Myles Kennedy Brings Year Of The Tiger To Life At Asbury Lanes
Year Of The Tiger Tour 2018
In life, there are two kinds of rock stars. Those who want the fame and fortune and those who want to bring music to the world. Myles Kennedy is one who aims to bring music to the world; in fact in 2018 he may just be the busiest musician around. Back in March of this year he released his solo album simply titled Year of the Tiger and set out on the road to support it.
This all while writing a now released album with Slash and releasing a live album with his other band Alter Bridge from their 2017 Royal Albert Hall performance with the Parallax Orchestra. Now the singer/guitarist is back out on the road for a new string of dates in support of Year of the Tiger.
The album is a different side for Kennedy and so are the live shows. Year of the Tiger is not a Slash album and it’s not even like an Alter Bridge album. In fact, it’s one that many called a risk by Myles. The album is more an autobiographical record showing his most vulnerable side and chronicling a deeply personal story of tragedy from his youth that influenced and informed the rest of his life. The release reflects on the tragic passing of his father, when Kennedy was a mere age of four years old, from an illness that, because of his faith, his father chose to not seek medical help.
The story is told from many perspectives with songs like the title track as it introduces the listener to the story, with Kennedy addressing his father’s death through the eyes of his mother who just lost her husband and her ordeal of coping in the aftermath with her children and the tough choices she was forced to make thereafter.
This is what fans can expect from the Year of the Tiger Tour, Myles playing many intimate venues making for almost a night of storytelling with songs from the album being the focus plus some covers and a little Alter Bridge and Slash material sprinkled in probably like you’ve never heard them before.
We made our way to Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ for the eighth stop on the 18 date tour billed as Myles Kennedy and Co. That itself is the biggest difference from the first round of tour dates as Myles added the addition of a band this time around. The band which features Tim Tournier on bass and Zia Uddin on drums both of whom also played on the Year Of The Tiger album, along with the great connection they have to each other and the songs being played.
The show kicked off with the full band as Myles played an electric guitar for “Devil on the Wall”, the first of many from Year Of The Tiger and a great upbeat choice of a song which really set the tone for the night. Myles continued to play guitar for “The Great Beyond” a track that also gave him a chance to hit those signature high notes we love from him and the crowd reacted with great approval as well. The live show makes for a great opportunity for Myles to show off his vocal range and even his slide abilities during the song “Ghost of Shangri La” and throughout the evening.
Myles whipped out his steel Resonator for the song “Blind Faith”, during which for a moment there was a brief calm and moment of reflection as the song’s heavy lyrics processed with those in the crowd. The audience seemed to hang on every lyric and carry some weight with those looking on. This was followed by an unexpected song. With Myles, once again on acoustic guitar, the entire band started to play and you can see the crowd coming to the conclusion they were listening to a mindblowing cover of Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”.
Myles went on to play the first of a few songs not featured on his solo album, this time being in the form of the Alter Bridge track “All Ends Well”. Fans were also treated to the Slash and The Conspirators song “World on Fire”. The night also featured cover versions of Freddie King’s “Going Down”, and a cover of Robert Johnson’s “Travelling Riverside Blues”. The 16 song setlist also included tracks from Year of the Tiger like “Haunted by Design”, “One Fine Day” and “Turning Stones”.
The show is most definitely not Alter Bridge, and of course, it’s not Slash with Myles, but it is damn good. A showcase of Myles not only as a guitarist but also as a vocalist, there a plenty of spotlights shining down on Kennedy’s vocal ranges but also the shows ability to offer a rollercoaster ride of emotion, allowing attendees to get a better understanding of Myles Kennedy the man. The tour will roll through 10 more cities before closing out the year for Myles and company, and if you can make it you should. The show is a unique chance to see Myles basically on his own, pounding through the tracks from Year of the Tiger and of course covers you may never hear again. Check out the full list of tour dates below!
Myles Kennedy and Co. Fall 2018 Tour Dates:
Nov. 27 – Warrendale, Pa. @ Jergyl’s
Nov. 28 – Wilmington, Del. @ The Queen
Nov. 30 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Lincoln Theatre
Dec. 1 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Center Stage Theater
Dec. 3 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Orange Peel
Dec. 5 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Beacham
Dec. 6 – Destin, Fla. @ Club LA
Dec. 9 – Lubbock, Texas @ Jake’s Backroom
Dec. 14 – Spokane, Wash. @ The Fox Theatre
Dec. 16 – Seattle, Wash. @ Moore Theatre