SLASH–the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter–is currently in a Los Angeles studio putting the finishing touches on his second solo album. The as-yet-untitled disc is due out May 22 on SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI and will follow his 2010 debut album Slash and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
For the new album, SLASH—along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)–have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by SLASH and Kennedy, and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage airing weekly beginning today at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYbyb8xXTQ.
Myles Kennedy, front man for melodic power rockers Alter Bridge, has been confirmed as a headline performer for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live! today October 6th Fall 2009 Conference, presented by Logic Wireless. Mobile Entertainment Live! at Intâ€™l CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment, taking place this week at the San Diego Convention Center.
In association with Rockpit.com, the new music website dedicated to all things rock, Kennedy will perform a live acoustic set at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live! Party at Hard Rock,San Diego. He also will preview, to the invite-only crowd of press and industry executives, the soon-to-be-released Alter Bridge Live in Amsterdam DVD, directed and produced by award-winning director Daniel E. Catullo III and DC3 Global Music, LLC.
Kennedy and Alter Bridge have emerged as rock music game-changers, building a loyal fan base both stateside and internationally through unconventional viral and digital marketing. The bandâ€™s creative digital and mobile outreach have been paramount to their rapid rise, allowing them to connect with their fans in a more authentic and meaningful way.
â€œOur world is changing right before our eyes,â€ says Kennedy. â€œThe only way to truly stay connected and relevant to our fans everywhere is to take it straight to where they are â€“ on their mobile phones. We realize weâ€™ve got to do more than just be on iTunes and YouTube. To really connect, you have to be a part of everyday lives â€“ accessible and real.â€
Kennedy is one of the most sought after rockers of the digital generation. His singer-songwriter prowess and four octave vocal range earned him a place opposite Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in the 2001 film Rock Star, directed by George Clooney. Credited with intensely resonating vocals influenced by the greats of jazz and R&B, Kennedy also has been courted by Velvet Revolver, the members of Led Zeppelin, and Creed. In 2004, Kennedy teamed up with three former members of Creed to form Alter Bridge.
Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live! Fall 2009, kicking off the CTIA festivities Oct. 6, 2009 at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, will explore how today’s advanced mobile devices and applications have revolutionized the music industry, and will examine how artists, promoters and managers are using them to promote and profit in new ways.
As LL Cool J said “Don’t call it a comeback” or a reunion. â€œItâ€™s a renewing and a rebirth. I missed my boys and wanted to create music with them again. Weâ€™re all thrilled to have a second chance to make a first impression,” says Creed lead singer Scott Stapp. After five years apart, the band will be back together for a summer tour. Things started rolling last year when Stapp (now looking like one of the dudes from Prison Break) contacted Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti (more on Alter Bridge in a bit). Stapp was to sing the “National Anthem” at the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando (Florida State beat Wisconsin fyi 42-13) but met with Tremonti at the Hard Rock Hotel before the game. Stapp describes the meeting: â€œI was nervous, but also excited because I knew Mark would bring nothing but positivity. We exchanged family pictures and within 20 minutes we were jamming on acoustic guitars and talking about new songs.â€
Soon afterward, they’d meet up with drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall (both who were in Alter Bridge with Myles Kennedy and Tremonti. More on the ‘Bridge later). â€œAt that meeting we were collectively saying, â€˜Hey man, Iâ€™m sorry if I hurt you or my choices did anything to cause you any pain. I have nothing but love and forgiveness for you and I hope you can forgive me. Itâ€™s all part of the process of reflection and not looking back at the six months out of 10 years that were trying.â€
According to Rolling Stone’s Rock Daily, Stapp and Tremonti already have six demos for the new album which they’ll be recording soon in Nashville. If you’re a producer in need of a job, listen up:
â€œWeâ€™re reached out to Brendan Oâ€™Brien, Mutt Lange, Bob Rock, Steve Lillywhite and six or seven more,â€ says Stapp. â€œWe want to put ourselves around the best and have them bring out the best in us and challenge us as artists.â€ The likely title track is â€œFull Circle.â€ â€œItâ€™s a favorite for all of us,â€ says Stapp. â€œIt really defines and articulates, melody-wise and lyrically, whatâ€™s happened with us. Weâ€™ve come full circle and itâ€™s a great place to be. The goal is get release the first single before the tour and have the album come out during the tour or right after.â€
Now onto Alter Bridge. On lead singer Myles Kennedy’s Myspace Blog, Myles left the following message:
Many of you are wondering how this Creed reunion tour will affect the future of Alter Bridge. No worries, it wonâ€™t. I can assure you that as soon as they finish in October we will move forward.
Contrary to false statements that might lead you to believe otherwise, Alter Bridge continues to be paramount to the four of us.
The guys have my full support. Itâ€™s a very complex situation to say the least. It had to be done.
I appreciate the fact that so many of you are concerned about our future. With that said, everything is going to be all right. Alter Bridgeâ€™s third record is well on itâ€™s way. The guys will embark on their reunion tour, I will make my record, and then we will carry on.
“Donâ€™t forget weâ€™re here to stay”
All the best
I somehow don’t think that both of these bands will last. Unfortunately for Myles, I think that Alter Bridge might be done. Unless.. Scott Stapp gets a big ego.. again..
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Despite constant previous denials from the band, Led Zeppelin has confirmed that Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy will be the band’s new lead singer. A press conference has been scheduled for Friday morning at 10AM outside Royal Albert Hall where the band will hold an open to the public rehearsal.
Kennedy has already informed his current bandmates in Alter Bridge and has received their blessing. Kennedy has entertained the possibility of performing with both groups as Alter Bridge has been tapped to open Led Zeppelin’s world tour starting in July. There are rumors that Led Zeppelin will be a surprise headliner one night at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
More info to come
If you were holding out for the Led Zeppelin reunion tour, you might not want to hear this but Jimmy Page’s manager, Peter Mensch, says the band will not tour or “continue in any form” with or without lead singer Robert Plant.
“Led Zeppelin are over.”
“If you didn’t see them in 2007 [at the London O2 Arena], you missed them. It’s done. I can’t be any clearer than that.”
“They tried out a few singers (to replace Plant), but no one worked out. That was it. The whole thing is completely over now. There are absolutely no plans for them to continue. Zero.”
“Frankly, I wish everybody would stop talking about it.”
I guess all those Alter Bridge fans are happy because they’re not losing their singer Myles Kennedy to Zep. This also means that Chris Cornell will continue to promote his crappy new solo album and tour with Timbaland.
There’s an article over at MTV Newsroom addressing all the rumors about who will be singing for Led Zeppelin. There have been several lately but none that shake people’s heads more than Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge. Apparently Dee Snider knows all the scoup. He spoke with MuchMoreMusic (video included at the site) and says that Zep is ready to tour with Kennedy if Robert Plant won’t agree to tour. Now one would ask: Can Kennedy sing like Zeppelin? You be the judge. Below are two videos of Alter Bridge covering Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll”