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Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge in 2008
(left to right) Scott Phillips, Mark Tremonti, Myles Kennedy, Brian Marshall
Background information
Origin Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Alternative metal,[1] hard rock,[2] post-grunge[1]
Years active 2004–present
Labels Wind-Up, Universal Republic
Associated acts Cosmic Dust, Creed, The Mayfield Four, Sevendust, Submersed
Website www.alterbridge.com
Members
Myles Kennedy
Mark Tremonti
Scott Phillips
Brian Marshall

Alter Bridge is an American rock band based in Orlando, Florida. The band was formed in 2004 by then-former members of Creed, Mark Tremonti (lead guitar, vocals), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums), with Myles Kennedy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), formerly of The Mayfield Four.

Kennedy, Tremonti, Phillips and Marshall started a new band and soon after juggling a few names, settled on the moniker Alter Bridge, which was named after a bridge in Detroit near Tremonti's home on Alter Road. The bridge led to a bad side of town and the neighborhood children were not allowed to cross because of this. Thus, according to Tremonti, the name of the band symbolizes going over into the unknown and starting something new.

Alter Bridge released their debut album, One Day Remains, in August 2004, followed by their second album, Blackbird, in October 2007. Both of those were highly successful and appreciative. In January 2010, the band announced that 17 songs for a third album have been finished and that the band is writing even more material.[3] The album's recording process, accompanied by producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (Ratt, Limp Bizkit), began on February 15, 2010.

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History

Formation and first album: 2004–06

The band was formed in 2004 by Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips, both members of Creed, which had gone through a breakup due to issues with singer Scott Stapp. They reunited with former bassist Brian Marshall, who had left Creed much earlier, and called up guitarist/vocalist Myles Kennedy, formerly of The Mayfield Four, a rock band that Creed had toured with earlier in the band's career before they made it big.

Alter Bridge released their debut album, One Day Remains, on August 10, 2004 along with their first single "Open Your Eyes", which was followed by "Find The Real" and "Broken Wings". "Find The Real" was used as theme music to the WWE 2005 Royal Rumble. The song "Metalingus" has been used since late 2004 as the theme song for WWE superstar Edge.

The album, which was certified Gold by the RIAA, was released by Wind-Up Records. After the release the band soon split from the label, and after numurous discussions with different record companies, they settled in with Universal Republic for the sophomore release. It is said that Wind-Up, which was also Creed's and Scott Stapp's record labels, was pressing for a Creed reunion, which was the main reason Alter Bridge decided to buy out their contract with the label.

The band also performed live at the 2005 MLB Home Run Derby. They also recorded an instrumental track for Total Guitar magazine called "Ahavo Rabo Taco Salad." The song was to be a Mark Tremonti song originally but the rest of Alter Bridge soon got involved.

Blackbird: 2007–08

After finishing up the final leg of the One Day Remains tour in mid-2006, Alter Bridge started recording their second album. In 2007, with Universal Republic, Alter Bridge released their second album, Blackbird, on October 9, 2007. The first single from the album, "Rise Today", was released on July 30, 2007. On January 2, 2008, "Watch Over You" was officially named the second worldwide single for Blackbird, the third single being "Ties That Bind." After spending a short amount of time on the rock charts, "Watch Over You" was released to pop stations everywhere in the later part of April, making it the first Alter Bridge song released to pop radio as well as to rock stations. "Before Tomorrow Comes" was announced as the fourth single on April 1, 2008 and was released to radio airplay in the later part of that month.

The video for "Watch Over You" was released in mid-September 2008. A new version of the video, using clips from VH1's Celebrity Rehab, was released later that month, used to promote the series. There is also currently a duet version of the song featuring Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil on the band's MySpace. In addition, the song debuted at #10 on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown and has since reached #3 on the countdown. Also, in mid-September, Alter Bridge went on tour with Disturbed, P.O.D. and Redline to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealand, as well as various cities in Australia which ended in Melbourne. They then toured New Zealand followed by other countries in the South Pacific.

Also, the band shot their first live DVD in Amsterdam. Daniel Catullo of Coming Home Productions, who has worked with artists such as Godsmack, Nickelback, and the Smashing Pumpkins, produced the DVD. Alter Bridge concluded their Blackbird tour, during which they were supported by Logan and Hot Leg for the UK leg of the tour, on December 10, 2008.

Live from Amsterdam and Alter Bridge III: 2009–present

A new MySpace page for an upcoming live DVD was created. It was later revealed by director Dan Catullo that four versions of Live from Amsterdam will be released, the first of which was released on August 4, and was a single disc-only version sold exclusively at venues during the Creed tour. Lead singer Myles Kennedy has issued an apology to the fans for the delay on his MySpace page and the band's official website.

