Alter Bridge Live Photo Review


OCTOBER 5, 2014
With Special Guests
California Breed and Like A Storm

All images © 2014 Eric DiRezze, 6of6photography for

Although Full Metal Rock has been there since Day 1, I had yet to see these fabulous musicians, as a complete band, perform live. Needless to say, I have been chomping at the bit for the last two years since my discovery, and especially after the release of their 4th studio album, “Fortress”. These guys went from 0-60 with me. From a band I knew very little about, to a band that is firmly seated in the number one slot of my most favorite musicians of all time! As I found out, if you are an Alter Bridge fan, you must also have patience. These are a group of very busy musicians. I am very supportive of all their side projects, as are most AB fans I have come to know through my Alter Bridge discovery journey. They have been on tour in support of “Fortress” since its release in 2013, taking a short break this summer, only to go back to work on their various side projects. The incredibly skilled, Mark Tremonti, began work with the members of his namesake solo project, Tremonti, writing and recording a sophomore effort and follow up to “As I was”. Not to be outdone, the equally talented, Myles Kennedy joined Slash and the Conspirators on tour in support of their recent release “World on Fire”. But, this night??? It was FINALLY Detroit’s turn…and I haven’t been more excited for a show…EVER!

Supported by New Zealand’s “Like a Storm” who are no strangers to Alter Bridge, having opened for both Alter Bridge and Creed on numerous occasions. The Brooks brothers got the evening started with an ominous, rumbling buzz of the didgeridoo. Played a rockin’ version of Coolio’s 1995 hit “Gangsta’s Paradise” and really got the crowd amped up with their recent hit “Love the Way You Hate Me”. They also debuted their brand new single “Wish You Hell”

Next up, California Breed, featuring veteran Rocker Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals, Joey Castillo (Queen’s of the Stone Age) behind the drum kit (replacing founding member, Jason Bonham) and 23 year old guitarist and vocalist, Adam Watt. This was the first show of the 2014 tour in support of their self-titled debut album featuring the single “Midnight Oil”. This three piece were great. The crowd seemed to love their brand of classic rock n roll, bluesy guitar riffs, and melodic, harmonizing, high range vocals that resonated through the iconic Fillmore Detroit.

And then….the moment I had been waiting for, for what seemed like an eternity….ALTER BRIDGE! This band came out with all guns blazing! Starting their set with the first single off “Fortress”, “Addicted To Pain”, I was immediately star struck! Talk about in your face Rock! The crowd went nuts! And Alter Bridge, it seemed, fed off the energy in the theater that night because their high energy performance continued right up until the end.

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One of the things I love about Alter Bridge is that all members of the band are equally talented musicians. With that being said, I have always thought that Myles was underrated as a guitarist and Mark as a vocalist. So when the band played and I watched, taking in every note, every riff, every lick, every harmony, I noticed that they didn’t have the traditional setup that most bands do. Myles, was set up to the left of center for most of the set, while Mark was to the right. There was a microphone in the center, which was used, especially when Myles did not play guitar on the song. But I really thought that was a beautiful way to showcase their talents. Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips were a perfect rhythmic machine. The four together were like…heaven! Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s not like the four just manned their posts and didn’t move about the stage. There were several times all three guitarists took center stage, and other times where Myles and Mark switched places, and even times where they played in the “traditional” set up, so to speak. But for this band, for this music, it was all perfect, even the few times that Myles forgot a part of the lyrics. No one cared. He laughed it off and so did the audience. Because the rest of the show….was spot on album perfect!

Five songs were played off of “Fortress” during the course of the show, all within the first half of their 18 song set. The second single “Cry of Achilles” was the third song of the night and rounding out the five were the title track “Fortress”, “Farther Than The Sun” and the ever popular and one of the highlights of the show, “Water’s Rising” where Mark Tremonti trades Myles for the lead vocal spot.

Towards the end of the set, Myles showcases his vocal prowess and guitar playing ability, taking it down a notch with an unexpected, but very welcomed and beautiful acoustic version of “Wonderful Life” followed by “Watch Over You”.

The main set ended just as hard and heavy as it began with “Isolation” off of their third studio album ABIII. Two releases from their first two albums “One Day Remains” and “Blackbird”, that set Alter Bridge off on the path that brought them to where they are today, “Open Your Eyes” and “Rise Today” for the encore.
Any Alter Bridge fan has a different “set list” in their head, of songs they would want to hear at a show. But when you are a band like this, that never puts out a bad song…how can you possibly pick a set with all those songs in it? Several of my favorites weren’t played, but it didn’t matter to me, and it didn’t seem to bother anyone else either, judging from the incredible response from the fans.

Song after song, the four continued to prove why they were put on this earth, to share their incredible talents with the world and on this night, with DETROIT! Alter Bridge aren’t just your average rock band. They are their own genre. Can’t WAIT to see them again!


Addicted To Pain
Come To Life
Cry of Achilles
Brand New Start
Ties That Bind
Waters Rising
Farther Than the Sun
Broken Wings
White Knuckles
Watch Over You/Wonderful Life
Open Your Eyes
Rise Today

Remaining Tour Dates:

Thursday 09 October 2014
Palladium, Worcester, MA, US
Tix: Here

Friday 10 October 2014
Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ, US
Tix: Here

Sunday 12 October 2014
The Paramount, Huntington, NY, US
Tix: Here

Monday 13 October 2014
Freedom Hall, Lancaster, PA, US
Tix: Here

Wednesday 15 October 2014
wsg The Cringe and California Breed
Hard Rock Live Northfield Park, Northfield, OH, US
Tix: Here

Thursday 16 October 2014
wsg The Cringe and California Breed
The Pageant, St Louis, MO, US
Tix: Here

Monday 20 October 2014
Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO, US
Tix: Here

Wednesday 22 October 2014
Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA, US
Tix: Here

Thursday 23 October 2014
wsg The Cringe
Knitting Factory Concert House, Spokane, WA, US
Tix: Here

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