Photo Credit: Robin Ervolina
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it; Mark Tremonti, you started it all.
Once, a lifetime ago, I didn’t have satellite radio. If terrestrial didn’t play it, I didn’t know it. Then I got the chance to see guitarist Mark Tremonti play an intimate room with his band Tremonti. I got as close to the stage as possible and my life was changed. Within the first minutes of their performance, I was frozen in awe. Tremonti plays with a passion, a musical possession, that is unparalleled by any of the players I’ve seen in the years before or since. He sold me with his musicianship, and I have been a solid rock hound, no turning back.
Why spend so much time on Tremonti when this is about Alter Bridge? Because I need you to focus not just on the infectious singer, Myles Kennedy. He will, not doubt, woo you. A guitarist in his own right, Myles has the voice of the angels. His range and tone are completely unique, and hypnotic. He will grin when his hair falls in his eyes, and the girls will fall over. Boys will not pick them up, as they too will be in a trance over Tremonti’s shredding. Add to that mix, the pounding rhythm of Brian Marshall on bass and the boyish charm of Scott “Flip” Phillips on drums, and you have the collective, Alter Bridge. The obsession is real, my friends. If you care to check out this act at WJRR’s EarthDay Birthday, get there early or be content to sit on the ground at the back of the crowd and just listen. If by chance the latter happens, you can take these images and fill in the visual blanks.
Check out the video for “Blackbird” below and witness what Ultimate-Guitar.com and Guitarist Magazine consider the best guitar solo of all time.