Review: Black Stone Cherry – Barrowlands, Glasgow – 25th February 2014.

IMG_0025Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads. Exchange the word roads for ‘support bands’, and we think that this is 100%, word for word, the discussion Black Stone Cherry (*****) had when planning their UK tour.

Two solid hours of the band in a packed, Glasgow show – what more could you want? How about a setlist chosen by fans, and – hey – let’s throw in an array of impromptu Q&A sessions throughout. Ladies and gentlemen, that is what you call one hell of a show.

And, by this point, you must know that Black Stone Cherry have all the tools in their repertoire to dominate the stage by merely stepping on it. So adding all these little nuances makes what was set to be an extraordinary gig that more personal, that more special.

Me and Mary Jane, lead single of their upcoming album, was given a live debut to an unflinching sing-along. Word for word, it was down. Oldies Rain Wizard and Hell & High Water caused nostalgic waves to lap over the crowd, while the foot-stomping, fist-pumping Blind Man proved a set highlight.

White Trash Millionaire and Blame It  On The Boom Boom naturally soared, but the true brilliance of the evening lay in those setlist surprises (which we’ve saved for you) and those more personal moments.

Question and answer sessions were a bit haphazard as fans had to shout, more often than not using the opportunity to pilfer drumsticks and picks from the more than obliging band. John Fred, what is your favourite Metallica song? “Cowboys From Hell,” he laughs.

More than that, Peace Is Free is the most stunning moment. Chris spoke throughout the show about the battles he and the band have gone through, but vows he will remember every moment, every show from here on in. Those special moments he seeks were certainly found as the crowd take the mike, as he throws his arms up in a mix of awe and disbelief.

“I may not drink, but I know how to fucking rock,” he laughs. Yes you do, and what a pleasure it is to see Black Stone Cherry strip things right back for the fans. Will we see a show like this again? Maybe not, but it’ll be tough to forget for one second.

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