Concert Review: Walking on the Sky With Alter Bridge

I was granted the opportunity to attend Alter Bridge’s Walk the Sky Tour twice this week, and of course I gratefully took it. Who in their right mind would turn down the chance to see Deepfall, Clint Lowery, and Alter Bridge?

Round one was in Nashville, Tennessee, at the War Memorial Auditorium. I saw Alter Bridge there back in 2016. (You can read about it here.)

The show on Saturday was absolutely phenomenal! The audience — a sold out crowd — was fired up and beyond ready for a rock show…and the bands more than delivered.

From the instant the lights went down and the first note was struck, the atmosphere was filled with electricity. The Michigan-based Deepfall established the tone for the night, kicking off with the original “I’m Sick.” Their brand of melodic metal won the room over quickly, carried by a modern take on Journey’s “Separate Ways” and solidified by the heartfelt “Cancer.”

Next up was Clint Lowery. This was only their second show as a band, but one would never have known: they performed together as if it had been years. With a set that included the singles “God Bless the Renegades,” “Alive,” and “Kings,” they had more than enough to offer, and Nashville willingly accepted it.

Finally, it was time for the headliners. The lights dimmed and “One Life” filled the venue, along with the roar of the fans. Vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips walked onto the stage, the intro faded out, and the quartet ripped into “Wouldn’t You Rather?” We were off.

Alter Bridge played many fan favorites, including “Isolation,” “Ghost of Days Gone By,” and the always well-received “Rise Today” and “Open Your Eyes.” Much to my excitement, they had brought back “Broken Wings,” from their debut album One Day Remains.

When Myles was handed his acoustic guitar, an audience of over 2000 cheered so enthusiastically that he had to simply stop and take it all in. After a speech in which he thanked us for lifting his mood, he plucked out the familiar beginning to “Watch Over You,” receiving yet another storm of applause. I could hear him perfectly, of course, but it warmed my heart to hear an entire room singing every word, even before he urged us to. (Watch.)

The band’s encore was comprised of their latest single, “Godspeed,” and the heavy-hitter “Addicted to Pain.” It was my seventh Alter Bridge show, and I would swear they’re only getting better.

After they left the stage, my friend and I headed back to the buses, as per usual. We met Mark, who is always gracious, and I told him about my Alter Bridge tattoo. (It was much too cold to show him.) We stayed long enough to say hello to Brian, then we bailed out: it was a long drive back to Huntsville. Besides, we would be seeing them again in a few days.

It is unnecessary to write a novel about round two in Huntsville, Alabama, though I certainly could. In the three days since I’d witnessed the amazing spectacle that was the Walk the Sky Tour, the trio of bands seemed to have stepped up their game.

The venue — Mars Music Hall — was smaller and less packed out, but the fans who were there made up for that with their endless energy. And man, it was loud in there!

Deepfall was again responsible for setting the bar ridiculously high, and Clint Lowery threw it up a few more notches. As I told Clint on Twitter after the show, I fell more and more in love with each song. Alter Bridge’s work was certainly cut out for them, and they easily soared to even greater heights.

There were noticeable setlist changes. I was thrilled when Mark’s lead vocal talents were used on “Forever Falling,” and the blistering “Native Son” was a welcome addition.

For the acoustic portion of the set, Myles was joined by Mark. They played “In Loving Memory,” which the fans belted out with gusto. (See it here.) My mom cried for the entire song, and its successor, “Blackbird.”

I have never doubted that Alter Bridge is the best band in the world, and yet they keep establishing that fact over and over. They may not be filling arenas in the U.S., but they have a growing fanbase that is loyal in a way I’ve rarely seen. With two more spectacular performances branded in my memory, I fully encourage anyone reading this to go to the Walk the Sky Tour if you can. This is not one you want to miss!

A few pictures from Huntsville

Clint Lowery
Pat Seals (Clint Lowery)
Alter Bridge
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Alter Bridge Walks the Sky in Birmingham, AL.

On Thursday, October 17th, Alter Bridge brought the Victorious Sky Tour to Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham, Alabama. The other two bands on the bill were Dirty Honey and Skillet. As an added bonus, my dad accompanied me.

Dirty Honey opened the show. The Los Angeles-based quartet pumped up an already enthusiastic crowd with their brand of rock, which is heavily influenced by such bands as Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. With their talent and obvious love of what they were doing, Dirty Honey held the fans in thrall and set the atmosphere for a great night of music.

Skillet was next. I had never seen them before and I was suitably impressed. Once on the stage, the members of Skillet were a nonstop ball of energy. Front man John Cooper was quite charismatic, constantly moving and encouraging the audience’s participation. The band did all of their biggest hits: “Hero,” “Monster,” “Awake and Alive,” “Whispers in the Dark,” and “Legendary,” just to name a few. By the time they concluded with “The Resistance,” the crowd was practically vibrating from adrenaline and well and truly primed for Alter Bridge.

When the lights dimmed again, the fans erupted. “One Life,” the opening track from Alter Bridge’s latest album, Walk the Sky, played over the PA and fog filled the air. Renewed screams rose as each member of the band — vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy, guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips — walked into view. The intro music faded out, and Alter Bridge ripped into “Wouldn’t You Rather.”

Unlike the Alter Bridge concerts I’ve attended in the past, this one focused on the band’s heavier side. “Wouldn’t You Rather” was followed by “Isolation” and “Come to Life.” Two more songs from Walk the Sky were included (“Pay No Mind” and “In the Deep”), and there was no acoustic interlude. However, Alter Bridge did play “Blackbird,” always a huge crowd pleaser.

The band’s performance was amazing, as usual. Myles serenaded his fans while Brian and Mark pulled faces at the audience and tossed out several picks. The sing-along portions of “Rise Today” and “Open Your Eyes” were absolutely magical. Perhaps my favorite moment, though, was when Myles joked that he might mess up the beginning of “Cry of Achilles” because his hands were so cold. It was cute.

I have now seen Alter Bridge six times and I have never left a show disappointed. They continue to prove over and over that they are the best rock band in the business.

I will end this review with a personal anecdote. I met Mark for the fifth consecutive show, and he made my night.

Now, let me preface this story. The last time Alter Bridge came to Birmingham, I asked Mark for a pick after we had taken pictures. He told me that he doesn’t keep any on him, apologized, and promised to give me one next time. So, Thursday evening, I tweeted him prior to their set and let him know I was in the front and was hoping for a pick. The official Alter Bridge page retweeted me. However, Mark didn’t see it and he did not throw me one.

When Mark emerged from the bus, he approached me first. I let him read the tweet and joked that he had let me down. He chuckled and said he was sorry; simultaneously, he was checking his pockets. “Oh. Wait,” he said, then he held up a pick. It was the best moment ever…along with Mark letting me put a Snapchat filter on him for a selfie.

This may have claimed the top spot for my favorite interaction with a rock star. Have I mentioned how happy Alter Bridge makes me?

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Bands You Should Know: Common Rarity

Last weekend, I went to 11th Frame Live to see Common Rarity. I was excited because I had familiarized myself with the Tuscaloosa-based band while writing the Alabama edition of “5 Bands/Artists You Should Be Following.” Now that I have been to a show and heard their debut EP in full, I have plenty more to say.

First and foremost, I really really enjoyed Common Rarity’s performance. A balanced combination of talent and image, the band had a lot of energy, and their set list consisted mostly of covers meant to encourage crowd participation: “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “School’s Out,” “Rebel Yell,” etc. Singer/guitarist Bailey Rollins was a less exuberant showman than his band mates, particularly bassist JD Smalley and drummer Jaxon Hubbard, but it fit the vibe of their show. There was never a dull moment, the audience was definitely feeling it, and I had more fun with Common Rarity than I’ve had in a while.

Needless to say, I immediately bought their self-titled EP after their set. A mix of alternative, progressive, grunge, and the theatrical, Common Rarity has plenty to work with. The quartet channels Alice in Chains, The Cure, REM, and others while injecting their own flair, putting a more current spin on that late 80’s/early 90’s sound. Bailey is often reminiscent of Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), yet he can use his voice in a variety of ways, lending to that unique something that is simply Common Rarity.

Their standout tracks, thus far, are “Meteorite,” “The Fine Print,” and “Astray.”

