BLACK STONE CHERRY
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.