Tour Bus Playlist: Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce Shares His Ultimate On-The-Road Tunes

His choices might surprise you, in the best way.

By Deeba Abrishamchi - Jun 13, 2018
Asking Alexandria’s Lead Guitarist Ben Bruce shares his go-to songs to jam out to while touring through the UK, Europe, and the United States. The heavy metal rockers consist of Danny Worsnop (lead vocalist), Ben Bruce (lead guitarist), Cameron Lidell (guitarist), James Cassells (drummer), and Sam Bettley (bassist) and recently released their fifth, self-titled album. His choices might surprise you, in the best way.

Asking Alexandria’s fifth, self-titled album is the comeback fans have been waiting for. Filled with the familiar riotous, contagious sounds that won us over back in 2006, Asking Alexandria is one of those LPs we dream of hearing beyond our headphones—and instead live at a concert, while moshing with fellow fans.

Lucky for us, the English rockers—Danny Worsnop (lead vocalist), Ben Bruce (lead guitarist), Cameron Lidell (guitarist), James Cassells (drummer), and Sam Bettley (bassist)—are currently on the road performing the new tracks and old favorites for their fans worldwide. Since kicking off on June 1, the tour has brought them through Italy, Switzerland and their native UK, and will be making a few stops throughout Eastern Europe before supporting Godsmack and Shinedown in the US this fall.

For a die-hard fan of Asking Alexandria, there is probably nowhere else they’d rather be than front row screaming at the top of their lungs to their new songs. Or maybe there is—hitting the road with them. While we can’t grant fans that kind of access, we did get to chat with Ben Bruce, lead guitarist of the Yorkshire metalcore group, to find out what his favorite road jams are. Check out his touring soundtrack below, and don’t forget to track Asking Alexandria on Bandsintown!

 

1. 'My Life' - NF

“I’m completely obsessed with NF at the moment. As a lyricist and story teller, he manages to take the listener on a journey in such a vivid way that’s almost unparalleled in today’s rap genre.”

 

2. 'Enemies' - Shinedown

“It’s just the perfect song to get your energy levels up and prepare to play a rock show.”

 

3. 'Rocky' - The White Buffalo

“It’s just a great summer festival jam to drink beers to and enjoy the sunshine!”

 

4. 'Alone In A Room' - Asking Alexandria

“Because who says you can’t jam your own band?”

 

5. 'Heathens' - Twenty One Pilots

“This band has merged the lines between rap, rock, pop and hip-hop and just creates incredibly catchy songs with huge hooks.”

 

6. 'rockstar' (feat. 21 Savage) - Post Malone

“This guy may be one of the worlds biggest pop stars at the moment, but he is a rockstar at heart and I love seeing a rocker hold our flag up in the pop world.”

 

7. 'Doing Time' - Avenged Sevenfold

“It’s a modern Day Guns N’ Roses style rock n roll anthem. Great riffs and great energy!”

 

8. 'Thought Contagion' - Muse

“Muse just never disappoints. They stay relevant and up to date with the times but never lose sight of who they are as a band.”

 

9. 'The Middle' - Zedd

"It’s just one of the catchiest songs to have been released in a while! Puts you in a summer time mood; perfect for festival season!”

 

10. 'Remedy' - Thirty Seconds To Mars

“It’s just a beautifully written song. Definitely a hidden gem on their new album.”

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