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BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION
John Henry's Rehearsal Rooms
20 September 2010
Country Communion have just released what could well be the heavy rock
album of the year. The supergroup featuring Glenn Hughes, Joe
Bonamassa, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian have certainly set tongues
wagging since their first inception.
On the day
of the release of the new eponymous debut album Black Country Communion
are playing a private gig at the John Henry's Rehearsal Studios in North
London to a small select crowd of industry types and a few lucky
band up close and personal can only be described as orgasmic due to the
combustion and velocity of the music.
'Black Country' opens the show galloping along at a Maidenesque pace.
'One Last Soul' kick our butt's next and you immediately realise it's
the skilled musicianship and chemistry of this band that makes these
songs come alive.
has been loving every breath he takes this past decade and has found the
perfect band to accompany him, ''It's great to find a band that can
really smoke....Wow...No pun intended.''
guitar maestro Joe Bonamassa takes the vocal lead for the Free-ish 'Song
Of Yesterday' featuring some swirling Hammond work from Derek Sherinian
and glass shattering screams from Hughes towards the end.
plays in a heavier style in this band even throwing in a swinging Iommi
riff for 'Stand (At The Burning Tree). 'The Great Divide' gets better
with every listen. Those gathered inside the studio just look at each
other in amazement.
ever seen drummer Jason Bonham perform once before at Led Zeppelin's
legendary o2 gig, and seeing him perform up close I realised just what a
formidable drummer he is.
delving into Hughes's history with the Trapeze track 'Medusa', Glenn
Hughes stated that John Bonham would sometimes get up and play that
track with the band and that it is such a honour to be playing that
track with his son some 39 years later. With that, Jason Bonham
kissed his hand and raised it in the air whilst looking at the heaven
above. His father would be more than proud.
quiclky passed by ending with the arena rock sounding 'Sista Jane'
featuring shared vocals from both Hughes and Bonamassa who was bending
notes all night long. The band even teased us with a snippet of
Who's 'Won't Get Fooled Again' which would of blown the roof off if they
decided to go all the way.
It was a
real privilege to witness this show tonight and it may be some time
before we see the band do a full tour as both Hughes and Bonamassa are
about to undergo their own solo tours, but promoters should get their
cheque books out at the ready because Black Country Commuinion are
deservedly going to be the hottest ticket in town.
Set List: Black Country / One Last Soul / Beggarman / Song Of Yesterday
/ Stand (At The Burning Tree) / The Great Divide / Medusa / Sista Jane
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