Saturday, 22 October 2011

Big Country In Another Country

A welcome opportunity to see the magnificent Big Country at The Central Station in Wrexham came along recently, supported by Glenn Matlock and The Philistines in preparation for some festival appearances. Can't remember going to the venue before and would have no problem going there again. Big Country were excellent and live, I liked the new single which I hadn't previously.

The evening was best summed up by the review from Record Collector -
"A packed, intimate, humid venue welcomed the return of Big Country with local boy (and long-time ally) Mike Peters taking up vocal duties. The evening kicked off with A Thousand Stars and that familiar, harmonised twin guitar attack that instantly propelled us back into yesteryear. The likes of Harvest Home, The Teacher and Driving To Damascus had the crowd bouncing, and proved Mike Peters to be an engaging, more than capable frontman. Steeltown preceded the haunting refrain of crowd-pleaser Chance, where even drummer Mark Brzezicki left his drum-stool and took to a mic to sing along with the crowd! Restless Natives and a blinding rendition of Look Away set the place alight. Fields Of Fire further fanned the flames and led to a full tilt jig on Inwards. Mike Peters launched himself into the crowd for a storming In A Big Country, rounding off a triumphant 90 minutes of uplifting, impassioned Celtic rock. Stuart Adamson surely would have been proud."

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