LIVE: Black Stone Cherry – Mandela Hall, Belfast

28715_black_stone_cherryIt’s not everyday you get two big acts travelling together on a single tour unless it’s something like the Kerrang! tour or for a festival, but tonight we all got a treat in Theory of a Deadman and Black Stone Cherry both playing in Mandela Hall.

Tonight was the first time Theory of a Deadman ever took to the stage in Northern Ireland, and from the moment they hit the stage to the end they interacted with the crowd joking about and performing hits like ‘Lowlife’, ‘I Hate My Life’ and ‘Bad Girlfriend’.

Part of the way through their set they performed a shortened down cover of Guns N’ Roses Paradise City which everyone responded to well. Just before they went off stage they said they would be at the merchandise stand out front to meet everyone which created pandemonium, as everyone queued to get pictures and autographs before Black Stone Cherry took to the stage.

I must say with the reception Theory of a Deadman got I would love to see them back over here and performing a longer set.

Onto the headline act and, I must admit, after seeing Black Stone Cherry multiple times in the past I knew instantly the roof was be lifted off Mandela Hall.

Coming on stage they opened with ‘Rain Wizard‘ and straight away they had the crowd whipped into a frenzy with a non-stop performance that got everyone jumping, singing, dancing and enjoying every beat, chord and word from start to finish. Even at one stage lead singer Chris Robertson just stood smiling and playing his guitar whilst everyone in attendance sang the song before he carried on with the rest of it.

The set was a great collection of songs from a mixture of old songs like ‘White Trash Millionaire’, ‘Like I Roll’, ‘Such a Shame’ and new songs from their most recent album Magic Mountain including ‘Me and Mary Jane’, ‘Hollywood in Kentucky’¬†amongst others.

The whole night from start to finish was a full party with great music from two very talented bands in an intimate venue which is fantastic, as it means the fans can get closer to the bands they want to hear and see up close and personal. I’m quoting a song title of Black Stone Cherry here but it truly was a great party and celebration of music that set the stage alight. A true Fiesta Del Fuego! Matt Halliday, GiggingNI.com