Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight
Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight. With three Cd’s we are immersed in the power and glory that has insured Alter Bridge success across the world. The Bridge created heavy, strong rising out of the fall of Creed. Live albums keep the memories alive, the energy and charismatic wizardry of Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti.
The first two albums recorded at The O2 Arena, London in November 2016 with the mix of nineteen songs in the set we see every side of Alter Bridge. This is a show that re-visited the back catalogue from across the years, the opportunity to play the hits whilst providing the audiences with a chance to hear tracks from the current album Last Heroes live. One thing that cannot be argued the band and the audience were having the time of their lives. The clapping and cheering were not lukewarm but hot as molten metal.
Opening the nineteen strong set with The Writing on The Wall, from Last Heroes. Reworked and the stage performance gives the number a lift as the guitars drive the melody which has a heavy tone. We are up and running and the writing on the wall is live is the perfect arena for Alter Bridge. With the fiery energy of two M’s upfront Myles & Mark the timing and depth of sound from the rhythm section is imperative; tonight there is no doubt that bassist Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips on drums nailed it to perfection.
The crowd is warmed up and Myles’ voice is two as he asks the crowd to clap and participate in Ghosts Of Days Gone By, showing why Alter Bridge continue to please their phalanx of fans with music we all want to sing too. With Water Rising giving Mark his voice the two vocal ranges work together and the emotion builds as the guitars take the lead breaks. The tracks flow like a fever cascading wild and free, never curtailed by the audience the music is formed as the set unveils the rock energy that defines Alter Bridge. The band has the confidence to include as the first CD closes in an Arena setting the solo acoustic Watch Over You. How the audiences cheer that quietens captivated in the sound waves created by Myles’ vocals and guitar as he sings Watch Over You. A moment of gentleness that soothes the ears and soul the perfect counterbalance to the high octane driven songs played so far. This is raw acoustic energy that moves the crowd as Myles asks them to join in ensuring the energy is never dampened whilst retaining the emotional outpouring and beauty of this acoustic number. The emotion is raw and personal as Myles sings and despite e the legion of fans around you it feels as if he is singing to you as he connects with his fans on an intimate level. For nearly seven minutes the audience is transfixed and then when asked to sing they give song and a rock communion is formed that is only experienced when a band playing live is in the zone and delivering music that connects on so many levels
With no album to flip CD 2 seamlessly flows from the speakers as at the live event. We are back heavy and driven by stinging guitar and driving beats of the drum as Myles’s voice takes up the melody with Isolation. With five albums under their belt, and audiences flocking to gigs across the world Alter Bridge will never be playing in Isolation. With the throttle opened to full that band pulls back with Blackbird a firm favourite with the crowd and a number that always grabs my attention. A highlight when Bluesdoodles reviewed the Cardiff show. Now we are taken back to the first album One Day remains with the swirling rocking heavy riff-laden Metalingus. With Show Me Your Leader, the audience if asked in the moment would shout out Alter Bridge or Myles Kennedy or Mark Tremonti they are leading us into the wild frenzied uplifting joy of music played live. This part of the set includes the hit from Lost Heroes Poison In Your Vein and closing with the feel-good uplifting My Champion
For everyone, who experienced Alter Bridge Last Heroes tour during November 2016 and especially those at this special night in the O2 Arena, London the music was a reminder of the memories. Collectively for all listeners CD3 is an intriguing addition to the set Live at The O2 Arena + Rarities. The live segment of the album has been carefully produced ensuring the flow of the live performance is never lost
The third side is Eleven tracks, nine have only been released in Japan with Cruel Sun & Solace having never been released. Opening with Breathe, the opening slower, gentler with a feeling that the band are in their own introspective place. The introspection is maintained with the tone and delivery of the lyrics by Myles as the instruments rise and fall around him. Now for the two unreleased numbers, they are linked in the tone and pace of delivery again both are thoughtful. Another side of Alter Bridge, not heavy rock but crossing the Bridge towards Prog Rock. Interesting pairing and delicious listening. Zero opening fast and furious with drums and the swirl of guitar is the stand out track for me on this part of the album. The harmonization of vocals gives the number a positive direction full of hooks and riffs to catch your ear. This part of the album is closed with Symphony Of Agony (The Last Of Our Kind). Heavy ending that has a dark sentiment full of despair for the planet we are left with Alter Bridges beats and rocking power and the lyrics from Myles Kennedy whirling through our brains. Alter Bridge a band that keeps on delivering rock that is relevant, powerful and music you want to keep listening too.
Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is available as a 3-CD set, but there’s also a limited edition deluxe edition package that includes an exclusive documentary packed with interviews and a backstage look at preparations for the concert. Variety of Bundles Available HERE
TENdoodle paws out of TEN …
- The Writing On The Wall
- Come To Life
- Addicted To Pain
- Ghost Of Days Gone By
- Cry of Achilles
- The Otehr Side
- Farther Than The Sun
- Ties That Bind
- Water Rising
- Crows On A Wire
- Watch Over YOU (Solo Acoustic)
- Open You Eyes
- Show Me A Leader
- Rise Today
- Poison In Your Veins
- My Champion
- Cruel Sun
- New Way To Live
- Damage Done
- Never Born To Follow
- Never Say Die (Outright)
- Symphony of Agony (The Last of OUr Kind)