The Story of Alter Bridge's Blackbird

Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy has spoken to TeamRock about how the band wrote the classic Blackbird, the title track of the band’s second album.

“We recorded a real rough version of it and I had it on my laptop,” says Myles. “I was staying at Mark [Tremonti]’s house at the time. He came in and said, ‘let’s check out how it sounds - we’ve been away from it for a few hours, and we have some perspective.’ And we sat there and listened to it, and looked at each other, and were like, ‘Wow.’” As songwriters, these are the moments you dream of. These are the moments that make all of the searching and soul searching more than worthwhile. That was a great moment for both of us.”

In the video, below, Myles also explains how David Gilmour influenced the track, and pays tribute to the man who inspired the song.

Earlier this month, Alter Bridge released their My Champion video, taken from their upcoming album The Last Hero, released October 7. The band are currently on tour in the US, ands arrive in Europe in November (dates below).

Alter Bridge North America tour 2016

Sep 22: Destin Club LA, FL
Sep 24: Houston Open Air, TX
Sep 25: San Antonio Aztec Theater, TX
Sep 28: Minneapolis Skyway Theatre, MN
Sep 29: Lincoln Bourbon Theatre, NE
Oct 01: Janesville Sonic Boom, WI
Oct 02: Louisville Louder Than Life, KY
Oct 04: Charlotte Fillmore, NC
Oct 05: Nashville War Memorial Auditorium, TN
Oct 08: Tulsa State Fair, OK

Alter Bridge European tour 2016

With special guest TBC, Like A Storm

Nov 04: Bilbao Santana 27, Spain
Nov 05: Barcelona Razzmatazz, Spain
Nov 08: Paris Zenith, France
Nov 09: Brussels AB, Belgium
Nov 10: Amsterdam MHM, Netherlands
Nov 13: Berlin Columbiahalle, Germany
Nov 14: Vienna Gasometer, Austria
Nov 16: Katowice Spodek, Poland
Nov 20: Oslo Sentrum Scene, Norway
Nov 21: Copenhagen Vega Main Hall, Denmark

UK dates with Volbeat, Gojira, Like A Storm

Nov 23: Manchester Arena, UK
Nov 24: London O2 Arena, UK
Nov 26: Nottingham Motorpoint Arena, UK
Nov 27: Birmingham Genting Arena, UK
Nov 28: Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, UK
Dec 01: Glasgow Hydro, UK
Dec 02: Leeds First Direct Arena, UK

With Gojira, Like A Storm

Dec 04: Frankfurt Jahrhunderthalle, Germany
Dec 05: Cologne Palladium, Germany
Dec 06: Hamburg Mehri Theater, Germany
Dec 09: Bolognia Unipol Arena, Italy
Dec 10: Munich Zenith, Germany
Dec 11: Basel Jakobshalle, Switzerland