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A DYING MACHINE: Mark Tremonti On Bringing His Latest Creative Endeavor To Life!

A DYING MACHINE: Mark Tremonti On Bringing His Latest Creative Endeavor To Life!

Mark Tremonti takes on his most ambitious project to date with “A Dying Machine.”

Every lasting legacy remains rooted in an undying urge to grow. After two decades at the forefront of all things guitar, a GRAMMY® Award win, 40 million-plus units sold between Alter Bridge, Creed, and his eponymous Tremonti, and countless other accolades, Mark Tremonti once again summited an uncharted creative peak in 2018. For the very first time, the guitarist and singer crafted an immersive concept and accompanying novel for Tremonti’s fourth full-length album and first for Napalm Records, “A Dying Machine.” The undeniably power record serves as the first concept album of Tremonti’s career and the music is inspired by a story that came to Mark while on the last Alter Bridge tour. During that time, the epic title track “A Dying Machine” was born. The story, which has been handcrafted into a full-length work of fiction (now available for pre-order at www.marktremonti.com) authored by Mark Tremonti and John Shirley, takes place at the turn of the next century where humans and fabricated beings called “vessels” are trying to co-exist.

Since the worldwide release of “A Dying Machine” via Napalm Records on June 8th, the album has stormed the US sales charts giving the group their fourth Top 10 on the Independent Current Album Chart. The album also landed at #2 on the Top Hard Music Albums, #3 on the Record Label Independent Current Album, #7 Top Internet, #12 Top Current Artists and #57 on the Billboard Top 200. The album also shot up the iTunes chart hitting #3 on the Top Rock Albums and #6 on Top Overall Albums when it was released. Hot on the heels of their impressive chart debut Tremonti, comprised of Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars/backing vocals, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, have also announced they will be touring the US later this year as special guests for their friends in Seether. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Mark Tremonti to discuss the latest exciting chapter in his career. In the interview, the focus on the origins of “A Dying Machine,” the challenges encountered during the creative process and what lies in store for fans in the near future.

Before we get to everything you have going on currently, let’s go back to the beginning. How did music first come into your life?

When I was really young, I was drawn to the guitar. It was something that I absolutely needed to get my hands on! When I did, I just went to songwriting route right off the bat. I have been creating, as much as I can, since I was 11 years old!

One of the hardest working men in rock.

Pursuing one’s passion professionally is a huge step to take for any young person. Did you have any reservations about taking the plunge?

No, I never had any reservations. I always played it safe. When I was in high school and college, I was always on top of my school work, in addition to practicing my guitar as much as possible. I went to college for about 4 to 5 years before we got the record deal. When we got the deal, I just had to drop out and go chase the dream at that point. I could always go back to school, but I couldn’t always go back to a record deal. So, that’s the decision I made at the time.

You make it all look so easy when you take the stage. When do you feel you came into your own as a performer and become comfortable in your own skin?

[laughs] I think I’m still trying to do that more and more every day! Back when I first started, I was very timid on stage. There comes a point where you just don’t think about what you’re doing, and you enjoy it. Nowadays, it’s just like the switch goes off. When I go out on stage I’m a completely different person then I am when I’m off stage. It’s kind of like putting up a wall. It protects you. It’s kind of like how some people don’t like to hear their own voice or see pictures of themselves. When you get on stage, you can’t feel that way. You just gotta let it all out and not worry about it. It takes years to develop that, but like I said, it’s like a light switch going off. When I am on stage I turn into a character and I’m not really myself.

You’ve come so far in the past 2 decades in the business. What do you consider the biggest obstacles that you’ve overcome?

I think the biggest obstacle we’ve ever had to get past was the breaking up of Creed and the birth of Alter Bridge. It was definitely not an easy transition and we fought for our lives and careers at that point. We fault for 12 or 13 years before we felt we had a very solid foundation. It was a tough time, but I think it built us all and made us a stronger unit.

What goes into fueling your creative fire, so to speak?

I just like to set moods. A lot of times, I just have to be alone and get into the flow of whatever it is I may be feeling at the moment and see what happens. It’s almost like catching lightning in a bottle! You never know when it’s going to happen, how it’s going to happen, or what type of mood you’re going to be in. You just have to adapt!

There’re a lot of people out there who look to you as an inspiration. What do you consider the keys to longevity in the music business?

I think it comes down to being passionate about what you do and working hard at it, along with never getting comfortable. This is something I’ve always loved doing, so it’s never been an effort for me to write the next song or work on the next guitar technique. It’s something I truly enjoyed doing. My advice to anyone out there would be to be passionate about what you’re doing and work hard!

You’ve certainly worked hard on the latest release, “A Dying Machine.” Tell us a little about how the ball got rolling for your concept record.

I had been working on a few songs before I came across the title track. Once I came up with the title track, I discovered that I really enjoyed telling that story within the song, so I started to write another song to continue that story. At that point, I thought, “maybe I will do a three or four song, miniature concept record.” Once I got there and finished with that, I just kept on going until the whole record was a concept. That was a new concept for me and I really enjoyed it!

Wow! It sounds like it was a very organic process from start to finish.

Yeah, it just kind of landed in my lap. I was never a fan of concept records in general. I had a couple of concept records in my collection when I was younger, but it wasn’t because of the concept. I never even really knew what the concepts were, I just had the records. It was never something on my radar to do. For a few years now, I’ve had this ambition to write a book and get it published. I felt it would be a huge accomplishment and it was something I put on my list of things to do before I left this planet. When this album came together, I thought, “No time like the present to go ahead and try to do this!” That’s why I took on the challenge of taking on the record and the book.

Tell us a little bit about your typical songwriting process. How did the writing process for “A Dying Machine” compare and contrast to what you’ve done in the past?

Each song is a little different. A lot of songs on this record, if I wrote something I enjoy, I would set some type of drum loop and write to that. The idea was to come up with as many parts as I could in at any given sitting. Then, I will come back to those parts and filter through to see if I could tie them together. On this record, it was a little different because I make sure that each song was completed before I moved on to the next song. Usually, I will write in pieces and parts and kind of jump between the songs. I might even write songs that aren’t going to be only record for two more records from now. I never force myself into forcing a song to be done but on this record I did. I made sure each song was completed before I moved on because it needed to follow a plot because it was the concept of a book. I needed to have the songs for specific reasons. It was a fun challenge and a new way of working for me. Some songs were more difficult to nail down than others. There were things that made it tougher and easier at the same time. When you have a concept record, you have a goal but, in having a goal, you have to be able to make it makes sense. You can’t just be vague with your songs. You have to go to the direct route. When you’re going into a new song, sometimes it’s good to have that purpose, but other times it made it more difficult.

