Concert Review: Alter Bridge and Nonpoint "The Last Hero" Tour
Bridge’s “The Last Hero” tour landed on Feb. 18th in Tempe, AZ.
At the Marquee Theatre and everything that could possibly go right,
did. Bringing with them to open on this tour was Nonpoint and
together both bands took the control and created a galactic
thaumaturgy of sound that slashed its way into the hearts of all the
the founding member's towns of Florida, Chicago, Battlecreek and
Cleveland there isn't much musically that Nonpoint can't bring.
Their diversity in sound makes them an excellent fit no matter where
they perform. Elias Soriano (Vocals), Robb Rivera (Drums), Rasheed
Thomas (Guitar / Vocals), Adam Woloszyn (Bass), BC Kochmit (Lead
Guitar / Vocals) lit the stage and their presence always captivates
and rallies the masses.
opened their set with the driving force only lead guitarist BC can
drive with, “Pins and Needles” and the venue was ripped and
shredded open. By the time Nonpoint hit their track, “Hands Off”
from their Vengeance
album the sea of rock/metal street melodic extravaganza owned the
building and we weren't even into their set a quarter of the way.
between songs every so often Elias would engage the audience, thank
them for coming and ask the crowd if they were ready to rock with
Alter Bridge. With each fist pump, hair dread flip, growl, howling
guitar, and rhythmic beat.. Nonpoint lead the way.
Soriano brought the house up over and over again and the crowd drew
together and sang along with him as Nonpoint did their cover of Phil
Collins “In the Air Tonight.” Shutting it down as the band always
renders a manifesto of hellacious power, “Alive and Kicking” and
“Bullet with a Name” finalized their set. The crowd roared for
more, as Nonpoint's fans understand their need for Nonpoint's music.
could be heard in the crowd as they chanted for more, that they were
hoping Nonpoint would be back Arizona way very soon again. Nonpoint
creates music that is meant to stick to your ribs. It is meaty,
connective, and long-lasting.
a brief set change and sound check the audience settled themselves
back into place as the lights dimmed, the fans cheered and chanted
“Alter Bridge, Alter Bridge!” As the masters of melodic metal hit
the stage it was as if the crowd called each band member: Myles
Kennedy (vocals, guitar), Mark Tremonti (guitar, vocals), Brian
Marshall (bass), and Scott Philips (drums)- home. This was an Alter
Bridge space of metal execution and their playlist was built upon
their five studio album's.
music supremacy began its attack munificently and wantonly with “The
Writing on the Wall.” Alter Bridge continues to fortify their sound
and relay that this is their place where they belong. Cranking up the
volume and salaciously delivering their message with tracks such as
“Ghost of Days Gone By, “Open Your Eyes,” “Blackbird,” and
two acoustics: “Wonderful Life,” and “Watch Over You.”
melded together held the audience's breath and leaned towards a
marked space in time where everything became one.
Bridge's talents and uniqueness in building each one up in their own
trade higher and higher is a noteworthy achievement. Brian Marshall
and Scott Philips are two of the most celebrated hard hitting rhythm
sections on the road today.
and vocalist, Myles Kennedy, trained in jazz theory and has worked as
a lead vocalist with Guns n Roses, along with Mark Tremonti who has
been voted Guitar Player of the Year three times and is ranked in the
top five all-time superlative metal guitarists.
combination of continued consistency in honing their craft,
maintaining their own artistic control, and their sincerity of
reaching out to their fans has created a monumental formula that
works and keeps on giving.
two hour set of Nonpoint and Alter Bridge was just what the day
ordered. The level of energy each band brings to their audiences is
duly noted. An evening for melodic metal, high energy rock, some
blues rock, fantastic interactions between the band members and their
captivated audience along with crowd participation in sing-along and
an evening that ended with Alter Bridge's two encore tunes, “Show
Me A Leader,” and “Rise Today” both leading us into battle, and
to keep up the good fight that together we can be the change this
Nonpoint will be on tour in the states through July 2017. Follow
Official website: http://nonpoint.com/
Alter Bridge will be on tour throughout the states and then
Australia, Europe through June 2017. Follow for updates.