With just two stops in Texas on the Victorious Sky tour, Skillet, Alter Bridge and opener Dirty Honey made their way through Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood on Sunday evening. The loud and high-energy rock and roll swept through the walls at the Bomb Factory while just north of town a tornado roared through. The friendly confines of the Bomb Factory provided for an enjoyable evening.
LA based rockers Dirty Honey kicked off the evening with the nearly sold out crowd already packed in. After a quick technical issue that halted the intro, the four-piece band seemingly opened up a time machine and took the crowd back with their blend of 70’s, 80’s and 90’s rock. With just a short EP out, the band was able to play through their catalog for the anxious crowd.
Frontman Marc Labelle’s incredible range and emotion really stood out during their short set. Labelle thanked the crowd for being the rowdiest on the entire tour so far. After a quick mention of local rock station 97.1 The Eagle, the band kicked off into their new hit song ‘When I’m Gone’, which has been climbing the rock charts lately. Dirty Honey is certainly on the rise, already with major festivals appearances and opening slots for The Who and Guns and Roses (upcoming) this year alone. They were a great kick off to a fascinating evening.
Fresh off the release of Walk The Sky just this weekend, Alter Bridge would take the stage next. With the house lights out, the albums opening track ‘One Life’ begins playing over the PA with the band walking out and leading right into ‘Wouldn’t You Rather’. The 1-2 punch just like on the new album provided a great intro segment to get the crowds attention. Additionally, the evening would also produce the new, already road tested tracks ‘Pay No Mind’ and ‘In The Deep’,
Even with the recent release, Alter Bridge dug deep through their catalog ripping through songs off of five of their six albums. Singer/guitarist Myles Kennedy would make his way around stage, alternating microphones, guitar solos and even lead vocal duties. Guitarist Mark Tremonti stepped up to the microphone for lead duties on ‘Waters Rising’ off of the bands 2013 Fortress album. Tremonti’s constant headbanging throughout the evening certainly seemed contagious with the rowdy crowd headbanging and screaming along to each song.
The in your face heavy riffs, soaring vocals and thunderous double bass drums by Scott Phillips, Alter Bridge provided exactly what was needed for the packed house. Seemingly kicking it up an extra notch from their studio albums, the crowd was receptive and very into the entire performance. Kennedy’s generosity with the microphone led for some sing-alongs with the crowd in ‘Come To Life’, ‘Rise Today’ and the closing track ‘Open Your Eyes’.
Headlining the evening, seasoned rockers Skillet took the stage to a roaring crowd. The band, seemingly always on the road, showed no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Kicking off their incredibly high energy set with ‘Feel Invincible’, off the bands 2016 Unleashed album really set the tone for the remainder of their action packed set.
Frontman John Cooper wasted no space on stage right from the get go. Jumping, running and even nearly kicking guitarist Seth Morrison in the face mid solo showed an exciting sense of recklessness in the frontman. During ‘You Ain’t Ready’, Skillet’s stage crew rushed on stage to strap smoke cannons onto each of Cooper’s arms as he proceeded to blast the crowd mid song. The already visually pleasing show also featured rising stage platforms and an excellent light show. Of course, the music was on point as well.
Cooper and his wife, guitarist Korey Cooper took most of the attention from the crowd. Korey’s non-stop movements, hair flips and headbanging seemed to never slow down, even as the show progressed. Certainly one of the most energetic duos’ to share a stage. Drummer Jen Ledger would get involved in the action as well, not only rocking the kit, but also showcasing her vocal abilities during ‘Awake and Alive’ and ‘Hero’ off of 2009’s Awake.
Also touring in support of new material, Skillet showcased four songs off their 2019 release Victorious. As John would mention prior to ‘Legendary’, WWE has adopted the new tune as their theme song. He would also take a few moments to discuss the influences behind the title track and how Chester Bennington’s lyrics and passing affected him. “You are not alone”, he tells the attentive audience before the band kicks into the title track.
The Victorious Sky tour rolls through the southeast and wraps up with a trio of shows in Florida.