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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION GIVE NO QUARTER AT THE SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE DECEMBER 30TH 2010

31 December 2010 4,745 views 7 Comments

Black Country Communion – Shepherd’s Bush Empire London  -December 30th 2010

Set List: 

Black Country
One Last Soul
Beggarman
Revolution In Me
Down Again
Too Late For The Sun
Song of Yesterday
The Ballad of John Henry
Great Divide
Medusa
No Quarter
Sista Jane
Drum solo >
Black Country (Reprise)
Burn (Encore)

Black Country Communion gave a first class  lesson in the art classic rock at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire last night.

From the moment Genn Hughes chugging bass line kick started the incessant riff of Black Country, through to a triumphant rework of  Deep Purple’s Burn, the band held the audience in the palm of their hand.

The musicianship throughout was awe inspiring. Glenn Hughes more than lived up to his ’’voice of rock’’ tag with a blistering vocal performance. The laid back One Last Soul highlighted the soulful element never too far away from his delivery while the Trapeze epic Medusa was an absolute vocal toured force. Joe Bonamassa enhanced every song with a cavalcade of guitar effects that switched from the out an out riffing of Beggarman through to the blues finesse of Song Of Yesterday. Behind it all Jason Bonham provided the percussive stampede that drives this band with such verge and swagger. No more so than on Sista Jayne which affectionately nodded to a pair of other famous drummers as it combined The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again dynamic with a compact Moby Dick like sledgehammer drum solo.

Derek Sherinian embroidered the sound with subtle keyboard interjection and came into his own on the surprise cover of Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter. Everything about this performance was perfection. Glenn had all the vocal nuances off pat, Joe more than did justice to the meandering solo with an authenticity and detail that included the thremin effect and Jason drove it all with all the percussive economy that his father brought to the original.

For me this was simply the best cover version of a Zep track I’ve ever heard live.  It typified the sheer class of a unit of musicians who are evidently loving playing together.

Black Country Communion are the real deal. Catch them at a festival near you in 2011.

Dave Lewis December 31st 2010

Here’s a link to an interview clip on Midlands Today

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UINNkhP9VVQ&feature=related


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7 Comments »

  • Jim Sloane said:

    Cracking way to end the year !

  • dave linwood said:

    As you say Dave, a terrific version of NQ. Here’s another link which is very good indeed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BXzt7SjWTY

  • Adrian King said:

    Wolverhampton was a great night too. I would agree, they did a fantastic version of No Quarter. Burn was also a surprise, but an epic one at that. Top gig!

  • Malcolm Buckoke said:

    Hi Dave,

    Was at Shepherds Bush last night. What a show! Quite simlpy stunning! They complement each other perfectly. No Quarter raw and brilliant. How does Hughes at his age still have that awesome power and range? Others half his age can only dream. Incredible! Roll on 2011. Happy New Year! Malcolm

  • Damian said:

    Hi Dave

    Hope you meant object and not abject!

    Happy New Year to you and the whole TBL online community for a rocking 2011.

    Damian

  • russell ritchin said:

    THANKS FOR THE REPORT DAVE WISH ICOULD HAVE BEEN THERE

    IM SURE ALL THAT WENT ENJOYED IT.

    QUICK WORD FROM ME TO ALL TBL/LZ SUPPORTERS AND TO ALL THE GREAT PEOPLE I HAVE MET THRU THE TBL GATHERINGS.

    MAY YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT 2011

  • Lee Henley said:

    Glad the gig went well Dave the highlight for me at the Civic was No Quarter, bit of a surprise that one and executed very well, they are a very tight band

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