NME follow Alter Bridge onto the stage at Hammersmith Apollo in London and spoke with the band about their mindset preparing for a show. “Usually it’s just a matter of trying to guage the audience and establish that connection,” frontman Myles Kennedy said. “For me that’s really crucial to have a good night. Just to feel like there’s this kind of dialogue between you and the crowd, because I feel like if they feel you’re detached, you’re not really there, they’re gonna shut off as well.”
Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge spoke with The Aquarian in a Q&A, where he was asked how he felt about the band being labeled “commercial rock”.
I think the first record (2004’s ‘One Day Remains’) might have fit that better than we do now. I think this record (‘AB III’) — we really didn’t try to conform at all to any kind of commercial sound. We just wanted this to be an artistic expression, we weren’t thinking about radio singles. It’s funny, the first time we don’t think about radio singles, we have our best chance at getting a number one rock single out of ‘Isolation’.
So, I think that’s where we came from. Creed was a commercial band, but I think Alter Bridge is getting further and further away from that commercial sound.
Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy tells Music Radar that in 2008, he teamed up with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham’s son Jason for what was a partial Led Zeppelin reunion, but “was never supposed to be Led Zeppelin per se.” Kennedy explained, “I got together with them in June 2008 and we just jammed some ideas. Everything went really well, but I was just flattered beyond belief to be in the same room with these guys. Everything I learned about rock I learned from Led Zeppelin.” Read more.
Alter Bridge has forged a path, and with their recent tour with labelmates Another Animal, the group’s guitarist Mark Tremonti talked with Artisan News Service about the absence of big band pressure. “Not taking yourselves way too seriously,” he said of lessons learned with Creed. “Just do it to have fun, and not worry so much about every little detail. You don’t have to get to the point where you have to ask 16 people to get something done. Back in the Creed days if you needed a simple decision to be made it took you three weeks. The system just broke down. Keep it all just for fun. We’ve been there, now we just want to do it. If it ever turns into that business again, that’s not why we’re doing it, so we’ll definitely fix it as soon as it happens.” Watch the segment at YouTube.
Alter Bridge are out with the video to their new single ‘Ties That Bind’, the second release from the Orlando, Florida alternative rock band’s second album ‘Blackbird’, out now on Universal Republic Records. Watch it below.
Alter Bridge are out with the video to their new single ‘Rise Today’, the lead single from the band’s second album ‘Blackbird’, out Tuesday (October 9) on Universal Music. Watch it via YouTube below.
Alter Bridge, Trivium, Metallica, and Bullet For My Valentine performed during the Nova Rock Festival in Nickeldort, Austria on June 15th. Check out pictures from RexFeatures.
MTV News reports Living Things singer/guitarist Lillian Berlin said his brother, drummer Bosh Berlin, 21, and the band’s touring guitarist, Corey Becker, were attacked and beat up onstage Wednesday night during a show at the Rohstofflager club in Zurich, Switzerland, by the crew of the band Alter Bridge and at least one member of that band. The Alter Bridge camp is refuting those claims. “We were in the middle of our second song, and I had some stuff to say about the current administration and the way they’re handling the Iraq war,” Lillian said. “The Swiss were all behind us, and the crowd was cheering me on. I was talking about this letter I got inviting me to a Democrat-bashing dinner at the White House. And we went into our fourth song, and some goon from that Creed band [Alter Bridge features three former members of Creed] came out swinging an American flag and then threw it at our drummer, Bosh.” Read more.
Alter Bridge, Danko Jones, The Rakes, the Bloodhound Gang, and The Zutons performed at day two of the Pinkpop Festival 2006 on June 3rd at Megaland in Landgraaf, Netherlands. Check out pictures from WireImage.
During his opening monologue on Friday night, ‘Last Call’ host Carson Daly remarked, “What I don’t understand is the whole Scott Stapp story. The biggest rock band in the world, right? He left Creed. The other dudes in the band formed a completely other band called Alter Bridge, which sounded exactly like Creed. And Scott put out a solo record recently and that sounds exactly like Creed. If they all wanted to suck, couldn’t they just keep sucking together? They had the perfect formula for sucking. Why did they mess with it.”