A good time was had by all at the Great Brittish Beer Festival last week. I was there to see M3 and raise a few jars.
In keeping with the beer festival, the band had an hour break between two sets: one 45 minute and the other about an hour. The first set was made up of songs from Company of Snakes original album Burst their Bubble.
I have to admit I was probably one of the few people to recognize the tracks for this release. We got to hear both Marsden and Moody do solos to show off their amazing guitar skills. Neil Murray was his normal stoic self as he gave them the awesome bottom line Whitesnake blues needs.
Jimmy Copley, who has done time with Paul Rodger's and Tony Iommi's band, did the job on drums and on keyboards Mark Stanway (Magnum, Grand Slam) showed why he is so respected. Speaking of respect, a young lad asked me if they were a cover band. I had to explain the band's origins. He was impressed with their skill and really liked the band.
The second set was 100% vintage Whitesnake with "Slow & Easy," "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City," "Crying in the Rain," and cracking finale "Here I go Again" amongst others. I, like quite a few others in the crowd, sang along with every word. My only gripe with Stefan Bergrren who handles the vocals is he does not seem to have the low-end Coverdale has with his vocals. He handles the high stuff fine but does not do the bottom end as well.
In the end it was the perfect band for a night of real ale drinking. Most people went for the beer and got to see a cracking band. I went to see a band and got to drink some damn good beer.