Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby abw1987 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:16 pm

gbruin wrote:Andy and cheesedip: It's hard to explain why I thought Breaking Benjamin was weird. The show just had very little flow or cohesiveness, I guess. They had these fog cannons that they used way too much and too arbitrarily. They were all over the place in the middle of songs and just seemed gratuitous and distracted from the music, but they turned them off with two songs left so they were nowhere in their finale. Ben Burley (the singer) would play drums at times but his kit was turned sideways in the back against the drum riser so it just looked out of place and he would kind of disappear. They did this weird Star Wars/nerd speech thing with a light saber and then a mashup of several songs including the Imperial March, Smells Like Teen Spirit (a song I totally hate), and an instrumental of Pantera's Walk. I really wanted to like their set but the entire show just never really connected or flowed for me. But it's just me. There were plenty of BB fans who seemed to love it, so it's just one opinion.

I can see that. The fog cannons were a little distracting when I saw them in Scranton to be honest -- super loud to the point where I could barely hear the music. And Ben completely disappeared from the stage during a couple songs to let his other band members sing. They did a great job with the vocals, but it was a little odd. I'm guessing Ben needs to rest his voice occasionally as he appears to struggle singing live somewhat.
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby Timotheus » Thu Aug 18, 2016 1:51 pm

https://m.facebook.com/140514345999992/ ... &source=48

Awesome shot from last night. They did Sound of Silence again.
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby Jim » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:46 pm

Sucks they didn't do it at Red Rocks
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby dFhimz » Thu Aug 18, 2016 6:55 pm

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gbruin wrote:Andy and cheesedip: It's hard to explain why I thought Breaking Benjamin was weird. The show just had very little flow or cohesiveness, I guess. They had these fog cannons that they used way too much and too arbitrarily. They were all over the place in the middle of songs and just seemed gratuitous and distracted from the music, but they turned them off with two songs left so they were nowhere in their finale. Ben Burley (the singer) would play drums at times but his kit was turned sideways in the back against the drum riser so it just looked out of place and he would kind of disappear. They did this weird Star Wars/nerd speech thing with a light saber and then a mashup of several songs including the Imperial March, Smells Like Teen Spirit (a song I totally hate), and an instrumental of Pantera's Walk. I really wanted to like their set but the entire show just never really connected or flowed for me. But it's just me. There were plenty of BB fans who seemed to love it, so it's just one opinion.

I can see that. The fog cannons were a little distracting when I saw them in Scranton to be honest -- super loud to the point where I could barely hear the music. And Ben completely disappeared from the stage during a couple songs to let his other band members sing. They did a great job with the vocals, but it was a little odd. I'm guessing Ben needs to rest his voice occasionally as he appears to struggle singing live somewhat.


It's funny because I had the opposite experience in Montreal. BB didn't use fog as far as I could tell and I enjoyed being able to actually see the band the whole time, whereas for AB, I went up near the front of the crowd to really see the guys play and they had fog going all the time and pretty randomly at that, it was kind of disappointing.
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby Vaux » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:23 am

Timotheus wrote:https://m.facebook.com/140514345999992/photos/a.259068210811271.83571.140514345999992/1203343046383778/?type=3&source=48

Awesome shot from last night. They did Sound of Silence again.



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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby SHEAKENBAKEN » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:33 am

Vaux wrote:
Timotheus wrote:https://m.facebook.com/140514345999992/photos/a.259068210811271.83571.140514345999992/1203343046383778/?type=3&source=48

Awesome shot from last night. They did Sound of Silence again.



That was amazing. :cloud9
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby cheesedip1 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:12 am

gbruin wrote: Ben Burley (the singer) would play drums at times



Huh? Could you go into a little more detail? Why would he be playing drums? Do u mean like a drum solo ocassionaly or something?

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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby anguyen92 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:26 am

I think I saw Ben play drums (not a big kit) during the bridge of Ashes of Eden when I saw that Breaking Benjamin live stream. Don't know when else he plays them. He usually plays guitar.
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby cheesedip1 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:41 am

Why tho? Drummer not good enough? Drummer is busy doing something else? Playing drums just because?

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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby anguyen92 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:49 am

If you hear the performance, when Ben plays the drums in that bridge, there's an added texture along with the sound the drummer makes in the song. Or that's what I think/hear.

Here's an example, around the 5:00 mark.

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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby Gingerella72 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 10:47 am

Greg, thank you for sharing such a detailed experience! I wonder if the meet and greets will be a little more relaxed on headline shows. The show I'm going to is a tiny club in Lincoln and no opening acts are listed. Maybe I'll get lucky, but this gives me an idea of what to probably expect.

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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby abw1987 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:26 am

cheesedip1 wrote:
gbruin wrote: Ben Burley (the singer) would play drums at times



Huh? Could you go into a little more detail? Why would he be playing drums? Do u mean like a drum solo ocassionaly or something?

He did this at the Scranton show as well. There was a separate drum kit on the stage next to the drum riser, facing the main drum set. Not a particularly large kit, just something for Ben to use occasionally. He only used it a couple of times, presumably to add a little extra percussion to whatever instrumental was going on at the time.
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby Vaux » Fri Aug 19, 2016 2:57 pm

More Tremonti with Saint Asonia, with a little shred at the end.


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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby cheesedip1 » Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:11 am

I liked the Ashes of Eden live vid

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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby abw1987 » Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:17 pm

Vaux wrote:More Tremonti with Saint Asonia, with a little shred at the end.


Nice! They certainly look like they're having fun. Adam struggles with the vocals a bit, but glad to see Mark getting some crossover exposure.
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby AllC392Was » Sat Aug 20, 2016 3:13 pm

They changed things up a bit with setlist last night and drummer from BB played Come to Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vHax7escI4
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby Vaux » Sat Aug 20, 2016 4:19 pm

^^^ Cool, wouldn't have even known it wasn't flip if they hadn't said anything, he did a good job. I would think it would be difficult to just hop in and play a different set of drums like that.

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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby Timotheus » Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:33 pm

Awesome! Such a different vibe.
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby SHEAKENBAKEN » Sat Aug 20, 2016 6:38 pm

I wonder whose idea it was to start all of these cameo appearances on certain songs from other members from the bands? Obviously I only really care for the ones where AB gets to combine with the bands and not vice-versa, but it's weird seeing someone else but Flip drumming in an AB Song.
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Re: Alter Bridge Summer Tour '16

Postby chtimixeur » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:09 am

It's fun to see them do those things with other bands. This reminds me of the good ol' Family Values days...
BUT I have to say this Saint Asonia band is horrible. And the Breaking Benajmin drummer sounds like an amateur. I'm totally unfamiliar with those 2 bands, but if that's the best the US rock scene has to offer, it's pretty sad. AB is just on another level.


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