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Carnival of Madness (Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Halestorm, Highly Suspect)– Glasgow Hydro, 1st February 2016

Halestorm Lzzy Glasgow 2016Despite the weather resembling something out of the movie Twister there’s a cracking atmosphere around the Hydro as the first rendition of the UK incarnation of The Carnival of Madness rolls into town.

I would love to tell you about how good Brooklyn’s Highly Suspect were, but the only thing that was highly suspect was the length of time it took to get my photopass and then the stewards insistence that all photographers go in one entrance so they could “keep an eye on us”.

Halestorm Arjay Glasgow 2016As a result of this and despite the fact that I’d been at the Hydro since 2pm, I missed them. I canvassed the opinion of the crowd, and the comments varied from ok, to not bad, so I’d go with a thumbs up for them

Next up are the ever impressive Halestorm who waste no time in getting the crowd going. Front woman Lzzy Hale is particularly adept at getting the crowd going with their brand of radio friendly anthems that are not wasted on the Glasgow crowd.

This was a cracking set and I can’t wait to see what comes next from Halestorm. (9/10)


  1. Sick Individual
  2. Love Bites (So Do I)
  3. Apocalyptic
  4. Amen
  5. I Like It Heavy
  6. I Am The Fire
  7. Drum Solo
  8. Mayhem
  9. Freak Like Me
  10. I Miss The Misery

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Shinedown Eric Glasgow 2016Next up are Shinedown with their own brand of modern rock that reflects their musical position in the bill. Tipping their hat to David Bowie by using “I’m Afraid of Americans” as their intro tune.

Their set is very slick and front man Brett Smith is on top form, even deciding to part the now capacity standing crowd and go for a wee dawdle.

Bassist Eric Bass is like a livewire during the whole of their 9 song set and the sound as a whole was particularly impressive, a massive change from their last visit with Alter Bridge when the sound quality varied from muffled to, well, shite to be honest.

Shinedown Glasgow 2016You can see why these guys are successful, but for me, it wasn’t as spontaneous as the other bands and I get the feeling that they could suffer from a case of going through the motions (AC/DC-itis) when you have to be in the legend bracket to be able to do this (i.e. AC/DC).

Having said that, there are some great tunes in there with “State of My Head”, “Second Chance” and their take on Skynyrd’s “Simple Man”. (8/10)


  1. Black Cadillac
  2. Diamond Eyes
  3. Second Chance
  4. Cut the Cord
  5. Enemies
  6. I’ll Follow You
  7. State of My Head
  8. Simple Man
  9. Sound of Madness

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Black Stone Cherry Glasgow 2016Last up are headliners Black Stone Cherry who, after their massive stage curtain drops, waste no time getting us all going with “Me & Mary Jane”.

The Kentucky quartet have certainly earned their Scottish stripes over the years, starting at the Cathouse they’ve grown in status without losing a sense of where they’ve come form and more specifically who got them there.

In my chat with Bassist John Lawhon in the afternoon, he has told me that their new album Kentucky would be the first without any external record company interference so it would be a true raw BSC album, and this would certainly seem to be the case as two of the new tunes given a run out (“In Our Dreams” & “The Rambler”).

Black Stone Cherry Ben Glasgow 2016Lzzy Hale comes out to duet “Peace is Free” with Chris Robertson and we are treated to the unusual site of at least 80% of the audience with their mobile phone lights on, how things have changed since the days of using the good old zippo lighter.

Their encore had the added bonus of giving us a rendition of Ace of Spades before leaving the stage to rapturous applause.

The sound was incredible, and what we were treated to this evening was a band at the very peak of their powers and I for one, can’t wait to hear their latest offering due out on 1st April. (9/10)


  • Me And Mary Jane
  • Rain Wizard
  • Blind Man
  • In My Blood
  • Violator Girl
  • Yeah Man
  • Holding on…..To Letting Go
  • Soulcreek
  • In Our Dreams
  • Drum Solo
  • Things My Father Said
  • The Rambler
  • Peace is Free
  • White Trash Millionaire
  • Blame it on the Boom Boom


  • Lonely Train
  • Ace of Spades

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