You joined forces with John Shirley, your co-writer, for “A Dying Machine.” How’d the two of you cross paths?

When I first decided to do the book, I started putting pen to paper and try to do it myself. Over the years I have bought and studied all kinds of books on how to write novels, develop characters and so on. I didn’t have a lot of practice of actually doing it, only practice at studying how to do it! [laughs] When I actually got around to doing it, it was a very slow-going process and I questioned myself a lot. It was at that point I decided to look into ghostwriters. A thought occurred to me that my agent, who books us in The States, works for UTA (United Talent Agency) and they have a literary department. So, I called him up and told him the story and what I was looking to do. I asked him if he could find somebody that I could partner up with on the project. You hear about people getting ghost writers and writing stories with them and whatnot, but I wanted a partner so you’re not writing in a vacuum, and you can bounce ideas off each other and move forward from there. I think we went through about nine different authors before we got to John Shirley. All the authors they send my way worked great and all were great writers, but you can kind of judge somebody’s voice and storytelling by just reading a few chapters of their work. Once I came across John, I knew it was perfect! He specializes in where technology is going in his writing and does TED Talks about the future of technology. I knew that when I explain the story to him, he could make it make sense scientifically, which really helped out a lot.

The “A Dying Machine” novel from Mark Tremonti and John Shirley is available for pre-order!

What was the process for working together on the book?

It was very similar to writing an album, believe it or not. The first thing I did was tell him the story about 10 different times from start to finish. Every time we would get on the phone, there would be things missing. Finally, I said, “Why don’t we come up with an outline. Could you write me a short outline of how you see the story after I’ve told it to you?” I was looking for two or three-page thing, but he turned in a 28-page outline! [laughs] We went through that outline for a couple weeks to make sure every detail was on track. Once that was taken care of we started with Chapter 1. We talked about what was going to happen at the beginning of the story, he would get off to writing and turn into me what he had written. I would go through it and give my input. We did that chapter by chapter for 21 or 22 chapters of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it!

What do you feel you brought out in each other creatively through the process?

You know, one thing that really stands out is that when we first started working together, it was very formal and professional. As we got going, we both fell in love with the story. We really respect each other and became great friends through the process. We have never met in person, but we have talked on the phone hundreds of times. I’d talk to him every single day! Now that the book has been turned into the printer I really miss talking to John! I’ve been constantly thinking about another story that we could work on together. I loved working with him.

That’s so cool to hear! I know you said this was something you wanted to try once but it seems like you might be eager to take another stab at it!

I would love it. When we were finishing up the project, I was excited that we were finishing it up, but I was kind of sad that it was coming to an end. I would say that of anytime in my career, this has been the most satisfying artistic endeavor I’ve been a part of. Doing the book and the album has allowed me to use my imagination to the fullest and that is very, very satisfying.

What are the biggest challenges you encounter during the creation of both the book and the album?

Telling the complete story was a big challenge. It was all very natural and the more natural you can be the better because the less hard it will be and the more right you know it is. If you have to force something, you know it’s not right. I think one of the toughest things I encountered was when I was initially writing the album. That was just getting lucky with your imagination and saying, “Okay, this is what the next plot twist could be and that’s what this next song is going to be about.” Then you finish that song and think, “Where is the story going to go from here? What’s next?” Then you have to write a song about that. The biggest challenge was opening up my mind and imagination to tell a story.

You’ve done the concept album and the novel. Any interest in turning “A Dying Machine” into a major motion picture?

That would be the ultimate dream come true! It’s something that the people at UTA are already discussing. When I was looking for this partner in the writing of the book, I told them the story and they told me that sometimes when artists turn in ideas for books it doesn’t necessarily end well. They said, “Sometimes when you have a musician or an actor who wants to write a book, you have to let them down softly. Sometimes they should stick to their craft.” Then they said that they really love this idea and really wanted to see it through. The head of their movie department was very excited about it and was talking to me about the possibilities of TV or movies. It really blew my mind that they were even considering that, so I’m really happy about that. I would really love to be as involved as I could, if that happens.

What remains on your creative bucket list now that you’ve knocked a few things off?

It’s hard to say! Those were the most far stretching goals I had. I still haven’t gotten the book published. I wrote the book with John and we’ve self-published it. We’re doing a limited run so that we can then go out and try to shop it to a publishing house to put it in bookstores. We still haven’t gotten to that point yet, so the book is still not totally checked off my list! I say the peak of my ambitions and goals at the moment would be to, like you said, get this thing on the screen somehow.

The album, “A Dying Machine,” is in stores now. Where can people go to get their hands on the book?

They can go to www.fret12.com or www.marktremonti.com. Like I said, we’re just doing a limited run of a few thousand books to start. We’re taking that approach because if you print too many of them the publishing house is like, “Well, you’ve already sold all of these books. Why would we want to sign you up and sell your books for you?” That’s why were keeping it so limited.

You’ve come a long way since starting out as a musician. How do you feel you’ve most evolved along the way?

It’s hard to say. I feel like you’re always evolving as a songwriter and are always trying to reinvent the way you are approaching the song. That’s been the biggest challenge for me overall. As a guitar player, I think my guitar playing has changed a lot over the years. If you listen to one of the songs off “My Own Prison” and one of the songs off “A Dying Machine,” I would hope you would see a big, big difference between the playing styles. Lyrically, I think you gain more and more confidence over the years. I always say, “if you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse!” [laughs] you just have to keep on pushing and flexing your creative muscles along the way.

The music business is always changing. What’s the best way for us to lend support to you in this day and age?

Really, the best thing to do is to come out and see a show. It’s not all about CD sales these days, we’ve got vinyl of all different sorts and I love for people to check out the book. I love for people to not only enjoy the record but hear what the record is all about in it’s long form. Definitely check out the website and see when we’re touring near you. We love for you to come out and see us. We loved meeting everybody in person and we always stay at the end of shows to talk with everyone and sign shirts and whatnot. That’s probably the best way to support us.

It seems like the rest of your year is going to be jam packed! Give us a taste of what’s to come in the near future.

We’ve been over here in Europe for about seven weeks and we are headed home later this week. We just got done with the Iron Maiden tour which has been fantastic! We’re going home and taking five weeks off before heading back out on tour in the United States with Seether. After that, we’ll come back over here to Europe for a November tour. In January, we will probably do a short run in The States. Who knows from there! We will just keep on touring. I’m not sure where yet but we will probably tour through the fall of next year and then Alter Bridge will be on deck!

Awesome, man! You always have irons in the fire! Thanks for taking time out of talk to me today and I wish you continued success!

Thank you so much, man! I look forward to talking to you again soon! Take care.

