by Christian Hamilton | February 26, 2017 6:46 pm
Alter Bridge’s The Last Hero tour stopped in 19 cities across North America before reaching its pinnacle in Seattle on February 22nd. The historic Moore Theatre, a 1,400 capacity venue, has hosted many iconic rock bands over the years. This night, however, it hosted the final stage of an iconic bands ascension above a stigma. The writing has been on the wall for quite some time as The Last Hero, their 6th album, has even furthered separated them from the now antiquated band Creed. Alter Bridge now stands alone in the conversation, a-top the mountain, even amongst the diehard “C” Band fans. They, Alter Bridge are..well… miles above and beyond anything related to Creed.
The thing about Alter Bridge is this. There is no fancy pyrotechnical propaganda. There are no on stage antics that distract from the power of the music or pureness of Kennedy’s vocals. The band simply takes the stage in front a of a large crimson star tapestry, picks up their instruments and begin to play killer rock music to capacity crowds. There is no need for distractors when the talent level is as high as Alter Bridge’s. They can rely on the fact that they, themselves, are more than capable of living up to the billing.
Myles Kennedy recently sat with Team Rock where he said the days of the megastar rockers like David Lee Roth and Steven Tyler are gone. I believe in my heart of hearts Kennedy is right. I also do not care about the once flamboyant frontmen of the past. Kennedy himself is at the top of the mountain and it is good. It is so good in fact that on February 22nd he had to do little more than sing to get the near capacity crowd fully engaged and hanging on every note sung, chord strummed and bass drum kicked. That is the power of musical prowess folks.
The massive 18 song set list was peppered with old and new. It showcased the bands full catalog of killer tracks. “The Writing on the Wall” was the perfect opening which was followed by “Come to Life” and “Farther than the Sun“. The real standout moment was about mid-set. The live rendition of “Blackbird” was some kind of masterpiece showcasing the extraordinary talent that is Alter Bridge. Check out some fan filmed footage of “Blackbird“ below.
The finale, the culmination of 16 heartfelt, energenic songs came in the form of a 2 song encore consisting of the hard hitting politically driven “Show me a Leader” and the epic anthemic rock track “Rise Again“. You can see the full setlist below.
This was the last stop on the “The Last Hero Tour” but never fret. The band is already gearing up for another tour. The Spring headline dates will be scattered among the numerous festival dates that Alter Bridge is already confirmed for including WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range. The Spring headline tour will kick off in Fort Lauderdale, FL and make stops in Sayreville, NJ; Providence, RI; Baltimore, MD; Stroudsburg, PA; Sault Sainte Marie, MI; and Milwaukee, WI. In Flames and Metal Church will be joining Alter Bridge on select dates of the tour.
Alter Bridge – Blackbird (Live) Seattle Moore Theatre 2.22.17:
The Writing on the Wall
Come to Life
Farther Than the Sun
Addicted to Pain
Ghost of Days Gone By
Cry of Achilles
Slip to the Void
Ties That Bind
Island of Fools
Watch Over You
Open Your Eyes
Show Me a Leader
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