10 Best Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Live Bands Of 2017

10. Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge clock in low on this list because we at WhatCulture talk about these hard-rocking mavens an awful lot. However, simultaneously, they did play to a sold-out Royal Albert Hall with a 52-piece orchestra, so to not include them here would be a crime.

While the motley crew of Myles Kennedy, Scott Phillips, Mark Tremonti and Brian Marshall are undeniably an engaging arena rock outfit in their own right (check out their hair-raising Live at Wembley (2012) DVD if you disagree), the quartet’s two Albert Hall shows back in October really saw them hit another level.

Whether it was with teary ballads like “Watch Over You” and “Blackbird” or heavy-hitting anthems such as “Open Your Eyes”, the Parallax Orchestra let Alter Bridge raise their game, eliciting powerful emotions through sheer grandeur and musical weight. Truly, it was an experience unlike any other.

Sure, bands from Metallica to Dimmu Borgir have done shows with similar symphonics plenty of times before, but few groups that have attempted such feats have the universal accessibility, technical chops and tonal diversity of Alter Bridge. Truly, 2017 has seen this amazing group cement their status as the future of crowd-popping rock n’ roll.


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