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Blackberry Smoke |
Fire In The Hole Tour 2014 |
Die Kantine – Koeln

 
The day before heading to the eagerly awaited Blackberry Smoke concert Sexy Hubby and I had driven to Switzerland for a family event. On the Saturday morning we got up relatively early and after breakfast drove all the way back to Cologne. We had time to check into our hotel, get changed and have a drink and a quick bite to eat before jumping into a taxi to go to the venue. Once at the Kantine, all hint of tiredness was however forgotten and we secured a good spot to enjoy the concert – and take photos, of course.

Massive, in their own words “a deadly 8 legged Aussie rock-monster that isn’t for the faint-hearted”, opened the evening and certainly lived up to the description. Their first album, Full Throttle, was released in July this year and the band was nominated for the Best New Band category in the 2014 Classic Rock Magazine Roll of Honour. Pretty good, I would say.

Coming not from their land of Georgia but from Paris, Blackberry Smoke then got on stage and started with Like I Am from their album A Little Piece of Dixie. It was the first time that we were seeing them live and I can tell you one thing: these guys are just so cool. With more than 250 concerts a year, Blackberry Smoke must also be one of the hardest working bands in the business. They built up their fan base with their brilliant live shows and I found there was almost a sense of community that night; bound by music, smiling at people standing next to you and cheering when the first notes of a favourite song – in my case One Horse Town and Pretty Little Lie – resonated.

Sexy Hubby and I had also purchased a Meet & Greet ticket and made our way backstage after the end of the show. Charlie, Richard, Brit, Paul and Brandon were relaxed and friendly, it was lovely to meet them, get our CD signed and posed together for the traditional photo. They did not mind when I asked if another one could be taken with my own camera too and graciously obliged. Oh, and I must say that I am totally jealous of their hair!

Blackberry Smoke has just signed with a new label, Rounder Records, in time for the release next February of their fourth album, Holding All the Roses. We are looking forward to discover it and of course to catch up with the band as there will be enough gigs to choose from!
 
 

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BLACKBERRY SMOKE

Brandon Still – Keys
Paul Jackson – Guitar/Vocals
Brit Turner – Drums
Richard Turner – Bass/Vocals
Charlie Starr – Guitar/Vocals
 
SET LIST

• Like I Am
• Testify
• Lucky Seven
• Six Ways To Sunday
• Good One Comin’ On
• Sanctified Woman
• Pretty Little Lie
• Fire In The Hole
• Sleepin’ Dogs
• Crimson Moon
• Everybody Knows She’s Mine
• The Whippoorwill
• Up In Smoke
• I Ain’t Got The Blues Any More
• One Horse Town
• Ain’t Much Left of Me

Encore:
• Whiskey Rock-a-Roller (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
• Shakin’ Hands With The Holy Ghost
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Joe Bonamassa Live In Concert |
Acoustic & Electric Performance

 
Front row tickets for one of Joe Bonamassa‘s Acoustic & Electric Performance… To say that Sexy Hubby and I were excited is a bit of an understatement. The 37-year-old guitar prodigy began his career as opening act for B.B. King at the age of 12. Joe Bonamassa has his own label, J&R Adventures and also created a non-profit foundation called Keeping The Blues Alive. The blues rock musician recently released Different Shades of Blue, his 11th studio album, and delivers on average a staggering 200 shows a year. His 2014 European tour ended yesterday in Belgium and will resume again in a month in the States.

I have Sexy Hubby to thank for discovering Joe Bonamassa and it was a first for me to see him live. I can honestly say that I enjoyed every second of it. Not only his music, but also the sheer pleasure and intensity he displays on stage. I was really thrilled to be sitting so close, giving me the opportunity to capture the expressions of Joe and his band.
 
Talking of his band, these six outstanding musicians brought their energy and passion into the show, for the greatest pleasure of the audience:

• Bassist Carmine Rojas
• Drummer Tal Bergman
• Keyboardist Derek Sherinian
• Percussionist Lenny Castro
• Gerry O’Connor on Irish fiddle and banjo
• Mats Wester on mandola and nyckelharpa (traditional Swedish instrument)
 
As could be expected, quite a few of Joe’s guitars came out that night; you can learn more about his collection on his website. The concert started with the acoustic performance, resuming after a short interval with the electric set. The break gave the public a chance to switch moods, going from intimate to… electrifying! I did try to think of another word but settled on this one as it best describes the latter part of the evening, which came to an end far too quickly. My only disappointment was that Driving Towards the Daylight was not included in the set list, as this song really touches me. I suppose there is always next year as I hear Mr. Bonamassa will be coming back to our part of the world.
 
