Category Archives: Concert review

Black Box Revelation

blackboxrevelation-as-Smart-Object-1This super group was the opening act at Werchter on 16th May 2016, warming up the audience for the Mighty AC/DC.

Take a few minutes of your time to listen to these two (yes, only 2!) rockers, start with “Never alone / Always together” and dig deeper.

Superb, innit?

Right, because this is Belgium!

A name to remember: “B-l-a-c-k-B-o-x-R-e-v-e-l-a-t-i-o-n“.

Rock On!

AC/DC : another Game of Thrones?

Date and Venue

Rock or Bust World Tour

Werchter Festival, May 16th 2016

Supporting Acts: BLACK BOX REVELATION >> TYLER BRYANT AND THE SHAKEDOWN

AC/DC or The Rock of Ages … or Aging of Rock?

After 35 years of service, Brian Johnson quits the band. Ear damage and the fear of becoming deaf was the official statement. According to Zakk Wylde this is a bit of a misconception, meaning that it’s not about loud music (warning: still use hearing protection whenever It Might Get Loud!) but a direct blast from deafening noise in race cars. Some rumours boldly state the fact that Brian was not eager on extensive touring as Brian did, made the band release his beloved singer.

 

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The Fish/Jones Experience

Ruf Records organizes regular tours with their artists (the ‘Blues Caravans’). Currently there is the Double Trouble Tour with American Samantha Fish and Briton Laurence Jones, two promising young artists who are currently very (yes, very) hot. Samantha just turned twenty-six this summer and made an impression on many festivals around the globe. Her new album ‘Wild Heart’ is doing extremely well. Laurence Jones is twenty-three and last year won the Young Artist of the Year Award at the British Blues Awards. Everywhere he goes he knows how to impress the audience, with his friendly smile and amazing guitar firework. Both artists joined forces on this Double Trouble tour to promote their albums over Europe. The caravan stops in seven countries:  Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, England and fortunately also Belgium. The Belgian music lover had only one chance to see the spectacle and that was on Monday, November 9th in the Spirit Of 66 Verviers. Continue reading »

Ibeyi : Diaz sisters

Ibeyi is pronounced ee-bey-ee, which translates as “twins”. French-Cuban musical twin Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz sing in English and ancestral Nigerian language Yoruba, honoring the slave traditionals and folk songs of their ancestors. The Yoruba tribe they descend from presents the highest twinning rate in the world.

Daughters of famous Cuban percussionist and Grammy award winner Anga Diaz (who was a member of the Buena Vista Social Club), Naomi learned to play his signature instrument the cajón while Lisa plays piano. Both are gifted with a wonderful voice, alike their mother the French-Venezuelan singer Maya Dagnino, who encouraged Lisa-Kaindé’s song writing.

Ibeyi

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Patti Smith : touched by the Hand of the High Priestess of Punk

A pioneer of New York City’s vibrant punk scene, Patti Smith is arguably the most influential woman in rock. Despite virtually nonexistent airplay since her debut, the 1975 classic “Horses,” she has never slowed, never softened.

Poet, shaman, high priestess of punk rock and new wave… In just a couple of weeks Patti Smith turns 69. But her music was and still is high on rebellion. She had a strong religious upbringing (her mother was a Jehovah’s Witness) but felt trapped in this “Bible Institute”; later, she wrote the famous line “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine”, which kicks of her version of Them’s Gloria, first song of her 1975 debut album “Horses”, fusing rebellious punk with poetic art.

The album drew on genres as diverse as rock and roll, jazz, reggae., partly improvised in Electric Lady Studios, where Smith felt the spirits of Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison guiding her.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this previously critically dismissed album, the Patti Smith Band performed the music in its entirety in Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium.

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Gov’t Mule @ The Depot (Belgium)

We don’t need to fly to Salt Lake City since Leuven, Belgium has its own “Depot”.

This temple of music was refurbished recently and is host to many talented musicians, famous and upcoming bands alike.

And the Mule does not need an introduction!

Hence, this little introduction: Gov’t Mule was formed in 1994, when Warren Haynes and bassist Allen Woody were playing in The Allman Brothers Band and talking about their shared passion for old school power trios. Haynes called up drummer Matt Abts, and the band recorded three increasingly ambitious studio albums and performed countless shows before Woody passed in 2000. In 2001, Louis, a longtime collaborator, became a full-time member of Gov’t Mule, and the group has been a four-piece ever since. Bassist Carlsson has been with the group since 2008, solidifying the lineup.

Rock torchbearers, Gov’t Mule, were celebrating their 20th anniversary last year with an extensive tour and a series of dynamic live archival releases that highlight the group’s versatility and fearless live performances, to create a unique experience each and every time. Their steadily expanding fan base knows that the Mule always has something special waiting for them.

To celebrate their 20th anniversary, they released some exquisite live archival material:

Stoned Side of the Mule: Volume 1,which captures the Mule on Halloween 2009, ripping through seven impassioned Rolling Stone covers.

The second archival, Dark Side of the Mule,features 90 minutes of Pink Floyd covers recorded during the band’s Halloween 2008 show at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA.

Dub Side of the Mule shines a light on the band’s New Year’s Eve 2006 Beacon Theatre show, including a 45-minute set of reggae songs with special guest, reggae legend Toots Hibbert.

And also this year we were finally able to get our hands and ears on a very special release – the long-awaited SCO-MULE.In September of 1999, John Scofield teamed up with Gov’t Mule for two legendary shows. Fans can now experience the SCO-MULE magic first-hand in album form. The 3-hour all-instrumental album is a jazz romp laced with rock riffs.

With the Mule, always expect the unexpected. And so was this evening’s duo-set, dedicated to Ben E. King who has passed away the day before this amazing concert on May 1st 2015. A true tribute! Strolling through their own songbook with snippets of the inevitable greats (Beatles, Hendrix, even some Smoke on the water). Heavy, mesmerising and sometimes brutal, Warren even killed his amp during Cortez the Killer. Warning: the Mule is addictive!

Set 1:

1. Thorazine Shuffle

2. Million Miles from Yesterday

3. Monkey Hill

4. Bad Little Doggie

5. About to Rage

6. Brand New Angel

7. Captured

8. She Said She Said (Beatles cover) > Tomorrow Never Knows jam with Stand By Me and Third Stone From the Sun excerpts)

Set 2:

9. Cortez the Killer (Neil Young cover) (with Hottentot , Fallen Down & No Quarter excerpts)

10. Mule (with Les Brers in A Minor excerpt)

11. Little Toy Brain

12. Thelonius Beck >

13. Drums

14. Whisper in Your Soul

15. Drivin’ Rain

16. Soulshine (Allman Brothers Band cover) >

17. Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison cover) > Soulshine reprise

18. Encore: Blind Man in the Dark

You can relive this concert at http://mulearmy.net/govt-mule-05-01-2015-het-depot-leuven-belgium/ .

Enjoy!