Alter Bridge played their hearts out to packed venues in New Jersey and Detroit with Like A Storm and California Breed.

Following Creed’s disbandment in 2004, members Mark Tremonti (guitar), Brian Marshall (bass), and Scott Phillips (drums) hooked up with former Mayfield Four vocalist, Myles Kennedy. Named after a bridge that once stood at the intersection of Alter Road and Riverside Boulevard near Tremonti’s former home in Grosse Pointe, MI, Alter Bridge released their debut album in 2004, and have been massing a loyal following ever since.

Despite mixed reviews of their debut album, One Day Remains, the album went on to be certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Their 2007 sophomore effort, Blackbird, was released to more positive reviews, partially with the help of its single, “Rise Today.” In 2010, the band released AB III to critical acclaim while its single “Isolation” became the band’s most successful single to date. In 2013, they released their fourth effort, Fortress, to further acclaim, and have been on an ongoing world tour since.

More than just musicians, the band assisted in the Plane to Haiti project, a relief effort to help the victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and also joined the fight against cancer in 2011 by helping the Play for Life organization raise funds for City of Hope Medical Center.

Often recognized for their live performance, this night at the Fillmore in Detroit, MI wasn’t any different. In an interview with Artistdirect, Kennedy stated, “We’re definitely a live band. That’s what it’s all about for us. We make records so we can go out and play for people.” The band proved their point as they played nearly two hours with songs interspersed from their entire catalog.

Second billed was Los Angeles based California Breed, who formed in 2013. Pegged as a supergroup, the original band lineup consisted of Glenn Hughes on bass and vocals, Andrew Watt on guitar and vocals, and Jason Bonham on drums. Joey Castillo, formerly of Queens of the Stone Age, recently replaced Bonham who left due to other professional commitments. California Breed brings a big guitar sound and a classic rock feel, perfectly suited for these venues.

Opening the show was New Zealand’s favorite sons, Like A Storm. Formed by brothers Chris, Matt and Kent Brooks, Like A Storm made the jump to North America and never looked back.

Alter Bridge and the LAS boys formed a friendship that goes back for years. In 2009, Tremonti offered them the opening slot of Creed’s 2009 reunion tour as well as Creed‘s “Full Circle“ tour. Tremonti tapped the band again, in 2011, to support two tours opening for Alter Bridge and again for some spots on this current tour.

Like A Storm are an exciting band to see live. They put on a big rock show. On stage they are energetic, entertaining and larger than life, and they properly warmed the crowd up for Alter Bridge.

Our photographer, Thom Seling, was on site for the show at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan on Oct 05, 2014.

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Our photographer, Jeff Crespi, was in Sayreville, New Jersey to capture the show at the Starland Ballroom on Oct 10, 2014.

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About The Author

Erik's interest in music began at an early age. In high school, he was the co-host of the underground metal show the Social Mutilation Hour, on 89.5 WAHS, under the name of Neurotik Erik. During this period of his life, he independently promoted shows under the name of Ding Dong Ditch Productions. Erik would rent out local VFW Halls, use space at Oakland Community College Auburn Hills Campus, or simply throw basement parties around the Detroit area. While at college at Ferris State University, he became head of the student run organization, Entertainment Unlimited, and continued to promote shows, but on a larger scale. He also helped start an underground magazine, 'Outpunk', where he interviewed bands and wrote music reviews. Additionally, Erik joined the staff at the Ferris State University Torch and wrote on a larger scale.

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