ALTER BRIDGE Guitarist Says 'Things Got Tense' With Previous Label

Launch Radio Networks reports: ALTER BRIDGE will release its second album, titled "Blackbird", on October 9 through Universal Republic Records. "Blackbird" will follow up the band's 2004 debut, "One Day Remains", which came out on Wind-Up Records. The band made a highly publicized departure from the label in 2005 and guitarist Mark Tremonti told Launch why the band took that risk. "On the first record, you know, we kind of didn't see things the same way as our record label and things just got a little tense there and things had to change," he said. "So we, the only option was for us to buy out of our contract. So we pretty much paid our way out and then looked for the best deal we could. We didn't look for the best deal, we looked for the best group of believers in the project. So it's a real exciting time for us."

The first single from "Blackbird" is called "Rise Today".

The album's title track is an eight-minute song that singer Myles Kennedy said was inspired by a friend who passed away as the tune was completed. Kennedy explained, "It's a story about the struggle to move on to a better place. It was my wish for him to finally find his peace."

Tremonti, bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips were all previously in CREED, while Kennedy sang for the MAYFIELD FOUR.

"One Day Remains" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard album chart and was certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies.

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