I’ve been at the American International Toy Fair for 2017 for the past few days but that is not going to keep the Rock and Roll reporting at bay all that much. I just need to keep the notations around any press on the quick side since I am swamped taking notes and photographs about the convention. That said, here is the latest skinny about the band Alter Bridge who will be doing some more tour dates in the Spring. Take a look.
The Press Release:
(New York, NY – February 21, 2017) – Hot on the heels of their most successful headline tour of North America, Alter Bridge are announcing the next leg of The Last Hero Tour in the United States hitting the road this Spring. The headline dates will be scattered among the numerous festival dates that Alter Bridge is already confirmed for including WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range. The headline tour will kick off in Fort Lauderdale, FL and make stops in Sayreville, NJ; Providence, RI; Baltimore, MD; Stroudsburg, PA; Sault Sainte Marie, MI; and Milwaukee, WI. In Flames and Metal Church will be joining Alter Bridge on select dates of the tour. Fans can head over to https://www.alterbridge.com/tour for more information on each date including public onsale information and exclusive VIP experiences including meet & greet and guitar lesson opportunities. Continue reading Alter Bridge Announces Spring Headlining Tour→
It’s always great to find out that Alter Bridge is heading out on a tour of their own since we don’t have that happen as often as the diehards might like. Anyway, I will let the press release below do all the talking. Check it out. I’ll come back at the close.
The Press Release:
Hard rock titans Alter Bridge will embark on their first headline tour of 2017 across North America beginning on January 21st in Mobile, AL. The Last Hero Tour will make stops in cities across the country such as Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV before wrapping up in Seattle, WA. Artist presale tickets are currently on sale. Tickets and VIP Packages will be available publicly on Friday at 10:00AM local time and can be purchased at the website link at the bottom.
The Last Hero, marks a return to the Top 10 on the Billboard charts for Alter Bridge in the United States; their first since their debut release, 2004’s One Day Remains. The band peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 with over 27,800 units consumed via sales and streaming. The band also hit #4 on the Top Current Albums chart selling almost 27,000 (26,955 sold), landed at #2 on the Rock Chart and the band’s first-ever #1 album on the Independent Albums Chart. The Last Hero topped charts around the globe as well landing at #6 in Australia, #5 in Germany, #8 in Italy, #2 in Scotland, and #3 in the United Kingdom. Continue reading Alter Bridge Announces “The Last Hero” North American Headline Tour→
The great guitar wizard Slash performed at Terminal 5 the other night along with singer Myles Kennedy and The Co-Conspirators and the show was discussed in full on THIS LINK. Now please enjoy a gallery of images that were captured from the allowed photo pit time.
Artist: Slash Venue: Terminal 5 (New York, NY) Opener: Unlocking The Truth Date: 5/7/2015 Label: Dik Hayd Records
Now before I get started about this particular show I have to let the readers know that I have been a big fan of Slash and all his accomplishments with Guns n Roses in the past way up to the stuff that he has been doing with singer Myles Kennedy as a solo artist. Okay, I probably missed the boat on Slash’s Snakepit more based on what my interests were at the time, but I did enjoy his contributions to Velvet Revolver even though I was never more than a casual fan of the band and am simply knocked out by the collaboration with Myles that this show would be the focus on. Tonight’s show would be sold out and at Terminal 5 which is a massive event space way down on the West Side and 11th avenue. Opening up the show would be a solitary act, the young stalwarts of music and YouTube videos sensations, Unlocking The Truth. Here is how the event went down if you weren’t able to come out.
Unlocking The Truth: You might have heard about the young band Unlocking The Truth because to say that a LOT of press has been going around about them would be an understatement. However, if the name is still news to your musical database let me educate you quickly and say that the band is comprised of three teenage boys of color who quickly gained what is termed viral notoriety for setting up their equipment at busy areas of NYC and started bringing the Metal breakdowns and riffs to the masses. Sometimes they were shooed away and at other times were captured on video and hence the YouTube sensation factor. Anyway, they were soon signed to Sony Music for a whopping 1.8 million dollar contract if my research is on point and from there the rest is their own building musical history. Opening up for Slash was a great catch for such a band because it was almost always going to put them in front of a sold out room provided that most fans got themselves in the door early enough. Considering how many like to get “the best spot” for the main event this seemed to be the case for the young Brooklyn rockers. The three piece group is fronted by Malcolm Brickhouse who sings and plays guitar while Alec Atkins and Jarad Dawkins handle the rhythm section on bass and drums respectively. With no album to reference and being completely new to the band in the live sense I was not sure what to expect. My only background was these same YouTube clips that I mentioned and I had to say that from the moment the guys hit the stage they were jamming. They are roughly about 14 years old apiece I think but maybe one of them is 15 at this point and they do know how to play a lot better than the riffing in the clips online so that was cool. Glad that they are paying mind to their craft since this is a terribly competitive business even with a record deal behind you. I’m not going to lay down any super hard critique upon the lads because they are still going through the growing pains of being in a band together and trying to make this work out for them. I do wish them luck and hope it encourages many other young musicians to take up the craft. Just don’t’ block too many subway entrances when doing so alright. Now it was onto the main event, the one and the only Slash. Continue reading Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Co-Conspirators @ Terminal 5 (5/7/2015)→
I’ve usually left my “Music Milestone” toasts fall to artists and releases that have reached a little bit more of a shelf life but then again have started to make exceptions from time to time when the release or artist has made such an impact on the music scene around them that it bears toasting. Such is the case for the band Alter Bridge, whose debut album “One Day Remains” was released on this very day ten years ago. Can you believe it? Are you following this awesome band yet? If not I think that you should be. Let’s raise a glass and discuss this one.
When Alter Bridge first announced their existence after the disbanding of Creed back in 2004, I had to admit that I was a little bit skeptical because I had been a fan of Creed for a few years by that time and pretty much felt that the musicians of that band were just launching what would amount to be “Creed 2” when working with Scott Stapp proved to be an impossible practice. It was easy for a fan to think this way when it appeared that this new band would be everyone who was in Creed with the exception of Stapp. The lineup of Alter Bridge would also include the bands founding bassist Brian Marshall who was allegedly fired by the singer (or so legend would have you believe at the time as well). With the key musical director of Tremonti heralding the charge and the rhythm section of drummer Scott Phillips and Marshall I expected an album loaded with “Creed like” tunes but we really didn’t get too much of that outside of the single “Open Your Eyes” which I felt had a strong vibe of the previous band that they were all most recently a part of. When the band presented a new singer to the world I also expected a similar vocal register to be found until I heard the soaring melodies that came from Myles Kennedy. His was a brand new name to me but he was apparently a member of the Mayfield Four, a band that had two albums and a career dating back to 1996 but again, this was all new to me. The band’s name would be inspired by a bridge that used to exist near Tremonti’s youthful home and their debut album entitled with a phrase on how they felt life should be lived – as if “One Day Remains”. Interesting stuff for sure, but what about the music that was to be found on the debut? Would it measure up? Continue reading Celebrating A Decade Of “One Day Remains” by Alter Bridge (2004-2014)→