hmv.com reviews... Alter Bridge @ Download Festival
Download Festival, the annual pilgrimage of thousands of rock and metal fans to a field just off the M1 to watch over 100 bands is here. hmv.com will be bringing you reviews and interviews from the festival across the weekend. Our final day at Download Festival continues with arena rockers Alter Bridge, how did they find warming up for Aerosmith?
Alter Bridge, three quarters of Creed, plus Myles Kennedy, some time vocalist with Slash, they're just finishing up their extensive tour in support of new album Fortress (which you can preview by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page).
Download Festival, on the Main Stage, right before headliners Aerosmith.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
Pretty damn big, in spite of competition from The Pretty Reckless and Suicide Silence, the crowd stretched a long way back. It wasn't crazy, but then Alter Bridge are a stand and nod your head kind of band, which lots and lots of people did.
So what was the set like? What did they play?
It was an even split between cuts from new record Fortress and their older material. Opening with 'Addicted To Pain', the crowd worked through a 75-minute set, with real highlights including a driving 'Waters Rising' and 'Ties That Bind'. It was stoic, it was business-like and it was lapped up by the crowd.
Any good between song banter?
Not loads, plenty of thank yous and statements that they were delighted to be here, there's nothing flashy about Alter Bridge, so it fits in with that.
Did they put on much of a show?
It was quite stripped back, with just a big banner and lots of amps, laid back and confident, it suited the mood.
What was the highlight of the set?
'Addicted To Pain', which opened the show, it got things fired up nicely.
Where can I catch them next?
They've got a few more European festivals, but nothing scheduled in the UK for some time.
hmv.com will be at Download Festival across the weekend of June 13th to June 15th, bringing you interviews and reviews.