When Alter Bridge first hit the scene back in 2004, there were a ton of skeptics as to how this would play out with three of the four members being from Creed, the Christian Rock band fronted by Scott Stapp. Creed had a unique sound, and in the wake of all the members deciding to do a spin-off, everyone hoped it wouldn’t be a knock off of Creed.
It was the total opposite. The guys in Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy as the front man turned the volume up, to where Creed could not. The intensity of the genre that Mark Tremonti (guitar), Scott Phillips (drums), and Brian Marshall (bass), were looking for was certainly not in Christian Rock. It was much more metal.
With five studio albums since 2004, they have no shortage of tunes to play live. These guys are known for their amazing live shows. Clean stage, no clutter, no props, just beautiful vocals and rhythmic guitar work. On the heels of releasing of The Last Hero, Alter Bridge immediately started touring, like, before they released it. Alter Bridge would spend the whole year on tour if they could, however with multiple projects, some members are not able to.
At The PlayStation Theater in New York City, we’d just gotten a fresh foot of snow on the day of this show. With Alter Bridge already in town, the show went on. The house was packed. Opening act Weapons of Anew played a solid set, followed by Nonpoint, then Alter Bridge. When the lights dimmed for Alter Bridge, the crowd immediately went nuts. Coming out to “The Writing on The Wall”, the pace for their show was quickly established. It was to be a heavy, action packed set. Playing for almost two hours, “Farther Than the Sun,” “Addicted to Pain,” and “Cry of Achilles” were all on the menu. A change of pace and treat to me was seeing them play “Waters Rising,” where Mark Tremonti takes the lead vocal role. Continuing with the heavy set list until the curtains closed, hits like “Open Your Eyes,” “Metalingus,” and “Show Me A Leader” all got some air time. The crowd participation was in full effect this night. Finishing the night, “Rise Today” was an emotional tearjerker to the fans. A very intense show all around.
Be sure to see Alter Bridge next time they are on tour, even if you’ve never heard any of their music. It will turn you into a fan with Myles’ unique voice and the all-around stellar tight knit band.
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