Myles Kennedy, Cape Town Concert Review 6.03.2018

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The event that I have been patiently waiting for, for the past 3 months had finally arrived. I was going to have the opportunity to meet and watch my favourite musician in the world launch his solo album tour here in my hometown. I honestly never thought this moment would come around.

I arrived at the venue four hours prior to the start of the show and went to check-in with the organisers of the meet and greet packages. On my way to the merchandise stand I saw some of  the fans that were going to join me in meeting Myles. While I was waiting at the merch stand, deciding how I was going to avoid spending all my money I met two other Myles’ fans and it was wonderful to meet like-minded people who adored the man as much as I did. We spent the rest of our time at the concert together and I really enjoyed their company.

Later on we got ushered into the venue, where we were allowed to watch Myles do a sound check. He seemed at ease and even joked around a little bit. He played “Haunted By Design” with Tim Tournier accompanying him on the acoustic guitar. A real treat was watching Myles tune and play the steel resonator guitar in a lap slide guitar style. Myles didn’t need to spend much time doing a sound check, as he would have if he was performing with his band. He seemed eager to wrap up sound check in order to meet us. Being even more eager, the fans started to line up for their chance to briefly chat to Myles.

I was feeling excited, but not nervous up until I stood face-to-face with him. I just thanked him for launching his solo album tour here in Cape Town and I told him that he was the only reason I went to watch “Kings of Chaos” in 2013. He seemed surprised that I held him in such high regard. What an honour…I will never forget that moment.

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There were two hours left before the show would start, which meant that we had a chance to absorb the experience we just had.

I made my way to my seat, which was perfectly positioned in the second row, right in line of the mic stand. Andy Mac introduced Myles to the audience, I felt quite emotional as he was speaking and had goosebumps the whole time.

Myles opened up the show with “Devil On The Wall”, the third song that has been released from his solo album “Year of the Tiger”. He entered with the haunting intro being played in the background, before he launched into the first verse of the song. I find the lyrics of this song very poignant and the guitar work is exceptional.

“Standing In The Sun” was a pleasant surprise, a song that comes off the first album with Slash ft Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators’ “Apocalyptic Love”. The song suited the acoustic set, with Myles belting out the chorus, true to form.

“Before Tomorrow Comes” was a hit with the audience and a welcome addition to the set. A song with lyrics that have the ability to make you wonder what a difference you can make to the world around you. This song was originally released as part of Alter Bridge’s second album “Blackbird”.

“All Ends Well” has never been performed live by Alter Bridge, so this is the first time that this song has been played live by any of the band members. I love the fact that Myles played this song and I think that was part of the vision for this tour, for him to get the opportunity to play songs he wouldn’t get the chance to perform with Alter Bridge. This song comes from the band’s fourth studio album “Fortress”.

“Addicted To Pain” is one of my favourite “heavy” songs from Alter Bridge’s catalogue and its rare that a song like that translates to acoustic so well. The power and intensity of the song is still evident, even through the acoustic version. This song also appears on “Fortress”.

“Life Must Go On” a track off of ABIII, has only been performed by Alter Bridge twice. It is an inspirational track that has meant a lot to fans, but is one of the lesser known songs that hide in the shadow of the monster that is “Blackbird”, among others. You know you are being spoiled when the artist performs a rare track and it sweetens the experience.

“Starlight” on the other hand was not a surprising addition to the set list, because it has been a staple when Myles and Slash do their acoustic sets together, wherever they perform. Fans will know that Myles’ vocal abilities shine on this track and last night was no exception.

“Open Your Eyes” was a killer sing along song for the crowd and Myles gave the audience a chance to harmonize which went well up until those high notes, much to Myles’s delight. He threw his head back and laughed at our feeble vocals.

I was so happy when Myles started playing “Traveling Riverside Blues”, he is so adept at performing that Robert Johnson song and he has a creative way of playing it that suits the style of the song perfectly. I’m sorry to report that I was jamming so hard to this song, I neglected to film it, but I’m not sure if I should be apologising for that.

There were a few gems from the Mayfield Four era that Myles treated us to, namely “Eden”, “Mars Hotel”, “Lyla”. I have to say that I really enjoyed his performance of “Lyla”, the entire song has a great melody to it and it still manages to lyrically convey the story to the audience. “Mars Hotel” is another popular acoustic track that Myles has been known to perform on occassion.

