Live Review: Alter Bridge – Cardiff, Motorpoint – 20th October 2013

alter_bridge_1Following the eagerly awaited release of their latest album, ‘Fortress’ after a three year break in recording, Alter Bridge chose The Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff as one of the select UK tour venues to showcase their new work.

The quartet from Florida whose UK fanbase is rapidly growing, are regarded as one of the most important and talented hard rock bands of their generation, and who, since their formation in 2004 have consisted of lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips.

The band thrive when performing live, and from the formidable introduction of the opening song Addicted to Pain’ didn’t play a note wrong all night. They effortlessly engaged the lively crowd with ease and had them singing along throughout.

The set which would have satisfied the most ardent fan comprised a host of favourites which included ‘Come to Life’, ‘Before Tomorrow Comes’, ‘Metallingus’ and a compelling rendition of ‘Blackbird‘.  Amid the many moments of brilliance the crowd were in for an unexpected treat when Myles Kennedy was joined by Lzzy Hale, from support band Halestorm, to deliver a spine tingling acoustic duet of ‘Watch Over You’.

The vocal performance and energy of Myles Kennedy, arguably one of the finest rock singers alive, was matched only by the skills. technique and showmanship of Mark Tremonti  who provided a masterclass on lead guitar. He also demonstrated his singing skills by taking the lead vocals for  ‘Waters Rising‘.

Alter Bridge succeeded in delivering high octane hard rock with skill, versatility and well-crafted lyrics to a rapturous audience. After returning for an encore they finished the evening with an unforgettable performance of ‘Open Your Eyes’.

Since being announced in April this has been one of the most eagerly awaited tours of the year and this performance proved that the wait was worthwhile – let’s hope that Alter Bridge will return again soon with a more extensive UK tour or even a much deserved festival headline slot.

Written by: Lindsy Stott

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