Big Country gig review Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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Big Country were back in London for their second gig in just over four months and had moved up to the bigger Empire, after previously selling out the Islington Academy. I last saw the band back in 1986 at the Victoria Hall, proudly bopping around the gig in check lumberjack style shirt, many of which were evidence tonight in a mainly male crowd who, bar a few, would have all seen the band back in their 80’s peak.

Big Country now comprise of the original trio of guitarist Bruce Watson, bassist Tony Butler and drummer Mark Brzezicki, who are joined by Bruce’s son Jamie on guitar and the Alarm’s Mike Peters on vocals. The latter is an inspired choice, as throughout the show he makes fitting tributes to the late Stuart Adamson. Also vocally he nails the Big Country songs spot on and his on stage presence and sheer enthusiasm for the songs really shines through. Needless to say the crowd are on the band’s side from the first song ‘1,000 Stars’ right through to the set’s closing number ‘In A Big Country’.

Highlights? The whole damn show! ‘The Teacher’ and ‘Look Away’ drove the crowd wild as you’d expect, in fact the bopping/mosh at the front didn’t stop all night apart from when Mike Peters walked through the audience. It is a non-stop show with the only stops for tribute to Stuart Adamson and a passionate appeal from Mike Peters for the charity he supports, Love Hope Strength, who help various cancer charities. 

They have a few more dates left on this tour and three more in June inlcuding the Isle Of Wight festival. Do yourself a favour and go see them, a truly memorable live band providing a fitting tribute and keeping alive, the music of Stuart Adamson and Big Country.

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