Alter Bridge had not long released their latest album Fortress before they decided to hit the road on their first European tour since 2011.
Fast forward to opening night in Nottingham, UK and we’re at the Capital FM arena; this is the first time for Alter Bridge to play here. (Myles had the pleasure of playing here with Slash and The Conspirators back in February) In previous years they have always played the smaller venue in Rock City, so this already shows a growth in their fan base, which is always hard to gauge with rock bands.
Their support came in the form of label mates at Roadrunner Halestorm and Shinedown respectively. I admit that I’ve never seen Halestorm live before so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this band.
I was surprised on all accounts as Lzzy Hale walked on to the stage in a barely their outfit, but they sure know how to put on a rock show. Her voice is awesomely unique. I can also understand now why Arejay Hale won the best drummer award as he is insanely talented. He reminds me of Animal from the Muppets; he never slowed and oozed loads of energy.
They powered their way through Love Bites, Mz Hyde, Freak Like Me, A Judas Priest cover in Dissident Aggressor, I Miss The Misery and closing on Here’s To Us.
Next up, came Shinedown, who were on top form albeit suffering major jet lag as I found out later. The guys rocked the arena from the ceiling to the floor. They worked their way through Unity, Sound Of Madness, Enemies, I’ll Follow You, Diamond Eyes, If You Only Knew to Second Chance, An acoustic medley segment, 45, a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd´s Simple Man, Which had the eager audience singing along until their lungs gave out and ended on Bully
the small break seemed to take forever before the mighty Alter Bridge took to the stage and a massive uproar echoed around the arena.
They looked comfortable on the stage as if they had never been away they also look seasoned and matured which is all good in my eyes.
They kicked off with Addicted to Pain to the obvious delight of the crowd. They worked through 17 songs in the shape of White Knuckles, Come To Life, Before Tomorrow Comes, Farther Than The Sun, Brand New Start, Cry Of Achilles, Ghost Of Days Gone By, The Uninvited, Ties That Bind to Broken Wings, Cry A River, Blackbird, Rise Today and Isolation before coming back on stage for an encore of Slip To The Void and Open Your Eyes. They played all the known classics from their back catalog, Which included 5 new tracks off Fortress.
They executed each track perfectly and they looked at home in front of those bright stage lights. The only downfall of the night was when the realization set in, that they hadn’t included Metalingus nor Watch Over You into the nights set list. Myles was on top form and his vocals were superb as always. Tremonti showed why he is one of the best guitarists on the planet and but to think that it is all self-taught.
Nottingham Capital FM Arena was well and truly rocked right until that last chord rang out. A great night was had by all, which left you hungry for so much more.
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