Playlist Challenge, Day 581

Monster Truck — “Sweet Mountain River”

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Playlist Challenge, Day 513

Monster Truck — “Seven Seas Blues”

New Music (7/23 — 7/29)

Hespera: “Remnants of Existence”

Oh, Weatherly: “Chasing California”

The Treatment: “Let’s Get Dirty”

Judas Priest: “No Surrender”

Springbrooke: “End of the Line”

Beartooth: “Disease”

Set It Off: “Killer in the Mirror”

Aesthetic Perfection ft. Nikki Misery: “Bye Bye Bye” (NSYNC cover)

Fozzy: “Burn Me Out”

Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators: “Driving Rain”

Unearthly Trance: “Mechanism Error”

Psychostick: “You Can (Maybe) Do It”

Make Them Suffer: “27”

Opia: “Ascend”

New Years Day: “Disgust Me”

Doro ft. Johan Hegg: “If I Can’t Have You, No One Will”

Graham Bonnet Band: “Livin’ in Suspicion”

Bobaflex: “Off With Your Head”

Metal Allegiance: “Voodoo of the Godsend”

Conan: “Vexxagon”

Crossfaith: “Catastrophe”

Hands Like Houses: “Overthinking”

Vista: “Witch Hunt”

Monster Truck: “Evolution”

Vherbal ft. Brett Carlisle: “Inside My Walls”

New Music (6/4 — 6/10)

Halcyon Way: “Blame”

Threefold Maze: “Hope”

Real Friends: “From the Outside”

WSTR: “Bad to the Bone”

Bullet For My Valentine: “Letting You Go”

Unborn Generation: “Ritual”

Cane Hill: “It Follows”

Thrice: “The Grey”

Vein: “Doomtech”

PIG: “The Chosen Few”

Framing Hanley: “Puzzle Pieces”

Daughtry: “Deep End”

Auditory Armory ft. Eric Mann: “The Light That Was Lost”

Dance Gavin Dance: “Count Bassy”

Against the Waves: “As Above So Below”

Seether: “Against the Wall” (Acoustic Version)

The Bridge City Sinners: “Ashes”

Christina Aguilera ft. GoldLink: “Like I Do”

Sleeping Giant: “Preachcore Lives!”

Crossfaith: “The Perfect Nightmare”

Cast the Stone: “As the Dead Lie”

Kataklysm: “The Resurrected” (Live Video)

Badflower: “Ghost”

Sleep Token: “Jaws”

Letters From the Fire: “Naked in the Rain”

Mike Shinoda: “Ghosts”

Johnathan East: “Too Much ‘Bama in Me”

The Veer Union: “City of the Sun”

Threefold Maze: “Lost My Way”

Chino Moreno: “Brief Exchange”

Monster Truck ft. Dee Snider: “True Rocker”

The Smashing Pumpkins: “Solara”

The Night Flight Orchestra: “Lovers in the Rain”

Evanescence ft. Lindsey Stirling: “Hi-Lo”

Madball: “Rev Up”

Aversions Crown: “The Breeding Process”

Beyond the Fade: “Welcome to the Pain”

Trope: “Lambs”

Betrayer: “Embodiment”

Download Festival 2018

Download Festival is happening next weekend, June 8th — June 10th. In case you haven’t already seen the lineup, here it is!

There are a lot of good bands playing, you lucky peeps! Lol. If you’re going, have fun! ❤

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

Alter Bridge’s The Last Hero 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 from 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.

Review: Monster Truck & Alter Bridge @ The Tabernacle

This past Saturday–April 19th–I was in Atlanta, Georgia, for the Alter Bridge show. I was accompanied by two of my favorite people, my brother Rick and my friend Jesse. I was fortunate enough to make my way through the mob to the front. Two very kind Alter Bridge fans let me squeeze in beside them, right on the barrier. Needless to say, I refused to move for the rest of the evening.

The opening act, a band that hailed from Canada called Monster Truck, was really good. They were a mix of rock and blues. All I could think was “If Led Zeppelin and all the Southern rock bands had a baby, this would be it.” Ha! Seriously, though, their guitarist was super enthusiastic and the band was a lot of fun. They set the tone for the evening–high energy rock & roll–and the fans showed them a ton of respect as they filed off the stage.

When Alter Bridge came out roughly thirty minutes later, the noise was tremendous! They tore straight into “Addicted to Pain” and from that moment, it was a case of nonstop greatness. My favorite thing about it was the fact that the crowd was made up mostly of hardcore Alter Bridge fans, the kind that sing every single word. There is nothing more magical than hearing a crowd of 2000+ belting out “Broken Wings,” “Open Your Eyes,” and “Rise Today.” It was obvious that vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy, guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips were feeding off the audience’s energy and adoration. It is also apparent that the four of them truly love what they do, and that always adds to the experience for the fans. Alter Bridge put on one hell of a show, and Myles stopped to give the fans a heartfelt thanks more than once, saying that if it wasn’t for us, the band wouldn’t be celebrating its ten-year anniversary.

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From L to R: bassist Brian Marshall, vocalist/guitarist Myles Kennedy, and guitarist Mark Tremonti

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Myles Kennedy grinning at me during “Rise Today.”

Highlights from the show were “Blackbird,” Myles instructing the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” to Tremonti, who had turned 40 the previous day, and the guitar dual between Myles and Tremonti, which led straight into the final song of the evening, “Rise Today.” A personal highlight was receiving a pick from Myles…that pretty much made my night.

Alter Bridge is easily one of the best bands I’ve ever seen in concert. If you haven’t made it out for a show yet, you should seriously remedy that immediately. I guarantee that you will have the time of your life.