In addition to this so-called review, I have to say that there is a lot going on for Common Rarity. The current lineup has been together for three years and are already very proficient at their craft. Talented, driven, and young, there seems to be nothing holding them back from achieving their goals. The members are also sweet and extremely fan-oriented, traits that — along with the music, of course — will draw even more people in.

After chatting with JD and Jaxon at the show, it is apparent the band have a pretty clear idea of what they are doing and what they want to do in the future. I have little doubt Common Rarity will become even more amazing, as they have been on an upward trajectory for a while now. I can’t wait to see what’s next for them!

Check CR out on Facebook and Spotify.

Review: blessthefall, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides @ Iron City

On April 29th, The Resurrection Tour — featuring Asking Alexandria and Black Veil Brides — made its stop at Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama. Despite the fact that it was a Sunday, the venue was packed to the gills with people ready for a rock show.

The evening was kicked off by blessthefall. Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona, this metalcore act is no stranger to the city of Birmingham, having played Zydeco on occasion. The band showed up ready to tear the place down. With a setlist that included songs such as “Cutthroat,” “Hollow Bodies,” and “Sleepless in Phoenix,” blessthefall had the crowd moving, encouraging a circle pit and challenging everyone to be as energetic as the eight-year-old boy having the time of his life at his (presumably) first rock/metal concert.

As blessthefall left the stage, the noise level slacked off before gradually ticking back up. Those at the front, myself included, were shoved into the barrier, the crowd growing restless. The lights dimmed and the music heralding Asking Alexandria’s set began. Little did we know it would be ten more minutes until the band emerged.

The roar that greeted the appearance of front man Danny Worsnop and lead guitarist Ben Bruce can only be described as deafening. They opened with “Into the Fire.” From that instant on, the Asking Alexandria fans demonstrated that they were there in full force: there wasn’t a song played during which Danny didn’t have company on the lyrics. Ben was in constant motion, belting out the words to the audience and tossing his curls around. Personally, I found him to be the most entertaining throughout AA’s set. The highlights included “When the Lights Come On” and “Under Denver,” along with an acoustic portion made up of Danny and Bruce doing “Vultures” and “Someone, Somewhere.”

And then, it was time. The moment we’d all been waiting for was here. Black Veil Brides drummer Christian Coma settled behind his kit and the screaming was enough to hurt your ears. CC was quickly followed by guitarists Jake Pitts and Jeremy “Jinxx” Ferguson, bassist Ashley Purdy, and last but not least, vocalist Andy Biersack. The band ripped into “Faithless” and it was pure magic for the next hour and a half.

It had been seven years since my last Black Veil Brides show (sorry, they don’t exactly frequent Alabama), and I had forgotten that they have that special something when performing live. Each of the members is riveting, be it Andy’s sway with the crowd or Ashley prowling the stage, Christian’s relentless energy or Jake and Jinxx with their dualing guitars. The fans know every word to every song. On multiple occasions, Andy was almost drowned out by those around me.

Unlike Asking Alexandria, who offered up multiple tracks from their latest release, Black Veil Brides played only two songs from their 2018 album Vale. They hit most of the high notes, however — “Wake Up,” “Rebel Love Song,” “The Legacy,” etc.

After “Knives and Pens,” the band filed out of sight, yet no one budged. Shouts and yells filled the air, chants of “BVB!” echoing to the ceiling. The eager didn’t have long to wait. CC returned to his drums and Ashley strode to the riser, asking an ecstatic crowd if they wanted more. Needless to say, the answer was a resounding affirmative.

Closing with the anthemic “Fallen Angels” and “In the End,” Black Veil Brides gave 100% until the final note, their own electricity returned in full measure by an audience that never wanted the night to be over.

I don’t have a rating system for concerts, but I would highly recommend seeing all three of these bands if you get the chance. For tour info, visit their official sites.


Asking Alexandria

Black Veil Brides

Note: Pictures are in a separate post. Click me.

Alter Bridge Returns to the Iron City

On their final leg of The Last Hero tour, Alter Bridge made a stop in Birmingham, Alabama, for the first time in ten years. They played at Iron City with opening acts Sons of Texas and All That Remains. As an added bonus, I convinced my parents to go. It was their first Alter Bridge show.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond my control, I missed all of Sons of Texas and most of All That Remains, though I did catch the latter performing their version of “The Thunder Rolls.”

