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Black Country Communion – Live in Loket, Czech Republic

Black Country Communion in Loket: L-R: Derek Sherinian, Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa

We’d decided to go to the Czech Republic for a week, in order to take in the wonderful city of Prague, whilst planning our main reason for the trip – seeing BCC on our last but one evening in the country, in the beautiful town of Loket. Most of the time, we enjoyed sunny weather, but perhaps we should have heeded the early warnings when we had to shelter in a bar in Prague from an amazing lightning storm and torrential downpour, preventing us from watching an outdoor concert in the Old Town Square.

Derek, Glenn & Joe soundcheck before the deluge. Jason is getting an Ice-cream. (See below)

I think he got one of the fans to hold his ice-cream while he signed.........

Nevertheless, Sunday came in Loket, the sun shone, the trucks moved in and erected the sound stage, PA and lighting, and all looked fine for an amazing night in the riverside amphitheatre, with the impressive Loket castle as the backdrop, looming large on its gigantic rock. We’d already been here for several days, getting the feel of the town, exploring the area and waiting for BCC to arrive.

Couldn't resist it....on stage in Loket the day before the show.

Loket has seen its fair share of celebrities – Daniel Craig was here in ‘Casino Royale‘ when Loket doubled for Montenegro. In the cafe scene, you can see our hotel in the background!   The Hotel (in real life) is called Hotel Goethe – a nod to the famous German poet who stayed here back in the day.

During the day, we wandered around this ‘fairytale village’ (to quote Harry from ‘In Bruges’!!) – and managed to say hi to Joe Bonamassa, and get a photo with him, and also chat with keyboard virtuoso Derek Sherinian, who happened to be at the next table while we ate perhaps the best apfelstrudel of our lives! (I recommended he try it  🙂  )

With Joe in Loket on the afternoon of the gig

It might have been Goethe’s town in his day, but it was rock’s poets on display tonight…….and no sooner had we taken our place in front of the stage than the heavens opened, and it bucketed down. For the next four hours. Non stop. It rained for  Radim Hladik and his (very good) band Blue Effect, and it rained for Black Country Communion.

"How are you feeling out there?!" shouted Glenn. "Wet," I replied, truthfully.

Glenn strode out….”I-I-I-I am a messenger!”  – and off we went.  He gave a heartfelt apology for the rain we were suffering under – and we were suffering – but this band simply dispelled any thoughts of personal health and safety as they transported me back in time to a…er….time when music was just stupendous. Thanks to this band, it is again, and those short-sighted critics and lazy journalists that dismiss this band as merely re-hashed Deep Purple are missing the point by a country mile. This band is a MODERN rock band, drawing on all that’s good from the past – the musicianship, the energy, the spontaneity……and….. whisper it quietly in the corridors of corporate radio, for it is a dirty word: ROCK.

Glenn Hughes owned the stage, an ethereal wraith spitting out amazing vocals and meandering bass lines in equal measure. Joe strode out into the downpour, precariously hardwired into his pedal board, soloing like a demon, and then theatrically wiping down his guitar with a towel, flinging it away with a flourish (the towel, not the guitar) bringing huge grins from the rest of the band, and cheers from the sodden audience.

Joe does his thing

The smiles exchanged between these guys onstage as they moved effortlessly between songs that are destined to become modern classics (I reckon BCC have about five of ’em already and counting) said everything about how good they feel doing this, and about how good it really is. And believe me when i tell you as a student of rock all my life and a professional bassist and singer of 33 years standing: THIS IS THE GOOD SHIT.  I hope they make more albums. I stood there in the rain, probably caught pneumonia. And for this band, I’d do it again.

Somebody was kindly filming from the rear, just look at this amazing setting! We’re stood front row, just in line with Joe’s monitors. You can’t miss us, we’re piss wet through and hooded. 🙂

Kev Moore

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July 19, 2011 - Posted by | Music, Recording, Rock, Thoughts, Touring, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Just seen the youtube clips Kev.Sounds and looks like it was a realy great gig even if the sun didn’t shine on the band and you got a bit damp.Looked at the other clips on youtube and such great sounds.You can’t beat a backdrop like that amazing castle.When I saw the Stones at Linkin Park in Prague, the lovely Prague Castle was all lit up in the background.A lot further away than Loket Castle.Also there was a thunderstorm with torrential rain for about 15 minutes but as in the BCC gig,it takes more than that to dampen the spirits.Never made it to Dublin for their gig tomorrow.Trying to spread the word around for 14 Cousins.They are pals of mine who in my opinion are the best band on our local scene.Pete Bruntnell is a great talent as a musician and writer and plays all sorts of music.Here’s a link just to get some idea of what I go to see down my local boozer in Kingston on Thames . http://youtu.be/rOXSIXT71GM So much good live music around.Looking forward to seeing Roger Daltrey and his band playing ”Tommy” at Indigo o2 on Sunday.Great to hear you had a terrific time in the Czech Republic.Such a beautiful country.

    Comment by Tony Fowler | July 20, 2011

  2. I’ll check out 14 cousins, Tony. Who’s in Roger’s band for the Tommy show?

    Comment by kevmoore | July 27, 2011

  3. Great show last Sunday Kev,and a great band with Roger. A guy called Jon Button on bass,drums is Scott Deavours,Loren Gold on keyboards and Simon Townshend (Petes brother) on rhythem/second guitar. Lead guitar was Frank Simes who was realy suited to the music of Roger and The Who.Must admit the only musician familiar to me was Simon as he is in The Who. A realy good night of music in a small venue,with all The Who favourites thrown in as well.

    Comment by Tony Fowler | July 29, 2011

  4. Sounds great – Tony – would’ve loved to see that in a small venue!

    Comment by kevmoore | July 29, 2011


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