I suddenly feel old!) In actual fact, Joe Elliott advised the fans later that Hysteria is now 31 years old!

Again, the Rock Gods were smiling on us and we secured a wee rail spot, slightly to the left of the stage. Happy days!

There was only one support band on the bill – Cheap Trick. Words almost fail me here….. I’m not sure where to begin.

I’m unfamiliar with Cheap Trick’s music. They were never a band I chose to listen to so I suspect that I just don’t “get it”.

They opened their set with Hello There to an almost full room. Obviously, a lot of the crowd were fans who had perhaps come to see them rather than the headliners. There was a geeky nerdiness to the set, a slightly older than average geeky nerdiness. Guitarist Rick Nielson, who is just a few days shy of his 70th birthday, was uber enthusiastic, particularly when it came to tossing out picks by the handful and at changing one bizarre guitar for another throughout their ten song set. (Not convinced how much he was actually contributing musically.)

Front man Robin Zander remains a flamboyant presence on stage under his large white wide brimmed hat.

Bassist Tom Petersson had apparently been warned that Glasgow in December is somewhat chilly as he was wrapped up in a large scarf all night.

Did I enjoy their set? Yes. Was I entertained by it? Yes, both in a semi-comedy and musical manner.

Highlight song for me was definitely I Want You To Want Me. Definite earworm material as several days later I’m still singing it periodically.

And as for the five necked guitar Rick Nielson produced latterly….WTF?

Cheap Trick ended their set to thunderous applause with Goodnight Now.

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A large screen came down to obscure the view of the stage and also to provide a countdown for the arrival of the mighty Def Leppard.

 

The lights dimmed, the intro tape played, a huge Def Leppard logo lit up then Phil Collen stood in the spotlight, stripped to the waist, playing the instantly recognisable intro to Women. The laser light show began and Joe Elliott’s echoing vocal rang out.

Immediately I was mentally transported back in time to the late 1980’s/ early 1990’s.

Guitarist Vivian Campbell and bassist Rick Savage roamed the stage all smiles. It’s fair to say that Rick Savage has kept up the 1980’s hair metal pin up boy look but he carries it off expertly, much to the delight of a group of women of a certain age who were standing behind us screaming like teenagers. On his raised platform at the rear of the stage the awesome Rick Allen was reigning supreme on drums.

Def Leppard played through their Hysteria album track by track and went from strength to strength. My favourite track from the album proved also to be the highlight track live- Pour Some Sugar On Me. Awesome stuff!

Joe Elliott was making the most of the space and catwalk available to him as he strutted his stuff, twirled his scarf be-decked mic stand and had the crowd eating out of the palm of his hand from the off.

For Hysteria highlights, Armageddon It came a close second. Brilliant song.

A few songs later we reached the title track Hysteria and things became more mellow for a few minutes. Beautiful timeless rock balled…..love it!

I don’t often comment on the lighting at shows but Def Leppard’s was well worth a mention. Spectacular doesn’t begin to cover it! Lasers pulsed in all colours creating a magical web of light above our heads.

I have to confess I personally found the video screens a distraction. Yes, it was great to see the old footage of the band that was shown. It was touching to see their tribute to the late great Steve Clark. A poignant memory. However, on the whole, I feel the video footage detracted a bit from the show going on in front of us. I didn’t come to the show to watch tv.

Love And Affection rounded off the Hysteria section of the set and judging by the screams of adoration from the large number of female fans and some of the male fans, there was plenty love and affection in the air for the band.

The encore was almost a mini set at five songs long and showcased the harder, heavier side of Def Leppard’s back catalogue that I prefer. Wasted was followed by When Love And Hate Collide then the Scottish fans rocked out to the closing trio of Let’s Get Rocked, Rock Of Ages and Photograph. Awesome stuff!

It’s difficult not to view this show with an air of nostalgia but as the band took their final bows and waved farewell to the fans with promises to return soon, the loudest and longest cheers went to Rick Allan. So much respect for this man.

I just hope it isn’t another twenty six years before I see these guys again.

