Alter Bridge Live Review
Alter Bridge take Mobile by storm!
By Maggie Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
Severe weather was no match for the intensity of Alter Bridge fans attending the Saenger Theater on January 21, 2017. Despite heavy downpours, thunderstorms and tornado warnings, the fans started lining up in the afternoon for the all seated venue and even the sound of tornado alarms couldn't lessen their resolve. Many of the attendees were experiencing their first Alter Bridge concert; some were young enough for it to be their first ever concert; all were expecting a show that would be talked about for years to come, and that's exactly what they got!
Straight off the sold out Shiprocked cruise, which disembarked just the day before, all three bands proved their metal by delivering one hell of a show. Starting with The Dead Deads, whose sound check was delayed due to the weather affecting the setup times, chose to use the opportunity to interact with the crowd, making a fantastic first impression. The five piece, five vocal all female band from Nashville, TN brought a totally original blend of music setting themselves apart from anything around in the music industry today. Their seven song set had elements of punk, hard rock and heavy metal and so much more. These ladies ooze charisma and sex appeal, and are absolutely fierce on stage. Definitely a band to see live!
Monster Truck, the four piece Canadian hard rock band from Hamilton, ON, should need no introduction, and this night proved no exception.They bring a blend of hard rock, blues and country with a sense that they dug up the grave of 70's hippy rock, injected it with explosives and set light to it on stage night after night. They have gained a reputation for delivering powerful performances and have earned the respect of numerous artists, including Alter Bridge. Watching their set is like having an electric current strike you in the ass to make you jump out of your seat, and they have a contagious energy that makes you stay up. Raw and raucous, their set included songs from their 2011 EP "The Brown', and their full length albums "Furiosity" and "Sittin' Heavy". How this band is not a headliner is beyond me!
Now the crowd was truly warmed up, and when the lights dimmed for the entrance of the headliners, the anticipation in the room was palpable. Their first gig on the headlining North American tour in support of "The Last Hero" proved that Alter Bridge are THE band to see in 2017. The build of for this album began with their Listening Party for the new album back in July 2016 The band have toured in support of Breaking Benjamin and Disturbed before completing a hugely successful headlining European tour, with Volbeat, Gojira and Like A Storm supporting, which included a massive seven city arena tour in the UK. The four member Orlando based hard rocked band have shown incredible growth with this latest album, and their performances on stage have left fans clamoring for more. Having seen these guys since their inception back in 2004, the skills I see both in songwriting and performing shows exponential growth on a massive scale.
The intro to Writing On The Wall sends chills down the spine as the band enter the stage one at a time. The high notes on this song may be beyond the fans’ reach; the rhythm however is not, and they are on their feet instantly! This song is an insight into the depth of talent this band have, each member contributing a superb level of musicality and showmanship. Most of this crowd will never have seen this song performed live but its obvious the fans know it well as they sing the lyrics emphatically. And the opening bars to Come To Life are instantly recognized by the fans who all sing in unison on cue, the line ‘don’t forget we’re here to stay”, which seems like both a message from the band to their fans and equally vice versa.
Lead vocalist and guitarist, Myles Kennedy has not only proved his strength and stamina maintaining that trademark range of his, but has really set the bar high on guitar. The intricacies of some of the melodies, combined with the passion with which he delivers them, make him mesmerizing to watch, whether he is rocking hard or performing acoustically. He is the rock icon of a generation, yet remains so humble both onstage and off.
Scott "Flip" Phillips came with his game face on! His skills on the drums should get him the recognition he deserves. His percussion intro to Metalingus, one of my all time favorite songs, still impresses audiences, and as bassist Brian Marshall is introduced, the crowd erupts into cheers. Marshall has shown a new confidence this year, and his new signature bass is a sight to behold and a dream to hear! As a rhythm section, these two are beyond a force of nature.
For anyone who hasn’t seen guitarist and vocalist Mark Tremonti perform, you are missing a beast of a guitarist, who is able to deliver delicate tones, complicated runs, and downright face melting shredding, making it all look effortless. His collaboration with Kennedy is proving to be one of the best in rock music today, and I believe people will look back on their work, especially on ‘The Last Hero”, with a huge amount of respect. Then there are his vocals, which not everyone is aware of, and took four albums before coming to the forefront. His tone, a contrast to that of Kennedy, brings yet another layer to the assets of this band. Fans have responded enthusiastically on the decision to keep “Waters Rising” in the setlist, and I have to concur with them!
Kennedy thanked the crowd for braving the elements to be there before starting the stunning opening of Cry of Achilles and it was greeted with the same enthusiasm as when it was introduced on the Fortress tour. The 17 song set list was a comprehensive collection of songs from all five albums, including crowd favorites like Blackbird and Isolation, as well as five songs from “The Last Hero” For the encore songs, the fans were allowed to stand in front of the stage, a move welcomed by Kennedy stating that now it felt like a rock concert! Ending with the anthemic song Rise Today, the venue was filled with the sound of the crowd singing along.
This concert felt special; and not because it was the opening show of a tour. The band performed in a way that seemed like the knew, whether consciously or not, that they were on the cusp of a new chapter in their lives. This could be the year that Alter Bridge finally achieve the success and recognition in their home country that they have in Europe, and it couldn’t come soon enough. “The Last Hero” is simply THAT good.
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Writing on the Wall
Come to Life
Addicted to Pain
Ghosts of Days Gone By
Cry of Achilles
Crows on a Wire
Ties that Bind
Island of Fools
Watch Over You
The Other Side
Open Your Eyes
Show Me a Leader
Tue, Jan 24 // Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theater
Wed, Jan 25 // Chicago, IL - Riviera
Fri, Jan 27 // Sioux City, IA - Anthem @ Hard Rock
Sat, Jan 28 // Kansas City, MO - Harrah's Casino Voodoo Lounge
Tue, Jan 31 // Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theater
Wed, Feb 1 // Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Fri, Feb 3 // Montreal, QUE - Metropolis
Sat, Feb 4 // Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Tue, Feb 7 // Boston, MA - House of Blues
Thu, Feb 9 // New York, NY - PlayStation Theater
Fri, Feb 10 // Silver Springs, MD - Fillmore
Sun, Feb 12 // Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
Tue, Feb 14 // Houston, TX - House of Blues
Thu, Feb 16 // Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
Sat, Feb 18 // Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Sun, Feb 19 // Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
Mon, Feb 20 // San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
Wed, Feb 22 // Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre
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