Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

BRMC Come Home to the Fillmore in San Francisco

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Local favorites Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played the Fillmore last night to a crowd full of friends that have followed the trio from their humble beginnings right here in the Bay Area. The floor was packed, the venue smoky and the vibe so cool you couldn’t cut it with a knife.

The band comprised of Peter Hayes (guitar, vocals), Robert Levon Been (bass) and Leah Shapiro (drums), played a hypnotic set filled with pulsating green strobes and misty fog machines, one that kept the audience in a trance from start to finish.

The group was in town to promote their latest release Wrong Creatures, which has kept them on the road since last October, according to drummer Leah. (Check out this interview we did with her HERE). The band that’s been around for close to two decades now, pulled out various selections from their impressive eight record discography. Hits like “Little Thing Gone Wild,” “Ain’t No Easy Way Out,” and “Berlin,” and were laced smoothly and effortlessly one after the other by the seasoned rockers with the affinity for the all black clothing and leather jackets.

They saved their best for last. The anthemic ode to Rock n Roll, “Whatever Happened to my Rock n Roll?” a song that rings truer even today as when it first came out. Although, while the message is loud and clear and an accurate reflection of the musical climate today, the song itself is proof that Rock n Roll is actually very much still alive. At least it was last night in San Francisco.

Photos by Louis Raphael

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Having released albums under Digital Nations, a label founded by Steve Vai, music critic Louis Raphael has remained deeply connected to the pulse of the San Francisco music scene. Following his tenure as the San Francisco Music Examiner for and, he embarked on creating Music in SF® to authentically highlight the vibrant offerings of the city's music scene.

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