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Black Stone Cherry at the SEC Centre, Glasgow 09/12/18

Last Sunday night Boy Child, FB Son and I headed up the M8 by car (no trains involved this time) to a venue I’ve not been in for seven and a half years.
It’s also the venue that I first saw this evening’s headliners perform in over nine years ago. (They were supporting Nickelback on that occasion)
We were headed for the SEC Centre, formerly known as the SECC, to see Black Stone Cherry.
My chaperones met up with one of their friends as soon as we arrived and I was swiftly set free (yeah, they ditched me in favour of a trip to the bar) With my new-found freedom, I joined the queue to enter Hall 4 and duly secured myself my ideal rail spot for the night. Happy days.
First up were Canadian rockers Monster Truck. Their intro tape played Long Live Rock And Roll and the following thirty minutes or so in their company proved that rock and roll is very much alive. They opened their set with True Rocker, the title track from their third album. This was the first time I’d seen these guys live and it won’t be the last (tickets for their headline show in April have already been purchased). I just wish the room had filled up a little quicker for them.

MT 2MT 4MT 7MT 10Next out on stage were The Cadillac Three. I love these guys. Having seen them headline late last year in the O2 ABC, I was keen to see them again. TC3 opened their fifty minute set with I’m Southern then slickly moved into Peace Love And Dixie and Slide…great opening trio to set the mood. Jaren Johnson was in fine form! With the room now filling up nicely, TC3 delivered a sensational version of Bury Me In My Boots. They slowed things down a little a few minutes later with Hank & Jesus, from their most recent album Legacy, then delivered a beautiful, sultry rendition of White Lightning. Time was limited so several of my personal favourites failed to make the set list. I do wish however that Legacy, title track from the current album, had made the cut. Next time, boys.

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I’ve lost count but I think this was my ninth Black Stone Cherry show and I excited to see these guys again. It’s been two years since they last played Glasgow…too long, boys, too long!

They opened the set with Burnin’ from their current album Family Tree. CO2 jets blasted high into the air as Black Stone Cherry launched headlong into the song. Huge video screens at the back of the stage showed a mass of flames. Right from the off, guitarist Ben Wells was fired up. That boy truly is the Duracell Bunny Rocker! He has SO much energy!!!
The ever popular Me And Mary Jane followed and the Glasgow fans almost raised the roof with their voices as they sang along. Rain Wizard, one of my favourites and the actually the first song I ever heard these boys play, followed. Awesome!
(Trivia fact – having checked back, five out of the nine songs from the 2009 set made the cut for this 2018 show.)
Black Stone Cherry never disappoint. Fact! Over the years, and after the Magic Mountain era, they have developed a more blues based vibe mixed in with their swampy Southern rock roots but it only enhances the mix.
My Last Breath, again from Family Tree, was one of the highlight moments of the set. There’s so much raw emotion in Chris Robertson’s vocals. Every song is sung straight from the heart.
Cheaper To Drink Alone and James Brown, also from Family Tree followed but were split by the awesome Soul Creek.
Ben Wells wasn’t letting up as he bounded all over the expansive SEC stage. His energy was rubbing off on bassist Jon Lawhorn. Centre stage, with his hat and shades on, Chris was holding court. It would have been nice to see him lose the shades and to see him venture to either side of the stage a bit more.
Things My Father Said is always a poignant moment in a Black Stone Cherry set and this evening was no different. Not a dry eye in the house.
The fantastic Blind Man was followed by a spectacular drum solo from John Fred Young. I swear he gets better every time I see these guys play! He is an incredible drummer and towards the end of his eargasmic solo proved he plays a mean harmonica too as he eased the band into Hoochie Coochie Man with it’s lengthy (maybe a little too lengthy) blues solo.
The classic Lonely Train followed and was definitely one of the high points of the night for me personally.
The boys from Kentucky rounded off the main body of the set with Blame It On The Boom Boom, White Trash Millionaire and Family Tree, the title track from the current album.
With the Glasgow crowd roaring for “one more song”, Black Stone Cherry returned to the stage to end the evening with their standard set closer, Peace Is Free. Love this one and it was the perfect ending to a near perfect show.
Hurry back, boys.

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