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?

Be sure to check out my photo gallery!!!

Victorious Sky Tour (Pictures)

All photos taken by me πŸ™‚

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Tool Announce U.S. Tour Dates

This is not a drill!

Tool has added eight headlining shows in May, bookended by their appearances at Welcome to Rockville and Chicago Open Air Festival.

There is still no set release date for the band’s new album…though front man Maynard James Keenan recently tweeted that May or June seems “probable.”

At least while we’re waiting, we can see them live!

5/5 — Jacksonville, FL. — Welcome to Rockville

5/7 — Birmingham, AL — Legacy Arena (BJCC)

5/8 — Louisville, KY — KFC Yum! Center

5/10 — Hampton, VA — Hampton Coliseum

5/11 — Concord, NC — Epicenter

5/13 — St. Louis, MO — Enterprise Center

5/14 — Kansas City, MO — Sprint Center

5/16 — Lincoln, NE — Pinnacle Bank Arena

5/17 — Des Moines, IA — Wells Fargo Arena

5/19 — Bridgeview, IL — Chicago Open Air Festival

Palaye Royale in the Spring (The Funeral Tour 2019)

Palaye Royale are going to be busy this spring! The rockers on the rise will be direct support for Halestorm’s April and May U.S. dates. Once that wraps up, Palaye Royale will be doing an eight-date headlining run.

Tickets for the shows with Halestorm are on sale now! Tickets for Palaye Royale’s headlining dates go on sale Friday, March 8th. (Pre-sale and VIP available for the Royal Council here.)

Halestorm/Palaye Royale

4/12 – Ladson, SC – 98 Rockfest

4/18 – Mankato, MN – Verizon Center

4/20 – Billings, MT – Shrine Auditorium

4/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Union Event Center

4/23 – Boise, ID – Revolution Center

4/25 – Kennewick, WA – Toyota Center

4/26 – Vancouver, BC – Chan Center

4/28 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Jubilee Auditorium

4/29 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall

5/1 – Winnipeg, Manitoba – Burton Cummings Theatre

5/3 – Mexico City, Mexico – Domination Festival

5/5 – Bismarck, ND – Bismarck Event Center

5/7 – Rapid City, SD – Rushmore Plaza Civic Center

5/9 – Cedar Rapids, IA – US Cellular Center

5/12 – London, Ontario – London Music Hall

5/13 – Toronto, Ontario – Danforth Music Hall

5/17 – Columbus, OH – Sonic Temple *No Palaye Royale

The Funeral Tour (Palaye Royale headlining)

5/17 – Worcester, Mass. – The Palladium

5/18 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

5/20 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

5/22 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey

5/23 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

5/24 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan

5/28 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep

5/30 – Hollywood, CA – The Fonda Theatre

Tour Announcements From Alice Cooper, Nita Strauss, Atreyu, and More!

2019 is shaping up to be quite a year for live music — and it’s only March! I’m sure I will be sharing more tour announcements in the coming weeks, but for now, here are a few that piqued my interest.

Alice Cooper w/Halestorm and Motionless in White

The nineteen city tour kicks off July 17th in Allentown, PA. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 8th!!!! For a full list of dates and ticket info, visit any of the bands’ official sites.

Halestorm

Motionless in White

Alice Cooper

Atreyu, Motionless in White, and Wilson

Speaking of Motionless in White, the Scranton, PA natives will be hitting the road with Atreyu and Wilson, starting April 15th.

Nita Strauss

Nita Strauss, guitarist for Alice Cooper, is hitting the road solo. She will be offering support for John 5 at the San Diego stop of his Invasion 2019 Tour. Her North American trek also includes a handful of dates with Fozzy and Paul Gilbert. Nita’s tour kicks off April 10th in Hermosa Beach, California, and wraps up June 8th in Poughkeepsie, NY. Visit Loudwire for more!

The “ALT-IMATE” Tour ft. Live, Bush, and Our Lady Peace

This is the dream lineup for all you 90’s alternative rock lovers! The tour is in honor of the 25th anniversaries of both Live’s Throwing Copper and Bush’s Sixteen Stone. The tour begins June 6th in Mashantucket, CT, and ends September 8th in Rochester, MI. Tickets go on sale March 11th.

Alter Bridge Set to Release ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ in September

This past October, Alter Bridge played at the Royal Albert Hall in London, accompanied by the 52-piece Parallax Orchestra. The momentous occasion was recorded and will be available everywhere as a CD/DVD combo on September 7th. You can preorder it now via Alter Bridge’s official site.

