For nearly 25 years Alter Bridge have been at the forefront of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal, and have released five studio albums to critical acclaim. This three CD pack consists of two live CDs and one CD loaded with rarities ranging from the previously unreleased ‘Cruel Sun’ and ‘Solace’ to seven tracks that were till now only available in Japan.
The live CDs were recorded at the O2 in London on 24th November 2016, at one of the band’s biggest shows on the tour. It features 19 massive tracks from the band, and it shows how big a monster they have created when it comes to live shows, as they have the fans eating from the palm of their collective hands from the very first note on ‘The Writing on the Wall’ to the last resonating sound on ‘My Champion.’ There are two tracks each from One Day Remains, ‘Open Your Eyes’ and the epic ‘Metalingus,’ with ‘Isolation’ and ‘Ghost of Days Gone By’ from AB III.
Five tracks come from Blackbird, including an awesome acoustic version of ‘Watch Over You.’ Fortress offers up four really class Rock tracks for obvious reasons, it being the touring album. The Last Hero has six prime cuts from it, the stonking opener, ‘Writhing on the Wall,’ ‘Show Me a Leader,’ the riff heavy ‘The Other Side,’ the amazing ‘Crows on a Wire,’ ‘Poison in Your Veins’ and the anthemic show closer ‘My Champion.’
All in all this is one live recording that should be in everyone’s collection, as it is an absolute cracker, chock full of foot stompers and head bangers to keep everybody happy.
The Rarities CD consists of 11 tracks, two of which have never been released from the One Day Remains recording back in 2004, and the previously released, only in the USA, ‘Breathe’. The rest of the disc are tracks that have only been released in Japan and are typical Alter Bridge mix of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal with a little alternative/post Grunge sound thrown in for good measure. This is a must-have for diehard fans and collectors alike, as it gives you all you could want from these serious “Monsters of Rock”: serious riffs, stunning solos, savage drum and bass, all of which are boosted by the amazingly awesome vocal talent of Myles Kennedy.
Alter Bridge Live at the O2 + Rarities is out worldwide on 8th September.
Alter Bridge are:
Myles Kennedy Lead vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
Mark Tremonti Lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Brian Marshall Bass
Scott Phillips Drums
ALTER BRIDGE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES 2017:
ALTER BRIDGE – “The Last Hero” Tour
Mon 02.10.17 UK – London / Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
Tue 03.10.17 UK – London / Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
Thu 05.10.17 UK – Edinburgh / Usher Hall
Sat 07.10.17 IE – Dublin / Olympia
Sun 08.10.17 UK – Belfast / Ulster Hall
Tue 10.10.17 FR – Paris / Elysee Montmartre
Wed 11.10.17 NL – Groningen / Oosterpoort
Thu 12.10.17 DE – Stuttgart / Porsche Arena
Sun 15.10.17 DE – Hannover / Swiss Life Hall
Mon 16.10.17 DE – Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
Wed 18.10.17 AT – Vienna / Gasometer
Fri 20.10.17 PL – Warsaw / Progresja
Sun 22.10.17 HU – Budapest / Sport Arena
Tue 24.10.17 CH – Zurich / Samsung Hall
Thu 26.10.17 ES – Barcelona / Razzmatazz 1
Fri 27.10.17 ES – Madrid / La Riviera
Sun 29.10.17 PT – Lisbon / Coliseu