Tremonti’s “A Dying Machine” is available now! Pre-order the book at marktremonti.com and fret12.com. Follow the continuing adventures of Mark Tremonti on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Tremonti To Unleash ‘A Dying Machine’ Worldwide On June 8th

Tremonti To Unleash ‘A Dying Machine’ Worldwide On June 8th

Tremonti, the band comprised of Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, will be releasing their fourth full-length album, A Dying Machine, worldwide via Napalm Records on June 8th. Longtime producer, Michael “Elvis” Baskette, produced the album. The album is currently available for pre-order at: http://smarturl.it/ADyingMachine-NPR

From the militant drum assault of the album opener “Bringer Of War” to the instrumental closer “Found,” A Dying Machine is Tremonti’s most-diverse musical offering to date. Songs like “From The Sky,” “Throw Them To The Lions” and “A Lot Like Sin” are signature Tremonti that fans have come to love from the trio. Songs like “Trust,” “The First The Last” and “Desolation” take the listener to new places sonically, all backed by Tremonti’s signature vocal style. A teaser video with music from the album can be seen below!

A Dying Machine is the first concept album of Tremonti’s career and the music is inspired by a story that came to Mark while on the last Alter Bridge tour. During that time, the epic title track “A Dying Machine” was born. The story, which is being turned into a full-length work of fiction authored by Mark Tremonti and John Shirley, takes place at the turn of the next century where humans and fabricated beings called “vessels” are trying to co-exist. Tremonti and Shirley are working on finishing the novel to release alongside the record.

The track listing for A Dying Machine is:

  1. Bringer Of War
  2. From The Sky
  3. A Dying Machine
  4. Trust
  5. Throw Them To The Lions
  6. Make It Hurt
  7. Traipse
  8. The First The Last
  9. A Lot Like Sin
  10. The Day When Legions Burned
  11. As The Silence Becomes Me
  12. Take You With Me
  13. Desolation
  14. Found

Tremonti will be hitting the road in support of A Dying Machine. The band will be playing a record release show in Orlando on May 12th at the Social. They are also confirmed for Carolina Rebellion on May 4th, the Lunatic Luau on May 5th and will be playing a headline shows in Savannah on May 2nd and Atlanta on May 7th.  The band heads over to Europe in mid-June for seven weeks of touring that includes dates as direct support for Iron Maiden alongside headline shows and European festival appearances. Full tour information and ticket purchase links can be found at www.marktremonti.com.

After two decades at the forefront of all things guitar, a GRAMMY® Award win, 40 million-plus units sold between Alter Bridge, Creed, and his eponymous Tremonti, and countless other accolades, Mark Tremonti once again summited an uncharted creative peak in 2018. For the very first time, the guitarist and singer crafted an immersive concept and accompanying novel for Tremonti’s fourth full-length album and first for Napalm Records, A Dying Machine. Since emerging in 2012, he and his bandmates—Eric Friedman [guitar, bass] and Garrett Whitlock [drums]—have built the foundation for such an ambitious statement. Their full-length debut All I Was bowed in the Top 5 of the Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums Chart and Top 30 of the Top 200. The 2015 follow-up Cauterize hit the #1 spot on the Top Rock Albums chart on iTunes when it was released. 2015 saw the frontman take home “Best Guitarist” at the Loudwire Music Awards just a year removed from his 2014 “Riff Lord” win at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods. In between sold out headline gigs and festival appearances everywhere from Rock on the Range to Shiprocked!, 2016’s Dust maintained that momentum. With A Dying Machine, Tremonti reaches new heights like never before.

Website: www.marktremonti.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkTremonti/

Twitter: @MarkTremonti

Instagram: @markttremonti

DATE CITY VENUE
May 2nd Savannah, GA The Stage On Bay
May 4th Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion
May 5th Virginia Beach, VA Lunatic Luau
May 7th Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
May 12th Orlando, FL The Social
June 17th Florence, ITALY Firenze Rocks
June 18th Munich, GERMANY Munich Storm
June 19th Leipzig, GERMANY Täubchenthal
June 21st Copenhagen, DENMARK Copenhell
June 22nd Dessel, BELGIUM Graspop Metal Meeting
June 23rd Clisson, FRANCE Hellfest – Clisson France
June 26th Zwolle, NETHERLANDS Zwolle Hedon
June 28th Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM Glasgow O2 ABC
June 29th London, UNITED KINGDOM London O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
June 30th Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM Birmingham O2 Institute
July 2nd Belfast, UNITED KINGDOM Belfast Limelight
July 3rd Dublin, IRELAND Dublin Academy
July 5th Portsmouth, UNITED KINGDOM Portsmouth Pyramids
July 9th Milan, ITALY San Siro Ippodromo
July 10th Zurich, SWITZERLAND Hallenstadio
July 13th Lisbon, PORTUGAL Altice Arena
July 14th Viveiró, SPAIN Resurrection Fest
July 17th Muggia, ITALY Piazza Unita D’italia
July 24th Zagreb, CROATIA Zagreb Arena
July 27th Krakow, POLAND Tauron Arena
July 28th Krakow, POLAND Tauron Arena
July 29th Warsaw, POLAND Warsaw Hybrydy
July 31st Berlin, GERMANY Berlin Lido
August 1st Cologne, GERMANY Cologne Luxor
August 2nd Wacken, GERMANY Wacken Open Air

 

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Alter Bridge Announce Spring U.S. Headline Dates With In Flames and Metal Church

Alter Bridge Announce Spring U.S. Headline Dates With In Flames and Metal Church

Hot on the heels of their most successful headline tour of North America, Alter Bridge are announcing the next leg of The Last Hero Tour in the United States hitting the road this Spring. The headline dates will be scattered among the numerous festival dates that Alter Bridge is already confirmed for including WJRR Earth Day Birthday, Monster Energy Fort Rock Festival, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion and Rock On The Range. The headline tour will kick off in Fort Lauderdale, FL and make stops in Sayreville, NJ; Providence, RI; Baltimore, MD; Stroudsburg, PA; Sault Sainte Marie, MI; and Milwaukee, WI. In Flames and Metal Church will be joining Alter Bridge on select dates of the tour. Fans can head over tohttps://www.alterbridge.com/tour for more information on each date including public onsale information and exclusive VIP experiences including meet & greet and guitar lesson opportunities.

Alter Bridge recently took their newest single, “My Champion,” to radio. The single is currently in the Top 25 at Active Rock with a bullet. Frank Pain, the PD of KEYJ in Abilene, raves: “There’s a ton of new music out there that is great, but today is all about Alter Bridge. If you haven’t heard ‘My Champion,’ then you’ve missed out on the anthem of the year.” The single comes from the band’s latest release The Last Hero that was released in October and brought the band their highest first-week chart appearance since their 2004 debut. The lyric video for “My Champion” has been viewed over 1.2 million times and can be seen here:https://youtu.be/WTTkNlvrYeQ. The song has received over 1.5 million plays on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/track/12ghiTzNkW4qFOW5b44OMC).

