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Black 47

Live in Rockford, IL, 2003

Review by Gary Hill

There are those who say that no one parties like the Irish. Having seen Black 47 live twice now, I must say that they bring some support to this argument. The band's approach of playing hard edged rocking numbers that both feature strong Celtic tendencies and off-kilter textures, truly works well in the live environment. Although unseasonably cold and rainy weather kept many fans away, those who did make it were treated to a rocking show of the kind only Black 47 can deliver.

The band made their way through songs from all stages of their career, and did so by weaving a unique and powerful wall of sound. .The thing is they really have a knack for making it look both easy and fun.

Eric Meli
Eric Meli
It's a shame that more people didn't turn out for this gig, as the band certainly warmed up a chilly night and kept all that did brave the weather entertained. If you are a fan of Celtically influenced music, or just good high energy rock with leanings ranging all the way to reggae and hip-hop, you really should check out this band.

Eric Meli
Eric Meli
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