After writing lyrics through most of 2009, their third record tentatively titled Alter Bridge III is being recorded before Creed's world tour, which begins in April 2010. In February 2010, the band announced: "We plan on recording 17 songs but as we have said before, only the best of the best will make the final cut"[4]. It was also annouced that Michael Baskette, who produced Blackbird, will be producing this album. On February 23, 2010, the band posted a blog stating that they have finished recording all of the drum and bass tracks, with Kennedy and Tremonti to record their guitar tracks later that week. The blog entry also displays a picture of the board where the band has written down various titles and other sections of the album, Alter Bridge telling fans viewing the board to "Make of it what you will...."[5] However, the picture of the whiteboard was later taken down, although the list of songs included the titles "Zero," "Isolation," "For What May Never Come," "And I Do," "Slip to the Void," "Show Me a Sign," and "Doesn't Matter," among others.

The band, so far, has described the music as "dark."

Other projects

Solo and session work: 2004–present

Tremonti has also collaborated with comedian Larry the Cable Guy and helped co-produce several songs the 2004 Submersed album In Due Time, including the song "Flicker," which features Tremonti on guitar. In 2008 he also appeared on Bury Your Dead's self-titled album, where he performed on the song "Year One," and on Michael Angelo Batio's album Hands Without Shadows, performing on the Deep Purple cover "Burn."

Kennedy has confirmed that he is working on a solo side project during an interview[6]. He later revealed that he has about 35 or so songs to choose from for the album. He worked on the album during the summer and fall of 2009, having only the vocals left to track. Slash announced via Facebook on February 1, 2010 that he would be appearing on Kennedy's solo record. Kennedy announced earlier that Mark Tremonti would likely make an appearance as well.

Creed: 1995–2004; 2009–present

The band consists of the instrumental members of Alter Bridge with singer Scott Stapp. They released two studio albums: My Own Prison (1997), Human Clay (1999) before Marshall left in 2000 to be replaced by touring bassist Brett Hestla. Afterwards came Weathered (2001) with Mark Tremonti handling bass before the band disbanded in 2004. The original members of Creed reunited in 2009 for a new album Full Circle (2009) and corresponding tour.

In spite of this, both bands will co-exist, so it is expected that Tremonti, Phillips, and Marshall will "switch off" between the two bands, with Scott Stapp and Myles Kennedy working on solo material while the other band is touring and recording.

Musical style and influences

Alter Bridge has been described as alternative metal[1], post-grunge[1], and hard rock[2], and have influences ranging from, according to singer Myles Kennedy, "the bluesier element of what came into the United States in the early part of the last century and all the way up through modern metal." The band is known for their live performances, which have been highly popular. The band has composed many hit songs in their albums like "Open Your Eyes," "Rise Today," and "Watch Over You."

In other media

In 2005, the band contributed a song, "Save Me," to Elektra: The Album, the soundtrack for the film Elektra. The song was also used as a B-side for "Open Your Eyes." In the same year, they performed their song "The End Is Here" at Ozzfest.

"Rise Today" was used as the theme song for WWE Unforgiven 2007 and also both the first trailer for the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and in the promo commercial for the season 6 premiere of CSI: Miami.

The band's song "Come to Life" from Blackbird was included as a playable track in the 2009 video game Guitar Hero: Van Halen.[7]

Discography

Title Release Label
One Day Remains 2004 Wind-Up
Blackbird 2007 UMG
Alter Bridge III 2010 TBA

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Simple English

Alter Bridge
File:Myles and Mark (Alter Bridge).jpg
Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge performing in 2008.
Background information
Origin Orlando, Florida, United States
Genres Hard rock, alternative metal, progressive metal, heavy metal, post-grunge
Years active 2004 (2004)–present
Labels Wind-up, Universal Republic, Roadrunner, Alter Bridge
Associated acts Creed, The Mayfield Four, Slash
Website Template:URL
Members
Myles Kennedy
Mark Tremonti
Brian Marshall
Scott Phillips

Alter Bridge is an American hard rock band from Orlando, Florida that was formed in 2004. It was formed by the then-former members of Creed. Alter Bridge has received relatively low mainstream success in the United States. They have released 3 studio albums and one live album. They released their latest album AB III which has received critical acclaim among critics.

Alter Bridge has been influenced by bands such as Led Zeppelin, Rush, and Tool. Alter Bridge's vocalist,Myles Kennedy is also known for his work with Slash. He is currently touring with Slash as the lead singer of his band. As of January 2011, Alter Bridge's most successful song is "Isolation" from their album "AB III"

Discography

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  • One Day Remains (2004)
  • Blackbird (2007)
  • AB III (2010)

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