Alter Bridge is wrapping up their current headline tour this week. Joined by Nonpoint, the tour played to packed rooms in Atlanta, GA; Royal Oak, MI; and Kansan City, MO among others and boasted numerous sell-outs throughout the United States. The Last Hero Tour wraps up in Seattle, WA on February 22nd. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.alterbridge.com/tour.

Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains. In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine. ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single. In 2013, the band reached an elevated creative and critical plateau with Fortress. It bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 30,000 copies first-week and earning unanimous tastemaker praise. The record garnered perfect scores fromTotal Guitar and KERRANG! as well as acclaim from BillboardThe GuardianLoudwireUltimate Guitar, and many more. In between sold out tours in Europe and North America, the guys appeared on VH1 and graced the cover of Classic Rock Magazine who labeled Fortress, “The best thing they’ve ever done,” while Eddie Trunk called it, “A top 10 album of the last 10 years.” Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few.  The Last Hero was just named one of Revolver Magazine’s Top 20 Albums of 2016 and Alter Bridge won Best Rock Band, Best Rock Album and Best Rock Song (“Show Me A Leader”) in the 6th Annual Loudwire Music Awards.

Alter Bridge is Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums.

Website: www.alterbridge.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alterbridge

Twitter: @alterbridge

THE LAST HERO TOUR SPRING 2017

April 21 – Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL *#
April 22 – WJRR Earth Day Birthday – Orlando, FL*#
April 29 – Monster Energy Fort Rock – Fort Myers, FL *#
April 30 – Welcome To Rockville – Jacksonville, FL *#
May 02 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
May 03 – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
May 05 – Lunatic Luau – Virginia Beach, VA *#
May 06 – Carolina Rebellion – Concord, NC *#
May 10 – The Hippodrome – Baltimore, MD
May 11 – Sherman Theater – Stroudsburg, PA
May 14 – Northern Invasion – Somerset, WI *#
May 16 – Dream Makers Theatre – Sault Saint Marie, MI #
May 17 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 20 – Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH *#

* Without IN FLAMES
# Without METAL CHURCH

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Alter Bridge To Release Fifth Studio Album, ‘The Last Hero,’ On October 7th

Alter Bridge To Release Fifth Studio Album, ‘The Last Hero,’ On October 7th

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Alter Bridge has been a band known for blurring the line between hard rock and heavy metal. As assets in both musical genres, the band returns with their fifth studio album, The Last Hero. The album is scheduled for worldwide release on October 7th by Caroline Records in the United States/Canada and Napalm Records throughout the rest of the globe. The thirteen track opus marks a creative highpoint for the quartet comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitars, Mark Tremonti on guitars/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums. The album is now available for pre-order via iTunesAmazon and Google Play. Fans who order the album will receive an instant download of the debut single “Show Me A Leader.” The album will be available in various fan bundles at www.Alterbridge.com/store and fans can get exclusive early access to the band’s ticket pre-sale by pre-ordering any item in the store. “Show Me A Leader” is also streaming on SpotifyThe Last Hero was produced by longtime friend and collaborator Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Tremonti Trivium, etc) and mastered by Grammy award winner Ted Jensen.

From the first notes of album opener “Show Me A Leader” to the final notes of the epic title track “The Last Hero,” it is clear that Alter Bridge are back with their most complete musical work to date. While exploring musical influences and styles from throughout the band’s twelve-year history, The Last Hero has a unifying thread starting with the idea of timeless heroismSongs like “Poison In Your Veins” and “Losing Patience” capture the signature sound that have recruited Alter Bridge fans around the world. The band also explores their softer side with the heartfelt rocker “My Champion” and the emotional ballad “You Will Be Remembered.” The first single “Show Me A Leader” premiered on Sirius/XM’s Octane yesterday and a lyric video can be seen here: https://youtu.be/TIM-sALG9fI.

“Lyrically, it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world,” admits Myles Kennedy about the new single. “The world is looking for trustworthy effective leadership and not this undignified dog and pony show that’s really made a mockery of our system.”

“It’s indicative of our process,” Mark Tremonti adds. “Myles had this guitar intro that I loved, and I had the chorus. We put them together. The words call out for a proper leader.”

Alter Bridge is heading out on select U.S. headline dates in support of The Last Hero this coming September. The headline run kicks off September 22nd in Destin, FL. The tour will make stops in San Antonio, TX; Minneapolis, MN; Lincoln, NE; Charlotte, NC; and Nashville, TN. The band will also perform at a few festival dates this Fall including the inaugural Houston Open Air Festival, Sonic Boom, Louder Than Life and the Tulsa State Fair. Tickets for their U.S headline dates will go on-sale July 29th and fans can get exclusive early access to the band’s ticket pre-sale by pre-ordering any item from their official U.S store (www.Alterbridge.com/store). The band is currently on tour through the end of August playing with Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin and Saint Asonia.

Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains. In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine. ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single. In 2013, the band reached an elevated creative and critical plateau with Fortress. It bowed at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, moving over 30,000 copies first-week and earning unanimous tastemaker praise. The record garnered perfect scores from Total Guitar and KERRANG! as well as acclaim from BillboardThe GuardianLoudwireUltimate Guitar, and many more. In between sold out tours in Europe and North America, the guys appeared on VH1 and graced the cover of Classic Rock Magazine who labeled Fortress, “The best thing they’ve ever done,” while Eddie Trunk called it, “A top 10 album of the last 10 years.” Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few.

The track listing for The Last Hero is:     

1)     Show Me A Leader

2)     The Writing On The Wall

3)     The Other Side

4)     My Champion

5)     Poison In Your Veins

6)     Cradle To The Grave

7)     Losing Patience

8)     This Side Of Fate

9)     You Will Be Remembered

10)   Crows On A Wire

11)   Twilight

12)   Island Of Fools

13)   The Last Hero

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Twitter: @alterbridge

 

 

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Tremonti To Return With New Album, ‘Dust,’ On April 29th

Tremonti To Return With New Album, ‘Dust,’ On April 29th

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Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed and fan adored sophomore release CauterizeTremonti returns with the companion album Dust. Dust is scheduled for release on April 29th via Fret 12 Records. The album, which was recorded during same sessions as Cauterize, features Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. Long-time friend and collaboratorMichael “Elvis” Baskette, produced Dust.

