Ten years ago the remnants of Creed joined forces with vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy to form Alter Bridge. Had the relationship between Scott Stapp and his bandmates been less volatile Creed could have evolved into what Alter Bridge is today. Regardless, the release of their fourth album “Fortress” has revived the hard rock style that initially attracted fans to their music.
They came out in full force delivering “Addicted to Pain”, the first single off of “Fortress”. Immediately the crowd was riveted. Myles embraces his role as the frontman with big moves and an occasional wink to the crowd.
Flowing from one song to the next Mark Tremonti, the man who made PRS guitars popular, assumed his signature leg-up stance and let the solos fly.
It is obvious that these guys have been performing together for 10 years because they know how to work the crowd. Crossing the stage and switching places, standing together and switching from lead to rhythm while Myles prompted fans to sing the lyrics.
I was, however, a bit disappointed in their performance. There seemed to be something missing and after some thought I realized two things were missing. Myles’ signature harmonization and a constant rhythm guitar. Myles would stop playing to sing and when he did the music felt less dynamic. Additionally, the absence of harmonization took away from the power of the vocals. Not to say that Myles wasn’t on point because he was, the entire band was.
Overall, Alter Bridge gave an enjoyable performance and the crowd loved it. Myles gave his thanks for our decade long support of their band and said, “I’m happy to see people out on a weeknight and that rock and roll is still alive.” It was one of the loudest concerts I have heard in quite some time. I left a bit early and I could still hear Myles’ voice three stories up and a block away. Thanks for the rock, gentlemen and next time throw us a bone by making a shirt for the poor folk, won’t you?
By Nick Page