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Alter Bridge Announces Spring Headlining Tour

I’ve been at the American International Toy Fair for 2017 for the past few days but that is not going to keep the Rock and Roll reporting at bay all that much. I just need to keep the notations around any press on the quick side since I am swamped taking notes and photographs about the convention. That said, here is the latest skinny about the band Alter Bridge who will be doing some more tour dates in the Spring. Take a look.

The Press Release:
(New York, NY – February 21, 2017) – 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 to https://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.
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Alter Bridge Announces “The Last Hero” North American Headline Tour

It’s always great to find out that Alter Bridge is heading out on a tour of their own since we don’t have that happen as often as the diehards might like. Anyway, I will let the press release below do all the talking. Check it out. I’ll come back at the close.

The Press Release:
Hard rock titans Alter Bridge will embark on their first headline tour of 2017 across North America beginning on January 21st in Mobile, AL. The Last Hero Tour will make stops in cities across the country such as Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV before wrapping up in Seattle, WA. Artist presale tickets are currently on sale. Tickets and VIP Packages will be available publicly on Friday at 10:00AM local time and can be purchased at the website link at the bottom.

The Last Hero, marks a return to the Top 10 on the Billboard charts for Alter Bridge in the United States; their first since their debut release, 2004’s One Day Remains. The band peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 with over 27,800 units consumed via sales and streaming. The band also hit #4 on the Top Current Albums chart selling almost 27,000 (26,955 sold), landed at #2 on the Rock Chart and the band’s first-ever #1 album on the Independent Albums Chart. The Last Hero topped charts around the globe as well landing at #6 in Australia, #5 in Germany, #8 in Italy, #2 in Scotland, and #3 in the United Kingdom.
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Celebrating A Decade Of “One Day Remains” by Alter Bridge (2004-2014)

I’ve usually left my “Music Milestone” toasts fall to artists and releases that have reached a little bit more of a shelf life but then again have started to make exceptions from time to time when the release or artist has made such an impact on the music scene around them that it bears toasting. Such is the case for the band Alter Bridge, whose debut album “One Day Remains” was released on this very day ten years ago. Can you believe it? Are you following this awesome band yet? If not I think that you should be. Let’s raise a glass and discuss this one.

Logo - Alter Bridge

When Alter Bridge first announced their existence after the disbanding of Creed back in 2004, I had to admit that I was a little bit skeptical because I had been a fan of Creed for a few years by that time and pretty much felt that the musicians of that band were just launching what would amount to be “Creed 2” when working with Scott Stapp proved to be an impossible practice. It was easy for a fan to think this way when it appeared that this new band would be everyone who was in Creed with the exception of Stapp. The lineup of Alter Bridge would also include the bands founding bassist Brian Marshall who was allegedly fired by the singer (or so legend would have you believe at the time as well). With the key musical director of Tremonti heralding the charge and the rhythm section of drummer Scott Phillips and Marshall I expected an album loaded with “Creed like” tunes but we really didn’t get too much of that outside of the single “Open Your Eyes” which I felt had a strong vibe of the previous band that they were all most recently a part of. When the band presented a new singer to the world I also expected a similar vocal register to be found until I heard the soaring melodies that came from Myles Kennedy. His was a brand new name to me but he was apparently a member of the Mayfield Four, a band that had two albums and a career dating back to 1996 but again, this was all new to me. The band’s name would be inspired by a bridge that used to exist near Tremonti’s youthful home and their debut album entitled with a phrase on how they felt life should be lived – as if “One Day Remains”. Interesting stuff for sure, but what about the music that was to be found on the debut? Would it measure up?
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“One Day Remains” by Alter Bridge

Artist: Alter Bridge
Title: “One Day Remains”
Label: Wind-Up Records
Release Date: 8/10/2004
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 8/10

When I heard that the members of Creed minus Singer Scott Stapp would be forming a band of their own I expected very simply “Creed 2”. This was easy for how could a band where the core writer and co founder of Creed would be forming this new project. Mark Tremonti was already ready with this recording just a few months after the announcement of Creed’s breakup was announced. Joining Tremonti (who would be on guitar still) would be Scott Phillips (drums) and Brian Marshall (bass). Mark and Scott had been in Creed for all three albums while Marshall had left after “Human Clay”. Joining the three on vocals would be Myles Kennedy formerly of the Mayfield Four. As I listened to the CD it was immediately apparent that this group would not be an exact copy of Creed and I based this primarily on the difference in vocal register of Kennedy. While Stapp held a deeper resonance that was often compared to Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, Kennedy seems to be able to reach notes that Chris Cornell would pull off with ease. A lot of the music is Creed-like and I expected this much for ones writing style would usually take some larger amount of time to change into something different. It is my belief that had Creed remained together that some of these songs would have been on the new album. The similar musical sound surely can appeal to the existing Creed fans. The name “Alter Bridge” is drawn from a personal point in Tremonti’s childhood based on paths and choices.
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“Greatest Hits” by Creed

Artist: Creed
Title: “Greatest Hits”
Label: Wind-Up Records
Release Date: 11/23/2004
Genre: Alternative
Rating: 9/10

Creed was one of the few nu-rock/nu-metal bands that always seemed to get a large amount of airplay on most stations that featured rock as its format. It also seemed like any fan of rock music, all knew the songs of Creed. There were those folks who griped that there was too much Eddie Vedder in Scott Stapps voice, and of course that was bound to happen since the Seattle Sound gave way to that being a standard in modern rock music. The band had an illustrious and interesting career from their first record “My Own Prison” to their last piece “Weathered”. Each CD the home of numerous songs that not only became hits on the radio, but also became staples in the clubs as well as in many local band repertoires.
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