The track list is as follows:

CD 1
01 – β€œSlip To The Void”
02 – β€œAddicted To Pain”
03 – β€œBefore Tomorrow Comes”
04 – β€œThe Writing On The Wall”
05 – β€œCry Of Achilles”
06 – β€œIn Loving Memory”
07 – β€œFortress”
08 – β€œTies That Bind”
09 – β€œThe Other Side”
10 – β€œBrand New Start”
11 – β€œGhost Of Days Gone By”

CD 2
12 – β€œThe Last Hero”
13 – β€œThe End Is Here”
14 – β€œWords Darker Than Their Wings”
15 – β€œWaters Rising”
16 – β€œLover”
17 – β€œWonderful Life / Watch Over You”
18 – β€œThis Side Of Fate”
19 – β€œBroken Wings”
20 – β€œBlackbird”
21 – β€œOpen Your Eyes”

DVD
01 – β€œIntro”
02 – β€œSlip To The Void”
03 – β€œAddicted To Pain”
04 – β€œBefore Tomorrow Comes”
05 – β€œShow preparation / Interview”
06 – β€œThe Writing On The Wall”
07 – β€œCry Of Achilles”
08 – β€œIn Loving Memory”
09 – β€œFortress”
10 – β€œThe first rehearsal / Interview”
11 – β€œTies That Bind”
12 – β€œThe Other Side”
13 – β€œRehearsal reactions”
14 – β€œBrand New Start”
15 – β€œGhost Of Days Gone By”
16 – β€œFuture Song Foundation / Interview”
17 – β€œThe Last Hero”
18 – β€œThe End Is Here”
19 – β€œRehearsal – WDTTW / Interview”
20 – β€œWords Darker Than Their Wings”
21 – β€œWaters Rising”
22 – β€œLover”
23 – β€œFamily / Interview”
24 – β€œWonderful Life/Watch Over You”
25 – β€œThis Side Of Fate”
26 – β€œFans / Interview”
27 – β€œBroken Wings”
28 – β€œBlackbird”
29 – β€œOpen Your Eyes”
30 – β€œEnd titles / Credits”

And to build even more anticipation, Alter Bridge has shared the video of “Addicted to Pain” from the DVD.

Greta Van Fleet 2018 World Tour

Greta Van Fleet’s world tour kicked off yesterday. See the remaining dates below, and get ready for the band’s first full-length record later this year.

  • 6/17 – Pink Pop Festival – Landgraaf, Netherlands
  • 6/18 – Download Festival – Paris, France
  • 6/24 – John Anson Ford Theatre – Hollywood, CA (sold out)
  • 6/29 – Middle of the Map Festival – Kansas City, MO
  • 6/30 – 101 WKQX PIQNIQ, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, IL
  • 7/1 – Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI
  • 7/3 – Armory – Minneapolis, MN (sold out)
  • 7/6 – REBEL – Toronto, ON (sold out)
  • 7/8 – REBEL – Toronto, ON (sold out)
  • 7/9 – Festival d’Γ©tΓ© de QuΓ©bec – Quebec City, QC
  • 7/10 – Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, ON
  • 7/18 – Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA (sold out)
  • 7/20 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC (sold out)
  • 7/21 – The Anthem – Washington DC (sold out)
  • 7/23 – House of Blues – Boston, MA (sold out)
  • 7/24 – House of Blues – Boston, MA (sold out)
  • 7/27 – Floydfest – Floyd, VA
  • 7/29 – Panorama Music and Arts Festival, Randall’s Island Park – New York, NY
  • 7/31 – The Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH (sold out)
  • 8/1 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (sold out)
  • 8/3 – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
  • 8/4 – Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL (sold out)
  • 8/18 – Summer Sonic Festival – Osaka-Shi, Japan
  • 8/19 – Summer Sonic Festival – Tokyo, Japan
  • 8/23 – Maui Arts & Cultural Center – Kahului, HI
  • 8/24 – The Republik – Honolulu, HI
  • 9/7 – The Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
  • 9/8 – The Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
  • 9/9 – Skookum Festival – Vancouver, BC
  • 9/11 – Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
  • 9/12 – BMO Centre – Calgary, AB
  • 9/14 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR
  • 9/17 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
  • 9/18 – City National Civic – San Jose, CA
  • 9/19 – The Masonic – San Francisco, CA
  • 9/22 – iHeart Radio Festival – Las Vegas, NV
  • 9/23 – The Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
  • 9/25 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
  • 9/26 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
  • 9/28 – The Union Event Center – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 9/29 – Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
  • 10/1 – Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
  • 10/5 – Austin City Limits Festival – Austin, TX
  • 10/6 – Cal Jam – San Bernardino, CA
  • 10/11 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI (sold out)
  • 10/26 – Elysee Montmartre – Paris, France
  • 10/27 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
  • 10/29 – 013 – Tilburg, Netherlands
  • 10/30 – Mehr! Theatre – Hamburg, Germany
  • 11/1 – Palladium – Cologne, Germany
  • 11/4 – Berns Salonger – Stockholm, Sweden
  • 11/5 – Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 11/7 – Columbiahalle – Berlin, Germany
  • 11/9 – 02 Kentish Town Forum – London, UK
  • 11/11 – 02 Kentish Town Forum – London, UK
  • 11/12 – 02 Kentish Town Forum – London, UK
  • 11/14 – 02 Academy – Birmingham, UK
  • 11/15 – Academy Manchester – Manchester, UK

Three More Tour Announcements! Resurrection Tour + Suspence Fest + Voodoo Festival

Just wave goodbye to your extra money, concert-goers.

