March 1st, 2014
1 hour 30 mins
There’s was one of the most defining sounds of the eighties and now – after some troubled years on a legal and personal level, not least being the suicide of original frontman Stuart Adamson in 2002 – Big Country are back and sounding as great as ever.
Bruce Watson and his son, Jamie, together with original drummer Mark Brzezicki have drafted in the bass playing talents of former Simple Minds maestro Derek Forbes and the vocal power and prowess of Simon Hough to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic hit, Wonderland, with an extensive national tour.
If tonight’s showing is anything to go by, those destined to see the band in action will not be disappointed as from first-to-last, Big Country enthralled the packed audience within the basement confines of Liverpool’s fastest growing live venue, Eric’s Live on Mathew Street.
Along with Adamson’s distinctive vocals – which are uncannily similar to Hough’s in many ways – it was the unique quality of the guitar work of Bruce Watson that provided Big Country with their USP. Tonight, Watson delivers superbly, particularly on tracks such as The Teacher and Look Away and although the highlights were many, but near seminal versions of Wonderland, Fields of Fire, and In A Big Country – along with a fantastic version of The Beatles’ Day Tripper – will live long in the memory.
It may have been thirty years since Big Country last played in the intimate surroundings of Eric’s, but it can only be hoped that it will be nothing like as long before they return.
A truly great night, indeed.
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