Black Stone Cherry : Thank You: Livin’ Live DVD

Black Stone Cherry Live at The SSE Hydro 15One of the highlights of last years gig going was an evening in the company of Black Stone Cherry as they dragged Airbourne round the aircraft-hanger sized venues of the UK on their Magic Mountain tour. The wee band from the deep south have come a long way since they played shitty little clubs a few years ago, and this tour showed they are well and truly capable of headlining arenas now. It’s a bonus that they’ve managed that without losing the laid back, engaging air that makes them so damn likable and such a blast live.

Ahh, brings back fond memories of that night in the SSE Hydro…

Well a year on from the tour and you can relive the occasion from the comfort of your favourite armchair with the imminent release of the band’s first ever DVD. It’s entitled Thank You: Livin’ Live and it captures the magic of their show at the LG Arena in Birmingham.

Now the usual big US bands that come and fill our “Big sheds” have grand stage shows, masks, fireworks and decades of material. In a couple of weeks Motley Crue will play the arena and they’ll have all the flame-throwers, pyro and razzmatazz (and backing tapes) in the world to throw at us.

Black Stone Cherry come armed with their plaid shirts and guitars… and whether it be arenas, big tents or bigger fields; we all flock to see them live. In an age of gimmick and image the fact that a band like Black Stone Cherry can constantly come over to the UK and play to massive crowds is surely testament to the sheer quality of their music.

Oh, and if you’re expecting one of those over-produced almost studio quality “live” things, then, well, this isn’t one of those. Anything too polished just wouldn’t suit BSC, and some of the up close shots have a definite camcorder appeal, no doubt the camera man was getting battered by the wall of sound hitting him from both sides.

Still, they were safer than being on stage where the film crew ran the constant risk of being run over by a flying guitarist or a charging bassist.

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The track listing is, as you’d expect, a storming “greatest hits” stomp through the band’s back catalogue, and it’s a performance that demonstrates that there’s much more to Black Stone Cherry than White Trash Millionaire and Blame It On The Boom Boom.

BSC and the UK have always had a love affair, and it’s an affair that’s only getting stronger. Going from club tours to arena tours and  high-profile festival performances is just reward for a decade of hard work. Although the band are clearly having a ball and making it all look so effortless they’ve worked damn hard to get where they are, and the release of this DVD is a big deal for them. Guitarist Ben Wells sums it up, “We are beyond excited to bring you all this live DVD.  Growing up watching my Elvis and Aerosmith DVDs and VHS tapes, I never thought I would be in a band that would one day be releasing one – and in an arena at that!  We are so honored, humbled, and thankful to have the fans and friends we have in this business and we couldn’t do it without the grace of God and all of your support!  Sit back and enjoy this live BSC experience.  We had a blast filming it!” Not as much of a blast as we had watching it Scott. The packed LG Arena is bouncing from the start, and there’s not another band who can get a sing-along going quite like the BSC boys.

Live concert DVDs are pretty common now, but it’s unusual to get one that captures the essence of a show so perfectly. Stick it on a big telly, crank it up, sit back and enjoy the Rock’n’Rollercoaster, it’s the closest you’ll get to being there.

Then get yourself along to the upcoming Carnival Of Madness tour and watch BSC do it all over again.

The usual array of format options are available, including DVD, BluRay and DVD+CD options. The full track listing is…

Rain Wizard / Blind Man / Me & Mary Jane / In My Blood / Holding On…To Letting Go / Maybe Someday / Such A Shame / Things My Father Said / Fiesta Del Fuego / Sunshine Of Your Love / Like I Roll / Bad Luck And Hard Love / *drum solo* / Hollywood In Kentucky / Hell And High Water / Soul Creek / White Trash Millionaire / Blame It On The Boom Boom/Layla / Peace Is Free / Lonely Train (Can’t Judge A Book).