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Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge (The Palace Melbourne, 29th February 2012)

Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge (The Palace Melbourne, 29th February 2012)

After a roof blowing set from Steel Panther, notional headliners Alter Bridge hit the stage lead by frontman and guitarist Myles Kennedy.

With a decent volume of the crowd leaving the venue after the first act, Alter Bridge played to a smaller but no less dedicated bunch of fans in an 80 minute set.

Kicking off with Slip To The Void from the imaginatively named but successful album Alter Bridge III, Kennedy was flanked by bandmates Mark Tremonti (Lead Guitar), Brian Marshall (Bass) and Scott Phillips, waaaaay up high on the drum riser. The latter 3 all formed part of the really quite awful US rock outfit Creed, and thankfully with Kennedy on vocals Alter Bridge have a lot more going for them.

Ghosts of Days drew a great crowd response, but overall tonight’s was a one-paced set that never seemed to break out of 2nd gear. That’s not to say it wasn’t enjoyed by the crowd – it certainly appeared to be – but in a week that sees Melbourne overflowing with hard rock and metal bands due to the Soundwave Festival, Alter Bridge to these eyes and ears failed to stand out from the crowd.

It’s impossible to fault Kennedy’s voice and effort, and the man who also fronts Slash’s solo tours is a commanding force on vocals.

Overall though, a fairly middle of the road hard rock set but hey – they’re still a heap better than Creed.

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