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Iconic American rock bands Alice In Chains and Breaking Benjamin came together for the first time for a co-headlining tour with special guests Bush, and on beautiful Sunday night tour came to in Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY. That was the fourth show in a massive 30-city trek around the country. This show was simply perfect. Weather was sunny and warm, venue is one of the most amazing as it is located right on the water, performances were out of this world and fans enjoyed every single second of greatest rock music, cold beer, and electrifying atmosphere.
Written by Andris Jansons
The evening started with great performance from The L.I.F.E. Project. The new band organized by Stone Sour guitarist Josh Rand and Paralandra vocalist Casandra Carson. They played wonderful set and we need to keep an eye on this band as it could be destined for a big things. The band will open up the shows on select dates through the month of August.
Bush was next. Whenever Bush plays as special guests, it never feels like it. Their set always feels like rightful headliners set. Band played 10 songs, and with one exception being More Than Machines taken from their upcoming release The Art Of Survival, all others were either from their debut album Sixteen Stone or last one The Kingdom. Gavin Rossdale never changes and his unique performance style with unparalleled energy draws the crowd in to the band’s music. During Flowers on a Grave, Gavin went on his signature venture to roam the crowd while singing the song. He made it all the way to the top and even hoped between private boxes (risky move I would say, as he had to climb several dividers, but all is well that ends well). Every time he does that, he just really brings that connection with the fans to a whole new level. The songs played included such hits as Machinehead, Quicksand, Bullet Holes, Glycerine and Comedown. Glycerine was performed as Gavin’s solo.
See full Bush photo gallery here.
Breaking Benjamin came on around the sunset. That added even more eye-catching scenery especially for those fans in higher seats of amphitheater. In addition, the band quite often used flame throwers and pyro making their performance a true eye candy. Breaking Benjamins set covered their whole discography, representing music from all of their six studio albums. During the set Ben Burnley went on to tell the crowd how both co-tour bands Bush and Alice In Chains influenced his music and his life, emphasizing that his teenage self would have never believed if anyone would tell him that one day he will share the stage with these two bands. And I believe him, he did look excited. To mention just few of the songs played during the set I would go with So Cold, Breath, Red Cold River and Tourniquet. Special mention must go to bands cover of Queens Who Wants To Live Forever. It was beautifully done acoustic version, with Ben providing contrasting take on vocals, not trying to mimic Feddy Mercury (which is almost impossible for anyone anyways) but delivering the song with his own powerful vocals. Breaking Benjamin finished their set with a real bang, playing I will Not Bow and The Diary of Jane to wrap up the night.
See full Breaking Benjamin photo gallery here.
For me it would become the first-time seeing Alice In Chains live. As the stage crew came to prepare the stage for Alice In Chains, something interesting started to appear – chains. Three massive walls of chains were lifted from the ground up. With lights illuminating them from the front and back it gave the stage mesmerizing look.
While Alice In Chains were formed way back in 1987 by Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney and this year marks 35 year anniversary since then. The band have released six studio albums to date. Yes, they were in short hiatus, and with the future uncertain especially with vocalists Layne Staley’s death. But the band regrouped back in 2006 and added William DuVall as vocalist and on rhythm guitar and have stayed together since.
See full Alice In Chains photo gallery here.
Alice In Chains came on the stage playing their hit song Again from their self-titled album and the last one recorded with Staley. While DuVall have never tried to emulate Staley’s singing style, it did felt as original, and with my eyes closed it would not be able to tell the difference, and I mean that in very respectful and positive way. It did seem like William had some trouble with unzipping his leather jacket during the song, and after it ended he headed to the side of the stage where crew member was waiting for him with guitar for the next song Check My Brain. After some short commotion Willliam came over to sing just to have his shirt ripped. Hey, even if that was an accident it made for some fashionable rock’n’roll style.
While Alice In Chains put heavy emphasis on their most successful album Dirt (sophomore album released in 1992) by playing five songs from it – Angry Chair, Dam That River, Rooster, Them Bones and Would?, the set represented all of the bands albums. It is hard for me to put emphasis on any specific moment in the show as it was amazing experience all together. The songs flowed from the stage flawlessly delivering the fans the best rock experience imaginable.
The tour will continue all the way into the October. Check the list below to see the nearest city to you.
