Alter Bridge / Black Stone Cherry - Wembley Arena, London
Last time I caught Alter Bridge was in Hammersmith Apollo last October, so to catch them on an arena tour was very exciting, especially with the great support acts that were due to warm things up before the headliners.
Theory Of A Deadman were the first to play from Roadrunner's collection of bands, with the Canadian rockers kicking the night off with an energetic performance, getting the crowd suitably hyped.
Black Stone Cherry were up next and given they've been one of my most eagerly awaited bands to catch live, their performance was definitely worth the wait. Having not seen any recent photos, I didn’t recognise Chris Robertson without the long hair, but it was certainly not hard to recognize those vocals.
The arena setting was clearly born for Alter Bridge and they made the best use out of it with great lighting and the added bonus of an impressive laser show. From the opening volley of 'Slip To The Void', where Myles Kennedy made his way to the microphone in total darkness, through to the climactic 'Rise Today', Alter Bridge put on a great show and gave their fans more than their money's worth.
With the filming of tonight's set soon to be released on DVD - in 3D as well - those that missed the night can see what they were missing; and those who did make the night get to relive it again.
Slip to the Void / Find the Real / Ghost of Days Gone By / Before Tomorrow Comes / Come to Life / All Hope is Gone / White Knuckles / Brand New Start / Metalingus / Broken Wings / I Know it Hurts / One Day Remains / Coeur D’Alene / Buried Alive / Blackbird / Wonderful Life (Acoustic) / Watch Over You (Acoustic) / Ties That Bind / Isolation / Open Your Eyes / Dueling Guitar Solos (Mark & Myles) / Rise Today