Black Stone Cherry @ The Waterfront, Norwich 08/06/11

As I arrived at the venue the first support act, The Treatment, were already on stage and deserve a mention.They were loud,rocking and reallytight. They came across as an established, professional band who had apassion forperforming. I was surprised when I found out they had only been together a couple of years and were mostly in their teens! My personal favourite track was “The Doctor”.Every rock fanshould check them out. I also met them after their set and they seem like genuinely nice guys.
Next on the bill were Sheffield Rockers Black Spiders who seemed to have quite a following – and rightly so. Their raw, dirty, boozy-fuelled songs went down very well with the crowd and managed to get under your skin – in a good way. Duff Mckagan thinks they are ‘pure genius’ so they must be doing something right…
Black Stone Cherry are one of those bands who appeal to the young and old alike. The audience was very diverse – from young kidswith their parents to the over 50’s and just about every age in between.
As the Kentucky four-piecemade their appearance onstage the crowd were ready for them. They had waited patiently and it was well worth the wait. Opening their set with “Change”, a track from the new album, “Between the Devil& the Deep Blue Sea”, they showed uswhy they have come so far in the last couple of years – and how they will go even further.
Frontman Chris Robertson’s impressivevocals were spot on throughout, as were the rest of the band’s talents. Guitarist Ben Wells and bassist John Lawhon jumped around the small stage like lunaticsbut still managed to play perfectly. Drummer John Fred Young blewus away with his phenomenal lengthy drum solo. He should be up there with the greatest.
Chris Robertson was on an intimate level with the audience and chatted regularly between songs. At one point he talked about his own personal issues making us realise that the fans must mean a lot to him for him to be so open with them.
The set list was a good variety of song choices and included tracks from each of their albums.From rock anthems like “Blind Man” and “Maybe Someday” to the heartfelt “Things my Father said”, the band put on a great show. One of thebiggest surprises of the night was theirfantastic version of Adele’s “Rolling in the deep”. They madethe songtheir own andaudience loved it. The chorus got them jumping and punching the air in unison.
Ending the set with the classic “Lonely Train” the band had given the crowd what they wanted – a night of pure,live, unadulterated rock!
Set List included:
Blind Man
Such a Shame
Rain Wizard
Hell and High Water
Things my Father said
Killing Floor
In my Blood
Maybe Someday
Blame it on the Boom Boom
Lonely Train
– Angie B

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