Alter Bridge are heading back to the UK as part of their biggest European headline tour to date.
The band’s 24-date trek visits 15 countries and stops at The O2 Arena in London on 24 November 2016.
Tickets go on sale on 8 July at theo2.co.uk.
The tour – featuring special guests including Volbeat, Gojira, Magma, and Like A Storm – is in support of the quartet’s forthcoming fifth album. Produced by Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette, the follow-up to 2013’s UK #6 ‘Fortress’, is due for release in October.
Alter Bridge were formed in 2004 by Creed guitarist and drummer Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips, who recruited that band’s former bass player Brian Marshall and the singer Myles Kennedy.
Their debut album, ‘One Day Remains’, heralded the arrival of a major force in modern rock, going gold in the US and paving the way for their second LP, 2007’s ‘Blackbird’.
Featuring the singles ‘Rise Today’ and ‘Watch Over You’, the album was followed by 2011’s ‘ABIII’ which, lyrically, found the band exploring darker territories.
“It touches on the thoughts and emotions of someone who has come to question everything that was once regarded as an absolute truth,” said Kennedy at the time. “It’s the realisation that everything you once believed in might not exist.”
‘Fortress’, in turn, found the band exploring a more spontaneous approach to writing and recording.
“We didn’t allow ourselves the luxury of over-thinking and overanalysing,” Kennedy said in 2013. “We try to push ourselves musically with each record, but we opted to veer further from some of the standard approaches we’d used for writing and arranging songs in the past. That said, we still tried to maintain the Alter Bridge sound,” explained the singer, also known for his work with Slash.
“I think we always just write for ourselves,” added Tremonti. “If we dig it, usually the fans will too. The only thing we had in mind for this record was that we’ll be performing this stuff night after night, so we wanted to make sure they were fun, interesting songs with a lot of energy. We don’t write heavy songs for the sake of it but the heavier songs are always the ones that really grab the audience’s attention. We wanted to have a bunch of that on this record. The heavier stuff is fun to play.”
And playing live is what Alter Bridge are all about.
“I just want more and more people to become familiar with Alter Bridge and come along to some shows,” Tremonti offered when ‘Fortress’ was released. “We just hope that the word-of-mouth will continue to spread. We take what we do very seriously. We put a lot of passion into it and a lot of hard work and I think people, when they connect with the songs, they can feel that. They can feel the passion that we put into it.”