My parents and I found a spot in the balcony and anxiously awaited the start of Alter Bridge’s set. The venue was packed from wall to wall, and everywhere I looked I saw shirts from past tours, most prominent among them Blackbird and The Last Hero.

Just as the excitement boiled over and fans began chanting the band’s name, the lights dimmed. Drummer Scott Phillips settled behind his kit to a soundtrack of cheers. Vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy, guitarist Mark Tremonti, and bassist Brian Marshall took the stage without further ado, and we were off.

Alter Bridge opened with “Writing on the Wall” and tore through three more songs before Myles addressed the audience. Every word he spoke was met with ecstatic screams. At one point, the front man acknowledged how long it had been since they’d been to Alabama, and he promised they would never overlook us again.

Alter Bridge’s set spanned their entire career, hitting the high points from each album: “Open Your Eyes” from One Day Remains, “Ties That Bind” and the title track of Blackbird, “Isolation” (AB III), “Cry of Achilles” (Fortress), and “Crows on a Wire” off The Last Hero. Much to our joy, they did “Fortress,” which doesn’t often find its way into their shows. The acoustic portion consisted of Myles playing “Watch Over You” alone, then being joined by Mark for the highlight of my night, “In Loving Memory.” The evening came to a close with “Show Me a Leader” and “Rise Today.”

This was my fifth Alter Bridge show, and the quartet again not only met but surpassed my expectations. Musically brilliant and high on crowd participation, they delivered the kind of performance concert-goers dream about. I was on cloud 9. My mom, who has been listening to Alter Bridge since 2004, was over the moon. And my dad… Well, he doesn’t like a lot of recent artists/bands, but he seemed suitably impressed, especially when Mark and Myles had their guitar duel and showcased that they are, in fact, the two most talented men in the business.

For the fourth consecutive review, I am ending with a personal anecdote. My parents and I went to where the buses were parked and were soon graced by the presence of Mark, Myles, and Scott. Perhaps my favorite part of the night was Dad introducing himself to Mark. I added “That’s my dad,” and Mark smiled and said “Hi, Dad!” It was so endearing. The guitarist also found it humorous that my mom made him squat for a picture, attempting to get him closer to my height (I’m barely under 5′ and Mark is 6’1″). He did so without protest, and he is grinning in the photo.

I love this band. They are my happy place.

Concert Review: An Amazing Night With Alter Bridge


On Wednesday, October 5th, my brother Rick and I drove up to the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville to see Alter Bridge. The other two bands on the bill were 3 Pill Morning and Adelita’s Way. I was very excited because I love all three acts, and I can tell you honestly that they did not disappoint. 3 Pill Morning was energetic and seemed to thrive off of audience participation, while Adelita’s Way focused more upon the music and less upon sing-alongs.

Once Adelita’s Way left the stage, anticipation became a practically tangible emotion in the air: any second now, Alter Bridge would be up there. Excited chatter filled the venue and when the lights dimmed, expectation reached its breaking point. There were several yells and delighted shrieks. Alter Bridge drummer Scott Phillips climbed behind his set, throwing his hands into the air and eliciting cheers from the eager crowd. In rapid succession, bassist Brian Marshall, guitarist Mark Tremonti, and vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy emerged from backstage. The band tore into “Come to Life” without preamble.

The set list had (almost) every track an Alter Bridge fan could want, including “Ties That Bind,” “Blackbird,” “Isolation,” “Watch Over You,” and the band’s latest song of encouragement, “My Champion.” As per usual, the set was concluded with “Open Your Eyes.”

But of course, no one moved. With chants of “Alter Bridge” echoing loudly, the quartet returned for two encores. The moment had come. It was a highlight for many as the band began the first single off their upcoming record, “Show Me a Leader.” Watching Myles Kennedy play the intro, I literally had chills.

Their second encore was the much loved “Rise Today.” Myles invited us to sing the chorus near the end, and we accepted with gusto. That will always be one of my favorite parts of an Alter Bridge concert.

The show was perfect. I have no other way to describe it. I have seen Alter Bridge three times, and this performance and set list were the best. If you love bands who get up there and play and don’t bother with props or appearances, then you need to hit an AB concert. It’s nothing fancy; just four extremely talented musicians doing what they do best.

