Alter Bridge is an American rock band that was formed in 2004 in Orlando, Florida by then-former Creed members, lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips, with lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Myles Kennedy, formerly of The Mayfield Four and the current frontman of Slash's touring band. The band is named after an actual bridge that used to be located in Detroit, Michigan near Tremonti's home on Alter Road.
Alter Bridge's debut album, “One Day Remains,” was released on August 10, 2004 on Wind-up Records. Produced by Ben Grosse the album sold 750,000 copies worldwide and achieved gold status. It peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts for fourteen weeks.
In 2007, Alter Bridge announced that they had signed with Universal Republic. Alter Bridge's second album, “Blackbird,” featuring the successful singles "Rise Today" and "Watch Over You," was released on October 9, 2007. The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200, selling 47,000 copies in its first week and #4 on the Billboard Rock Album chart. To date, Blackbird has sold over 227,000 copies.
“AB III” was released in October 2010 on Roadrunner Records worldwide except North America, where it was self-released on Alter Bridge Recordings via Capitol Records. The first single, "Isolation," was released on September 26, 2010 in the United Kingdom and November 9, 2010 in the United States. "Isolation," reached #21 on the Nielsen DBS Active rock chart in the United States and is still rising. For the week of November 27, 2010, the album reached #17 on the Billboard 200.
Alter Bridge resurrected the music-making portion of Creed. After that band's 2004 dissolution, guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips tapped ousted bassist Brian Marshall for the new project. Ex-Mayfield Four frontman Myles Kennedy was soon on board as well, and Alter Bridge made their debut in August 2004 with One Day Remains. Written largely by Tremonti, the record tried to lean more toward hard rock/metal than the post-grunge grandstanding of his previous group. After touring the world to support the album, the band decided to leave Wind-Up and sign with the Universal imprint Republic. In late 2007 the label released Blackbird, an album that featured more songwriting contributions from Kennedy. ~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi
Formed in 2004 by Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips after a cooling of their relationship with Creed's singer (Creed has since reconciled and reunited), the new band hooked up with then ex-Creed bassist Marshall and former Mayfield Four frontman Kennedy (who recently performed and co-wrote 2 songs on Slash’s solo record and fronts his touring band).
In 2004 the band recorded their debut album, One Day Remains. It went gold in the United States and spawned three singles as well as the track “Metalingus,” which was adopted by the WWE’s Superstar Edge as his theme song later that year. In 2007 the band released the critically acclaimed second album, Blackbird, which included the hit singles “Rise Today” and “Watch Over You.” The latter became a top 10 video as well as the featured song on VH-1’s Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. The band took to the road to promote their sophomore release, gaining more fans across the globe with their intense and powerful live show. Lyrically, the first two albums are based on themes immersed in hope and perseverance in the face of adversity. On AB III, however, the theme has shifted. Kennedy states, “This record is definitely a departure from the last two albums in terms of its subject matter. It touches on the thoughts and emotions of someone who has come to question everything that was once regarded as an absolute truth. It’s the realization that everything you once believed in might not exist.” This journey is set into motion by the album’s opening track, “Slip to the Void.” The song’s sparse and moody intro set’s up the narrative as Kennedy’s vocal and lyrics emerge. Tremonti adds, “’Slip To The Void,’ has one of my favorite vocal performances ever by Myles, the song is really creepy and lets the listener know the vibe of the record. It’s pretty dark, the intro really sucks you in.” The album then shifts gears into the metallic first single, “Isolation,” showcasing Alter Bridge’s ability to play and write aggressively while maintaining their signature melodic component. Tremonti states, “Melody is still the most important thing for us. There’s no point in being heavy just for the sake of being heavy.” From the bombastic riffs of “Still Remains” to the brooding band favorite “Show Me A Sign,” the album plays like a concept record whose main character is someone desperately struggling to find their place in a world steeped in doubt and emptiness. The track, “Words Darker Than Their Wings,” is the final chapter of this tale. Kennedy says, “The lyric was inspired by a conversation I had with a good friend a while ago. It was the catalyst for the idea of having both Mark and I trade off on the lead vocal. I thought it would be a good way of making the differing points of view in the ‘conversation’ be more effective. More importantly, I thought Mark sounded great singing it!”