ROME — The four members of Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown didn’t have much time to pack up and head to the airport after opening for Guns N’ Roses sold-out Tel Aviv concert Saturday night.
“We ran outta there,” said Tyler Bryant, who first formed his eponymously named band playing roots infused rock when he was just 15 years old. Bryant is now 26.
The four members of the band and part of their crew were in the Rome airport, awaiting a connecting flight to Atlanta, Georgia.
They said they were tired, but elated from their latest concert.
“It was a fantastic show,” said bassist and backing vocalist Noah Denney. “Tel Aviv really rocked.”
— TB & THE SHAKEDOWN (@TBSHAKEDOWN) July 15, 2017
More than 62,000 people attended the Guns N’ Roses concert, making it the largest of the summer and among the largest ever in Israel.
The Tyler Bryant band members said they were eager to be heading home after two months of solid touring around Europe. They spent June and part of July opening for Guns N Roses, Aerosmith (not their Tel Aviv show), Deep Purple and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.
The Guns N’ Roses “Not in this Lifetime” tour is the highest-grossing tour this year, having pulled in $151 million over the first six months of 2017, beating out U2 and Justin Bieber.
Tel Aviv was the band’s last stop on the European tour, and they will resume the tour in the US at the end of the month.
“It’s time to head home,” said Tyler Bryant bassist Noah Denney. “But we did make it to Jerusalem.”
Thank you Miriam for showing us around the old city of Jerusalem today. An experience none of us will forget! -CC pic.twitter.com/v3HGv5DNh5
— TB & THE SHAKEDOWN (@TBSHAKEDOWN) July 14, 2017
According to Israeli media reports, Guns N’ Roses band members canceled their plans to tour Jerusalem Friday following a terror attack on Friday morning at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
It appeared, however, that the Tyler Bryant musicians stuck to their original plans.
The Tennessee-based band has spent ample time touring, performing with AC/DC, Aerosmith, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and ZZ Top, as well as the rock and blues club circuit. They have been opening for Guns N’ Roses since the start of the band’s “Not In This Lifetime…” reunion tour.
According to Wikipedia, Bryant got his first guitar when he was six, and sold a dirt bike when he was 11 to buy his first electric guitar. He met blues musician Roosevelt Twitty while still in elementary school, and learned from him how to play the blues. Bryant moved to Nashville, Tennessee when he was 17, where he met his fellow band members, including guitarist Graham Whitford, the son of Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
Guitarist Vince Gill has called Tyler “a future guitar god.”