Sound: Tremonti said he wanted to find the best singer available in the world and he found him. Myles Kennedy sounds like God. He hit and sustained unbelievable notes that few singers in the world could hit, with ease. The band reproduced the fat tones from their CD faithfully live. All the instruments were clear and audible. The music was (even) more intense live. // 10
Perfomance: It was a solid performance by all band members. It was the first time I've seen Tremonti live and I was impressive with his aggressive guitar playing. Kennedy is a stunning vocalist that you need to see live to truly appreciate. The audience was really into this concert and rocked and partied hard all night (especially for a Sunday Night). I imagine this will be the last time we are able to see this band in a small venue but if you get a chance, do yourself a favor and see them.
Alter Bridge played intensely all night. They played everything off the album in addition to two classic songs (I won't ruin the surprise) but they had Miles playing guitar along with Mark. However I was disappointed they left their biggest hit for the encore. The encore consisted of Open Your Eyes (which was the highlight of the night) and an acoustic version of In Loving Memory that was great. There was a cheesy guitar solo by Tremonti that was technically impressive but somewhat lacking in feeling. A jam with their bad-ass drummer would have been cooler. Overall, I'd describe the performance as intense and brilliant musicianship. // 10
Overall Impression: I saw Alter Bridge at asmall venue in Raleigh, North Carolina on Feb. 20, 2005. This was their last concert on the current tour and it was full of pranks from the other bands (like pelting each other with rubber balls, seran-wrapping each other while performing and pouring beer over each other's heads). This didn't take away from any of the performances and just added to the party atmosphere of the night. Submerged opened the show and get the crowd pumped up with their dual-guitar attack. Their lead guitarist is a kid who looks no older than 18 but wields his axe like a seasoned pro. He is a star in the making. Silvertide brought their feel-good, party rock that fueled the beer sales and further energized the crowd. When the menacing looking Tremonti finally took the stage the crowd was ready. Tremonti's aggressive guitars slowed only for one acoustic song at the end of the night. Overall, two great opening bands and an amazing performance by Alter Bridge left me very happy. I look forward to seeing them live again soon. This is a band that is about to become big. // 10