Forming in 2004 after the disbandment of the famed band, Creed, Alter Bridge made a name for themselves in a short amount of time. The rock band was formed in Orlando, Florida, with lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy, bassist Brian Marshall, drummer Scott Phillips and guitarist and backing vocalist, Mark Tremonti. Alter Bridge was unveiled slightly before the announcement of Creed’s disbandment. Since then, the newfound band has released multiple hit singles and has performed live shows all across the world.
With the recent release of Alter Bridge’s new collection, Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities, a huge interest has been generated regarding the intense and exciting live performances of the band. As the band is currently performing live, a few of Alter Bridge’s shows from this short tour are left, and you wouldn’t want to miss them. Get these Alter Bridge tickets for the upcoming shows and keep yourself updated about future performances to make sure you don’t miss anything!
Early Music of Alter Bridge
After the breakup of Creed, due to tensions with the lead singer, Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips planned on creating their own band. They invited the lead singer, Myles Kennedy from The Mayfield Tour to join them as the lead vocalist. After naming the newly formed group Alter Bridge (after a nearby bridge in Tremonti’s home town Detroit), the band began working on their debut album.
As Creed announced its breakup, Alter Bridge released their lead single, “Open Your Eyes”, from the new album. The debut album, One Day Remains, was released in August 2004 and generated a mixed response from the fans and critics. The album peaked at No. 5 on Billboard charts and achieved gold status. The songs “Find the Real” and “Broken Wings” managed to create some interest in the album. Even though the success of the debut album was far from the multi-platinum success that Creed had previously enjoyed, Alter Bridge was still on the right track for future fame.
Breakthrough with Blackbird
After switching labels, the band began working on their new album with Universal Republic Records. The album, Blackbird, was released on 9th October, 2007 and featured multiple successful singles such as “Watch Over You” and “Rise Today”. The album was a big success for the band, as it received highly positive reviews from fans and critics alike. It currently holds a 9.4 out of 10 rating on Ultimate Guitar Archive. The title track of the album reached No. 1 on the list of the greatest guitar solos of all time in 2011.
Following the success of this album, the band embarked on a world tour. The tour managed to generate an increased amount of interest in the work of the band and wrapped up successfully.
More Music and Success
After taking some time out for other projects, Alter Bridge began working on their new album in 2009, all through May 2010. After signing with Roadrunner Records in 2010, the band embarked on a spring tour in 2011. The title of their third album was released, AB III, along with a list of tracks on their official website. The first single from the album, “Isolation”, ended up becoming Alter Bridge’s most successful track, reaching No. 1 on active rock radio and the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. In the US, the album opened at No. 17 on the Billboard 200.
AB III turned out be an overwhelming critical success with MusicRadar calling it “one of the greatest albums of the year”. The band soon started touring to promote this album in the fall of 2010, performing at multiple European festivals such as Nova Rock Festival, Hellfest Summer Open Air and the Download Festival.
After spending some more time working on their side projects, the band members met again in December 2012 to discuss the future of the band and new music. In January 2013, they began recording more material. The name of the album was confirmed as Fortress with the first single “Addicted to Pain” being released on 12th August, 2013.
The album was released in the US on 8th October and met with immediate success. Allmusic praised the album, saying that it “is a driving album that not only doesn't feel tired or stale, but is a monster of an album that makes a pretty solid case for being some of Alter Bridge's strongest and most dynamic work to date.”
Singles “Cry of Achilles” and “Water Rising” performed well on the charts.
The Last Hero
The band’s most recent album was released on 7th October, 2016 and was called The Last Hero. Soon after the release of this album, Alter Bridge embarked on an international tour that saw them play shows in New Zealand and Australia, along with multiple festivals across Europe.
Musical Style of Alter Bridge
The music of Alter Bridge is often referred to as “heavy, yet melodic”. The main genres their music falls under include hard rock, alternative metal, heavy metal, post-grunge and progressive metal. The lyrical content of their songs is mostly written by Kennedy and Tremonti. The band explored themes of ideas of hope, overcoming sadness, regret, loneliness, pain and addiction in their first two albums. The third album, AB III, sees a noted change in the subject matter of the group’s lyrical content. The songs become noticeably darker with most songs dealing with ideas of faith and a loss of innocence.
Awards and Achievements
Over the years, the young band has managed to bag several honors for their contribution to the music industry. Their first album achieved a gold status and all of their subsequent albums have received a lot of critical acclaim. The band’s live album and concert film, Live from Amsterdam, released in 2009 managed to rise an impressive 15,000 spots on the “Bestsellers in Music Videos & Concerts” chart on Amazon in just eight hours. This rise saw the album cross big artists such as Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi to reach the top spot, where it remained for a number of weeks.
Alter Bridge Tour Tickets
Alter Bridge is known for its stellar live performances. The band typically chooses not to perform at big venues and tend to go for smaller arenas such as the House of Blues. Myles Kennedy talked about the band’s live performances, saying that "We're definitely a live band. That's what it's all about for us. We make records so we can go out and play for people."
Over the years, Alter Bridge tour tickets have sold out fast with tours featuring other artists such as Slash, Wolfan Van Halen, Eric Friedman and Paul Reed Smith. This time, the band is gearing up to perform at the Knitting Factory in Spokane on 16th of December, 2017. If you are unable to get tickets for this performance, you ought to keep yourself updated regarding their future shows in 2018. You might even get an opportunity for a VIP meet and greet with the band.