Alter Bridge and Skillet Close Victorious Sky Tour With Truly Victorious Show
Written by RockRageRadio on October 30, 2019
By: Sully Smith
On Friday, October 25th, Alter Bridge and Skillet came to play the House of Blues Orlando at Disney Springs. This was the second night in a row they had played the venue, with Skillet closing the night before, and was the final date on the two bands’ Victorious Sky tour, which began almost exactly one month before on in Baltimore, Maryland. With the show being in Alter Bridge’s hometown however, they were the determined closer for the evening, and plenty of fans were excited to hear what both acts would bring to the stage. The bar on the downstairs floor was packed, and the line for merch was constantly over ten people long, with dozens of patrons willing to pay whatever it took to get a memorable souvenir from the show.
The first band of the evening, before Skillet and Alter Bridge came on, was Dirty Honey. Earlier this year, the band released a breakthrough single “When I’m Gone” off of their self-titled EP, which rose to the top of the Billboard charts. This was a historic event, as they became the first unsigned band to ever have a Billboard Mainstream Rock number one hit. With the hunger of a band just bursting onto the scene and wanting to make thousands of new fans, the band took the stage at 7:00 sharp with fervor and excitement. Throughout their set, which was slightly over thirty minutes, the band played the best of their new songs, and lead singer Marc Labelle put on an electric performance that primed the crowd for the bands to come.
Following Dirty Honey, Skillet came on the stage for a 75-minute co-headlining set. With them and Alter Bridge trading off nights closing the show, the two bands both were given equal time and therefore provided the same set each night of the tour. Opening with Feel Invincible, the four-piece band immediately made their presence felt as singer/guitarist John Cooper and drummer/singer Jen Ledger were truly into the performance. It was easy to see how the band was able to make millions of fans in Christian rock as well as carving out a space in the general rock scene. Over the course of the set, the band used a lot of unique special and staging effects to emphasize different parts of each song. With a video backdrop, risers on both sides of Ledger’s drum set, and smoke cannons in the front of the stage, this foursome was properly supplemented with the theatrics they needed to make for a memorable show. By playing new songs with older songs, as well as complementing bangers with slow jams, there was something for everybody and nobody left disappointed.
Finally, after Skillet, it was time for the hometown boys in Alter Bridge to come on. After a quick introduction from Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, the foursome led by vocalists and singers Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti immediately made their presence felt with heaviness not seen to this point in the evening. Where Skillet had theatrics, Alter Bridge used the sheer power of their music to capture the attention of everyone in the crowd, and only needed a minor video backdrop to do it. Since forming in 2004, the band consisting of three original members of Creed has used uplifting messages combined with distortion and driving drums to instill inspiration in listeners, making millions of fans along the way. This same passion and energy was brought for the final night, and even though the set was the same they had played so many nights before, it felt reinvigorated by the crowd and the moment. The final song of the night also was one of the coolest moments of the show: instead of closing with Open Your Eyes, they closed with Rise Today, which they had not yet played on the road this year. With the lyrics of the chorus resonating in everyone’s ears, the venue was inspired to “rise today and change this world”.
Overall, the House of Blues was brought down last Friday night by three excellent performances on the Victorious Sky tour. With an invigorating opening set from Dirty Honey, an exciting theatrical performance from Skillet, and a triumphant hometown show from Alter Bridge, the three bands were all truly victorious in making a memorable night. All three bands will go their separate ways following the tour, but for one last night, the bands were able to come together and do something that is very familiar on the Disney-owned property that held the show, make magic.