To coincide with the announcement of Dust, several exclusive fan bundle pre-orders are now available at https://fret12.com/store/tremonti-dust. These bundles include autographed CD’s, t-shirts, hoodies, and other exciting experiences for the Tremonti fan. A teaser video has gone live talking about the pre-order and also feature a snippet of the new song “Catching Fire” can be seen here: https://youtu.be/5PGvyjZtVKU

From the first riffs of album opener “My Last Mistake” to the final notes of the closer “Unable To See,” it is apparent that Dust is not a collection of B-sides or leftover material. These ten new tracks continue to showcase Mark’s hard rock/heavy metal influences alongside the material from Cauterize. Songs like “Once Dead,” “Betray Me” and “Rising Storm” hold their own place as weapons in Tremonti’s musical arsenal.

The track listing for Dust is:

1)     My Last Mistake

2)     The Cage

3)     Once Dead

4)     Dust

5)     Betray Me

6)     Tore My Heart Out

7)     Catching Fire

8)     Never Wrong

9)     Rising Storm

10)   Unable To See

Mark Tremonti is the Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter known for his work in the critically acclaimed Alter Bridge and in the multi-platinum rock juggernaut Creed. Having sold over 40 million records worldwide, this is the man behind massive hits like “My Own Prison”, “Higher”, “Isolation” and “Addicted To Pain.”  His sound is recognizable and has garnered him a loyal fan base worldwide. Guitar World dubbed him “Guitarist of the Year” three consecutive years in a row, and he ranked as the “fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist ever” in Total Guitar.

Website: www.marktremonti.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarkTremonti/

Twitter: @MarkTremonti

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SHRED FORCE 1: Michael Angelo Batio On His New Career Spanning Album!

SHRED FORCE 1: Michael Angelo Batio On His New Career Spanning Album!

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Michael Angelo Batio is a force to be reckoned with and has spent decades thrilling audiences around the world with his amazing guitar skills. A master musician, Batio has invented and was the world’s first player of the Double-Guitar! Considered to be a pioneer of the “shred guitar” genre, Michael Angelo Batio is set to release his first-ever career retrospective entitled, Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio. The new album is slated for release on April 14th via Rat Pak Records. ‘Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio’ not only highlights Michael’s best work to date, but also brings together many nationally renowned musicians from the hard rock and heavy metal genres. The album features some of Michael’s most memorable performances including a dynamic version of Rush’s “What You’re Doing,” which features Queensrÿche vocalist Todd LaTorre, Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, Metal Church/TSO drummer Jeff Plate and guitarist Craig Blackwell.

The album serves as a fantastic introduction to the work Batio has been putting in over the years. The album also includes some of MAB’s most notable instrumental tracks such as, “8 Pillars of Steel” with guest appearances by Elliott Dean Rubinson, Dave Reffett, Jeff Loomis, Rusty Cooley, George Lynch, Andrea Martongelli and Craig Goldy, “Juggernaut” showcases ex-Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, Dave Reffett, Annie Grunwald, Guthrie Govan, Mike Lepond, and Michael Romeo. There is also a cover of Deep Purple’s ”Burn” with Queensrÿche vocalist Todd LaTorre and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. The album also consists of Michael’s tributes to Eric Clapton (“Slowhand”), Randy Rhodes (“RRR”) that features Rudy Sarzo on bass, and a new version of MAB’s unique tribute (“Diamond”) to the late great Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott of Pantera, that features guitarist Michael Wilton of Queensrÿche. 

Michael Angelo Batio’s Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio is a must have for all fans of the shred guitar genre! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Batio to discuss his inspirations, the challenges of assembling his latest release, his evolution as an artist and much more!

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Michael Angelo Batio

I wanted to start with your early years. What are some of your first memories of music and how it became a passion?

I started playing piano at 5 years old. My earliest memories were watching my mother play. I figured out a song by ear and watching her play by watching where she put her fingers on the keyboard. I loved playing the piano but the music that I liked was rock music. It was so much more guitar oriented that I switched to guitar at 10 years old. I played my first concert with a band at 10 years old in front of my entire school! Those are my earliest memories! Guitar has been a part of my life since I was 10 years and I love it as much, if not more, now than I did when I was a kid!

What influences had a big impact on you in your formative years?

When I first started to play guitar, I studied jazz. I hadn’t taken lessons before and I didn’t know much because I was only 10. My teacher would play me music from Wes Montgomery and then we would listen to songs on the radio. Radio today typically has a certain style of music on each channel but it wasn’t like that back then. It was all different things on Top 40 radio. I would listen to jazz guitarists Joe Pass and George Benson. When it came to rock, everyone loved Jimi Hendrix. I loved him too but it wasn’t a major influence on me because I liked Eric Clapton more. He was in Cream and he had more of a Gibson sound versus that Fender sound. I use Dean guitars and I have always been more of a Humbugger kind of person than a single coil guitarist, so I could shred. People like Eric Clapton were really influential with me because his playing was so spot on. It was smooth, clean and had a great tone. If I related to one guitarist from that era, it was Eric Clapton. Then, of course, there was Richie Blackmore and Jimmy Page. Later on it became Al Di Meola and more of the fusion style players because I liked their technique a lot.

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Michael Angelo Batio

What was the catalyst that started you down the path of being a professional musician?

I can tell you this, when I first started to play guitar at 10 years old, I knew I was going to be a professional guitarist. I didn’t think of it in that way, in the sense of, “I will be on the radio.” I just knew whatever I did when I got older was going to involve a guitar and I would travel the world playing music. I have never had a backup plan! Never! It was always Plan A! My dad hated the music industry! [laughs] Some of the words he used to describe it, I can’t really say here! [laughs] He never liked it and I did. I just had a belief in myself and my own abilities. I knew I was going to do it and that was it! There was nothing stopping me. When I moved to Los Angeles from my hometown of Chicago, I went for one reason. I knew I was going to get signed to a major label within one year and I got signed to Atlantic Records. It is a belief and I believed I could do it. I never take it for granted. I love to play and I am not arrogant about it. I love to do what I do!

That determination and belief in yourself goes a long way. Are there any other secrets to your longevity you can share with us?

