hmv.com reviews... Blackberry Smoke @ O2 ABC Glasgow
Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke careered into Glasgow last night (October 16th) for a sold-out show. We were there to take in the chaos...
Southern Rock outfit Blackberry Smoke, who've come all the way from Atlanta, touring their new album The Whippoorwill (which you can preview on the right of the page).
ABC Glasgow, the most iconic building on Sauchiehall Street (after The Blue Lagoon chippy that is..)
Any good supports?
Supporting was 16-year old (yes that age is infuriatingly correct) Aaron Keylock, an incredible blues/rock singer and guitarist from Oxford who can be described as a cross between legendary Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher and Kings of Leon vocalist Caleb Followill. Definitely a name to look out for.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
The gig was sold out so The ABC was as packed as we've ever seen it, the crowd were up for it from the off, this is Blackberry Smoke we're talking about so butts were shaking...
So what was the set like? What did they play?
'Like I Am' from the Little Piece of Dixie album kicked off the show before the band slammed into the title track of their recession busting triple disc live set 'Leave A Scar'. The majority of tracks from The Whippoorwill, the studio album that broke them over here, were aired with 'Six Ways To Sunday', 'One Horse Town' & 'Pretty Little Lie' all resulting in mass sing-a-longs.
Earlier material wasn't ignored as we were treated to the likes of 'Shake Your Magnolia', 'Sanctified Woman' and 'Up in Smoke'. For the encore we got a first listen to some new material from the next album, due early 2015 on Earache Records and if 'Living In A Song' was anything to go by, it will be a gem.
Any good between song banter?
Banter was at a minimum, lots of 'Hey Y'Alls', but the best was when Charlie Starr was introducing 'Sleeping Dogs' and he told the tale of how the song was inspired by a particularly rowdy show, using some choice Anglo-Saxon words to describe the crowd!
Did they put on much of a show?
Nope, no effects or smoke bombs required, killer songs with sensational playing was the order of the day.
What was the highlight of the set?
So many highlights , the guitar work from both Charlie Starr and Paul Jackson was nothing short of mind blowing, solo after solo was peeled off effortlessly. A special mention must go to the crunching cover of Led Zeppelin's 'When the Levee Breaks', but the main highlight was just seeing how humble the band were about the reception that they received, they were genuinely lost for words and totally blown away.
Where can I catch them next?
The band move onto Manchester for another sold out gig then its London , Cambridge and Birmingham. Get all the details here.