Thursday night Nov 18 Black Label Society and Clutch rolled into Phoenix, AZ. I was ready for a kick ass rock show as I had never seen Clutch, but had heard great things about their show, and of course Black Label Society. Can you really go wrong with that line up? I didn't think so.
We missed out on Children of Bodom, but I am not a fan of the band.
Clutch hit the stage a little after nine. There were plenty of Clutch fans in the house to see them. I wasn't sure what to expect from the band, but I was impressed. They broke out tunes from their catalog of material and busted out my two favorite tracks "Electric Worry", and "The Mob Goes Wild". I would definitely recommend catching these guys when they hit up a venue near you.
Black Label Society hit the stage at 10:30 for their 90 minute set. I was talking about how they needed to play material from the earlier BLS catalog and they did just that. Breaking out "The Beginning...At Last" and "The Rose Petalled Garden." The second song came from "Order of the Black," "Crazy Horse". Zakk's vocals sounded good. "Funeral Bell" was a surprise and great to hear it blasting through the theater.
BLS is a great straight up rock show with a wall of amps and a cool video running in the background throughout the set. Zakk was tearing it up on guitar, but lets not forget that Evil Twin Nick is just as good of a guitarist as Zakk, if he wasn't he wouldn't be in the band I am sure.
The only time Zakk and BLS slow things down is when they bust out the piano for the Dimebag tribute "In This River." The music video for this tune is running in the background mixed in with pictures of Dimebag as the song rolls on. The lighters break out during this song, and the crowd goes crazy at the end chanting Dime's name when the song is over.
The guitar solo lead into my favorite track from the new CD "Godspeed Hellbound" and that blew my face off. I loved it.
The show ended with "Concrete Jungle" from the Shot to Hell CD. You knew that wasn't the end of the show, the band never left the stage and broke into "Stillborn" which closed out the Black Label set.
I wasn't sure how I was going to write this review, and I could be like some people and tell you the show was incredible and that it rocked the house etc..BUT
With only three shows left in this tour by the time it hit Phoenix, AZ there just seemed to be something missing from the show. I am still not sure what that was, tired from the road, the tour, maybe it was just an off night, who knows, but I have seen many BLS shows and this was not my favorite. Anyone who knows me knows what a huge Zakk Wylde and Black Label fan I am, but this show didn't bring it home for me like so many times in the past.
Obviously this is just my opinion and I am not saying to not buy their CD's or hit the shows because I can tell you I will still be at the next Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society show that comes close to me. I am a fan and will continue to be.
The Beginning... At Last
What's in You
The Rose Petalled Garden
Parade of the Dead
In This River
Fire It Up
Godspeed Hell Bound
The Blessed Hellride