Big Brother and the Holding Company
After last weeks gig I kind of knew what to expect for this, the last date on the UK leg of Big Brother and the Holding Company’s European Tour.....how wrong could I be?
I got there early to make sure I got in and was not feeling too good (I have had Pneumonia since January and am only just getting over it and am still on medication) and was about to say “Fuck it”, buy a T-Shirt and go home, but instead managed to talk the security guy into giving me a passout so I sloped off up Oxford Street and got myself some food for an hour and came back feeling a lot better, catching the end of the support band I was surprised to see how many people were now there as when I left there were about 40!!
None of the other guys could make it so I was gonna be taking both notes and photo’s, an idea that soon went out the window as even more people piled in ready for the band.
The second they came on I knew this was a different band than what I had seen a week ago, mainly due to the much larger crowd (I guess there was maybe 350 people there) and they were ready to rock!!
This band were totally ‘smoking’ tonight and this is one of the best gigs I have been to for some time.
Hey guys, you played an absolute ‘Blinder’ tonight.....come back to England soon!!
Show opened by a couple of guys who used to be with Diesel Park West (remember the name but don't really remember any of their stuff). 2 left-handed guitarists (out of a band of 2!); they were pretty good especially on the Steve Stills covers (Bluebird & Rock 'n' Roll Woman) and the Moby G song (Hey Grandma). Very short set.
BBatHC were superb. Was never a big fan of theirs first time around so I didn't know much of the stuff they did but it was all good (at the very least). Echoing Dragon's earlier comments Lisa Mills has an excellent voice. IMHO she's better than Janis - a singer rather than a screamer - and the young guy on guitar (can't remember his name) is P.D.G. Solid vocal line-up, tending to stay along the same harmonies but when Lisa cut loose ....
Can't really compare her role to that being filled by Diana (and occasionally Darby) but she is excellant. Can't see any cross over stuff but would be interested to hear her do STL or Better Lying Down (maybe one of the D's could have a stab at Summertime?)
The 3 obvious/expected Janis songs were Summertime, Piece Of My Heart and, as the (only) encore Ball And Chain.
Great night. Final words (paraphrased) from my my diminutive mate Steve (the video man from JS 2000), a self proclaimed Prog Rock fan - I didn't know what to expect but they were brilliant; it's one of the best concerts I've seen - (he may have enjoyed this more than the JS gig as he didn't stand there with a video camera to his face the whole time).
Tha band all came out from back stage to chat (very briefly, it was sort of like a fast food queue) and to autograph things (mainly their new CD which was on sale for a tenner and is pretty good).