I think there are a few! I have had a really unique career. I don’t do what other people tend to do. I have made some really good decisions and I practice really hard. I have a degree in music, which doesn’t make me any better or smarter than anyone else, but I see trends coming that a lot of people might not because I have studied. Through the centuries, people keep reinventing the wheel. Sometimes people think people playing fast on an instrument is something you criticize. It has been going on for centuries! Some of the greatest musicians who have ever lived have been criticized because they are virtuoso. There is always some critic out there who doesn’t like the fact they can play fast, so they criticize them. All of these things I know about. I also know that throughout history, when you have really unique music and couple it with a really unique show, the chances of making it are greatly enhanced. I have always been a natural showman, inventing the double guitar. I engineered that instrument. I just wanted to do things that were different. Some of the insights that have helped my longevity are, first, I do the best that I can all the time. I play the best that I can on each album and try to make it better than the one before. I want to be a better guitarist this year than I was last year. Secondly, get out and play! I have played shows my whole life and the audience is a better judge of what you do than you are. I would play songs that I think are amazing and the audience didn’t like them. I would play a song in a band that we thought was one of our throwaways and it would become the featured track on an album! [laughs] We just don’t know but the audience does! Once you connect with the audience you find out what is going over. With that said, I play constantly, tour all the time and do the best job I can on the album and playing live. Those are the secrets! Also, take advantage of opportunities and work hard but every so often you get that lucky break! The difference is, sometimes you can make that lucky break happen! You have to seize the moment!

Michael Angelo Batio astounds another audience with his playing.

Michael Angelo Batio astounds another audience with his playing.

You are releasing a new collection of your work titled “Shred Force 1: The Essential Michael Angelo Batio.” What made now the right time for this release?

I have recorded 11 solos albums, so there is a big discography there. That is not counting my other bands! When I talked to the president of Rat Pak Records, we discussed what we wanted to do and bounced ideas off each other. He said, “The timing is right!” He was in the position with this label to expose me to a lot of people who might not know what I am doing but know the music. We would include some new tracks along with the ones that people know, so it just seemed like the right time. I had never done an essential record like this before, so I thought it was the perfect time.

What are some of the challenges you faced in putting a collection like this together?

'Shred Force 1: The Essential MAB'

‘Shred Force 1: The Essential MAB’

I think the biggest challenge was that most of my fans have heard this music but not all of it because we did some new things. We did remix and remaster everything. There is enough new material on there and some obscure things to attract long time fans. The biggest challenge was to get it out there. I feel great about it! The thing I love about this album is that Rat Pak Records had a lot of input on what went on it. Again, I always think the artists are the worst judges of their own music. I mean, ask RUSH what they thought of “Tom Sawyer.” [laughs] They hated it! I refer to this artist, Tina Turner. I read a recent interview with her. She hated the song “What’s Love Gotta Do With It.” She hated it! Most artists are terrible judges of their own music. I think if there is one album where you can get a good cross section of what I do, it is this one. I think it’s great! To get it out there and introduce it to people who haven’t heard it before is a great opportunity. To my fans, who may have heard it before, the songs are remixed and remastered and we have some things on there that you have not heard, in the form of new tracks.

You have a tremendous list of collaborators on this release. What did these artists bring out in you as a musician?

These are all top level people from Mark Tremonti, George Lynch, Rudy Sarzo, Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth), along with newer people like Jeff Loomis and Guthrie Govan … They are all amazing musicians who are well known for what they do. They have already made their mark. I had no criteria as far as what they played. However, the criteria for getting everybody was I had be a fan of what they did and I had to know everybody. I know Michael WIlson from Queensryche from years of doing in-stores together and we have hung out. Guthrie Govan, we have hung out together in different parts of the world. I think they know what kind of player I am and vice versa. Every person who did solos, I had a pre-conceived idea of who I wanted from their playing. I think everyone absolutely brought their A-game to the table. When you hear Todd [La Torre] sing, the new singer from Queensryche, it is just fantastic. He is a great guy and is actually a drummer! That is where he started off. He has a really cool vibe to him. I think everyone involved did a fantastic job! We set the bar high and everyone exceeded the bar!

I imagine putting together a collection like this gives you the opportunity to reflect on your career. How have you most evolved as an artist through the years?

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The legendary MAB.

That is a good question. I know I am known for playing fast. I have won awards for it but I am not the self-proclaimed fastest guitarist in the world. It has never really interested me. What has interested me is to be able to play what I hear in my head. I always thought about playing rock music with a technical level of if I were the first chair violinist in a symphony orchestra. A first chair violinist has got to be a virtuoso. He has to be! In order to play certain orchestral pieces, you have to have a technical level that is over the top. I always thought, “Rock has great music but what about adding this musicianship to rock that you find in jazz, bluegrass or orchestral music?” That was really my goal. I didn’t grow up being known as this super fast guitarist, it was just an ability I had. It kind of came out only for a few years in the 1980s when I was in LA. It was a Mecca at the time. Yngwie was there, Paul Gilbert, Tony MacAlpine and the list goes on and on. I was there too. We were all just trying to be great at our instrument. It wasn’t even called shred guitar back then! That term didn’t appear until the ‘90s to describe what we did. For all of us, it was about being as good as we could at our instrument. I think what has changed the most, after touring 58 countries and playing thousands of shows, is that my technical level is still there but I have my own feel to it. That is what I think has changed the most. I couldn’t play at 20 the way I play now because I didn’t live all these extra days. I think each one of those days is in the playing now.

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That is a cool way to look at it! What inspires you these days as an artist? Where do you look these days?

I look to a lot of places. I will tell you why. What I learned studying music, whether it was Mozart, The Beatles or Slipknot, is that each person has a different way to create things. A lot of times, people will develop writer’s block and can’t write anything. I have read a lot of different ways to cure writer’s block from other artists. I don’t really have a problem where I can’t write because I just take many of the things I have learned in the past and apply them to my present day playing of music. Hopefully, that will carry on in the future!

What can you tell us about your creative process at this point in time? How do your songs come about these days?

I use the technology!I have an iPhone. I have done this my whole life, whether it was a cassette, putting it on CD or now with the phone, I will record different parts. I tour a lot, so my phone is usually on at night because I have to set an alarm to catch a flight to a show or whatever. If I get an idea, at any time, I will record it. Michael Amott of Arch Enemy said to me, “Why record it? Why don’t you just video tape yourself?” So, now I video record myself sometimes as well. I will record parts and just let them sit there. Right now, for my last album before “Shred Force 1,” I had over 200 song ideas on my phone. I listened to them and broke them down. I wrote little notes along the way for reference. I based virtually all of my last album on parts that I had recorded. Right now, I would say I have about 40 to 50 song ideas in my phone. I will listen back and I won’t even remember that I played them! There are a lot of good things that come from recording those parts at night. I record a lot of grooves. If I am sitting in my car at a stoplight and I hear a grove, I will grab my phone and record it. When it comes time to sit down and write, I can also sit down and write a song. I use both ways, working from the recorded parts or ideas on my phone or I will just sit down and write a song. Any way I can do it, I will do it! There are no rules or boundaries! You can do whatever you want!

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Being a part of the music industry as long as you have, you have seen many changes across the board. What most excites you about the music industry today?

