Wednesday, April 3, 2013 great review and pics from O2 Academy Brixton

By Thanira Rates

The return of the leather clad trio Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to London for the first time in two years just confirmed that they don’t need more than three musicians in a band to make great music. Robert Levon Been was re-insured of that by the cheering full house at O2 Brixton Academy: ‘Thank you guys very much, it’s real fucking good to be back.’

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club BRMC London March 2013

The enthusiasm and mind-blowing stomping commotion that the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club brought to the audience was unique and remarkable, and it didn’t matter they passed the curfew time, but the fans didn’t left the venue until the lights would not lit and the securities began leading the audience out of the venue. Two hours of pure kinky rock with a set of 25 songs, which 10 of them were from the new album Specter At The Feast, released on March 18.

They’ve kicked off the show with their cover of The Call, Let The Day Begin, which is a tribute to Robert’s father, Michael, who died in Belgium, 2010. His father was very involved with the band’s work, producing and working as a sound engineer. Their set remained with the dirty and sexy vibe, playing Rival, the famous hit Red Eyes and Tears, and the new Hate the Taste, which by the crowd’s reaction, it might be the first hit from their latest album. Hits from their previous albums were also included in their set, such as Whatever Happened to My Rock ‘n’ Roll (Punk Song), Beat the Devil’s Tattoo and Ain’t No Easy Way, and not even a small problem with the Robert pedals in Berlin interfered in the synchronized waves of arms and bodies of the audience. Songs such 666 Conducer and Love Burns gave the crowd the opportunity to chill and appreciate the flirty performance and raspy vocals of Peter Hayes. Before playing Returning, Peter Hayes showed his appreciation to the fans: ‘We spent two years making this album, thank you for being here with us tonight.’

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club BRMC London March 2013

An introspective vibe was created in the middle of the set, when the lights went down and focused on Hayes playing the piano, presenting two solo songs: Feel It Now and Devil’s Waitin. Robert Levon approached the audience several times, swapping guitars and bass throughout the whole concert. Another memorable moment was when Levon with an acoustic guitar and a soft spot light, performed Mercy the entire song on his knees, in the very edge of the stage, saying that he likes to get as close to the crowd as he can.
It was truly an amazing night, let’s hope we don’t need to wait another two years for their return.


Let the Day Begin
Red Eyes And Tears
Hate The Taste
Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song)
Beat the Devil’s Tattoo
Ain’t No Easy Way
666 Conducer
Love Burns
Feel It Now
Devil’s Waitin’
Fire Walker
Teenage Disease
Conscience Killer
Funny Games
In Like The Rose
Six Barrel Shotgun
Spread Your Love

Sometimes The Light
Sell It
Lose Yourself


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