LIVE: Alter Bridge – Fremantle, 8 April, 2017
With Like A Storm. Metropolis, Fremantle
Saturday, 8 April, 2017
Reviewed by Daryl Emmet
Photography by Peter Gardner
Metro’s Fremantle was at a comfortable capacity when Like A Storm took to the stage. Opening the set with a didgeridoo, the band launched into an energetic set full of catchy hooks and strong riffage. Harking back to the bands of the early Noughties, Like A Storm had that thick sludgy sound the ilk of Staind, Puddle of Mudd, and Drowning Pool.
Matt Brooks wooed the crowd with his strong clean vocal style, with clear exclamation points when he screamed his heart out down the microphone. Not shy to venture into the crowd the set saw Matt leave the stage on a couple of occasions to join the punters, most notably when the band performed a rendition of AC/DC’s T.N.T., with Matt in the trenches chanting, ‘oi, oi’ among the people. An all-round enjoyable show, with standout numbers like Never Surrender, Wish You Hell, and wrapping up the playlist with Love The Way You Hate Me.
There is no doubt that this is a group of remarkable musicians. With Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti sharing the responsibilities of the lead guitar breaks, it was interesting to see the differing styles complementing each other so well. Brian Marshall’s solid bass playing gave the songs a rigid spine and Scott Phillips drumming was nothing short of stunning.
Myles’ vocals, unsurprisingly, were on point for the whole set – he’s a man with impressive range and huge talent, but when he handed the singing mantle to Mark Tremonti for Rising Waters it was apparent that his bandmate could hold his own in the vocal department, too. A beautiful and soulful solo performance of Watch Over You had the crowd singing and gently weeping into their beer.
Alter Bridge’s presence on stage exuded a quiet confidence, unusual for a rock band, to be sure, but it could be noticed in the behaviour of the fans. All the string wielding members casually wandering around the stage, pointing, and nodding to the crowd as if they were old friends: a humbleness that this reviewer was very surprised to discover, and ultimately pleased to find.
An encore set solidified Kennedy and Tremonti’s guitar playing prowess with duelling guitar solos, and then sealing the deal with the powerful Rise Today.
The band took their bows and graciously thanked the crowd, taking the time to not just throw their picks, drumsticks and setlists into the crowd, but to pass them to their fans, and even found a moment to sign a CD as they made their way off the stage.
Alter Bridge are a shining example of a hard rock band at its best, with fantastic musicianship and an unrivalled camaraderie with their audience, all adding up to a show that was nothing short of impressive.
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