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BLACK STONE CHERRY
The Assembly, Leamington 7 June 2011
rock and roll was on the menu for this show, three bands all kicking up
a storm, headliners Black Stone Cherry hailing from Kentucky USA and
building up for their Download Festival appearance supported by two
excellent UK rock bands, Sheffield based hard rockers Black Spiders and
The Treatment a young rock band from Cambridge.
The Treatment showing all the energy of youth with a set of
sleaze/classic rock numbers both melodic and powerful in the vein of GNR
and Motley Crue, particularly impressed with 'Just Tell Me Why' a medium
paced rocker with a knockout chorus. For a young band they seemed full
of confidence, worked the crowd really well and pulled most of the
audience out of the bar (always a good sign).
on the bill Black Spiders took to the stage after a stylish intro
tape of spaghetti western music mixed with Phantom of the Opera style
Gothic keyboards, they are a five piece band and have a real character
up front in Pete 'Spider' Spiby on vocals and guitar.
Spiders released their debut album Sons of the North this year and
showcased tracks at this show, including set opener 'Si, El Diablo' with
its driving main riff, my personal favourite of the set the AC/DC style
head bangers delight 'Stay Down' and the humorous 'KISS Tried To Kill
Me'. An impressive set which seemed to fly by, full of powerful solid
numbers which had the hall rocking and I am sure it will not be long
before the Back Spiders return to venues of this size as headliners.
the headliners you could sense the anticipation in the air before
Black Stone Cherry took to the stage and after their intro tape of
old school Southern rock the quartet arrived to a huge reception and on
the strength of this evenings performance the band are set to take
Donington Park by storm, they play southern rock but turned up to 11,
heavier and with tons of attitude.
Stone Cherry's music and style you can spot the obvious influences of
the classic Southern rock bands including of course Lynyrd Skynyrd but
they perform their breed of Southern rock much harder and at
performed numbers from all three of their studio albums including a good
selection from their latest, the recently released Between the Devil and
the Deep Blue Sea, new tracks included impressive set opener 'Change',
the tongue in cheek fun of 'White Trash Millionaire' and the saucy
sleaze rock of 'Blame it on the Boom Boom'.
catalogue numbers included the party anthem 'Soul Creek' from their
second album Folklore and Superstition, and tracks from their self
titled debut album included the catchy as hell (pun intended) 'Hell and
High Water' and possibly the best track of the evening and the last
number of the set the full blown rock classic, the moving 'Lonely
The sell out
Assembly crowd seemed to know the words to every number in the BSC set,
joining in at every opportunity, (great band to sing along to with as
most songs have a huge chorus) and vocalist guitarist Chris Robertson
was full of praise for UK audiences in general and The Assembly throng
in particular, all in a rocking good night, two excellent support bands
and a headline act playing a storming set and ready to slay Download.
photos by Andrew Lock
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