Black Star Riders @ KB, Malmö (SE)

BLACK STAR RIDERS / BONAFIDE / THE WEYERS

Date: 25th November, 2015
Venue: KB
Tickets: 370SEK (€37/$41)
Promoter: Triffid & Danger concerts / KB
Photos: Erika Wallberg


This was the second opportunity in not that of a long time for one to see BLACK STAR RIDERS at KB, Malmö. Last time it was crazy crowded, packed to the last square millimeter basically. And that's why I started wondering if the re-visit was happening too soon, since the place was sparsely filled as THE WEYERS hit the stage half an hour after the doors had opened. It's fascinating to see bands deviating from the norm. Or maybe I should say, duo with brothers Adi and Luke Weyermann handling drums, guitar, and vocals of course. THE WEYERS sounded more than I expected with a guitar sound from hell on occasion, lots of effects, looping of sounds, delay and so on. The pedal board Adi had was really massive and that he managed to play, sing and use that was impressive.

Musically, THE WEYERS reminded me of the mid '90s when Heavy Metal went out of fashion and the way the bands featured in Kerrang! magazine sounded. Of course, THE WEYERS musical performance was miles above most of those bands but style wise it was kind of Rock / Hard Rock but with a Pop-py touch. At times even PINK FLOYD came to mind and that should really sign of the musical quality.

It was also fun that they really committed to get everyone involved in the music which is very impressive when people are mostly lurking in the shadows, waiting for the main act (or just trying to get drunk). They actually managed to get most people going with a hey or some hand-clapping at least.

I enjoyed watching THE WEYERS play, even if their style isn't my favorite, but as always, a good musical performance normally gets to me and I can't say anything else than that THE WEYERS sure impressed musically.

THE WEYERS

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It was a very long time since I last saw BONAFIDE and I don't really understand why considering I've enjoyed all of their shows. Ok, with the number of shows happening each and every week I probably haven't prioritized to go and see then or it simply just have been the wrong day. So, I was happy to see they were on the bill this night. Things have changed in the BONAFIDE camp lately though, I'm no expert on the band, but they seems to have changed a few members (which might indicate how damn long ago it was I last saw them) and gotten a hell lot of stage practice. They'd also seem to have built a following, since that night there were fans from all around Europe only there to see BONAFIDE. And by all means, they deserve that kind of response. Their music is perfection even if it is simple Rock 'n' Roll. They have the groove and the drive needed but it's still controlled and precise. Sounds perfect which isn't all that common for basic AC/DC Rock.

They also have a lot of catchy tunes with strong choruses; just take “Dirt Bound” or “Loud Band” for example. How can you stand still for songs like that? The only downside with the whole show was the video-hit, filmed at KB, “One Kiss” which had a very annoying na-na-na-na kind of choir which had worked if it only had been in the intro but it kept appearing throughout the song and that really put me off. That's a shame really since the rest of the set was totally killer, both in tracks and performance. But I guess it's typical that I don't enjoy songs that are supposed to be radio-friendly.

Luckily, “Hard Livin' Man” and “Fill Your Head With Rock” took it back to the initial standard so the show ended as good as it started.

BONAFIDE setlist:

01. “Doing The Pretty”
02. “Hold Down The Front”
03. “Dirt Bound”
04. “Rock'n'roll Skal”
05. “50/50”
06. “Loud Band”
07. “One Kiss”
08. “Hard Livin' Man”
09. “Fill Your Head With Rock”

BONAFIDE

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The place was filling up really good as time was passing by and was getting closer to the BLACK STAR RIDERS set but it couldn't measure up to their last visit. Good thing though was that people showed up. It's damn cool that BLACK STAR RIDERS have managed to get this following. They sound awesome both live and on record but frankly, people nowadays don't seem to care about prominent musicians new bands. So, for that BLACK STAR RIDERS is an exception, but ok, THIN LIZZY haven't been touring for a long time and since there's no chance for the classic line-up to get together again, perhaps BLACK STAR RIDERS are seen as the best possible substitute. And yes, there were a gathering of mainly old timers, THIN LIZZY fans were present this night. It's not often I feel very young at shows these days but here that was exactly the case. They'd all done their homework also, since it didn't really matter what BLACK STAR RIDERS played, perhaps “Jailbreak” as second track got a bit more response than opener “Bloodshot” but from that second song and forward the mood was very high. It's damn cool to see a song like “Charlie I Gotta Go” being treated as one of the classics. The same goes for “All Hell Breaks Loose” and “Bound For Glory”.

The really fun thing with BLACK STAR RIDERS is their energy on stage. And the Irish accent Ricky Warwick possesses is just so charming. I actually think it took a while for the crowd to tag along since Ricky had to say it a few times when introducing Scott Gorham as Doc Holiday, the meanest gunslinger of the west. And hell yes, he is, his sound of course origins from THIN LIZZY since that was his life for more than a decade and it can still be heard in BLACK STAR RIDERS music, but with a bit of a modern touch; tasteful and perfect, if you ask me.

There's something about Ricky's stage presence though; he's definitely a hard worker and when he talks, he sounds cheerful but his whole expression feels like he's carrying a massive weight on his back. There's some sort of sadness over it all. That of course increases the passion uttered through the music and this is one of the reasons it's all so good. And that they have a whole bunch of super songs too, easy to sing along to. I mean, “Emerald” must be one of the best songs ever written. But no matter how much I love THIN LIZZY, I wouldn't have wanted another set, I think it's damn cool that new bands with an old school relation can stand on their own music. 11 BLACK STAR RIDERS tracks against 7 THIN LIZZY tracks (-“ish” actually, since “Rosalie” and “Whiskey In The Jar” isn't THIN LIZZY originals), a good mix. But I doubt it would have mattered what they played this night, since it was BLACK STAR RIDERS musical performance and the atmosphere in the venue that really did the show. So, for me I wouldn't mind to have BLACK STAR RIDERS back a couple of times every year.

BLACK STAR RIDERS setlist:

01. “Bloodshot”
02. “Jailbreak”
03. “Soldierstown”
04. “Charlie I Gotta Go”
05. “Are You Ready”
06. “Hey Judas”
07. “Through The Motions”
08. “Waitin' For An Alibi”
09. “Hoodoo Voodoo”
10. “All Hell Breaks Loose”
11. “The Boys Are Back In Town”
12. “Bound For Glory”
13. “Blindsided”
14. “Kingdom Of The Lost”
15. “Finest Hour”
16. “Emerald”
17. “Killer Instinct”
18. “Rosalie”
19. “Whiskey In The Jar”

BLACK STAR RIDERS

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