Alter Bridge returns to Maryland
It’s been a few years since the rock gods known as Alter Bridge played in Maryland, but they returned this past week bringing Nonpoint and Weapons of Anew with them. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were unable to see Weapons of Anew perform, but entered the building finally a few minutes before Nonpoint took the stage. I’ve been a fan of theirs for quite some time, but I was absolutely blown away by performance and stage presence. They were extremely interactive with the crowd, drummer Robb Rivera even took a short break to personally hand 2 drumsticks to some young children that were lucky enough to have a front row spot for the night. I would absolutely love to see this band do a headline set one time, their energy is unmatched.
After a short intermission, the lights darkened and silhouettes of 2 legends, Myles Kennedy (vocals/guitar) and Mark Tremonti (guitar) took the stage with the opening riffs of “The Writing on the Wall”, along with Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums). The colors behind them set a beautifully lit stage where the 4 performed for the next 90 minutes. Alter Bridge released their latest LP “The Last Hero” this past summer, but unlike most bands upon releasing a new album, played more of their past discography than newer. The popular tracks of the night came from “Blackbird” and “Fortress”, but if you’re a fan of their newer stuff, don’t fret. The setlist isn’t the same every night, and they seem to change it up a lot. I’m a huge fan of bands that do this and don’t repeat the same set every single night. Briefly going back Nonpoint, I’ll also admit that this my first time personally seeing Alter Bridge live, but I’ve been dying to see them since their last album “AB III”. I came with very high expectations for this show, and Alter Bridge met every one of them.