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article imageAlter Bridge's Myles Kennedy talks new single and tour Special

By Markos Papadatos     Apr 8, 2014 in Music
Acclaimed hard rock band Alter Bridge released their latest album "Fortress," which features their newest single "Cry of Achilles."
Alter Bridge lead singer and guitarist Myles Kennedy took some time from his busy schedule to chat about the single, their upcoming tour dates and future endeavors with the group.
They will be playing a show at New York City's Best Buy Theater on April 24. "It's the first time we have been on tour in the states for a few years, so we look forward to re-connecting with our fans back here. With our shows, it is never really about the big visuals, productions or spectacles, it is always about the music and the connection. It should be an evening of good songs and hopefully we will get to hear them sing along. That is what it's all about for us," he said.
At the end of May, the band will resume their European tour. "We head back to Europe for the festivals, and that is always cool. It is hard to believe that we started doing those a decade ago and now a decade later we are still at it. The Donington Park show is a really big deal for us since we are playing right before Aerosmith so that should be a really great slot," he said. "We are doing all of the other festivals as well through Europe, so we are keeping the tradition."
He noted that the idea for their latest single "Cry for Achilles" had been floating around for a little while. "I stumbled upon that acoustic intro and riff at the beginning of the song while I was out with Slash. I was in my dressing room and I recorded it real quick. When Mark and I started working together on putting our songs together, I played it for him and he immediately liked it a lot. Then we went in with the rest of the band and the song took on a whole new vibe and we really had fun with that one. It is different and it has an epic journey, but we knew our fans would like that, so we decided to release that as a single and we went for it," he said.
For Myles, his favorite tune on the record is always a revolving song that changes each month, but at the moment, he shared that he is extremely proud of their current single "Cry of Achilles," as well as the dark mood of "Lover" and the title track "Fortress," since it takes their fans on a journey.
Their latest album was met with commercial success, peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Album charts, as well as No. 12 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts. "That was a big surprise, since you never know how relevant you are. That was really good for hard rock to know that fans still come out and love aggressive guitar-based music. That was a big indication that people are still listening. We were pleased to say the least," he said.
After his European tour with Alter Bridge, Kennedy will return in the United States in July to tour with iconic guitarist Slash and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith. "There will be a lot of touring and I am just continuing to live the dream and I am trying to get some sleep as well," he said with a laugh.
On the key to longevity in the music industry, Kennedy underscored the importance of working really hard. "I noticed with the musicians that have longevity, it is all about their work ethic. They live to make music and they do it day in and day out. If you get into this business for the right reasons and if you work hard enough, you will be surprised as to what you can attain," he said.
For more information on hard rock band Alter Bridge and their upcoming tour dates, visit their official website.
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