Steven Seagal performs for Bakunians

By Amina Nazarli

Hollywood star, brutal and incredibly charming Steven Seagal surprises his fans not only with the roles in the movies, but also with successful music albums.

The American actor best known for his big-budget action movies, performed blues-rock for his Azerbaijani fans at Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Center on December 16.

The concert became a real eye-opener for the audience, who knew Steven as Hollywood tough guy. Together with his band, Seagal pleased Baku audience with his musical talent, as the compositions like a balm to the soul opened to the public new Steven.

Seagal is not confined to one style - the actor-musician can perform pop-jazz and especially reggae. He's also good at guitar solos - explosive, temperamental, mighty and powerful, as the complement of his personal qualities.

The star is very pleased that he put his love for music above his film career. Doing films is just a hobby and a source of income, while music is true passion, he says.

After the first composition, the musician thanked people who came to the concert, and paid tribute to the oilmen tragically lost during the fire at the "Gunashli" platform on December 4.

“I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families of oilmen and at the same time to express my gratitude to those heroes, who risking their lives, first came to rescue the survivors and saved people,” he said.

Seagal dedicated one of his songs to religious freedom, noting that he became witness of high level of tolerance in Azerbaijan, where Muslims, Christians and Jews live in perfect harmony, and it's all thanks to President Ilham Aliyev.

The Natiq Rhythm Group, led by prominent Azerbaijani drummer Natig Shirinov, whom Steven presented as one of the best strikers in the world and called him "my brother", also performed together with the Hollywood actor.

"Thanks Baku! Thanks to this wonderful country and the people ", Steven said from the scene.

After the concert, the musician shared his impressions on his first concert in Baku.

“It was a lovely evening and I think that everyone had a great time. For me it was a great honor to perform at the Heydar Aliyev Center. I want to highlight the mastery of Natiq Rhythm Group. I really liked Baku, and Azerbaijan has become one of my favorite countries in the world,” Seagal said.

Steven has honed his craft over the years sharing his love for the blues and jamming with the most prolific blues legends in the industry.

But it was not until Steven’s mother influenced him to “let the world hear his music”, that he released his first album, Songs from the Crystal Cave in 2005, which was a top seller in European markets and features a combination of styles including blues, pop, jazz and reggae.

Seagal's second album, titled Mojo Priest, was released in April 2006. Subsequently, he spent the summer of 2006 touring the United States and Europe with his band, Thunderbox, to promote the album.

Seagal’s film career began in 1982 and he has since appeared in 120 films including Out for Justice, Under Siege, Above the Law, Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, and many others.

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Amina Nazarli is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @amina_nazarli

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