It has changed drastically. I have had a very different career from a lot of other musicians. I have been signed to two major labels, I have had songs in movies, records on the charts and songs written specifically for video games. I do a lot of writing but I just don’t talk about it much. It is not something people really know me for but it is part of what I do. There is always change. Every generation has to deal with change. We are dealing with events at a rapid pace. A hundred years of events two hundred years ago take place in one year now with the help of technology. What I really noticed was when YouTube hit. It really wasn’t Napster. Don’t get me wrong, Napster was bad and it caught the record companies off-guard with file sharing. The record companies didn’t do a good job and they lost that war. They absolutely lost it. They didn’t know how to respond to something like Napster, other than to try and shut them down and that wasn’t the end of it. Lars [Ulrich] of Metallica screaming about it had everyone screaming back at them. I hate to say it but Lars was right! He was right back then and he is right today. People should have taken him seriously and realized he wasn’t just protecting Metallica but he was protecting the young bands who were coming up. What I have seen now is that the record industry has got to figure out a new way to do business just like I had to figure out a new way.

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Michael Angelo Batio

I am really encouraged by a lot of things. I am playing more in concert than ever before. I don’t do as many guitar clinics these days and it is only 30% of my itinerary now but there are a lot of ways to be successful. Dream Theater is out there killing, along with Ghost. There are a lot of bands who are doing really well. I am doing well. Music is alive and well, it has just changed and you have to change with it, as far as the business side goes. You are not going to sell 20 million albums like Michael Jackson did. Not now! That doesn’t mean you can’t be super, super successful at it! That is what I see. People still love music now as much as they did in the past and there are other ways to get your music out there. I see trends coming and YouTube was a defining trend for me. Anybody can put out another artist’s song and create their own videos. You can just put your computer on and hit playlists from an artist. I can even do it from my phone! I can have 60 videos of my songs run on YouTube and I didn’t post any one of them! That is the huge difference! I am still really encouraged because there are a lot of great young bands and artists out there. I think a lot of it is the attitude. You have to go into it saying, “You know what? I am going to do this! I’m going to find a way!” The people who think like that do it!

It is very cool to see someone with as many years in the industry as yourself still have that take charge attitude. Thanks so much for your time today! Keep rockin’ and we will be spreading the word!

Thank you, Jason! It was great talking to you!

For more news, music and tour dates from Michael Angelo Batio, visit his official website at www.angelo.com. Get ‘Shred Force 1: The Essential MAB’ at Rat Pak Records’ website.

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Tremonti To Unleash Sophomore Album ‘Cauterize’ On June 9th

Tremonti To Unleash Sophomore Album ‘Cauterize’ On June 9th

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Tremonti is back with their sophomore release  that is slated for release on June 9th via Fret 12 Records. The album features Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, Wolfgang Van Halen on bass and Garrett Whitlock on drums. The album showcases that Tremonti is back to pick up where they left off with their successful 2012 debut, All I Was. Cauterize was produced long-time friend and collaborator, Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

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Tremonti – ‘Cauterize’

“We are extremely excited for the fans to hear this album,” states front man Mark Tremonti. “We feel it is our best work to date.”

From the first riffs of album opener “Radical Change” to the final notes of the epic closer “Providence,” it is apparent that Mark Tremonti is at a whole new level with his songwriting. His hard rock/heavy metal influences shine throughout the album on songs like “Flying Monkeys,” “Arm Yourself” and “Sympathy.” The debut single from

Cauterize is the up-tempo track “Another Heart.” The song was recently released on iTunes where it shot to the Top 5 of the iTunes Rock Singles Chart and is available here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/another-heart-single/id978459926. A lyric video was also recently released and can be seen at: http://bit.ly/1CMQ0ih. A second companion album of all new material from Tremonti called Dust is also completed and more information will be available in the future.

The track listing for Cauterize is:  

  1. Radical Change
  2. Flying Monkeys
  3. Cauterize
  4. Arm Yourself
  5. Dark Trip
  6. Another Heart
  7. Fall Again
  8. Tie The Noose
  9. Sympathy
  10. Providence

Tremonti will be hitting the road in support of the new album. The band will be touring around the globe without bassist Wolfgang Van Halen due to the recently announced Van Halen tour.

“I am still part of Tremonti and very excited for the release of Cauterize, but unfortunately am unable to participate in the upcoming tour dates, both in the States and overseas due to my prior commitment with Van Halen for the upcoming summer tour in support of the Tokyo Dome Live In Concert album,” states bassist Wolfgang Van Halen. “Look forward to seeing all of the Tremonti fans on the road as soon as my schedule permits!”

The upcoming tour kicks off in the United States in April before heading over to Europe in June. The band will be making stops at some of the largest festivals in the world including Welcome To Rockville, Rock On The Range and Download Festival. Tremonti will be opening some dates for Seether while simultaneously headlining shows in the United States.

Mark Tremonti is the Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter known for his work in the critically acclaimed Alter Bridge and in the multi-platinum rock juggernaut Creed. Having sold over 40 million records worldwide, this is the man behind massive hits like “My Own Prison”, “Higher”, “Isolation” and “Addicted To Pain”—just to name a few.  His sound is recognizable and has garnered him a loyal fan base worldwide. Guitar World dubbed him “Guitarist of the Year” three consecutive years in a row, and he ranked as the “fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist ever” in Total Guitar.

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2015 CAUTERIZE TOUR DATES:

DATE CITY, STATE VENUE
Apr 25th Orlando, FL Earth Day Birthday Festival
Apr 26th Jacksonville, FL Welcome To Rockville
Apr 28th Richmond, VA The National
Apr 29th Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Apr 30th Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
May 3rd Concord, NC Carolina Rebellion
May 5th Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theater
May 6th Huntington, NY The Paramount
May 7th Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
May 9th Bangor, ME Rise Above Fest
May 11th New York, NY Highline Ballroom
May 12th Cleveland, OH House of Blues
May 13th Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
May 15th Chicago, IL Thallia Hall
May 16th Columbus, OH Rock On The Range
May 17th Pontiac, IL Freaksters Roadhouse
May 19th Nashville, TN Nashville War Memorial Auditorium
May 21st Birmingham, AL Iron Coty
May 22nd Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
May 23rd Destin, FL Club L.A.

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THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Taylor Momsen, Mark Tremonti And A Tribute To AJ Pero

THAT METAL SHOW: This Week’s Episode To Feature Taylor Momsen, Mark Tremonti And A Tribute To AJ Pero

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Officially reaching the halfway point of filming all new episodes of the latest season of “That Metal Show,” VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming returns this week with Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge/Tremonti returning to the show and Taylor Momsen of The Pretty Reckless making her TMS debut. In lieu of a “TMS Top 5” and the “Take It Or Leave It” segment, the hosts open the episode by bringing out Twisted Sister members Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, and Mark Mendoza to pay tribute to their drummer, AJ Pero. Each member recounts a story about AJ and talks about the future of Twisted Sister in light of his recent passing.