 
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Joe Bonamassa Live in Concert - Acoustic and Electric Performance - SAP Arena Mannheim - Gerry O'Connor
Joe Bonamassa Live in Concert - Acoustic and Electric Performance - SAP Arena Mannheim - Dust Bowl
Joe Bonamassa Live in Concert - Acoustic and Electric Performance - SAP Arena Mannheim - Tal Bergman, Carmine Rojas, Derek Sherinian
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Joe Bonamassa Live in Concert - Acoustic and Electric Performance - SAP Arena Mannheim - Oh Beautiful!
Joe Bonamassa Live in Concert - Acoustic and Electric Performance - SAP Arena Mannheim - Carmine Rojas
Joe Bonamassa Live in Concert - Acoustic and Electric Performance - SAP Arena Mannheim - Mountain Time
Joe Bonamassa Live in Concert - Acoustic and Electric Performance - SAP Arena Mannheim - Mats Wester
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SET LIST

Acoustic Set:

• Woke Up Dreaming
• Seagull (Bad Company cover)
• Jelly Roll (Charles Mingus cover)
• Black Lung Heartache
• Happier Times
• Jockey Full Of Bourbon (Tom Waits cover)
• Dislocated Boy
• Athens To Athens

Electric Set:

• Dust Bowl
• Oh Beautiful!
• Who’s Been Talking (Howlin’ Wolf cover)
• Blues Deluxe (Jeff Beck cover)
• I Gave Up Everything For you, ‘Cept The Blues
• Love Ain’t A Love Song
• Sloe Gin (Tim Curry cover)
• The Ballad Of John Henry

Encore:

• Django
• Mountain Time

 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 

Steelhouse Festival |
Sunday 20th July 2014 |
Headliners: Europe

 
After our late arrival on Day One, we got our act together on Sunday and made it on time for the first band. The weather was fabulous, so we grabbed a couple of chairs and found a nice spot on the field to enjoy the music and the sun, with great views of the stage and the surrounding nature.

Led by the charismatic Conny Bloom, Swedish band Electric Boys opened the festivities. It took the band 15 hours to arrive in Wales from Stockholm, in fact right when their concert was supposed to end on the Saturday… They performed an extended set, cheered by the audience.

South Welsh quartet Buck & Evans followed and Sexy Hubby and I agreed that we want to hear more from their blues-rock music. Chris Buck and Sally Ann Evans, as well as drummer Bob Richards and bassist Dominic Hill, share an incredible chemistry, reflected in their songs. Their first record should be released later on this year and it will definitely be added to our – rather large – collection.

Bad Touch then got on stage. I had spotted their flamboyant frontman Stevie Sparrows in the crowd earlier, with that hair and that outfit, impossible to miss him, right? But what I also witnessed was how down-to-earth he was, chatting in a relaxed manner. The five members of this Dereham-based band, lead guitarist Rob G., guitarist Seeks, bassist Bailey, drummer George and Stevie delivered their blues-tinted heavy rock with gusto and allure, for the great pleasure of the festival attendees.

As Heaven & Earth’s turn arrived, the heavens, well, opened. While we took refuge into the beer tent with quite a few others, the sudden rain neither deterred the Los Angeles band, touring the UK to promote their latest album Dig, nor a large part of the public.

Next came Toseland, the band named after the former double world superbike champion James Toseland. They were presenting their debut album Renegade, a mix of classic rock and power ballads.

Bernie Marsden, one of Sexy Hubby’s favourite guitarists, then arrived on stage. Unassuming and smiling, the former Whitesnake guitarist delighted the audience with classic rock standards, interspersed with friendly badinage. Predictably, his thoroughly enjoyable set ended with three Whitesnake’s songs: Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City, Fool For Your Loving and of course Here I Go Again, to much singing along and cheering. Bernie has a new album, Shine, coming out mid-August. Yes, Sexy Hubby has pre-ordered it already.

As we were waiting for our meet & greet with Europe and were then taken backstage, I am afraid we did not give The Answer the attention they totally deserved. We did however notice how the Northern Irish formation, led by impressive singer Cormac Neeson, seduced the festival attendees with their powerful performance. This year’s edition was not their first Steelhouse appearance and I bet it will not be the last.

The task to close this amazing weekend was given to Sunday headliners Europe. They did so magnificently and you can read all about it here!

My final words on Steelhouse are the following: Once you have mastered the dirt-track road leading to the top of the mountain, you are in for a real treat. We both loved the two easy-going days we spent on Hafod-Y-Dafal Farm, everything was very well organised and we personally were impressed with the Persian food on offer, a nice change! The festival is family-friendly too – kids do not pay and there were plenty around – and we met some lovely people. Vicky and Daz, it was a lot of fun sharing breakfast with you on both days!

So… Have you guessed yet? Yes, we are going back next year.
 
 

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LINE-UP – SUNDAY 20TH JULY 2014

  • Electric Boys (who could not play on Saturday due to delayed flights)
  • Buck & Evans
  • Bad Touch
  • Heaven & Earth
  • Toseland
  • Bernie Marsden
  • The Answer
  • Europe