One Last Soul from Stevey, 02/08/11
I went to this gig with a mate really looking forward to seeing BCC, we got there early to get to the barrier, and having seen JB 3 times, we were excited to see what this powerhouse unit could do live, both albums are fantastic classic rock and if like me you are a child of the 70s they take you back to a great era for rock music. The night started with for me the suprising support of The Micheal Schenker Group, when they were announced as support I thought what a great night this is going to be, and we were not to be disapointed. MSG came onto Into the Arena instrumental and continued through an 8 track list of new MSG songs and of course Scorpions and UFO covers, Schenker was of course the name people relate to in this band but all of the band were brilliant and in Micheal Voss had a great front man who worked the crowd very well. A special guest for the night came on in the shape of Pete Way and played bass through last of the set, who seemed to be intoxicated with a bit more than the music but none the less a Top Start to the night.
When it was time for BCC to arrive on stage the atmosphere was electric. The lights went down to a roar and when the first strains of Black Country bellowed out the O2 Academy erupted into a frenzy of rock n roll and everyone knew this was a special group of musicians at the very top of their game. BCC have been promoted as a supergroup and that is exactly what they are, but the really great thing about witnessing it is that there was no one individual, they are most definately a whole, the crowd where sporting JB shirts, Glenn Hughes shirts, Zepplin and Dream Theater shirts classic DP shirts, but everyone soon realised this is Black Country Communion the band, the set moved on to One Last Soul, Crossfire, The Battle for Hadrians Wall, The Song of Yesterday, I Can See Your Spirit, Save Me, the Jason Bonham penned Cold, then for us a suprising addition to the set list JBs own The Ballad of John Henry with the massive riff it bounced the o2 into the stratosphere with Glenn prancing and preening around the stage and singing with great vigure, then moving onto The Outsider followed by a break for JB, GH and JB while Derek Sherinian showed why he is a very much sought after and talanted keyboard player with a monster synth solo, the rest of the band rejoined the stage and the set list moved onto Sista Jane containing a rendition of The Whos Wont Get Fooled Again with JB recognising Pete Townshend with an arm windmill, that closed the show but everyone knew, band included, that wasnt the end and an encore to suit followed with the lead song from BCC 2 The Man in The Middle and a very well recieved cover of DP classic Burn which finally did end a show, that could have gone on for another 2 hours, only for the house curfew of 22.30 to bring a close to what was a memorable showing of the greatest classic Rock anyone could witness, as GH said at the outset, We are a new band called Black Country Communion and we play Rock n Roll and this evening in Leeds they most certainly did just that, and on a personal note to round my night off GH threw me his guitar pick! Stunning show from stunning artists, if you havent seen or heard BCC yet then dont be that One Last Soul sort it out immediately.