Supersonic Blues Machine are Lance Lopez, Fabrizio Grossi and Kenny Aronoff. This time around they have recruited one of the UK’s most exciting Blues talents, the one and only Kris Barras.
They kicked off their latest tour on the back of two fantastic albums which feature some of the great and good of music, and this tour is no different as they are joined by their special guest Billy F Gibbons.
The O2 Shepherds Bush Empire was the scene for this new line up and the crowd would not be disappointed. The evening started with a young Blues Rock artist called Davy Knowles who was born and raised on the Isle of Man, but is immersed in the Blues. He played a great if short set to open up this evening of great music, and there were quite a few in early to witness this young talent in action. This would not be the last time we saw Davy during the night.
Next up and main support for the Supersonic Blues Machine was an artist who is famed for his YouTube channel and his guitar teachings. This man is Rob Chapman.
With his band we were treated to 30 minutes of enjoyable Blues, laying down the vibe for the main event to come next.
Just after 9:15pm the lights went down and the crowd started cheering and clapping in anticipation of what was about to come. The silhouettes started to appear as onto the stage came the band, now fronted by the wonderful Kris Barras.
They kicked off with tracks from their two albums to date, West of Flushing South of Frisco and Californisoul. For the track ‘Sunshine’ Davy Knowles was brought back on stage to jam. This had the crowd really buzzing with their wonderful musicianship and array of amazing tunes, and you would never know that this was the first time that Kris Barras had played with this band. It was pure class, soon to be ramped up to eleven.
About half way through the set Fabrizio Grossi got on the mic and teased the crowd with what was to come before saying ‘you all know what’s happening but he won’t be coming out until you make some noise’ with which the crowd erupted followed by an entrance onto the stage by the one and only Billy F Gibbons.
The crowd were not disappointed as they were treated to such ZZ Top classics as ‘La Grange’ and ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ among others before finishing the main event with the wonderful ‘Got My Mojo Working’.
The crowd wanted more and it wasn’t long before they all returned to the stage and they were soon joined by Davy Knowlesand then another surprise for the audience when the legend that is Bernie Marsdenwas brought onto the stage for one hell of a final jam session to ‘Going Down’.
After nearly eight minutes of amazing guitar playing it was time to call it a night.
This was a great way to kick off the tour and everyone involved deserves congratulations on putting on a fantastic show.
The highlight was probably watching Billy F Gibbons orchestrating the rest of the band, true genius.
‘I Am Done Missing You’
‘I Ain’t Falling Again’
‘Can’t Take It No More’
‘Let It Be’
‘Sunshine’ (Davy Knowles)
‘La Grange’ (Billy F Gibbons)
‘Broken Heart’ (Billy F Gibbons)
‘Dust My Broom’ (Billy F Gibbons)
‘Running Whiskey’ (Billy F Gibbons)
‘Sharp Dressed Man’ (Billy F Gibbons)
‘Got My Mojo Working’ (Billy F Gibbons)
‘Going Down’ (Billy F Gibbons, Davy Knowles & Bernie Marsden)
Big thank you to our brother from another mother Will Carter / Two Finger Media for helping us out on this one!
Review and Photography by Will Carter / Two Finger Media