The Last Hero Tour
Nonpoint, Andrew Boss
Thursday, February 16th, 2017
6:30 pmBrooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
$27.50 - $60.00 +
This event is 18 and over
$27.50 general admission. $32 day of show.
$60 club level.
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Fittingly, on their fifth full-length album, The Last Hero , hard rock juggernaut Alter Bridge pursue a level of
excellence inspired by timeless heroism. Making the record became something of a personal quest for
the quartet—Myles Kennedy [vocals, guitar], Mark Tremonti [guitar, vocals], Brian Marshall [bass], and
Scott Phillips [drums]. In 2013, the band reached an elevated creative and critical milestone with Fortress .
It bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 30,000 copies first-week and earning unanimous
tastemaker praise. The record garnered perfect scores from Total Guitar and KERRANG! as well as
acclaim from Billboard , The Guardian , Loudwire , Ultimate Guitar , and many more. In between sold out
tours in Europe and North America, the guys appeared on VH1 and graced the cover of Classic Rock
Magazine who labeled Fortress , “The best thing they’ve ever done,” while Eddie Trunk called it, “A top 10
album of the last 10 years.” When it came time to write new music, the musicians collectively raised the
bar yet again.
“Every time we do a record, my only goal is for people to simply think it’s better than the previous one,”
declares Mark. “We pushed ourselves so hard last time, and we knew were going to push ourselves
much harder here. When we brought material in, it had to outdo Fortress .”
“We always strive for that,” agrees Myles. “While recognizing where we’ve come from, we wanted to
expand what Alter Bridge is. This record is definitely an exploration of the hero theme—whether it be the
lack of heroes, the need for heroes, or a tribute to heroes. There’s a story in there.”
Myles wrapped up touring with Slash, and Mark finished up a successful run supporting his second solo
album Cauterize in late 2015. By January 2016, the four members congregated back in Orlando with
longtime producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette [Slash, Trivium]. Over the next four months, they diligently
assembled and tracked the 13 songs comprising The Last Hero .
“Because we have very finite windows of time to put these records together, it’s nonstop when we
regroup,” explains Myles. “Each writer is very involved.”
“We’d work all day in the studio, and Myles and I would go back to my house and come up with ideas all
night,” recalls Mark. “We set up camp in my kids’ playroom with a Garage Band system to prepare for the
next day. It was intense.”
Constantly progressing, the boys decided to employ some fresh techniques, utilize more alternate tunings
and even recorded on a seven-string guitar for the first time.
“We don’t want to put out the same thing over and over again,” Tremonti continues. “We want to keep
everyone guessing. There are three new tunings, and that helped keep us inspired. I’d never recorded on
a seven-string until now. This is the first record where Myles planned out his solos beforehand. In the
past, he would wing it with this magical, improvisational touch. What he did is amazing. Me and Slash
have both said he’s the best guitar player in our bands.”
“We weren’t afraid to travel certain roads we might’ve been hesitant to venture down on the last two
albums,” adds Myles. “As a result, some of the songs are more uplifting and melodic. There was certainly
a psychological shift. We embraced the past. You hear elements of each record throughout our history.”
The Last Hero opens with the urgent, untamed, and undeniable “Show Me A Leader.” Following an
intricate clean intro, the song gallops into a rapturous chant punctuated by fierce and fiery seven-string
shredding. It’s a clarion call for the next phase of Alter Bridge.
“Lyrically, it definitely reflects the frustration a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world,”
admits Myles. “The world is looking for trustworthy effective leadership and not this undignified dog and
pony show that’s really made a mockery of our system.”
“It’s indicative of our process,” Mark goes on. “Myles had this guitar intro that I loved, and I had the
chorus. We put them together. The words call out for a proper leader.”
“My Champion” climbs from a swell of delay into an impressive guitar lick before Myles delivers one of the
most spirited choruses of their career to date. “The lyric was actually inspired by thinking back to my
situation as a kid,” he remembers. “I was this really small, underdeveloped kid who had to work extremely
hard to keep up with all of my peers. It was very frustrating. I would hear a lot of words of encouragement
from parents, coaches, or teachers though. A lot of those things were stored away, and they manifested
themselves in this song. I’ve been able to apply some of those concepts in my life a thousand times over
Then, there’s “Poison in Your Veins,” which channels an airy refrain through a whirlwind of guitar Sturm
und Drang. “This song showcases the inner dialogue in one’s head; serving as reminder to live life
courageously, take chances, and ultimately believe in yourself. It’s not a new theme for us, but definitely
one that can never be overstated," explains Myles.
Tremonti adds: “We wanted to make it as musically interesting as possible, while preserving a hook.”
“Losing Patience” tempers a bombastic drum groove with an ominous and poignant proclamation, while
the ballad “You Will Be Remembered” evinces another side of the sound. “It’s a tribute to heroes like
anybody who’s served the country or community,” Myles remarks. “The song touches on the ultimate
sacrifice soldiers, police, and firemen are willing to give.”
Nearing seven minutes, the title track and finale ebbs and flows between hypnotic heaviness and an
instrumental elegance that’s cinematic in scope. “That’s probably my favorite track,” he states. “Whether
it’s today, 100 years ago, or 1,000 years ago, being a human on this planet is never easy. We’re going
through a lot. The need for heroes, positive influences, and good leadership is obvious, but we definitely
need it right now.”
“Fans love the epic side of Alter Bridge,” Mark says. “We tried to stretch the boundaries again. The
arrangement isn’t typical at all. It’s an important moment for the record.”
