Alter Bridge, nearing the last leg of their American Spring tour in support of their album Fortress, hit the Arvest Bank Theatre in Kansas City, MO on May 2, 2014.
Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland is located in downtown Kansas City. The theatre, opened in 1927, was built in the French and Italian Baroque style, and is well known for its over 500,000 feet of gold leaf, massive crystal chandeliers and ornate wood and plaster work. A beautiful, opulent, majestic venue.
Early reports said the show was sold out, and while the balcony section didn’t look full when the opener Monster Truck hit the stage, the floor was definitely already packed from front to back.
Alter Bridge started the show with the song Addicted to Pain. Their 17 song setlist included a range of songs from all of their albums: Blackbird, Before Tomorrow Comes, Brand New Start, Ghost of Days Gone By, Broken Wings and Open Your Eyes, to name some of the fan favorites.
Some bands might seem a bit tired when approaching the end of one tour and preparing to head on a European tour next. They appeared anything but weary.
Myles Kennedy commanded the stage, jumping between the three mics set at the front, with a big smile on his face. It’s always fun to see someone who no doubt feels at home on stage and enjoys performing for his fans. Kennedy’s amazing tenor vocal range that reportedly spans four octaves transferred well from the album to the live show. He can hold a note for a hell of a long time.
Lead guitarist Mark Tremonti released his first solo album All I Was in 2012, and the newest Alter Bridge album contains the track, Waters Rising, where Tremonti lends some lead vocals. As Kennedy announced at the show, “it’s about time we hear Tremonti on vocals.” And while Kennedy receives a lot of attention for his vocal capabilities, no one seemed disappointed to hear Tremonti sing.
As most know Tremonti was the former lead guitarist for Creed and he’s been voted multiple times “guitarist of the year” or “greatest guitarist of all time” by more than one guitar magazine. His guitar playing on Friday night was tight, intense, immaculate. He truly embodies the title “guitar god.”
There’s a good reason these guys are selling out shows. When Alter Bridge originally began they received some bad press, some calling them a poor offshoot of Creed. Even Kennedy commented that this is the best tour they’ve ever had. When you hear people describe an Alter Bridge show, they often use words like “you will be blown away” and “Kennedy and Tremonti are some of the most gifted, talented guys you will ever see perform.” People are on fire for Alter Bridge. They proved they’ve bridged the gap between being a poor Creed offshoot to a band people will continue to say is mind blowing. Anyone at the show was surely considerably impressed, proving the commentators right.
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