Alter Bridge @ The Enmore Theatre, Sydney 04/04/2017

Tuesday was a solid effort for all involved...

What does a regular run of the mill Tuesday involve for you? For me it is knocking off from a 12 hour day, heels off, slippers on - perhaps a wine over dinner and a mountain of webzine work.... No, not this evening. Nope - we wanted more from this particular Tuesday, we headed to Sydney, the big smog and we headed to Sydney to see the only frontman who has enough gumption to envoke any sign of life within an audience on a bland Tuesday, and on this particular Tuesday I was entertained by a necromancer as the band were indeed communicating with the dead. I am indeed speaking of Myles Kennedy and Alter Bridge.

Blowing through the country this week in what is indeed a whirl wind tour are the Florida based rock royalty. I am mentioning Tuesday a fair bit however being that it was Tuesday; it was raining and the crowds were feeling the effects of a long work day - Myles and comrades had their work cut out for them. There was at one point a punter symultaneously throwing his head around in delight yet also yawning.

It wasn't before long the 'rock gods' (is this still a thing?) had us wearing our hearts on our sleeves, feeling like we needed Tuesday's permission to let our hair down we were eventually able to shed that bland corporate aesthetic and let the warm tapestries of Alter Bridge completely consume us and to be engrossed by the sheer power that is Myles Kennedy. Playing a decent mix across their discography and plenty of old favourites, the band were tight and... human (it was Tuesday after all, I don't think you're any more human than you are on a Tuesday) it was refreshing to see. Connecting with the audience through old favourites like 'Ties That Bind' from the smashing 2007 album 'Black Bird' which really solidified their stance in the genre and absolutely reeled in fans with their apt and brutally honest account of the human condition and the raw power it can yield. The luminating acoustic piece 'Watch Over You' which always brings this generally emotionally defiant writer to her knees *pass the tissues while I shake my fist at you*. The tempo did change, we were then hearing live some of the tracks from The Last Hero; the bands latest album - a little more mainstream friendly - I get it, they are trying to hit a new audience, though The Last Hero to put it bluntly is pretty much just Creed with the tampon taken out. Certainly not packing a punch in comparrison to their older work....    

It was all about getting in touch with your sensitive side last night. The side you know you've lost by Wednesday. Just genuinely enjoying the tones and melodies that rock is famous for; rock is something else, it has its own transpotition - many punters joined arms, showing their affections with one another - it was all a little 'Kumbaya'. I was wondering when we were going to start the yoga circle and craft friendship bracelets and you know what - this was ok - what is rock or heavy metal without that element of human connection. I even saw a lighter in the crowd... an actual lighter that gave off heat and stuff, the real thing! Not an iphone 6 in my face as I am trying to enjoy a set...  Nope Alter Bridge effortlessly put on a solid show - I wasn't expecting anything less. With ballards so heavy it literally shook the spectacles right off my face, and even though the harsh Tuesday realities hit us in the face upon leaving the Enmore last night, our hearts were pretty damn warm and fuzzy.  

I need all the coffee this morning...