Carnival of Madness Tour from Tulsa, OKBy William Simpson • Sep 18th, 2011 • Category: Live Show Reviews
Article by Jennifer Reid
With the Carnival of Madness tour scheduled to wrap up by mid September, a stop along the final leg was in Tulsa, OK on September 16, 2011. The Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino housed the production, which offered a variety of rock music presented by 4 veteran touring bands, and one newly signed band.
Omaha, Nebraska natives, and newly signed Atlantic recording artists Emphatic kicked off the evening. Their 6 song set, with selections off the debut album “Damages” was short, yet spirited. Vocalist Patrick Wilson was very interactive with the crowd. He wanted to make sure they were enjoying what they heard. Tracks like “Get Paid” and “Beg”, along with their first release “Bounce” had the audience answering him with a resounding yes!
Oklahoma favorite and Rocklahoma alumni Adelita’s Way took the stage next. Very low, red lights hovered over the stage as they belted into “The Collapse.” Rick DeJesus commanded the crowd with a presence that demands your attention. The pace was pungent as they continued into “Dirty Little Thing” and “Cage the Beast.” The set closed with their 2 biggest hits, “Sick” and “Invincible.” Crowd surfing was encouraged as Rick requested to shake all the hands he could while performing. The audience complied. He thanked us on several occasions for always making them feel welcome. He assured Tulsan’s that they would be back as often as they have let them.
The lights were then brought up, with yellow, blues, purples, and greens enveloping the room. Well rested and ready to roll, Black Stone Cherry ambushed the stage with a consistent energy that lasted the entire 7 song set. Bassist Jon Lawhon and drummer John Fred Young kept the rhythm section rocking with synchronized head banging. Tracks like “White Trash Millionaire” and “Lonely Train” had the crowd participating in the head bang sequence, but it was “Blame It on the Boom Boom” that had us bouncing, singing, and begging for more. Black Stone Cherry was brilliantly placed in the line up, and ensured a foolproof bridge to the remainder of the show.
The room went dark, and the crowd began to settle until Myles Kennedy, in a black hoodie covering his face swaggered onto the stage. The crowd erupted as he gingerly began the intro to “Slip to the Void” allowing time for his Alter Bridge band mates to make their way to the stage. The always animatingly expressive Mark Tremonti shred through tunes like “Find the Real,” “White Knuckles,” and “Ties that Bind.” Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall kept the impassioned “Blackbird” right where it belongs; deep in our souls. After playing a new release “Isolation,” Myles and Mark challenged each other to a guitar dual. Bantering riffs back and forth, no clear winner could be determined, as they are both exemplary artists. In the end, Myles finished the contest and took it into the final song “Rise Above.” Their performance solidified the fact that Alter Bridge should have been the headliner.
Theory of a Deadman closed the show with renditions of crowd favorites “Bitch Came Back”, “All or Nothing”, and “Got It Made.” A sing along ensued early in the set with the chorus of “So Happy” lead by Tyler Connolly. In true Connolly tradition, he pulled out his flip cam to document the event. The Canadian Rockers did slow down briefly with ballads “Not Meant To Be,” and “Santa Monica,” but briskly returned to the pace they are accustomed to, accelerated. They finished out the set with their biggest hit to date “Bad Girlfriend,” and not one person could be found to not be reciting every word.
The 25 date tour’s final stop is in Dayton, OH on September 18.