Resurrection Tour ft. Puddle of Mudd and Saliva (with special guests Soil, Tantric, and Shallow Side)

I’m not sure this lineup is playing for the full run, based on what I’ve been seeing. I know The Veer Union will be there for the September stretch. Here are the confirmed dates so far:

  • 8-02-18 St Paul, MN at MYTH LIVE
  • 8-05-18 Lisle, IL at BaseCamp Pub & Eatery
  • 8-08-18 Grand Forks, ND at Alerus Center
  • 8-09-18 Duluth, MN at Clyde Iron Works
  • 8-10-18 Dubuque, IA at Diamond Joe’s Casino (New Date)
  • 8-12-18 Lexington, KY at Manchester Music Hall (New Date)
  • 8-14-18 Cedar Rapids, IA at Club 5 @ U.S. Cellular Center
  • 8-16-18 Akron, OH at Akron Civic Theatre
  • 8-18-18 Reading, PA at Reverb
  • 8-24-18 Angleton, TX – Backroads Rockfest at Gary’s Icehouse (New Date)
  • 8-25-18 Midland, TX at Wagner NoΓ«l Performing Arts Center
  • 8-30-18 Newberry, SC at Newberry Opera House (New Dates)
  • 8-31-18 Greenville, SC at The Firmament (New Date)
  • 9-01-18 Concord, VA at Blue Ridge Rock Festival
  • 9-02-18 Daytona Beach, FL at Main Street Station
  • 9-07-18 Salina, KS at Tony’s Pizza Events Center (New Date)
  • 9-08-18 Kansas City, MO at Crossroads KC
  • 9-14-18 Loleta, CA at Bear River Casino & Resort (New Date)
  • 11-02-18 Florence, SC at Florence Center (New Date)

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Suspence Fest ft. Sons of Texas, Aranda, Locust Grove, Suspence, Oddfellas, and More

This rock fest is August 18th at Top o’ Texas Norris Rodeo Pavilion in Pampa, Texas.

Voodoo Festival 2018

Voodoo Fest takes place in New Orleans, October 26 – 28. This year’s lineup includes Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, A Perfect Circle, Arctic Monkeys, Marilyn Manson, Third Eye Blind, and more! Check out the event poster.

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: Alter Bridge at The Tabernacle (Jan. 22, 2017)

Alter Bridge’sΒ The Last HeroΒ tour made a stop in Atlanta, Georgia, this past Sunday. Coincidentally, this was the same night as the NFC Championship game. The Atlanta Falcons rose up in the Georgia Dome; Alter Bridge brought down The Tabernacle.

With an audience that consisted of many exhilarated Falcons fans, the atmosphere was electric. Monster Truck, who opened for Alter Bridge the last time they played The Tabernacle, was definitely on point. Energetic and insanely talented, these Canada natives set the bar high. They exited the stage and the room was literally buzzing with adrenaline and excitement.

When the lights dimmed, the roar of the crowd was astounding. Tension mounted with each passing second and then, Alter Bridge stepped into view: vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy, drummer Scott Phillips, bassist Brian Marshall, and guitarist Mark Tremonti. Before the noise had even begun to die down, the band ripped into the second track fromΒ The Last Hero, “Writing on the Wall.”

Each song was met with enthusiasm from a mass of fans who clearly adored Alter Bridge. The setlist included such songs as “Come to Life,” “Addicted to Pain,” “Blackbird,” and “Isolation.” They played my personal favorites, “Waters Rising” and “Watch Over You.” As an added bonus, they performed “The Last Hero” for the first time stateside.

The set ended with “Open Your Eyes” and the accompanying sing-along. This was followed by a marriage proposal (she said yes), and after congratulating the happy couple, Myles picked out the intro to “Show Me a Leader.” The final song of the evening was none other than “Rise Today.”

I have now seen Alter Bridge four times, and I can honestly say they get better with each show. Maybe it was the fans sharing the experience with me, maybe it was the fact that the music was so wonderful and my heart was filled with total joy, but this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.

Of course, I close this review with my own personal story from the show. My brother and I once again circled the venue and waited by the buses. I can’t explain it; however, I knew this was the night I would finally meet Myles Kennedy.

And I did.

Myles was the first member of Alter Bridge to emerge from The Tabernacle. He came straight over to where I was standing, signed the band itinerary a security guard had given me, and posed for a picture. He hugged me and thanked us for being there before moving away to talk to the others gathered around us.

Mark was the next one out. I introduced myself this time, which made him chuckle. We then spoke to Brian and last, but certainly not least, Scott (who brought up college football in response to my Alabama Crimson Tide jacket).

I cannot stress enough how exceptional these four men are. Not only are they brilliant musicians, they are kind and sweet and appreciate their fans. I will never stop encouraging others to listen to them and, if possible, to go to an Alter Bridge concert. There is no way you will be disappointed.

Here are two of my favorite pictures from the night. The rest can be found HERE.