The Magpie Salute – 7th December 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

By Gordon Armstrong (G’s Gig Shots)

The Magpie Salute - 7th December 2018 - Newcastle Riverside
The Magpie Salute – 7th December 2018 – Newcastle Riverside

After a quick visit to the Arena up the road it was a quick scuttle down to the Quayside to see The Magpie Salute at Riverside venue. There was no way I wanted to miss any of this, I mean three members of The Black Crowes in a band that had released one of my favourite albums of the year… errrr no chance!

Kicking off with title track High Water it’s immediately evident that this is a band comfortable with each other, no histrionics, no massive opener just a fantastic song based around a rolling melody and wonderful harmonies which never dropped through the next seventeen or so songs. The guitar play between Rich Robinson and Marc Ford is a masterclass in less is more. Some beautiful slide playing and solo trading but without entering the world of shred.

By the fifth song the band are paying homage to their heroes and drop in Pink Floyds Fearless and Neil Youngs Big Time, before showcasing solo material from Marc and Rich.

A short acoustic set starting with Sister Moon and a lovely version of CSN’s You Don’t Have To Cry followed by the first Black Crowes of the night Lay It All On Me breaks the set up nicely and again highlights the vocal harmonies. Speaking of which the revelation of the night for me was vocalist John Hogg, I love the album and liked his previous band Moke but never expected him to nail it so well live he was just outstanding! At one point I was positive he was channelling Get Your Wings era Steven Tyler!!

They delve into the Crowes catalogue even further once back into electric instruments (One Mirror Too Many for example) and finish on a stomping Send Me An Omen leaving an audience just awestruck. So many people stating it was their gig of the year following it and I have to agree it was definitely up there!

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