Hot off the press, here are a few videos I shot during Big Country‘s brilliant gig at King Tut’s in Glasgow last night.
With original members Bruce Watson, Tony Butler and Mark Brzezicki now joined by The Alarm‘s Mike Peters on vocals – taking over from his friend, the late Stuart Adamson – (plus Bruce’s son Jamie on guitar), this is not quite the same as the original Big Country and never will be, given the large shoes Adamson left to fill.
However, this line-up is undoubtedly as close as you could possibly hope to get to recapturing the spirit of the band in the glory of its 80s hey-day.
Mike Peters, still gigging with his own band (also a favourite of the Choob‘s) in addition to his new Big Country duties, is respectful and worthy of Adamson’s legacy and has the voice, personality and stage presence that has already won over the legion of Big Country fans, who have taken him to their hearts.
This week, we had a rare chance to see a band of Big Country‘s stature in a small, cosy, intimate venue when they played in front of around 250 fans at the legendary King Tut’s in Glasgow as a warm-up for their T In The Park appearance this weekend. Enjoy!
Fields Of Fire
In A Big Country
When I first heard this song, Under A Raging Moon by Roger Daltrey, I was blown away by it.
Although I was aware of The Who, it was this song (I still have the 12-inch single somewhere) that really inspired me to find out more about the band and their music.
The song comes from Daltrey’s 1985 album of the same name, released as a tribute to The Who’s drummer Keith Moon, who had died of a drug overdose seven years earlier.
Big Country‘s Mark Brzezicki played the drums on all the songs on the album but on this track he was joined by some of the leading drummers of the day to provide their own tribute to Moon. They were: Martin Chambers (The Pretenders), Roger Taylor (Queen), Cozy Powell (Rainbow/Whitesnake/Black Sabbath), Stewart Copeland (The Police), Zak Starkey (son of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who would later play with The Who and Oasis) and Carl Palmer (ELP/Asia).
Incidentally, the song was co-written, believe it or not, by John Parr, best known for his 1985 hit St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion), the theme song from the Brat Pack movie.
Here is a live performance of the song from some time around 1985 (although the drum parts appear to be on a backing tape):
And here, as a bonus, is the original album version:
This week, 80s Scots rockers Big Country, best known for making their guitars sound a bit like bagpipes. And wearing checked shirts.
A great live band, this performance is from 1983, recorded at the brilliant venue that is Glasgow’s Barrowland.
First, In a Big Country:
And my favourite Big Country song, Fields Of Fire:
For more information, click here for the Official Big Country website.