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Upon arriving at Glasgow’s O2 ABC it was reassuring to see an already lengthy queue outside.

My primary reason for being there was to see the first band on the bill – the mighty Crobot!

Shortly after seven thirty the dark stage lit up with white spots and Crobot launched headlong into set opener “Legend of theSpaceborne Killer”. Right from the off these boys grabbed the Glasgow crowd by the throat.

I’d seen them on their previous Glasgow outing, last September, when they had played the much smaller O2 ABC downstairs in front of a handful of people so it was fabulous to see a bigger crowd in the room and a much bigger stage.

These boys don’t stand still for a second! They used every inch of that space.

My only criticism of their all-too-short set was that the sound man let them down here. Chris Bishop’s guitar was drowning out Brandon Yeagley’s vocals for at least three of their seven numbers.

Their set featured tracks from their debut album, Something Supernatural. Check it out if you’ve not already heard it.

My personal favourite was La Mano de Lucifer. Awesome performance from all of them, especially Brandon. Love it!

With heavy riffs with a funky groove, strongly influenced by Led Zeppelin coupled with early Deep Purple, Crobot showed the Scottish fans how to put on a rock show.

Loved Chris Bishop’s party trick of swinging his guitar right round his back. Wonder how many times that move’s gone wrong? Rhythm machines Paul and Jake are the lynch pin. No one plays bass with as much passion as Jake! Awesome moves and stunning vocals from Brandon.

Their set finished with a killer rendition of “Fly On TheWall”.

Best opening band I’ve ever seen.

Next up were Black Tusk from Savannah, Georgia. This trio blasted the crowd with power chord after power chord. I assume there were lyrics in there but they were indecipherable. This band were pretty non-descript in my book and its not often I’m relieved when a set’s over. Not for me.

So how do you “woo” a capacity Glasgow crowd?

Starting the set with a bagpipe rendition of “Flower of Scotland” was the first smart move headliners, Black Label Society, made. Everyone in the room was in full voice!

After a Led Zeppelin/Black Sabbath “Whole Lotta Love/War Pigs” mash-up, the huge black curtain finally dropped to reveal Zakk Wylde centre stage in a kilt! Second smart move!

The fans lapped it up. Black Label Society played a solid ninety minute set, featuring several tracks from their latest album, Catacombs of the Black Vatican.

If lengthy ego-massaging guitar solos are your personal preference then you can’t help but worship Zakk Wylde. For me they became a little tedious and repetitive after a while.

The set was broken up with a stunning rendition of “Angel of Mercy” where Dario Lorina swapped his guitar for keyboards. Beautiful. Zakk Wylde then displayed his own piano prowess with an almost classical piano solo before slickly moving into “In This River”. The speaker stacks were swathed in two huge photos of Dimebag Darrell, adding a poignant moment to proceedings.

Black Label Society ended their fourteen song set with “Stillborn”

With ears ringing (for nearly three days after in my case) and a hint of “Flower of Scotland” in the air, the Glasgow chapter of the Black Label Society went home happy.

Words by Coral McCallum

Photo credit to Coral McCallum

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