Black Stone Cherry return to Belfast for their biggest headlining show to date, support tonight is in the form of The New Valley Wolves a Dublin based duo who are as gnarly as it gets. Before tonights proceedings kicked off I was lucky enough to chat with Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry – about all things BSC & seventeen years together and life off the road – Full Video Interview to follow over at our You Tube Channel :
New Valley Wolves
New Valley Wolves take the stage at 7:30 and the duo swagger their way onto the stage – guitarist and vocalist Jonny Lucey armed with his trusty Epiphone guitar and a drummer for company, this unlikely duo have a gnarly sound as raw as it gets and donʼt fuck around. With a sublime light show on display and a hungry Irish crowd NVW lay down a set to cave the walls in on the unsuspecting crowd. Chunky groove laden riffs and thundering support from Baz Joyce on drums this gritty twosome who are reminiscent of the likes of the White Stripes and Royal Blood with their heavy groove. A fine start to the evening the Belfast Crowd know and appreciate quality and NVW have it in abundance !
Black Stone Cherry
8:45 and the lights drop, from the side of the stage BSC enter to the roar of the crowd. Kicking off proceedings with their high energy classic ‘Blame It On The Boom Boom’ The Telegraph building erupts as these Kentucky boys set alight to this old building. They bring it all tonight, kitchen sink included, Reggae, Blues, Rock and Southern charm in abundance.
Guitarist Ben Wells is like a man possessed, using a voice box, something I havenʼt seen used since Bon Jovi’s’ Living On A Prayer’ itʼs old school but it works ! Drummer John Fred Young is #an absolute beast pummelling his kit like itʼs slept with his wife, the energy levels are through the roof from the guys as they cover every inch of the stage. They wrap up this BSC family in a warm fuzzy blanket of Gospel and Blues that resonates with each and every person in the room. The harmonising vocals carry across the telegraph building and the crowd just gobbles it up. Hendrix’s Foxy Lady played the only way BSC know how ! Balls out and full on as the crowd gasp for breath, the glorious Irish summer and the bands incendiary performance have the building on fire.
This is a classy and polished performance from a hearty band of brothers who’s years of hard graft and time slaving over their craft are here for all to see. It’s a fine evening of slick guitar playing, sweet melodic vocal delivery and gritty Rock ‘N’ Roll. The crowd are having a ball and as Chris himself told me of their latest album “We wanted to make an album that made people wanna dance” they did tonight, Belfast is in party mode and BSC are the soundtrack that has this room dancing. It’s a party that no-one wants to end. A high energy and professional performance with a little bit of Kentucky magic lit up a dilapidated old building in Belfast. Thanks to four grounded music loving maniacs who call themselves Black Stone Cherry.
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