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The San Francisco trio play 19 tracks in an almost two-hour set

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club returned to live action after a two-month break at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London last night (February 3).

The San Francisco trio ran through 19 tracks drawing from each of their seven studio albums, including last year’s ‘Specter At The Feast’.

The 2013 album was dedicated to bassist and founder member Robert Levon Been’s late father Michael, who had been a longtime collaborator with the band. Early in the set, the band played their cover of ‘Let The Day Begin’, which had been an ’80s hit for Michael Been’s band The Call.

Although inter-song chat was kept to a minimum, Been did take time to thank the appreciative audience: “You guys have been very kind. We were very nervous. We’ve had two months off. It’s very kind for you to be here at the show tonight.”

They also asked the audience to “say a prayer” for Lonely The Brave frontman David Jakes. “He was supposed to play tonight but he’s really sick. He’s in the hospital. Let’s all pray that he gets well soon,” they added.

After a nearly two-hour set, it was the closing trio of ‘Spread Your Love’, ‘Shuffle Your Feet’ and ‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘n’ Roll (Punk Song)’ which drew the biggest reaction from the full venue. ‘Shuffle My Love’ was performed acoustically by Been and guitarist Peter Hayes, in between full band versions of their two biggest hits.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played:

‘Hate The Taste’
‘Beat The Devil’s Tattoo’
‘Let The Day Begin’
‘Rival’
‘Ain’t No Easy Way’
‘Berlin’
‘Rifles’
‘666 Conducer’
‘Returning’
‘American X’
‘Red Eyes And Tears’
‘Six Barrel Shotgun’
‘Funny Games’
‘Weight Of The World’
‘Lose Yourself’
‘Conscience Killer’
‘Spread Your Love’
‘Shuffle Your Feet’
‘Whatever Happened To My Rock ‘n’ Roll (Punk Song)’