The episode also features the return of Frank Hannon from Tesla as the guest musician who continues to showcase the talents that have made him a favorite on “That Metal Show.” Hannon plays a memorable version of “Amazing Grace” in tribute to the recently deceased AJ Pero.

The “Put It On The Table” segment offers insight into Mark and Taylor, Eddie regains his dominance during “Stump The Trunk”, and the “Throwdown” creates a Seattle civil war pitting Soundgarden against Pearl Jam. The hosts offer up their newest favorite reissues in the “Pick Of The Week” and Jim walks off with Eddie’s pick. This week’s “That After Show” talks about injuries while performing and the wear and tear of constantly performing live.

Fans can watch all previous episodes and other exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app as well as the new “That After Show” segment.

Season 14 will mark the return of some notable faces in hard rock/heavy metal and contain a large group of first timers as well. Some Season 14 guests will include “That Metal Show” alumni Chris Jericho, Kerry King of Slayer, Zakk Wylde, Kirk Hammett, Michael Schenker, Ace Frehley, and Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot. This season marks first-time appearances for Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Max Cavalera formerly of Sepultura and currently with Soulfly, Lzzy Hale of Halestorm, Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, and Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on “That Metal Show,” Season 14 continues the trend. TMS alums who will be making their TMS musical debuts will be Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, and TMS favorite, the berserker, Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society. TMS first timers will be Rich Ward of Fozzy, Damon Johnson of Thin Lizzy/Black Star Riders, and Nita Strauss of Alice Cooper/The Iron Maidens. Season 14 of “That Metal Show” consists of 12 all-new episodes and is shot at Metropolis Studios in New York City on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Audience tickets for upcoming tapings are now available via Gotham Casting at http://gothamcasting.com/gothamrsvp/.

“That Metal Show” first premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock and heavy metal on cable television. The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in the genres including members of Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Metallica, Aerosmith, Pantera, Kiss, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Guns N’ Roses, Queensrÿche, Heart, and many more.

“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.

VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica, and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include “National Metal Day” (11.11) and “Metal Evolution”, an 11-part documentary series on the history of metal.  When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.

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Alter Bridge To Unleash Highly Anticipated New Album ‘Fortress’ On October 8th

Alter Bridge To Unleash Highly Anticipated New Album ‘Fortress’ On October 8th

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It has been three years since Alter Bridge’s last studio album, ABIII, was released in the US, but it is clear their fans have been waiting for them to return.  Now the rock juggernaut band comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitar, Mark Tremonti on guitar/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums return with their fourth album, Fortress slated for release on October 8th via EMI Label Services.  The latest record builds upon the sound that Alter Bridge has been known for with their uncompromised vocal melodies, untouchable dueling guitar work and pounding rhythm section.  The album was produced by long-time Alter Bridge producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with Falling In Reverse, Story Of The Year and Incubus to name a few.

“When we started pre-production on this album, we pushed ourselves harder and further than we ever have previously in order to make the most out of every individual arrangement.  We wanted this album to be our most unpredictable and exciting one yet.  From the early feedback we have received, it looks like we have achieved what we set out to do,” exclaims Tremonti.

From the opening acoustic guitar work on “Cry Of Achilles” throughout the other 12 songs that were recorded for  Fortress, it is clear Alter Bridge are back to reclaim their place as one of hard rock’s marquee bands.  The band showcases some of their heaviest material ever in tracks like “Bleed It Dry” and “Farther Than The Sun,” but also shows their signature softer side with songs like “All Ends Well” and the epic title track “Fortress.”  Fortress is full of unapologetic, searing hard rock that tracks Alter Bridge has come to be synonymous with around the globe.

Alter Bridge recently announced their only US show in 2013 in Orlando, FL on October 4th at the House of Blues.  Tickets for this show will go on-sale on Friday, July 26 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.  The band then heads over to Europe where they will begin an extensive headlining world tour that will run from October 16th through November 16 and will feature Shinedown and Halestorm joining the band on select dates.  Alter Bridge will also make a triumphant return to Wembley Arena in London on October 18th, a venue they sold out on ABIII and documented with the CD/DVD, Alter Bridge Live At Wembley.

Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains.  In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide.  The epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine.  ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single.  Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few.  When Alter Bridge is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slash’s band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.  Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently released his fist solo project All I Was that found Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass with Mark on the road. Scott Phillips formed Projected with John Connolly and Vinnie Hornsby of Sevendust and released their debut in 2012.

See the group’s fall tour dates below

Oct. 4: Orlando, FL (House of Blues)
Oct. 16: Nottingham, UK (Arena)
Oct. 17: Birmingham, UK (NIA)
Oct. 18: London, UK (Wembley Arena)
Oct. 20: Cardiff, UK (Arena)
Oct. 21: Glasgow, UK (Hydro)
Oct. 22: Manchester, UK (Arena)
Oct. 24: Paris, FRA (Zenith)
Oct. 25: Brussels, BEL (AB)
Oct. 27: Berlin, GER (Huxleys)
Oct. 28: Copenhagen, DEN (Vega)
Oct. 29: Stockholm, SWE (Arenan)
Nov. 3: Amsterdam, HOL (Heineken Music Hall)
Nov. 4: Dusseldorf, GER (Mitsubishi Electric Halle)
Nov. 5: Wiesbaden, GER (Schlachthof)
Nov. 7: Vienna, AUS (Gasometer)
Nov. 8: Munich, GER (Zenith)
Nov. 9: Zurich, SWI (Hallenstadion)
Nov. 11: Rome, ITA (Atlantico)
Nov. 12: Milan, ITA (Mediolanum)
Nov. 14: Barcelona, SPA (Razzmatazz 2)
Nov. 15: Madrid, SPA (Arena)
Nov. 16: Lisbon, POR (Coliseum)

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Alter Bridge Announce LiveStream Event For December 20th!

Alter Bridge Announce LiveStream Event For December 20th!

Coming off the great start to ALTER BRIDGE‘s latest release, AB III, the band will be streaming LIVE on Monday, December 20th at 1pm EST. Fans can log on this Monday to ask the band any burning questions they might have and hear Mark and Myles perform live as well. Catch all the action at http://www.livestream.com/alterbridge.

For more information, visit the band’s official site and view a full list of the current US tour dates on their MySpace page. Make sure to pick a copy of AB III on iTunes and in stores now!

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