Review by Michael A.Marshall & Photos by Asinthia Marshall
January 28, 2017 – Voodoo Lounge, Kansas City, MO | A voice of reason that is lost in a dark season of political uncertainty. The distant discourse of rhetoric that marches upon the freedom of people has arrived at the gates of hope. What can be done? Where is a champion to fight such tyranny? Who will be The Last Hero?
Alter Bridge’s “The Last Hero” tour embarked upon Harrah’s Voodoo Lounge Saturday night wielding a monstrous mojo of melodic metal meant to slay the dark day. Armed with a playlist forged from their five album library, Alter Bridge volleyed hit song after hit song onto the Kansas City crowd. The musical mastery of Myles Kennedy (vocals, guitar), Mark Tremonti (guitar, vocals), Brian Marshall (bass), and Scott Philips (drums) out flanked the disenchantment of despair with such tracks as “The Last Hero”, “My Champion”, “Ghosts of Days Gone By”, “Blackbird”, “Waters Rising”, and “Open Your Eyes” to fortify the band’s continued relevance in the battle for great music in the world.
Alter Bridge’s war plan over the years has been conceptually consistent in building upon the remarkable talent of each band member with a continued dedication to their craft, a fierce mandate to maintain artistic control of their music, and a sincere connection with their fans. A glance at social media proudly displays a strong allegiance of fans that support Alter Bridge in popularity voting, record sales, concert attendance, and award nominations. Mark Tremonti has been voted Guitar Player of the Year three times and is ranked in the top five all-time greatest metal guitarists while Myles Kennedy is well trained in jazz theory guitar and has worked as a lead vocalist with hall of fame acts the likes of Led Zeppelin and Guns n Roses. The boisterous beat of Brian Marshall and Scott Philips is arguably one of the most original and hard hitting rhythm sections on tour today. All these qualities were in full force as Alter Bridge took the stage to wage war in North Kansas City.
The anticipation of battle grew as the band took the reins of opening acts Weapons of Anew and Nonpoint and charged unbridled into a nearly two hour set list. The energy of the crowd was palpable as the band dished out a generous serving metal, rock, and ballad songs. The night was full of high spirits and awesome interactions between the band and the crowd that featured sing along, guitar battles, and the never too serious banter of front man Myles. The venue was packed with people and full of participation as the band ended the night with an encore version of “Rise Today” delivering on the message of hope and the ability to change world.
Alter Bridge’s “The Last Hero” tour continues to fight the good fight into July 2017 with several U.S. dates still available.
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