Alter Bridge has been together for 13 years.
But, oddly, it’s become more of a band during the past year and a half or so.
The group — formed by guitarist Mark Tremonti, a Detroit native, and his bandmates in Creed, with the Mayfield Four’s Myles Kennedy singing — has released five studio albums since its formation. But Alter Bridge, named after the stretch of road that connects Detroit to Grosse Pointe, has had to weave between the musicians’ other commitments, whether to Creed or Tremonti’s solo project or Kennedy’s involvement with Slash and his Conspirators. But with the Conspirators in drydock while Slash concentrates on the Guns N’ Roses reunion, Alter Bridge has a longer window of opportunity than it’s ever had before.
“We all like playing together enough that we’re willing to wait for it to happen,” Tremonti, 42, says by phone from his current home in Florida. “I have my (solo) thing, but more than anything it’s down to Myles’ schedule with Slash, which we understand.”
“The Last Hero,” Alter Bridge’s fifth album, came out in October and debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, the group’s best showing since its 2004 debut. It was recorded earlier in the year in Florida with producers Michael “Elvis” Baskette and Ben Grosse (another Detroit area native). Tremonti feels that this time out the music gravitated more toward the heavier direction of his solo work.