­     On tour in support of their fifth studio effort titled “The Last Hero,”  Alter Bridge sure left their mark to the crowd in Niagara Falls this past Tuesday. Alter Bridge are known for two monster guitarists in Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy (vocals too) and a solid rhythm section in Scott Phillips on drums and Brian Marshall on bass.  This powerful combination cranked out almost two hours worth fist pumping riffs.

­     A few weeks on the road and the band members are hitting their stride.  Opening up with “Show Me a Leader,”  Kennedy showed why he has one of the most dynamic voices in rock.  His range was on display all night. He appeared all alone with just an acoustic on “Watch Over You.”  Before this, he joked that he was the biggest self proclaimed dork in rock-n-roll. I think this was the only time the audience wasn’t in agreement with him.

­     To me, personally, I’ve always thought Tremonti was thee guitarist of the 2000s. His crunchy riffs and his lead guitar playing directed the band throughout the performance. The band took the intimate venue of the Rapids Theater and played it like it was  major stadium.  The band just plays big. Phillips started off “Metalingus” with a small solo and showed off his skills some during this track.

­     Alter Bridge is one of the most underrated bands out on tour today and you won’t see a finer band combined with a more humble band. We were privileged to be invited to the pre show soundcheck meet and greet and they treat their fans with the highest respect.   We saw it firsthand and I think this translates over to their ability to effectively communicate musically with their audience.  It’s early in 2017, but Alter Bridge is already showing their musical counterparts they have a lot to do to match up to an Alter Bridge show.


The Writing on the Wall

Come to Life

Farther Than the Sun

Addicted to Pain

Ghost of Days Gone By

Cry of Achilles

Brand New Start

My Champion

Ties That Bind

Waters Rising

Watch Over You

The Other Side




Open Your eyes


Show Me a Leader

Dueling Guitar Solos (Tremonti and Kennedy)

Rise Today


Photo Gallery

We would like to thank Kevin Chiaramonte for the credentials to review the show.

About The Author Gus

My first opportunity to write about music was with Kissunderground, featuring just one band (KISS). In 2006, I started working for another outlet that showcased more musicians. It was a great experience for me at the time. I personally nailed down some great interviews during my time at glam-metal.com (Paul Stanley, Jonathan Davis, Slash and Sully Erna to name a few). In early 2009, I decided to venture out on my own with the idea of creating a website that has all the offerings that a reader would want in a music review website. That's when Backstageaxxess.com began. I’m so proud of what was created here and of our staff that brings it to you. Each one offers a diverse opinion and a creative ability to share it in a unique way. We are so lucky to have them here. When discussing making a list of favorite shows with the staff, I also found it hard to narrow that list down to a select handful of shows. Everyone experiences a concert in their own terms, whether it’s the show itself, maybe it’s the people you met there and the new friendships created, or maybe it was meeting the artist at the show. For my criteria, I tried to stick to just the show itself, but again, it was sometimes hard to do. My first concert was Sammy Hagar’s first tour with Van Halen at the Niagara Falls Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY, on August 30, 1986. My favorites are as follows: 1. Kiss – Tiger Stadium - Detroit, Michigan 6/28/96 2. SARS (Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Rush, and handful of other bands) - Downsview Park – Toronto, Ontario 7/30/03 3. Paul McCartney (every McCartney show I saw was awesome, but Iwent with my first show) Air Canada Centre -Toronto, Ontario 10/10/05 4. Motley Crue – Memorial Auditorium – Buffalo, NY 12/19/89 5. Kid Rock – Tweeter Center - Camden, New Jersey 3/25/06 The honorable mentions would be any McCartney show (The Joint at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2009 or Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario 8/10/10), Prince (Club 2112) at the Rio Hotel, Las Vegas 12/30/07, Heart (Pulse Lounge * only 200 people) Hilton Hotel, Anaheim, California, January 21,2008, Monsters of Rock (Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica, Dokken, and Kingdom Come) Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY 6/19/88 and the Rocklahoma Festival (Queensryche, Lita Ford, Triumph, etc.). Also, Cher (with my mom) at the Blue Cross Arena Rochester, NY, November 22, 2004.