Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) Working On New Solo Album

Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge) has started working on material for his new solo album. He is currently planning to hit the studio in November/December.

Tremonti told Myglobalmind the following

“My producer lives here in Orlando, Florida, and Myles [Kennedy] has been here the last two months recording his solo album. He just finished tracking it a day or two ago, so I’m next on deck to go into the studio for mine in November/December. Once that’s done, Myles and I will start to work on writing the next Alter Bridge album while touring for our solo projects. That’s when we start compiling ideas for the next Alter Bridge album.”

He continued when asked how far along he is with the songwriting process:

“I’m pretty very far along; I would say I’m 14 songs deep. I would get to about 20 songs before deciding which ones will make the final cut. It’s not a question of which songs are good or bad; it’s which work and have a good dynamic range.”

He also added the following about the musical direction as it compares to Alter Bridge:

“It has heavier elements, and it definitely has some of the moody, atmospheric stuff like Alter Bridge. The Tremonti band’s rhythm section stands apart from Alter Bridge, and any type of speed metal that I bring into Tremonti might not necessarily fit into Alter Bridge. Our vocal couldn’t be any more different. Myles is a seasoned tenor, and I’m almost a baritone. That’s the big difference in how the two bands sound different.”

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) Finishes Recording New Solo Album

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) has officially finished the recording process for his new solo album. The effort is expected to be released in 2021.

Kennedy said the following:

“‘Turn up the Flux Capacitor!!’

After spending the last 7 months writing and recording, the 2nd solo record is tracked and ‘in the can’ as they say.

The process, which started with me writing and demoing for the first half of the year merged into connecting with @zznuddin @timothysonoftimothy and driving nearly 3000 miles to Florida with gear in tow to meet up with the legend that is @elvisliberace at his fine studio.

We all lived in a state of lockdown for 7 weeks with no outside world and nothing to focus on but recording music and acting like a bunch of 7th graders hopped up on vast amounts silly juice. It was an incredible experience….Rock n Roll summer camp at it’s finest.

Thanks to my band and Elvis as well as his merry men @1f_jef and @joshuasaldate for helping bring yet another record across the finish line in best way possible. Love to y’all. #solorecord #MKII”

Alter Bridge To Release “Walk The Sky 2.0” EP, Premiere “Native Son” Video

Alter Bridge will be releasing a new EP titled “Walk The Sky 2.0” on November 6. The effort will feature one new song titled “Last Rites,“ as well as live versions of “Wouldn’t You Rather,” “Pay No Mind,” “Native Son,” “Godspeed,” “In The Deep,” and “Dying Light.” Pre-orders can be found HERE. With this news, the band have also premiered a new stop-motion animated video for “Native Son”:

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) Begins Recording New Solo Album

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) has officially started the recording process for his new solo album. In the below Instagram post, the frontman confirmed that Zia Uddin has already completed drums for the record.

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) Covers Alter Bridge‘s “Metalingus“

Vicky Psarakis (The Agonist) has premiered a video for her cover of Alter Bridge‘s “Metalingus.“ She said the following:

“SPEAR! SPEAR! SPEAR! By God Almighty it’s here! Bring on the GIFS! Cody Johnstone killed it on the track/mix! ‘Metalingus’ by Alter Bridge, for the one and only Adam Edge Copeland!”

Slipknot, Halestorm, Bush, Etc. Members Set For “Rock For Relief” Virtual Concert

A special “Rock For Relief” virtual concert will be taking place on Friday (July 3) at 5pm PDT / 8pm EDT via rockforrelief.net. The show will be hosted by Lou Brutus and Rikki Rachtman and money raised from it will go towards Feeding America‘s Coronavirus Response Fund. Here’s the artists set to perform: Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour), Gavin Rossdale (Bush), Don Felder, George Thorogood, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Joe Hottinger (Halestorm), Filter, Lisa Loeb, BJ Thomas, The Dead Daisies, Jesse Hasek (10 Years), Brian Vodinh (10 Years), Chris Robertson (Black Stone Cherry), Starset, Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro), Brandon Saller (Atreyu), Ricky Byrd, Bobby Whitlock (Derek & The Dominos, CoCo Carmel), Joe Grushecky, Bones Owens, Kathy Sledge, Danielia Cotton & Mickey Factz, and Matt Bigland (Dinosaur Pile-Up). Alice Cooper, Peter Frampton, Joe Satriani, Melissa Rivers, and Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia) will also be involved in the event.

Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Robert Plant, Etc. Among 600 Artists Asking Congress To Save Independent Venues

600 artists have signed an open letter to Congress in an effort to help save independent music venues across the U.S. Among those who signed are Ozzy Osbourne, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Trent Reznor, Jack Black, Robert Plant, Josh Homme, Beartooth, Cannibal Corpse, Alter Bridge, GWAR, Halestorm, New Years Day, Power Trip, Sevendust, Whitechapel, Zakk Wylde, and tons more.

The letter said the following:

“Dear Congress:

We, the undersigned artists, respectfully submit this letter in support of NIVA’s request for federal assistance for independent music venues and promoters across the United States.

We will know America is “back” when our music venues are filled with fans enjoying concerts safely. The live music experience is inextricably tied to our nation’s cultural and economic fabric. In fact, 53% of Americans – that’s 172 million of us – attended a concert last year.

We urge you to remember we are the nation that gave the world jazz, country, rock & roll, bluegrass, hip hop, metal, blues, and R&B. Entertainment is America’s largest economic export, with songs written and produced by American artists sung in every place on the globe. All of these genres of music, and the artists behind them, were able to thrive because they had neighborhood independent venues to play in and hone their craft, build an audience, and grow into the entertainers that bring joy to millions.

