Last night saw the continuation of Alter Bridge’s European tour at the Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff with support from Theory of a Deadman and Black Stone Cherry.
Although I arrived at the venue after Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman, the crowd of people milling around outside the venue and within the confines of the merch store suggested that I hadn’t missed much.
The atmosphere picked up with the introduction of Black Stone Cherry though, with lead-singer Chris Robertson encapsulating both the crowd which had already formed and those who entered the arena late.
Given close to an hour to warm the crowd up for the headliners, Black Stone Cherry didn’t disappoint. Hammering through 15 tracks, spanning all three of their albums, as well as three unexpected cover versions (Iron Man – Black Sabbath, Rolling in the Deep – Adele & Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd) it was truly a set worthy of a headline slot. That said, there was only ever going to be one band stealing the show, and Alter Bridge did just that.
From the first chord of Slip to the Void through to the epic finale Rise Today, Frontman Myles Kennedy had the crowd in the palm of his hand. This was never more true than the two track acoustic section, introduced with an anecdote reminiscing of times spent playing in coffee shops. Kennedy,with nothing more than his guitar and the stool he was sat on, performed Wonderful Life and Watch Over you alone, encouraging a 7,000 strong sing-along, lighters aloft.
The rest of the set was typical Alter Bridge; Kennedy’s soaring, pitch perfect vocals floating over Mark Tremonti’s huge riffs. If the reception that was afforded to Broken Wings raised the roof, then Metallingus brought the house down!
But the best was saved for the end. The likes of Before Tomorrow Comes and Isolation closing the set before the encore saw the perfect one-two shot of Alter Bridge’s first single Open Your Eyes and Rise Today acting as the perfect parting gift.
If you get the opportunity to catch Alter Bridge live, then don’t miss it!
Video courtesy of DC83net