I was so pumped to read on the good old Facebook News Feed that Black Stone Cherry was coming in concert in just over a week, and I didn’t care who was coming with them, I had to go. When I found out what that Chickenfoot group that they were on tour with was all about, I knew this night was going to be a blast!
I have been a fan of Black Stone Cherry (BSC) ever since I saw them on my birthday in 2006 with Black Label Society and Canadian rockers Priestess. Chris Robertson; guitar and lead singer; possesses a soulful, southern voice that has a story telling quality to it. Be it hard-driving songs like “Devil’s Queen”, “White Trash Millionaire” (off the new album Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea) or heartfelt songs such as “In My Blood” or my personal favorite “Things My Father Said“, he has it covered.
Ben Wells on lead guitar is an endless ball of energy. Kicking, head banging, swapping sides of the stage with bass player Jon Lawhon, he is a force that must be seen. Keeping these three together in step is John Fred Young, his ferocious approach to drumming was accentuated by his crazy mane (see below).
Then there is Chickenfoot. Do you know how hard it is for people to admit that they don’t know who Chickenfoot is after you tell them you are excited to see Chickenfoot without asking them if they know who Chickenfoot is after? I guess it is impossible because that happened all week. After they find out who is in the band, they look at you in disbelief and ask if there are tickets available still. It’s a rock and roll supergroup composed of Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Kenny Aronoff… not too shabby. Chad Smith is the usual drummer of the band, but he is currently off working with his main band, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Sammy Hagar commented about the now infamous Janes Addictionshow on The Brick’s opening night, saying how the stage was lower before and there were a number of problems and the venue gave everyone their money back. He went on and said that doesn’t sound like a bad idea for tonight either and started laughing. I can only imagine the thoughts running through the management’s minds after this statement! It’s no secret in town that opening night was rough for The Brick. I was there to see it all go down and I certainly had my fair share of gripes from a photographer’s point of view. I will say that with the newly raised stage, photo pit in front of the stage, raised standing areas in the balcony, lowered capacity and a number of other initial changes, I had a great time and a lot of other people I spoke with after did as well. They will be doing the more major renovations in June and I look forward to seeing those as well.
Hagar and crew took their time throughout the set, making conversation with the crowd, joking around and poking fun at each other, and explaining some songs before they played them in a storyteller kind of fashion. “Future In The Past” is essentially talking about the circular life of being in the music industry so long, you go back to playing for the original reason you began… if that original reason was not all about making money.
Chickenfoot’s main set finished, and Michael Anthony asked the crowd if it was ok if they went off stage for 10 minutes to recoup before an encore. A resounding “NO!” was thrown back at him and he shrugged, said ok, and they went right into their encore set!
I have a sneaking suspicion that this super group has been in party mode since day one. The fun that they brought to a kick ass rock show along with Black Stone Cherry tearing the roof off the sucka to start the night, made this one hell of a ticket.
Black Stone Cherry Setlist:
In My Blood
Like I Roll
White Trash Millionaire
Hoochie Coochie Man (Cover)
Rehab (Amy Winehouse cover)
Blame it on the Boom Boom
Sexy Little Thing
Soap on a Rope
My Kind of Girl
Down The Drain
Something Going Wrong
Future In The Past