After taking a bow and many thank-yous, the band filed off the stage. The lights came on and crew members went to work breaking everything down. The satisfied audience spilled from the venue, talking and laughing and, in some cases, lamenting the long drive home. However, my and my brother’s night was not over.

Together, Rick and I circled the venue and joined a cluster of fans by the bus. It paid off. We soon were meeting Brian Marshall. Our patience and determination kept us there for another forty-five minutes — long enough for Mark Tremonti to emerge. And this is when my review gets personal.

Rick has been a fan of Mark’s since roughly 1997. He saw Creed with Finger Eleven and Sevendust many moons ago. He accepted Myles Kennedy without question and has loved Alter Bridge from day one. But he had never met any of them until this night. (I met Mark in Birmingham last year, when Tremonti opened for Black Stone Cherry.) Rick and Mark talked guitars, then Rick told Mark that he was his idol. It was…beautiful.

Mark was quickly followed by Scott Phillips, who was good-humored and who, after Rick stated that Alter Bridge were his heroes, said we were the band’s heroes. And with that, we left, both in high spirits. The fact that we were about to spend over two hours on the road didn’t even matter.

So worth it ❤



Concert Review: We Spent the Night With Alice Cooper

As much as I want this to be strictly a review, I can’t leave out the personal angle. See, my dad has been a fan of Alice Cooper since he was eighteen-ish. He actually saw them in ’75 on the Welcome to My Nightmare tour. When I heard that Alice Cooper was coming to Huntsville, my first thought was that my dad had to go, but I knew he wouldn’t buy a ticket for himself. He would have to have some kind of incentive. So I asked him to take me for my birthday–and he did.

Dad and I arrived at the Von Braun Center at 7:30 p.m. We found our seats and sat there, staring at the blue-lit backdrop (featuring Alice Cooper’s eyes) in anticipation. Nearly half an hour later, the arena darkened and a roar came from the crowd as the backdrop glowed red. We were off.

And this is where I switch to review mode…

Alice Cooper opened the set with “The Black Widow,” straight into “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” The band played for a solid hour and a half with barely a pause. They did all of the songs one would expect, including “I’m Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” and “School’s Out.” Alice himself stepped back a few times to permit his band to show off their talents. The moments that really stood out were the solos from guitarist Nita Strauss and drummer Glen Sobel.

It’s no surprise the stage show was incredible! A dancing nurse, a broken windup doll, and the monster stomping around growling the chorus of “Feed My Frankenstein” were only the beginning. I mean, how often do you see a rock star get beheaded in the middle of his set?

Roughly halfway through, there was a tribute to other artists we have lost. Alice Cooper covered songs from The Who (in honor of Keith Moon), Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Motorhead (in honor of Lemmy Kilmister). In case anyone reading is going to be at a show during this tour, I will not list which tracks they played. I was pleasantly surprised, and I wouldn’t want to take that away from you.

Following “School’s Out,” the band left the stage. They returned within seconds to loud cheers and closed the show with “Elected.” Alice thanked his audience and after a few bows and showering the fans with picks and drumsticks, he and his mates exited for the final time.

I am very glad I convinced my dad to attend this concert. My only complaint would be that the show wasn’t long enough. Otherwise, it was perfect. Alice Cooper is a true entertainer. The Godfather of Shock Rock’s reign continues.


Night Out

This is more or less a review of Shallow Side’s show in Madison last Friday, but it is also a personal post. I’ve been absent from the local music scene for a while and it was absolutely wonderful being back.

Unfortunately, I missed most of the opening act, a band called By All Means. What I did see, however, was really good. If you like hard rock/heavy metal, you might want to check them out.

I have been to four or five Shallow Side shows previously. I always enjoy them. An energetic performance coupled with amazing originals–and some odd but very fun covers–makes for one hell of a night. Shallow Side is better than anyone at getting an audience on its feet, except perhaps Almost Kings.

Friday was no different. The band’s set included originals such as “Stand Up,” “Out of Reach,” and “My Addiction.” I have to admit, though, that one of my favorite parts was their version of Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk,” with which they concluded their show. Front man Eric Boatright definitely did the track justice. It was just…magnificent. 🙂

20fyio0From left to right: drummer Heath Fields, vocalist Eric Boatright, guitarist Seth Trimble, and bassist Cody Hampton.

