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Alter Bridge is an Americanmarker rock band based in Orlandomarker, Floridamarker. The band was formed in 2004 by then-former members of Creed, Mark Tremonti (lead guitar, vocals), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums), with Myles Kennedy (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), formerly of The Mayfield Four.

History

Formation (2004)

The band was formed in 2004 by Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips, both members of Creed, which had gone through a breakup due to issues with singer Scott Stapp. According to Tremonti, "Creed had taken its course," and both he and Phillips, after jamming shortly after Stapp's departure and attempt at a solo career, realized that they were anxious to start recording and performing music again.

They reunited with former bassist Brian Marshall, who had left Creed much earlier, and called up guitarist/vocalist Myles Kennedy, formerly of The Mayfield Four, a rock band that Creed had toured with earlier in the band's career before they made it big. Kennedy, Tremonti, Phillips and Marshall started a new band and soon after juggling a few names (one of which was One Day Remains, which eventually became the title for their debut album), settled on the moniker Alter Bridge, which was named after a bridge in Detroitmarker near Tremonti's home on Alter Roadmarker. The bridge led to a bad side of town and the neighborhood children were not allowed to cross because of this. Thus, according to Tremonti, the name of the band symbolizes going over into the unknown and starting something new.

One Day Remains (2004-2006)

Alter Bridge released their debut album, One Day Remains, on August 10, 2004 along with their first single "Open Your Eyes", which was followed by "Find The Real" and "Broken Wings". "Find The Real" was used as theme music to the WWE 2005 Royal Rumble. The song "Metalingus" has been used since late 2004 as the theme song for WWE superstar Edge.

The album, which was certified Gold by the RIAA, was released by Wind-Up Records. After the release the band soon split from the label, and after numurous discussions with different record companies, they settled in with Universal Republic for the sophomore release. It is said that Wind-Up, which was also Creed's and Scott Stapp's record labels, was pressing for a Creed reunion, which was the main reason Alter Bridge decided to buy out their contract with the label.

In 2005, the band contributed a song, "Save Me," to Elektra: The Album, the soundtrack for the film Elektra. The song was also used as a B-side for "Open Your Eyes." In the same year, they performed their song "The End Is Here" at Ozzfest.

The band also performed live at the 2005 MLB Home Run Derby. They also recorded an instrumental track for Total Guitar magazine called "Ahavo Rabo Taco Salad." The song was to be a Mark Tremonti song originally but the rest of Alter Bridge soon got involved.

Blackbird (2007-2008)

After finishing up the final leg of the One Day Remains tour in mid-2006, Alter Bridge started recording their second album. In 2007, with Universal Republic, Alter Bridge released their second album, Blackbird, on October 9, 2007. The first single from the album, "Rise Today", was released on July 30, 2007, which was used as the theme song for WWE Unforgiven 2007; also, it was later used in both the first trailer for the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and in the promo commercial for the season 6 premiere of CSI: Miami. On January 2, 2008, "Watch Over You" was officially named the second worldwide single for Blackbird, the second single overall being "Ties That Bind." After spending a short amount of time on the rock charts, "Watch Over You" was announced to being less promoted to rock charts due to being released to pop stations everywhere in the later part of April, making it the first Alter Bridge song released to pop radio. "Before Tomorrow Comes" was announced as the fourth single on April 1, 2008 and was released to radio airplay in the later part of that month.

The video for "Watch Over You" was released in mid-September 2008. A new version of the video, using clips from VH1's Celebrity Rehab, was released later that month, used to promote the series. There is also currently a duet version of the song featuring Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil on the band's MySpace. In addition, the song debuted at #10 on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown and has since reached #3 on the countdown. Also, in mid-September, Alter Bridge went on tour with Disturbed, P.O.D. and Redline to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in New Zealandmarker, as well as various cities in Australia which ended in Melbourne. They then toured New Zealand followed by other countries in the South Pacific.

