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article imageReview: Myles Kennedy and Alter Bridge amaze in Long Island, New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 13, 2014 in Music
Huntington - On October 12, acclaimed hard rock band Alter Bridge played an electrifying concert at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
They shared the stage with such bands as California Breed and Like A Storm and both of their sets were well-received by the New York audience.
Lead singer Myles Kennedy took the stage promptly at 9:45 p.m., dressed in a black shirt, black pants and a black suit. They began their set with the soaring "Addicted to Pain," and after taking the microphone from the stand, he immediately broke into "Find The Real," as he threw guitar picks into the crowd. The stage was graced in orange lights in the latter tune and Mark Tremonti rocked the lead guitar, with his impressive riffs.
They continued with "Come to Life," where they had the audience singing along with them and clapping on this rocking tune.
"Hey, everybody. How's it going?" Kennedy asked. "I can't see anybody, I'm blinded by the lights. I just wanted to see these beautiful people," he said, and noted what an honor and thrill it is to have bands such as California Breed and Like a Storm opening for them on this tour.
They continued with songs from their latest album Fortress, which included "Bleed It Dry" and their single "Cry of Achilles."
In "Brand New Start," Kennedy was able to capture the emotion in the vivid lyrics of this rock ballad, and it resonated well with the fans, as they were waving their hands up in the air. "Ghost of Days Gone By" was upbeat and fun, and Kennedy had the audience singing along as he strummed his guitar for them.
Kennedy inquired as to whether or not the crowd makes fun of the "guitar faces" that they make, while playing the instrument. He noted that their title track "Fortress," will show many of their "pornographic guitar faces." The live performance of the tune had a neat echo effect to it, as Tremonti nailed the guitar parts. Kennedy jokingly called Tremonti "Mr. Bobblehead" and noted that calling him that name was "bad karma" since he messed up on his lead of "Ties That Bind," a song from their critically-acclaimed Blackbird album.
The Alter Bridge lead power-vocalist complimented Tremonti on his lead vocals that he did for his solo project, All I Was, and Tremonti went on to sing lead on "Waters Rising," where Kennedy joined in towards the end.
Alter Bridge performing at The Paramount in New York
Alter Bridge performing at The Paramount in New York
Stephanie Pearl Photography
Kennedy was able to hit the high notes effortlessly on "Farther Than the Sun" and after delivering on the power-ballad "Broken Wings," he introduced his remaining but ever-talented band members, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums. Kennedy put the guitar aside and took the mic off the stand yet again and rocked on the uptempo "Metalingus."
Their rendition of "Blackbird" was bold and despite the lengthy instrumentals, it was more than noteworthy.
"We have something special we have to do," Kennedy said, inviting two fans on stage, which turned out to be a marriage proposal. "Marriage is awesome," Kennedy told the newly-engaged couple, and serenaded them to "Watch Over You," which he performed solo on his acoustic guitar.
Alter Bridge closed their set with "Isolation" and for their encore, they belted out "Open Your Eyes," Kennedy and Tremonti did guitar solos together and they closed with "Rise Today," another crowd-favorite song from their Blackbird CD.
The Verdict
Overall, Alter Bridge put on a superb live performance at The Paramount. While music fans may have seen Myles Kennedy play live this summer at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, along with Slash and Aerosmith, it is evident that his best musical work is with Alter Bridge. Kennedy is a true force to be reckoned with in the music industry thanks to his dynamic 4 octave vocal range. At this rock concert, Tremonti, Kennedy and the band were able to display their wide range as singers, songwriters and instrumentalists, and they all commanded the stage. Their show garnered 5 out of 5 stars.
For more information on Alter Bridge and their upcoming show dates, visit their official website.
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