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Posted on August 17, 2011

BLACK STONE CHERRY and ALTER BRIDGE took to the stage at The Carnival of Madness, kicking off the tour with a bang in Milwaukee, USA. Brady Lavin from Guitar International was there to document the day and he had the following to say:

“Earlier in the day, BLACK STONE CHERRY made it feel like a nighttime concert while the sun was high in the sky. Vocalist Chris Robertson and company completely owned the stage; it has been a while since I’ve seen a band that had this great of a stage presence.

The centerpiece of BLACK STONE CHERRY is definitely Chris Robertson’s powerful voice. He takes the obligatory modern rock bravado and adds a blues grit that really brings their songs to life. And the harmony, oh damn the harmony. While some of the bands on the bill had some decent harmony, like Alter Bridge and Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry had some really interesting three- and four-part harmonies going on that were a welcome respite from the constantly aggressive distortion that is modern rock’s trademark. My only complaint: Chris, why did you cut your awesome long blonde hair? For shame.

ALTER BRIDGE got a good 50 minutes, so Mark Tremonti had ample time to showcase his ridiculous chops. He didn’t do what so many metal/hard rock guitarists seem to do, which is do the flashiest, fastest guitar licks they are physically capable of. Instead, Tremonti actually developed his solos, building on ideas that brought the audience in. Of course, there was plenty to show that he has unmatched chops, but he didn’t throw it in our faces.”

The photo accompanying this article was taken on the day by Faraz Chaudry and you can see more pics and read the full article by CLICKING HERE.


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