The whole world has heard of Alter Bridge, right? With their 5th album due, anticipation couldn’t really get any higher, after the 2014 smash hit ‘Fortress’. So, if you have four competent musicians who are fervent AB fans, including a singer who bears more than a passing resemblance to Myles Kennedy (and sounds like him, too), it seems natural that they would form a tribute band. Enter Altered Bridge.
Billed as ‘the UK’s first and only AB tribute band’, Altered Bridge hail from the south of England and before this gig, had performed as a band a grand total of two shows. No pressure, then, when you are booked to play a legendary UK venue.
Just getting to Chinnery’s from Bournemouth was apparently a mission; traffic was hideous, but our fabulous foursome battled through and made it in good time. There was no support band, so the beer was flowing and the tunes were playing to warm up what could be described as a bit of a scant crowd. The die-hard rockers that did make it, however were most appreciative of Baz and Co’s efforts, as they kicked off their set with the stonking ‘Come to Life’, followed by the immense ‘Bleed It Dry’. Anthem followed anthem in a very accomplished set, taking material from across the spectrum of AB albums.
Myles (Baz) looked the part, to be sure, although he seemed a tad nervous in places, especially when bantering with the crowd.
I wish there had been some more bodies there to soak up the atmosphere and make it a better gig for them, but there was definite appreciation from all corners of the room, especially when the epic track ‘Addicted to Pain’ popped up.
The iconic ‘Blackbird’ was despatched with efficiency and then the rest of the band melted away, leaving Baz solo to pick up an acoustic for a beautiful version of ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Watch Over You’.
I particularly enjoyed ‘Isolation’ and the ever thoughtful ‘Ghost of Days Gone By’. A big cheer erupted when Baz asked who had tickets to see our silky haired hero and his beloved band mates later this year, so I guess pretty much the whole room were counting down the days to an Alter Bridge gig in November.
So, basically you can’t go wrong if you love Alter Bridge; these guys know how to rock a room, they’re very competent, the ticket price was ridiculously cheap for musicians of this calibre and with more gigs under their collective belts, I can see them packing out bigger venues and possibly even attracting attention from the real thing. If I had any criticism at all, I would just say that Baz needs to load up the ends of the songs with some more vocals; occasionally he was content to just play rather than sing to the end. He has a great voice – we want to hear more of it!
Set list –
- Come To Life
- Bleed It Dry
- Farther Than The Sun
- Find The Real
- White Knuckles
- Addicted To Pain
- Broken Wings
- Cry of Achilles
- Wonderful Life/Watch Over You (Acoustic)
- Rise Today
- Ghost of Days Gone By
- Open Your Eyes
- Baz Edmondson – Vocals/guitar
- Dave Beckwith – Lead guitar
- Kris Venzi-James – Bass
- Justin Young – Drums
You can watch the video for ‘Addicted to Pain’ at Chinnery’s – it’s a little bit dark! – here
Thanks to Dirty Rock Photography for the pics – click the link to see the whole album!