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It was the second night of back to back shows at Orlando’s House of Blues. The Victorious Sky tour featuring Alter Bridge, Skillet and Dirty Honey was wrapping up and the fans filling this sold-out venue were primed and ready for a night of great music. It was, after all, a homecoming show for Alter Bridge and they weren’t about to end this tour on a down note.
Alter Bridge is already considered to be at the forefront of modern rock music. Lead by the always upbeat and pleasant Myles Kennedy and Guitar Legend Mark Tremonti, these guys always rock as hard as possible. It seemed as if HOB would explode outward from the sonic blasts and thunderous drums emanating from the stage. With over 10 years of great music under their belts and a brand new album Walk the Sky (Oct 19th) it doesn’t appear the end is near for this truly talented band. They tore through 12 songs and fans just couldn’t help but continue to chant “one more song” long after the techs began cleaning the gear from the stage.
This would be my second time ever seeing Skillet and I was blown away by their energy. CO2 cannons blasting and Jen Ledger smashing away at her drums, it’s easy to see why they have skyrocketed as a band in the last few years. Sure, they have been around as a band for just over 20 years but only recently have they been able to tap into mainstream rock music and are no doubt here to stay. They also have a great new album out entitled Victorious (Aug 2nd) but in my professional opinion, I am quite sure there wasn’t a person in attendance who was really surprised by how awesome Alter Bridge or Skillet were gonna be.
What would be surprising to me, however, were openers Dirty Honey. I honestly didn’t have much reference for this band aside from really digging their cool yellow lips logo but beyond that, I hadn’t even had a chance to give their latest self titled EP a chance. Dirty Honey formed in Los Angeles California and already hold the distinction of being the 1st unsigned band to ever hold the top stop on Billboards Mainstream Rock Songs Chart with their hit “When I’m gone”.
It quickly became clear to me why they are on the fast track to stardom. Lead singer Marc Labelle has the charisma and stage presence of Chris Robinson and a voice that would make Robert Plant smile. They are the type of band that grabs a hold of you and shakes you uncontrollably and I couldn’t help but think of so many great bands that started once as openers but now are superstars. I know it’s early in their careers but if they keep putting on shows like this and making this type of music they could very well be the Next Black Crowes or AC/DC. They have the same type of euphoric energized effect on anyone who hears them perform. Dirty Honey sadly was limited in the set time as they only have so many songs to play but they genuinely made an imprint on every single fan in attendance that night. Even as the other bands played through their sets I kept going back to them in my head all night. I wanted to hear more and more and instantly added everything they have released to my Spotify rock playlist. I cannot stress this enough…give these guys a listen! You will not be disappointed!
Photos and Review by Troy Fisher
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