Words by Michelle Martin
Hailing from Orange County in Orlando, Florida, Alter Bridge comprises of Myles Kennedy, Brian Marshall, Scott Phillips and Mark Tremonti. Philips, Tremonti and Marshall were former members of rock band Creed, who disbanded in 2004.
Having taken a hiatus from touring across 2015, Alter Bridge started writing and recording their fifth studio album, The Last Hero, late last year – once again working with the band’s long standing producer, Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette. Beskette has produced every Alter Bridge album since the band’s sophomore LP, Blackbird, in 2007.
Released on October 6th 2016, The Last Hero has received a widespread thumbs up from both critics and metal fans alike, with Chad Childers (Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock) praising the LP for being ‘darker and more political in nature’. A big record, the only real negatives came from the album’s intensity and power, with Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer, The Guardian) calling it ‘relentlessly bombastic’.
But The Last Hero is Alter Bridge’s third top ten LP, reaching a very respectable No3 in the UK Album Charts. Plus we can’t imagine the Genting Arena crowd having too many complaints about something being ‘much heavier and more overtly metallic than their modern arena-rock peers.’
The album’s lead single, ‘Show Me a Leader’, was released on 26th July 2016 – with front man, Myles Kennedy, stating “Lyrically, it reflects the frustrations that a lot of people are feeling with the current state of the world. 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.”
‘Show Me a Leader’ – Alter Bridge
Alter Bridge announced a tour supporting The Last Hero Tour in summer 2016 – playing seven dates across the UK, from Manchester on 23rd November to Glasgow on 1st December, before heading to mainland Europe for six more dates this side of Christmas. Alter Bridge then tour North America and Canada across February 2017, before heading on to Australia in April.
Alter Bridge will be back in Birmingham for one show at the Genting Arena on Sunday 27th November, with support from Gojira, Volbeat and Like a Storm. For direct gig info and online ticket sales, click here.
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