Rock’s latest and greatest supergroup comes home for Christmas to make its live debut and we’re there to take it in.
Black Country Communion @ Wolverhampton Civic Hall, 29-12-10
It’s been quite a year for legendary bassist and singer Glenn Hughes and his rock and roll friends; together with the amazing blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer and son of a legend Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian, Black Country Communion was born and with it came a stonking debut album.
The only thing missing had been a live performance, until now. And where better a place to make it than in the Black Country, given the band was named after the fertile rock region from where Hughes and Bonham come from?
There was none and so 3,000 adoring Midlanders packed into Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall for a belated Christmas present.
Kicking off with the anthemic Black Country, it was instantly clear that this fourpiece could really cut it on stage – arguably more so than on record. Having a room full of people singing screaming the chorus back at you on your debut show is also somewhat impressive.
The band rattled through its debut record with wonderful power and precision, Sista Jane a real standout. Hughes – the ‘voice of rock’ – was on wonderful form throughout while Bonamassa revelled in moving away from his day job of band leader to the driving member of this fine new band with an accomplished performance that combined style with substance to great effect.
There were a few treats in store too, in the form of some cover version – Bonamassa’s very own Ballad of John Henry and Led Zeppelin’s No Quarter, a fitting selection for Bonham to follow in his father’s footsteps and hammer out, plus a superb run through of Medusa, one of Hughes’ Trapeze numbers.
There was also space for a pounding airing of Burn, another Hughes cut, this time from his days in Deep Purple, before the band took in the adulation of the crowd. With a second album about to be recorded and another visit to these shores in the summer promised, Black Country Communion should make rock fans everywhere very excited.
All that was left to say at the end of the set was,welcome home!
Photography by Dave Musson Photography