Ultimately, Alter Bridge heroically deliver for fans worldwide and rock music at large.
“It’s good to be back in the Alter Bridge battle,” Myles leaves off. “Every time we do a record, I’m
reminded of how great it is to have this passionate and loyal audience. We don’t take it lightly. We
consider it an honor that people let us into their lives that way.”
Nonpoint emerged as part of the cultural wave of aggressive-streetwise-metal-mixed-with-melodic-force and unapologetic passion that burst from underground clubs onto Ozzfest and MTV in the “aughts.” But even as radio formats shifted and the window dressing aesthetics changed, the sheer intensity balanced with huge catchiness of Nonpoint bangers like “Bullet with a Name,” “Breaking Skin,” “The Truth” and “That Day” kept them relevant and revered.
“Our fans appreciate the variety in what we do and the difference in how we do it,” notes frontman Elias Soriano. “We write songs that have meat on the bones and stick to your ribs.”
Nonpoint has brought their message to the masses on tour with Disturbed, Papa Roach, Stone Sour, 10 Years, and Megadeth, while selling close to 1 million albums in North America. Their juxtaposition of rhythm and melody gets heads bobbing, hands in the air, and crowds singing.
The elite squad of Nonpoint’s contemporaries and peers with both staying power and continued creative progression includes chart-topping, trend-proof survivors like Disturbed, Slipknot, Deftones, and Korn. The Fort Lauderdale-based quintet is undeniably counted among those ranks, to diehard true believers who know what’s up. Case in point: less than 24 months ago, Nonpoint’s “Breaking Skin” was the most-played song on SiriusXM Octane for the entire year.
The Poison Red, the veteran rock band’s driving and ambitious ninth album, offers further testament to what makes Nonpoint such a tough act for other bands to follow on the radio dial, onstage at major festivals like Rock On The Range or Australia’s Soundwave, and in any club blessed with one of the band’s sweaty, crowd moving, exhaustion-proof performances. From their earliest ultra DIY releases, through the trio of major label albums, to their more recent work for the world’s most important indies, the energy and determination remains consistent.
“Generation Idiot” rails against internet tough guys and text-message fairweather friends, emphasizing the power of deeper means of communication and connection, which includes music. It’s one of Nonpoint’s heaviest songs ever. “Divided Conquer Them” imagines what could be achieved with a greater cultural influence on art and quality of life than in the mind-numbing routines of accumulating possessions. “Standing in the Flesh” is a penultimate Nonpoint song, reveling in the transformative, shared experience of band and audience. “El Diablo” rails against the deceivers who promise the world only to deliver pain in business and in life. “My Last Dying Breath” is a fitting closer for The Poison Red, a statement of purpose that all of the sacrifices it’s taken for Nonpoint to make it this far will not be for naught; they are lifers in this music thing.
“I’m trying to empower people and that’s it,” Soriano says with matter-of-fact clarity. “It’s because I’m trying to empower myself. I’m trying to be a better person. I don’t’ want to be a ‘good’ man, I want to be the best man, the best guy that I can be. I want to always get better.”
It’s hard to imagine another band with the courage to tackle Jay-Z’s “99 Problems,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and Pantera’s “Five Minutes Alone” in the first place, let alone pull all of them off like Nonpoint. Those reference points loudly attest to the pure skill and impressive range of Soriano (vocals); the groove-oriented rhythmic pulse of his fellow Floridian cofounder Robb Rivera (drums); the decisive and driving heaviness of longtime band mates Rasheed Thomas (guitar) and Adam Woloszyn (bass); the shredding technicality of B.C. Kochmit (guitar); and how they merge together to create the unique and recognizable Nonpoint sound.
Nonpoint operates with the bottom heavy groove of Sabbath, the audacious danger of The Crue and GN’R, the theatrical bent of Maiden, the in-your-face brutality of Pantera and the urgent explosiveness of Rage Against The Machine. This is music for the millions of people who connect just as passionately with Metallica’s Black Album as the record of the same name by Jay-Z, the same fans that grew up to start increasingly rock radio leaning bands like Bring Me The Horizon.
“Not everybody wants to go see a shrink and not everybody wants to sit around and wallow,” Soriano observes. “Our music can be therapy. It is what helps someone get through something. I attest all of our success to keeping three things important: the music, the show, and the fans.”
with Jim as the Executive Producer. Andrew still had a few shows lined up, including a sold out show in Salt Lake City with Tech N9ne. So he gave the news to his close friend, Cory Michalski, drummer for Buried as Thieves, that he had walked away from his previous project and wanted to perform with a live band. Cory then asked his guitar player in Buried as Thieves, Jeremy Tabor to fill in on guitar, and Andrew asked his brother Flip Boss, bass player for PoonHammer to fill in on bass, with his brother Adam Boss singer for PoonHammer to help out with backing vocals. Andrew's very first show with the new lineup was for a sold out 3000 plus Tech N9ne crowd in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had stumbled upon something great. Andrew now had a great live show to go with a phenomenal album. Shortly after the Tech N9ne show Jacob Ekelman, bass player for Throw Logic, was offered a slot at Seattle's Hempfest and asked Andrew and Cory if they'd like to play the gig. Rounding out the lineup, Jacob entered the band as Bass Player and Flip moved to Rhythm Guitar to perform at Hempfest. They finished off the rest of the year, performing across the west coast for bands like, Hed PE, Stevie Stone, Ces Cru, and Skindred. They spent an entire year writing and recording a full length album with Jim and some help from Sam Hughes from Buried as Thieves. The album is slated to be released in Spring of 2017 with a whole lot of US touring.
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