Having heard Snakecharmer’s singles ‘Accident Prone’ and ‘My Angel’ almost every day for the past few months on Planet Rock, they were high on my list of bands to catch over the weekend and they didn’t disappoint. Somehow, it had completely passed me by that the group is made up of members of some of the UK’s biggest rock bands of the last thirty years (although I’m not generally in the habit of pre-researching bands, I just know what my ears like to hear!) But if you weren’t already aware of their history, the Whitesnake tracks on the setlist should certainly have raised some suspicions…
With Whitesnake founding members Micky Moody and Neil Murray on guitar and bass respectively joined by rock royalty Laurie Wiseman (Wishbone Ash) on guitar, drummer Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), vocalist Chris Ousey (Heartland) and Mark Stanway from Magnum making a guest appearance on keyboards in place of regular Adam Wakeman, this is a super-band with a SERIOUS rock pedigree.
With every member of the band having other major projects going on, Snakecharmer is clearly a sideline of friendship and fun for them all when they get together. It’s proper old school rock ‘n’ roll, not reinventing the wheel but then this wheel is just fine as it is. Big riffs, keyboards and driving rock mixed with bluesy ballads and a sound that’s a blend of their collective backgrounds made for a great show.
They had the whole crowd singing their hearts out as they closed their set with the stone cold classics ‘Here I Go Again’ and ‘Fool For Your Lovin’ (including our esteemed Editor, and he hardly ever sings… for reasons that are obvious to anyone who has heard him try). It was one of the performances of the weekend, and one that had me heading for a leading online music vendor to buy their album.
This is classic rock at its best and I flipping loved it.