Wed Aug 17 – Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
Sat Aug 20 – Council Bluffs, IA – Westfair Amphitheater^^
Mon Aug 22 – Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
Wed Aug 24 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Sat Aug 27 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre^^
Mon Aug 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Wed Aug 31 – Bend, OR – Hayden Homes Amphitheater
Fri Sep 2 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Mon Sep 5 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Wed Sep 7 – Wheatland, CA – Toyota Amphitheatre
Thu Sep 8 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Sat Sep 10 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sun Sep 11 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
Wed Sep 14 – Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
Fri Sep 16 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion**
Sat Sep 17 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman**
Tue Sep 20 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Wed Sep 21 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Tue Sep 27 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Wed Sep 28 – Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Fri Sep 30 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sat Oct 1 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
Tue Oct 4 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Wed Oct 5 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
Sat Oct 8 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
**Bush not appearing
On the heels of their recently-announced seventh studio album Pawns & Kings, acclaimed rockers Alter Bridge have released the debut single – the metal-leaning track “Silver Tongue.” Known for the signature dual-guitar attack that is backed by a driving rhythm section, “Silver Tongue” is one of the harder songs in the band’s recent catalog. The quartet comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums have delivered an infectious metal song and an instant classic in the Alter Bridge canon. The song is currently available via all digital service providers and all digital pre-orders will receive an instant download of the single along with the previously released album closer “Pawns & Kings.” The music video for “Silver Tongue” follows two characters who fall under the spell of a painting that comes to life. The painting drags the characters into a dark world and forces them to fight for survival in a classic battle of good versus evil. The animated music video for “Silver Tongue” was created and directed by Ollie Jones of Better Feeling Films (Myles Kennedy, Prodigy, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets) and is now available here:
Pawns & Kings – the band’s seventh studio album – is scheduled for worldwide release on October 14th via Napalm Records. The album is comprised of 10 all-new epic tracks that are sure to garner the band new fans around the globe while satiating their fervent supporters that have been patiently waiting for new music from the band. The band released a lyric video for the title track that was released and spawned over 250K views in less than 5 days. Pawns & Kings found Alter Bridge reuniting with longtime collaborator and producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette to create a collection of memorable new additions to the band’s impressive catalog.
From the opening riffs of “This Is War” to the title track album closer “Pawns & Kings,” Alter Bridge returns with an album of intense tracks that were born after the cycle for their last album was cut short by the global pandemic. Songs like “Dead Among The Living,” “Silver Tongue” and “Holiday” showcase the signature songwriting the band is known for. The album offers numerous epic adventures, with three songs clocking in over six minutes each. The opus “Fable Of The Silent Son” clocks in at 8:29 and is the longest recorded song in the band’s catalog – a distinction held by “Blackbird” until now. Mark Tremonti steps out of his backing vocal role to take the lead on “Stay,” an introspective ballad that is sure to become a fan favorite live.
The track listing for Pawns & Kings is:
1) This Is War
2) Dead Among The Living
3) Silver Tongue
4) Sin After Sin
7) Fable Of The Silent Son
8) Season Of Promise
9) Last Man Standing
10) Pawns & Kings
Alter Bridge will be touring extensively in support of Pawns & Kings. The band has already announced a tour of Europe for November and December that will make 25 stops over the course of six weeks. The tour kicks off November 1st in Germany and will make stops in Denmark, Sweden, Spain and others before it wraps on December 12th at O2 Arena in the United Kingdom. Longtime friends Halestorm and Mammoth WVH will lend their support on the upcoming European tour. More information on all tour dates and links to tickets can be found at www.alterbridge.com.
Nov 1 – HAMBURG, GERMANY – Sporthalle
Nov 2 – COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Falconer
Nov 4 – PARTILLE, SWEDEN – Partille Arena
Nov 5 – OSLO, NORWAY – Sentrum Scene
Nov 7 – KATOWICE, POLAND – MCK
Nov 9 – ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE, LUXEMBOURG – Rockhal
Nov 11 – BERLIN, GERMANY – Columbiahalle
Nov 12 – HLAVNÍ MĚSTO PRAHA, CZECH REPUBLIC – O2 Universum
Nov 14 – BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – Budapest Arena
Nov 16 – PARIS, FRANCE – Palais Des Sports
Nov 18 – MADRID, SPAIN – Vistalegre
Nov 20 – BARCELONA, SPAIN – Razzmataz1
Nov 22 – MUNICH, GERMANY – Zenith
Nov 23 – ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND – Samsung Hall
Nov 25 – ASSAGO, ITALY – Mediolanum Forum
Nov 26 – ZAGREB, CROATIA – Dom Sportova
Nov 28 – VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Wiener Stadthalle
Nov 30 – KÖLN, GERMANY – Palladium
Dec 1 – AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – Ziggo Dome
Dec 5 – NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – Motorpoint Arena
Dec 6 – GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – OVO Hydro Arena
Dec 8 – DUBLIN, IRELAND – 3 Arena
Dec 9 – MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AO Arena
Dec 11 – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – Resorts World Arena
Dec 12 – LONDON, ENGLAND – O2 Arena