It can’t have been easy for Alter Bridge when Myles Kennedy hooked up with Slash for a world tour, especially with the threat of Velvet Revolver still looking for a singer. But Myles stayed true to his main band who are now playing much bigger venues that VR ever did. We thought we’d head down to Wembley Arena and see if Alter Bridge could pull it off.
Six things we found out when we saw Alter Bridge play in London:
1) It’s their first arena-level headline tour and tonight is a near sell out, which just goes to prove how well received last year’s record III was. Some might say the exposure from Myles’ work with Slash will have helped, but in all fairness these guys have worked hard to get where they are and totally deserve it.
2) When most guitarists take a solo, you tend to notice. When Mark Tremonti takes a solo, it’s loud enough to wake up the dead. Don’t worry – it’s a good thing. The man has one of the beefiest tones out there and knows his way around the fretboard. Lemmy would approve.
3) It comes as no surprise that Myles’ voice is note-perfect all night long. But as a frontman he really is the full package – striking an affinity with the audience that most don’t even come close to. Yet again he proves himself to be one of the best rock singers around today.
4) With three albums under their belt, Alter Bridge are now at a level where they can play a ninety minute set that is just brimming with massive tunes. The stage show is as big as the music: there’s lasers and pyro, which will look impressive on the DVD release of this concert next year.
5) The acoustic versions of ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Watch Over You’ take things down a notch and allow Alter Bridge to show their mastery in writing simple, beautiful songs. Before the final encore, Myles shows off his blues chops in a guitar duel with Mark. It’s everything you want from a big rock show.
6) Tonight Alter Bridge cement their place as an arena-level band, proving they are well on their way to becoming a festival headline act of the future. It might not be on the next album, but if they continue writing and playing like this nothing will be able to stop them.