Also, the band shot their first live DVD in Amsterdam. Daniel Catullo of Coming Home Productions, who has worked with artists such as Godsmack, Nickelback, and the Smashing Pumpkins, produced the DVD. Alter Bridge concluded their Blackbird tour, during which they were supported by Logan and Hot Leg for the UK leg of the tour, on December 10, 2008.

Live from Amsterdam (2009-present)

In late 2008, rumors of a Creed reunion had resurfaced. The rumors were addressed on April 2, 2009 when the official Creed website was uploaded with a video stating that "Creed will rise again". In late April 2009, Creed finally released an official press release, officially confirming the rumors after months of speculation. The band went on tour and released the new album, Full Circle, on October 27, 2009.

However, Alter Bridge have stated that they have no plans of disbanding and a new MySpace page for an upcoming live DVD was created. It was later revealed by director Dan Catullo that four versions of Live from Amsterdam will be released, the first of which was released on August 4, and was a single disc-only version sold exclusively at venues during the Creed tour. Another, which will also include one disc, has an hour's worth of bonus features, had a release date for September 29. The third version will be possibly released on the same date and will be a deluxe version; it will be a box set with an extensive book and documentary on the band, and 2 hours of bonus features. The final version will be a Blu-ray version and will be released at a currently unknown date. The retail version of the DVD has been delayed due to legal complications between their former label, Wind-up Records, and their current, Universal Republic Records. A new release date has been slated for a February 23, 2010 release, but a single disc version of the DVD can currently be bought online at Amazon. Lead singer Myles Kennedy has issued an apology to the fans for the delay on his MySpace page and the band's official website.

In addition, the band's song "Come to Life" from Blackbird was included as a playable track in the 2009 video game Guitar Hero: Van Halen and recently, the band stated that their song "Ties That Bind" could be used for Guitar Hero 6 as downloadable content.

Alter Bridge III

According to Brian Marshall's Facebook page, the rest of the new Alter Bridge album is going to be written in December 2009. Alter Bridge III, the current working title for the album, will then be recorded in January and February of 2010 before Creed's Full Circle world tour that begins that March.

According to Micheal Tremonti, "If they don't finish recording because the creative process takes longer, then they will finish after Creed's tour. But if all goes well, the album should be out late summer/early fall 2010. Creed can tour wherever and whenever they want until then. Even in the summer. Come fall of 2010 AB will start touring. Possibly even late summer if the album gets finished. Bear in mind, it was ALWAYS the plan to start recording in January. The earliest the next AB album would have been out, even if Creed had not existed, would be the summer. In the worst case scenario, AB III comes out in the fall. That is only a month or two past what we originally thought. Give the guys a break, they talk to Myles every day, and he is now recording his solo project. I'm sure he's going to want to tour a little bit as well."

No other information, besides the fact that Michael Baskette, who produced Blackbird, will be producing this album, has been disclosed.

Band members



Discography

Studio albums

Year Album Chart Positions RIAA
US US Rock UK UK Rock
2004 One Day Remains 5 102 Gold
2007 Blackbird 13 4 37 2
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified.


Live albums and compilations

Year Album Chart Positions RIAA
US US Rock UK UK Rock
2009 Live from Amsterdam
  • Released:
  • Label: Universal Republic
"—" denotes the album failed to chart, was not released, or was not certified.


Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
Hot 100 Main Rock Mod Rock UK Rock
2004 "Open Your Eyes" 123 2 24 One Day Remains
2005 "Find the Real" 7
"Broken Wings" 29
2007 "Rise Today" 3 32 13 Blackbird
2008 "Ties That Bind" 3
"Watch Over You" 19
"Before Tomorrow Comes" 29
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or wasn't released.


References

  1. Creed reunion confirmed
  2. Exclusive: 'Guitar Hero: Van Halen' Song List And Release Date Revealed
  3. http://www.alterbridgeband.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=22004&p=621619&hilit=#p621619


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