Myles Kennedy even performed two cover songs for the crowd. He performed “Levon”, an Elton John cover and the highlight of the two was when he performed a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Going to California” which showcased his technical ability on the guitar.

“Haunted By Design” is one of the songs from Myles upcoming solo album, that will be released on the 9th of March 2018. The song was performed with guitarist Tim Tournier accompanying Myles to perform the song that sounds like it was meant to be performed acoustically.

The stellar “Year of the Tiger” met all of my expectations. I have loved the song from the moment I heard it and the crowd really got into it. Tim Tournier joined the performance once again, which added another dimension to the song.

The popular and highly regarded “Watch Over You” inevitably featured on the set list. Myles actually received a well-deserved standing ovation for that one. The song comes from Alter Bridge’s second studio album, “Blackbird”.

Myles left the stage and to my sheer delight returned for an encore which ended the night with “Rise Today”. An absolute Alter Bridge staple, that originated from their “Blackbird” album.

The entire night you could see that Myles was having fun, he became more and more at ease as the night went on with plenty of jokes and charisma to mesmerize the audience even further.

I want to thank Andy Mac and the team at AMP events that they made my dreams come true. I honestly thought I was lucky to see him when he came down with “Kings of Chaos” in 2013 , but I never knew I would have the honour to witness my idol playing solo on stage let alone being able to meet him.

Myles has been an inspiration to me and many others, he remains a humble human being despite his success and he keeps pursuing what he loves.

Thank you.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

 

 

 

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Incubus, Cape Town Concert Review 28.02.2018

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Everyone here in South Africa have been excited for months about Incubus coming to visit us and what a privilege it was to welcome them in Cape Town.

I arrived just before the band would take to the stage and I was pleasantly surprised by the venue (Greenpoint Athletic Track). The weather was perfect, the audience was pretty well-behaved and extremely enthusiastic.

The band opened up with the groovy “Love in a Time of Surveillance” to set the tone for the epic set that was to follow. The massive screen behind the band was mesmerizing, but it added to the experience rather than taking anything away from the performance.

The second song of the set was “Warning”, one of those post-grunge classics.

“Nimble Bastard” was featured on The Rock Riff’s Best Rock Songs list last year, it is a really fun song and hearing it live gave me the impression of a classic track.

The intro to “Anna Molly” was met with absolute glee from  the crowd and the band seemed to enjoy playing it just as much. Mike Einzinger skills on the lead guitar is undeniable.

“Glitterbomb” is one of the standout songs from the band’s latest album “8” and it was surreal to hear it being played live. The band was on point the entire night. Jose Pasillas II shined with his skills on the drums the entire night.

See a snippet of their performance here:

A true mosh-pit starter, the band launched into “Megalomaniac”, which has now become my favourite song at the moment. The crowd really got into the performance of this track, I enjoyed that moment immensely! It was intense and it felt like that it was meant to be performed in front of a live audience.

“Paper Shoes” was performed after that which provided the crowd with a bit of a breather before the band launched into the fan favourite “Wish You Were Here”. It was everything it should be and more.

Another highlight on the band’s latest album was “State of the Art”, a song with a captivating chorus and powerful lyrics.

“Pardon Me” was another smash hit with the audience and undoubtedly one of the songs they were waiting for in anticipation.

“Circles”, “Echo” and “Pantomine” followed before the band started playing “Loneliest” which is a strangely soothing song and the visuals on screen served as a fitting backdrop. Chris Kilmore added another dimension to this song with his talent on the turntables and synthesizers.

The groovy guitar riff to “Sick Sad Little World” is instantly recognisable and the band played the song slightly faster than the studio version.

The band treated us to a cover of INXS’ “Need You Tonight” which was an unexpected treat of note!

“Talk Show On Mute” proceeded to further highlight Brandon Boyd’s impeccable vocal performance. “I Miss You” is an incredible ballad that I think all of us can relate to.

“No Fun” is one of my favourite songs from the band and it was incredible! It ended way too soon, I actually couldn’t believe it when the song ended.

“Nice to know you” another head-banger, especially after that breakdown that hits before the vocals and obviously during the chorus.

Incubus left the stage after that performance, only to return for an encore to put the cherry on top.

“Drive”, the song that everyone had been waiting for lived up to the hype.

See for yourself:

Thank you We Are Live and Incubus for making this experience possible!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K