BLACK STONE CHERRY

Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives -

WORDS: STEVE BEE­BEE

PHOTO: ANDY GAL­LAGHER

RATHER THAN tak­ing time out be­fore new al­bum Ken­tucky is re­leased in April, Black Stone Cherry have brought the multi-band Car­ni­val Of Mad­ness tour to the UK for the first time.tonight, this re­fresh­ingly straight­for­ward band re-step up to arena-level with the same grate­ful bon­homie they’ve al­ways dis­played.

Halestorm make the most of their short stage time with a ‘best of’-type set that gives us far too lit­tle time with Lzzy Hale’s huge voice. Shine­down then take it up a few gears. Se­cond Chance is the night’s first front-to-back sing-along, and front­man Brent Smith trans­forms this huge crowd into a per­sonal army. Next time Shine­down play this arena, it’ll be as head­lin­ers.

For now, Black Stone Cherry are more than worth that billing, a con­stantly evolv­ing setlist re­flect­ing the qual­ity at their dis­posal. It has noth­ing to do with stage sets or pyro – it’s all right there in songs like Change and Soul­creek. You look at front­man Chris Robert­son and you don’t see a rock­star – you see a guy made fa­mous only through his tal­ent.and it’s this buddy qual­ity that’s just the cherry atop his band’s rock cake.

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