Wow! Where to begin… Black Country Communion would have fit perfectly on stage with their musical ancestors Led Zeppelin or Deep Purple. The band, the legendary Glenn Hughes on bass and lead vocals, guitar ace Joe Bonamassa, former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and the son of the late John Bohman, Jason on drums – play a completely unironic heavy classic rock sound that resurrects the spirit of the early 70’s. So much so that they “chord-checked” Led Zeppelin, Free and the Who, playing snippets of “Rock & Roll”, “All Right Now” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again” during instrumental passages of their own songs. Songs which with the exception of the first two, became extended jams with plenty of guitar and keyboard pyrotechnics.
Glenn Hughes is a natural frontman with Jagger or Tyleresque moves. He just happens to also play bass. Bonamassa is a great player, just great. He obviously owes a stylistic debt to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Gary Moore. He plays with fire and subtlety, a rare combination. Bonham simply has to be heard and seen to believe – his Dad taught him well. Sherinian was the least rock start looking one of the bunch, looking more like a linebacker behind his Leslie organ and Korg synth than a musician. However, looks were deceiving as he played riffs and fills reminiscent of Jon Lord and John Paul Jones. Speaking of looks, I wonder if I was the only one who thought Joe B looked like Agent Smith from the Matrix movies. At least until he took off his jacket and reveled the sparkly Andy Gibbs shirt he was sporting!
They played a good mix of songs from both albums, but one of the highlights had to be the encore closer of Deep Purple’s Burn! After bludgeoning us for the better part of two hours, that song brought the house down.
If you get the chance, see them. I’d have to give this one 5 out of 5 stars. The only thing that was missing for me was my companion from last weeks Go-Gos show. Though I’m not sure this would’ve been her cup of tea.
I may very well edit and/or update this later, but I wanted to capture my thoughts while they were fresh in my mind and my ears where still ringing!