Alter Bridge is an American rock band that was formed in 2004 in Orlando, Florida by then-former Creed members, lead guitarist Mark Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall, and drummer Scott Phillips. Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Myles Kennedy, formerly of The Mayfield Four and the touring frontman of Slash’s current solo project, joined shortly after the band’s formation. Tremonti named the ensemble after an actual bridge that used to be located in Detroit, Michigan near his former home on Alter Road. The bridge led to an unsafe area, and the neighborhood children, who saw the other side of the bridge as the unknown, were forbidden to cross it. According to Tremonti, the name of the ensemble symbolizes choice and looking to the future.
Despite Creed’s multi-platinum success, Alter Bridge arose with only gold star power with their first album, One Day Remains, which was put forth on Wind-up Records in August 2004 to generally mixed to negative reviews. Selling 750,000 copies, it peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and remained at that spot for fourteen weeks. In October 2007, after signing to Universal Republic, the band gave us Blackbird, which received positive reviews and peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and at #4 on Billboard’s Rock copies chart. After giving concerts extensively over the next two years and working on other projects, Alter Bridge reconvened to work on their third record. issued in October 2010 on Roadrunner Records, and later self-released via EMI in North America in November 2010, AB III was met with critical acclaim and debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200 and more successfully on other charts. In January 2011, the band gave us their first live record and concert film, Live from Amsterdam. Originally gave us in August 2009 exclusively on Amazon, it was met with two years of delays before being released in stores.
Alter Bridge was faced with criticism for sounding like Creed in the early part of its career. However, the lineup has since made several notable critical achievements and has been met with generally very positive reception in recent years, despite relatively low mainstream success and label support for the majority of its career. The individual group members are also known for their involvement with many notable side projects, which included solo and session work, Creed, and Kennedy’s collaborations with Slash and former members of Led Zeppelin. In 2009, Ultimate Guitar Archive named Alter Bridge the 36th greatest group of the decade.
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