Vera : Alter Bridge is a top band and mega popular! No wonder, since the band has charisma, writes great songs and when you ever had a soft spot for grunge, they are nowadays almost the only ones you can rely on. But also the regular rock fan they never disappoint. Myles Kennedy has an amazing voice and he is also a very good guitarist, Mark Tremonti plays constantly marvelous solos and the rhythm section stands like a rock in the sea. Also the undersigned enjoyed several shows of them. However, what ten thousand fans experienced in October 2017 at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London, that was really extraordinary. Two evenings in a row, they played a concert with the 52-headed Parallax Orchestra. It was preceded by one year of preparations and yet the band only rehearsed once all the songs as general repetition with the orchestra. The musicians must have been nervous, but they made something wonderful of it!
It is only one year ago that the former live registration ’Live At The O2’ came out, also registered in London, but this is better, since we have sound and vision here. They selected 22 songs out of the two shows for this DVD/2CD (three hours footage). It speaks for itself that huge hits such as ‘Blackbird’, ‘Writing On The Wall’, ‘The Other Side’ and ‘The Last Hero’ are part of the set, but they also played songs they never played live before. Amongst them is the magnificent ‘Words Darker Than Their Wings’, we want to give it a special mention. It is fun to hear that Myles had his doubts when they were preparing to play that, since the music on the DVD is regularly interrupted by documentary material from behind the scenes about the preparation. ‘In Loving Memory’ and ‘Fortress’ sound mighty with the orchestra. Even if you are usually not a big fan of ‘band with orchestra’, even then you will enjoy this DVD, since it remains heavy enough. And the sensitive songs get even more moving. For the band it was a milestone to play at the beautiful Royal Albert Hall with an orchestra. Myles is obviously emotional when he speaks to the audience. He plays a brilliant acoustic set during ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Watch Over You’. Another guy who steals the show happens to be the conductor of the orchestra Simon Dobson. The band calls him ‘a real rock star’. By the way, it leaps to the eye that many of the musicians are very young in the orchestra. They look hip. We hear that a ‘future sound foundation’ is born to support youngsters when they want to learn to play an instrument. The show is filmed in a quiet and proper manner, with many cameras. Lights are mainly blue and red in the beginning, but later they shine brightly. You can feel a very lovely atmosphere between the band and the audience and some of the fans are into tears. Indeed, there is so much happening during this complete spectacle. Thus it is highly recommended for everyone who likes firm rock, but also refined songs.