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ConcertsBlack Stone Cherry + Rival Sons at Birmingham Academy, 03/15/2012

Posted on Saturday, March 17 2012 @ 07:12:16 CDT by Dean Pedley
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A mouth watering double bill showcasing two of the hottest bands around ensured that the "sold out" signs were posted at venues right across the UK. Black Stone Cherry and Rival Sons have both built respectable followings and the expectant crowd were rewarded with two hours of prime rock and roll. Sea of Tranquility staff writer Dean Pedley reports from Birmingham where both bands were on superb form.

Championed by Classic Rock magazine, LA quartet Rival Sons have been regular visitors to the UK over the past twelve months. Marking the release of a revamped Pressure and Time, they launch into their thirty minute set with retro rock opener "All Over The Road" that is greeted like a long lost friend. They truly are the perfectly formed four man line-up; charismatic frontman Jay Buchanan has an amazing voice and presence, the rhythm section of Michael Miley and Robin Everhart provide a rock solid backbone while guitarist Scott Holiday capably handles the riffs and solos whilst maintaining a mysterious and moody on-stage persona. The extended version of "Soul" evolves into a showcase for Buchanan's voice that has the raw power and emotion of Eric Burdon in his prime. This was high voltage rock and roll at its very best.

After coming very close to blowing headliners Alter Bridge away on their recent arena tour Black Stone Cherry are very much at the top of their game. Immediately raising the intensity in the venue they serve up a high adrenaline ninety minute set that draws from their three albums so far with a particular focus on the excellent Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea. Chris Robertson is a rugged and commanding presence front and centre, flanked either side by the animated Jon Lawhon and Ben Wells with drummer John Fred Young a furious mass of flailing arms and hair. "White Trash Millionaire", "Blame It On The Boom Boom" and "Like I Roll" are stand outs in a set of consistent high points. And when they wheel out the acoustic guitars and Robertson allows the crowd to take over for all of "Things My Father Said" it makes for a genuinely heartfelt moment. "Lonely Train" is the inevitable parting shot from a band that is surely destined for arenas in the very near future.

Reviewed by Dean Pedley.


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