Independent venues give artists their start, often as the first stage most of us have played on. These venues were the first to close and will be the last to reopen. With zero revenue and the overwhelming overhead of rent, mortgage, utilities, taxes and insurance, 9 0% of independent venues report that if the shutdown lasts six months and there’s no federal assistance, they will never reopen again.

We are asking you to support NIVA’s request for assistance so these beloved venues can reopen when it’s safe and welcome us and our fans back in. The collapse of this crucial element in the music industry’s ecosystem would be devastating.

Independent venues are asking for an investment to secure their future, not a handout. One Chicago report found that every dollar small venues generate in ticket sales results in $12 of economic activity. If these independent venues close forever, cities and towns across America will not only lose their cultural and entertainment hearts, but they will lose the engine that would otherwise be a driver of economic renewal for all the businesses that surround them.

With respect and solidarity, we, as artists and as community members ourselves, urge you to pass federal legislation that will help #SaveOurStages.”

Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) Finishes Writing New Solo Album

During an interview with Download presenter Kylie Olsson, Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge) revealed that he has finished the writing process for his new solo album. The effort is expected to be released in 2021.

Kennedy said the following:

“Next solo record is pretty much done, so I’m excited about it. I’ve been able to get something done during this time, and also hang out with my family, which has been wonderful.”

He continued after being asked how it will differ from “Year Of The Tiger”:

“Well, it’s definitely a little more plugged in, as far as the overall approach. ‘Year Of The Tiger’ leans heavily on the acoustic side of things, and it definitely has a blues vibe. This continues that in the sense that this is my opportunity to venture more into the more bluesy realm, especially as a guitar player. But, with that said, it’s a little louder. [Laughs] It’s much more plugged in — it rocks a little harder, and there’s gonna be a lot of guitar silliness on it. So I’m excited about that.”

Kennedy went on to say that he has “pretty much” demoed all of the new material and that he has “basically started pre-production”:

“I sit here in my little studio and program all the drums, play the bass, lap steel [guitar]… You basically make the record and then you present it to everyone. You go, ‘Okay, this is kind of what I’m thinking here [points to his head]. Let’s make this happen for real.’ So I’m supposed to record that here in the next couple of months.”

He also confirmed that he plans to record the album with the “Year Of The Tiger” team:

“We had so much fun last time. We were, like, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ So I’m looking forward to getting back in with the gang. ‘Year Of The Tiger’, even though it’s a really dark record from a lyrical standpoint, we had so much fun making it — just hanging out with Elvis [producer Michael Baskette] and Jef [Moll, engineer] and the gang, and then Zia [Uddin, drums] and Tim [Tournier, bass]. Yeah, we’re a bunch of idiots, and we have fun.”

Kennedy also added the following about his lyrical inspiration:

“It had the potential to be another concept record, which I did not wanna do. Obviously, these are crazy times, so it’s virtually impossible not to be informed by that as a writer — it’s gonna make its way into the context of the lyrics. So there are elements of looking at what’s happening, asking questions — just your way of dealing with it. That’s what I love about being a songwriter — it really helps you work through things and deal with things and make sense of things. But there are also songs where I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t strictly about that. To me, what that does is that can date something. If the record were to come out in a year’s time, and maybe people have moved on past all of this, then it’s, like, I don’t know how relevant it would be. So you have to careful there and make sure that you don’t make it so literal — have a bit of ambiguity to it so that it can touch on different circumstances but still conveying emotion that you’re feeling as you’re going through it. And that’s the big challenge for me.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Alter Bridge Cancel Summer European Tour

Alter Bridge have cancelled their summer European tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. With this news, the band have also confirmed that a decision has yet to be made regarding their postponed North American tour with Black Stone Cherry and Saint Asonia.

Alter Bridge said the following:

“As the world continues to develop in the response to the changes of the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become clear that no one can provide definitive answers as for how musicians, promoters, local crew, staff and fans can come together in a way that protects everyone and takes in to account the challenges of a world tour.

We have tried to hold out as long as we could, but it is becoming increasingly apparent that our ability to tour Europe this summer in a way our fans have come to expect is no longer an option. We have tried exploring every possibility, but with the different rules and capacities globally we have learned there is no adequate way to move forward.

As we have seen the effect of all of these changes on the world, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the entire European tour. We didn’t want to postpone and wait for an appropriate opportunity to return when so many people have had their lives impacted.

We felt at least by canceling, all the tickets that were sold would be refunded and your money returned to you as opposed to holding it until we could hit the road again. We have always appreciated the undying support of the fans around the globe and we felt this was the right decision to return that support you always give us.

As of this time, this is for the European tour, but there may be a chance you will hear from us again soon about the previous postponed US dates. We are exploring every opportunity to try and see our fans globally as soon as it is appropriate to do so.

Until we can gather together in a live concert setting, take care of yourselves and each other. We are in unprecedented times and our world is changing. It is on all of us to make it better for everyone so we can get together and celebrate our common love of music in the near future.

-AB”

Alter Bridge Pay Tribute To COVID-19 Frontline Workers With “You Will Be Remembered” Video

Alter Bridge have released a new video for “You Will Be Remembered” in honor of the workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. That track appears on the band’s 2016 album “The Last Hero.” The group commented:

“We wrote ‘You Will Be Remembered‘ as a tribute to anyone who gives themselves in service to others. In this current climate, those stories are around us every day and we just wanted to offer our own small visual tribute to some of those people. There are numerous stories and we want to thank everyone that is doing their part to get us through this unprecedented time. Thank You.”