Title - 'Thank You: Livin' Live, Birmingham, UK 2014'
Artist - Black Stone Cherry
In October 2014, Kentucky hard rockers Black Stone Cherry brought their 'Magic Mountain' tour to Europe taking in shows in Scandinavia, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Ireland and the UK.
This show from England's Birmingham's LG Arena was filmed on October 30th and has a set list that features tracks from all four of their albums. Containing all of their best known songs, of course, Black Stone Cherry continue the long tradition of Southern Rock bands ie: being great concert performers, complete with a built-in, and genuine affinity with their European fans in particular.
Here on Thank You: Livin' Live, Birmingham UK, October 30, 2014 [a DVD+CD fold-out digi pack release], the band - Chris Robertson (lead vocals, lead guitar), Ben Wells (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Jon Lawhon (bass guitar, backing vocals), and John Fred Young (drums, backing vocals) - once again deliver a scorching, absolutely balls-to-the-walls live show for their fans.
As a muffled voice says something that causes the crowd to ignite, and at the same time encourages the band to start playing, a drummed intro leads us immediately into 'Rain Wizard.' "Let's see what you've got," lead singer Chris Robertson asks of their beloved, devoted followers all gathered there that night. As the thunderous 'Blind Man' is then unleashed, Robertson is again encouraging things from the gathering. "Put your hands in the air," he says, backing that a minute or two later with, "I wanna hear you." Which, to be fair to the crowd, during the chorus, and especially after the guitar jam mid section, they literally sing the song for Black Stone Cherry!
They are at it again on the opening to 'Me And Mary Jane,' which is then brought to a close, allowing Robertson to verbally jack the crowd up, once again. "Welcome to the Magic Mountain Show," he announces. "Are you guys with us tonight? ... If you guys know any of these songs I want to hear you sing them as loud as you can. Are you ready?" he adds, as they launch into 'In My Blood,' 'Holding On .. To Letting Go,' and both ("Now, we're gonna take you back to our very first record on this next song, alright") 'Maybe Someday' and 'Such A Shame.'
"If you've got a cell phone or a lighter, it's time to use them now, guys, because it you've ever lost someone you love ...", Robertson gently requests from the audience. But then, something that I have never seen, or heard before happens here. As he goes to start to sing it, he cannot get three words in before the audience have taken over the singing of the song from him! The guitars of 'Things My Father Said' then break in, light the track up, and yet still they sing - alone. Sure Robertson tries again to break into singing his own song after the first chorus, but AGAIN the crowd take it back for themselves! It is truly an incredible live moment to behold, on both the CD (audio) and DVD (visual).
'Fiesta Del Fuego' is next and backed by 'Bad luck And Hard Love,' combined (let alone what has come before and what is still yet to come) it's this kind of live, throaty, raw guitar work passion that showcases Black Stone Cherry at their finest. This hard working, deliriously happy foursome totally kick ass and take names live. Their Southern brand of real, 100% Rock n Roll continues onward with a very quick drum solo (but, fear not, the DVD houses the extended version) which leads us into the Blues Rock of 'Soul Creek.'
Next up is 'White Trash Millionaire,' which itself is backed by an incredible, high powered, and highly extended guitar jam 'Blame It On The Boom Boom,' complete with a heartbeat burst mid section of Derek And The Dominos' classic, 'Layla.' As we head toward the end of the live show, and the CD therein, the quiet 'Peace Is Free' is sung by both Robertson and the crowd, in equal parts, before Robertson urges, one final time, the crowd to sing at the top of their voices for the song finale, with an additional "30 seconds of death metal" ending), 'Lonely Train (Can't Judge A Book).'
FYI: You should also know that the DVD live performance includes additional songs such as a Cream cover of 'Sunshine Of Your Love,' Like I Roll,' a longer 'Drum Solo,' and both 'Hollywood In Kentucky' and 'Hell And High Water.' Also, as if all that wasn't enough, a Live Download Festival 2015 set of performances of both 'Blame It On The Boom Boom' and 'In My Blood.' Oh, and there's also a Download Festival Interview!