Wednesday night December 5, 2018 MarkHoran.Pictures headed on assignment for MNPRmagazine.com down the busy streets of Orlando, Florida to cover the show. A line was down the block as the crowd stood in light winter clothes in chilly conditions. The line was leading to Orlando, Florida’s oldest venue “The Beacham”. With temperatures in the low 50’s, it appeared that this was indeed the year of the tiger. Myles Kennedy & Co. came to town in support of Myles’ debut solo album “Year of The Tiger.” This album was inspired by the passing of his father in 1974, which was the Chinese Zodiac, The Year of the Tiger.
The night’s opening band was Walking Papers. On the road promoting their January 2018 album release of “WP2”. The band was formed in Seattle, Washington in 2012 with the original lineup of Jeff Angell (lead vocals,guitar, piano), Barrett Martin (drums), Duff McKagan (Bass), and Benjamin Anderson (Keyboards, backing vocals). Due to conflicting touring schedules, members McKagan and Martin are not currently touring with Walking Papers.
The band expanded their line up adding Will Andrews (drums), Dan Spalding (bass), Tristan Hart Pierce (guitar) and Gregor Lothian (saxophone) for the tour. The additions gave the band a complete full sound on stage. On tour previously opening for Alice In Chains and now Myles Kennedy and Company. Jeff Angell is a story teller and his writing is experienced through the band’s songs. Walking Papers is an edgy hard rock band that is just getting started after taking a few years off between recordings. A band to remember and get out and see!
Jeff Angell – lead vocals, guitar, piano
Benjamin Anderson – keyboards, backing vocals
Will Andrews – drums, percussion
Dan Spalding – bass
Tristan Hart Pierce - guitar
Gregor Lothian - saxophone
5. My Luck Pushed Back
7. King Hooker
9. Red & White
The album “Year of The Tiger” is refreshing and is completely apart from Kennedy’s other projects, Slash and The Conspirators and Alter Bridge. Both of those bands have heavy rock guitar front men. This night, Myles Kennedy’s legendary vocals were rooted in bluesy slide guitar with a classic rock style. It was not what the typical Myles Kennedy fans were expecting. In my eyes, I found his diversity extremely appealingly and courageous.
Where I sat I counted nine guitar changes. All songs had a different sound and flair. Myles is an accomplished guitarist and he played a traditional Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, Gibson acoustic, Gretsch hollow body, Johnny Cash model acoustic, and a classic Dobro. Myles Kennedy was making a statement, he is not just a singer in a rock and roll band! He is a musician and can hold his own with anyone. But in the end, Myles Kennedy is a premier rock vocalist that can range five octaves, and that is the Myles Kennedy the fans came to see. The age diversity of the crowd ranged from preadolescence to folks on social security, and as long as he sang it didn’t matter where the music was coming from.
I found the show highly entertaining and I was pleasantly surprised how engaging Kennedy was with the crowd. The Beacham is a bit larger than an intimate setting, but this night, the venue belonged to Myles Kennedy & Co.
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8. White Flag
12. Addicted To Pain
13. Turning Stones
14. World On Fire
15. One Fine Day