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  MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS

ALTER BRIDGE/BLACK STONE CHERRY
WEMBLEY ARENA, LONDON

Photos by Solange Moreira-Yeoell

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No one could have predicted the success of Alter Bridge when they formed from the ashes of post grunge icons Creed. From making themselves a household name and selling millions in the States, the remaining members of Creed decided to go their own way following the erratic behaviour of singer Scott Stopp.

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Since joining forces with Myles Kennedy on vocals in 2004 Alter Bridge have seen their profile rapidly raise here in the UK and in mainland Europe, gradually working their way up from the small music venues such as the Camden Underworld, the Astoria Theatre to Hammersmith Apollo and now they see themselves playing the Arenas.

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It's fair to say that a sizeable chunk of tickets sold for this tour are for the Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry who, like Alter Bridge, are out promoting that important third album.

Black Stone Cherry are no newcomers when it comes to playing the arenas having already learned their craft by supporting Def Leppard/Whitesnake and Nickleback here in the UK alone. Singer Chris Robertson had Wembley in the grasp of his hands from the opening number 'Change', putting in an effortless performance that kicked some serious butt.

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Guitarist with the blonde mane Ben Wells was using every inch of the stage, constantly running up and down the side ramps to be as close as possible to the arms outstretched fans.

The first verse to 'Things My Father Said' was lovingly sung by the Wembley throng and recent single 'White Trash Millionaire' is already in the collective hearts of their followers. They then dug deep into their roots with a cover of the Muddy Waters classic 'Hoochie Coochie Man'. A solid performance that was in danger of over shadowing the headliners.

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It can't be too long before Black Stone Cherry are topping the arenas themselves. All the members of Alter Bridge are living parallel careers.


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Myles Kennedy has become a modern day pin up guy for the ladies thanks largely to his time fronting the solo project of former Guns 'N Roses axe man Slash, whilst the remaining three guys have reformed Creed with Scott Stopp (Yes sir, that all important Yankee dollar can't be ignored.

Alter Bridge may not be as popular across the pond but here they can do no wrong.

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Filming the extravaganza for a future DVD the stage resembled something of a show that Rush would put on with fluorescent back screens and green lasers beaming all the way to the back of Wembley. However the band, dressed in black, looked a little lost on the big stage.

It took some time before Kennedy said any real words to the audience. "Oh my God, this is what I dreamed of in my bedroom when I played air guitar with a tennis racket... I think I've just wet myself", words you would imagine coming from a winner of American Pop Idol rather than a Freddie Mercury type leader, but it was enough to make the ladies' knees turn to jelly.

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The commercial grunge was only lost on me as the rest of Wembley lapped up every riff from Alter Bridge. 'Ghosts Of Days Gone By' hit the right spot early on. 'Come To Live' had flames of pyro and 'Metalingus' entered heavy prog territory.

'Blackbird' is a new 'Stairway To Heaven' for those who haven't discovered Led Zeppelin and that was followed by acoustic versions of 'Wonderful Life' and 'Watch Over You' which helped to ease the pace. A meandering six minute guitar duel between Kennedy and Tremonti was testing the limits during the encores but it did make 'Rise Today' more gratifying.

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Alter Bridge have come a long way in a short time and it is rightly deserved, but like all things grunge, it just lacks that little bit of pizzazz which is what arena rock is all about.

Black Stone Cherry

Change
Blind Man
Yeah Man
Soul Creek
In My Blood
Rain Wizard
Things My Father Said
White Trash Millionaire
Peace Is Free
Hoochie Coochie Man
Maybe Someday
Blame It On The Boom-Boom
Lonely Train

Alter Bridge

Slip To The Void
Find The Real
Ghosts Of Days Gone By
Before Tomorrow Comes
Come To Life
All Hope Is Gone
White Knuckles
Brand New Start
Metalingus
Broken Wings
I Know It Hurts
One Day Remains
Coeur d'Alene
Buried Alive
Blackbird
Wonderful Life
Watch Over You
Ties That Bind
Isolation

Open Your Eyes
Rise Today





29.12.11






WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.

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