Live Review: Mark Tremonti — The Roxy, West Hollywood
Wed, 06 Mar 2013 10:32:42
As far as heavy metal goes, Mark Tremonti is a rarity.
So many guitarists will go one direction. Either they'll get so technical and shred-happy that they'll lose sight of "the song", or they'll get so wrapped up in melody that they won't wield any of the instrumental firepower that they're packing. One of the reasons why the Alter Bridge and Creed guitarist deserves to be at the top is because he can not only write an unforgettable song, but he can also tear up the fret board better than the competition. He's a bona fide guitar god whether you've realized it or not, and his packed gig at The Roxy in Los Angeles continually solidified that point for over an hour.
All I Was album opener "Leave It Alone" seesawed from a gnashing guttural chug into sizzling soloing from Tremonti. Meanwhile, drummer Garrett Whitlock held down an impenetrable rhythmic groove throughout the entire night, fortified via Wolfgang Van Halen's mind-blowing bass playing. His guitar foil, Eric Friedman, exuded divine prowess, running through riffs and leads with panache.
"Giving Up" pummeled as Tremonti's pristine delivery sailed well past the Sunset Strip, while "All I Was" burst into a shredding break that cements his spot alongside Dimebag Darrell, Zakk Wylde, and Kerry King as far as metal guitar is concerned. "Proof" gave way to a spacey lead from Friedman, while the fret fireworks cackled fervently on "So You're Afraid".
Two b-sides, the slaying-ly heavy "All That I've Got" and the emotional, evocative "Gone", proved to be treats for the teeming venue anxious for more from Tremonti. His "favorite part of the night" transpired during a "rowdy" and raging "Wish You Well", while "You Waste Your Time" felt like Kill 'Em All 2013.
A powerful "New Way Out" shined light on just how brilliant of a songwriter he is with its immortally catchy hook. "Brains" closed the evening out with final visceral stomp, and Tremonti and co. exited the stage victoriously laying L.A. to waste while elevating the game for everybody else.
Tremonti continues to evolve, but he remains one of the greatest to ever pick up a six-string. Pay attention because when the book closes on this genre, there's going to be a whole lot of space devoted to him. He's one of a kind.
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