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Concert Review: Black Jacket Symphony Does Pink Floyd

Last Saturday night, I went to see The Black Jacket Symphony perform Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon with my parents and cousin. The BJS has made a name for itself by recreating entire albums as exact as possible. Their past performances include Prince’s Purple Rain and Led Zeppelin’s IV.

The musicians in The Black Jacket Symphony rotate; that is to say, the band is not always made up of the same group of artists. For this performance, the band included Huntsville’s own Dave Anderson (guitar/vocals), as well as Aaron Branson on bass, Allen Barlow on guitar, Blair Breitreiter handling both keyboards and saxophone, Brad Wolfe on guitar, Mark Lanter on drums, Jackie Roche on vocals, and Peyton Grant on keys and backing vocals.

The Black Jacket Symphony did not disappoint. Pink Floyd is one of my all-time favorite bands, so believe me when I say I held them to a high standard. The musicians were superb, but it was the vocal talent on that stage that blew me away. Jackie Roche absolutely nailed “The Great Gig in the Sky” (see below). She received a much deserved standing ovation.

After the conclusion of Dark Side of the Moon, there was an intermission then the band returned to play a few of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. They started with “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” and ended with “Comfortably Numb.” There were the obvious ones, such as “Another Brick in the Wall Pt. II” and “Wish You Were Here.” I was surprised and very pleased when they included both “Empty Spaces” and “Young Lust.”

It was a spectacular night, filled with so much talent and an enthusiastic audience who clearly appreciated that talent. I would highly recommend attending a Black Jacket Symphony show if the chance ever presents itself.

“The Great Gig in the Sky”


Me with Dave Anderson and Jackie Roche


Review: Azrael, From Ashes to New, Offbeat Hooligans, & Almost Kings @ Wild Bill’s

On Saturday, May 3rd, Atlanta natives Almost Kings played their hometown for the first time in roughly nine months. In celebration of this hometown event/Cinco de Mayo bash, the band gave away free tickets to all who requested them prior to the show. Three opening acts–Azrael, From Ashes to New, and Offbeat Hooligans–were booked, and anticipation built by the day.

Doors opened at 7:30 that night. Rockers Azrael were the first to hit the stage, going on around 8:30. The best way to describe them is a mix of Creed and Seether. Their originals were great, and their versions of Bush’s “Come Down” and Alex Clare’s “Too Close” really sparked the crowd’s enthusiasm. It was the perfect way to kick off the night. Before the energy could fade even one iota, it was time for From Ashes to New.

Hailing from Lancaster, PA, From Ashes to New is reminiscent of Hollywood Undead, only much heavier. They had Wild Bill’s jumping by the end of their first song. They were energetic and interactive, vocalist Matt Brandyberry hopped down into the cluster of people gathered in front of the stage more than once, singing and shaking hands and creating more of a sense of camaraderie between fans and band. The atmosphere was electric at the end of their set and it remained that way throughout the entirety of Offbeat Hooligans‘ performance.

The best way to describe Offbeat Hooligans is “funky.” The members are extremely talented. Bassist Ben Rickard, in particular, tore it up. Akin to 311 and Authority Zero, they left the room with a positive vibe. Finally, right after 11, it was the moment we’d all been waiting for–Almost Kings. Drummer Kevin Compton, guitarist Ryan Yunker, bassist Danny Helms, and front man Bryan Bozeman walked out to a packed house. A roar rose from the audience as the band ripped straight into “Shakin’ ‘Em Up.”



I can’t even find the words to explain their performance. It was non-stop enthusiasm, the guys bouncing all over the expansive stage and Bozeman repeatedly encouraging the audience to help him out, something that every person in that building was more than willing to do. AK played all of their most popular tracks, including “Bounce,” “Five Foot Hurricane,” “Shadows,” and “Hold On Me,” while also breaking out a few songs that aren’t usual on their set lists, such as “Lose Control” and “Never Quite the Same.” A few covers were slipped in: the medley that includes a portion of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” and House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” as well as their always popular version of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” Throughout their set, Almost Kings was joined onstage by multiple guests, other musicians who they have collaborated with over the years.



The night was truly an unforgettable one. Without a doubt, Almost Kings gave their all and made their hometown incredibly proud.