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10 random facts about Alter Bridge
Photo by: Luke Jamroz
Since early 2004, Alter Bridge, from Orlando, Florida, have been putting out some amazing rock music, touring, and even played a festival or three. The group consists of four members, all of which have known each other in some way prior to the formation to the band. Members Scott Phillips (drums) and Mark Tremonti (lead guitarist and backing vocals), and Brian Marshall (bass) have been in a band together since 1993 when the trio along with Scott Stapp formed the band Creed. When Creed disbanded in 2003, the guys weren’t going to let their career in music die. They quickly found Kennedy who had previously been in the group The Mayfield Four and set to work. Here are a few more facts you may or may not have known about Alter Bridge.
- Although Alter Bridge formed in 2003, the group didn’t officially announce itself until January of 2004 before the June breakup of Creed.
- Alter Bridge signed a record deal with Wind-Up Records. The group released its first album entitled One Day Remains on August 10th, 2014. The album consists of 11 tracks with a total time length of 55:23. The album topped out at number 5 on the US Billboard 200 list.
- Vocalist Myles Kennedy began his official music career in 1990 when he played lead guitar in the instrumental jazz ensemble Cosmic Dust. His love for music, however, started from a young age. Kennedy started playing trumpet at age 10, and joined an air guitar band at age 13.
- In early 2010 Alter Bridge joined the activism front and joined the Wheelchair Foundation. Alter Bridge along with the members of Godsmack, New Kids on The Block, and David Archuleta assisted in the “Plane to Haiti” project, a relief effort to help the victims of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Later in 2011 the group helped in the fight against cancer by helping the “Play for Life” organization raise money for City of Hope Medical Center who has locations scattered throughout southern California.
- Kennedy confirmed in a Loudwire Interview late last year that when he developed tinnitus (a constant ringing in the ear) he went through a depressed period. Kennedy later went on to tell viewers to please wear earplugs at every show, and not to worry about if it is socially acceptable or not. “Just take care of your ears.”
- In 2011 the first ever Carolina Rebellion Music Festival took place in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Metrolina Expo. Alter Bridge who played sixth on the Rebellion Stage played with Slash from Guns N’ Roses, and Velvet Revolver. The group did a cover of Paradise City much to the enjoyment of the 70,000 fans in attendance.
- Guitarist Mark Tremonti bought his first guitar at the age of 11. The guitar was a Tara (tar-ra) which is an imitation Les Paul. Tremonti’s was black and he bought it from a friend who sold it to him for ten bucks.
- Oliver and James Phelps, who brought to life the prankster kings known as Fred and George Weasley in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Franchise, are both fans of the band and follow the group on Twitter.
- The Last Hero, Alter Bridge’s fifth studio album was released on October 7th, 2016. The album was written in the winter of 2015 when both Kennedy and Tremonti were on tour with their other projects Tremonti and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Tremonti stated the album to be similar to Fortress and Blackbird but with a darker sound.
- Alter Bridge is currently on tour and will be making a stop at The Ritz in Raleigh, North Carolina on November 28th. The Ritz is a general admission venue which was purchase by Live Nation in 2014. Opening Acts for the tour include Sons of Texas and All That Remains.
Alter Bridge has definitely grown as a group since their founding in 2003, but one thing has stayed the same: their love for music and their fans. This group of guys would give you the shirt off of their backs if you needed it and that is one of the things that make them not only amazing musicians, but amazing humans as well. Make sure to follow the guys in Alter Bridge and Shutter 16 to keep in the know about upcoming tours and news.