Announcing Year of the Tiger Sings Myles Kennedy Solo

Announcing Year of the Tiger Sings Myles Kennedy Solo

The album had a long gestation period, seven years. The first solo album Myles Kennedy wrote he threw away, leading to a period of intense writing as Myles said he found himself “writing like a madman.” With over twenty songs written over a short period, he began to see a clear direction to take.  Suddenly, “It became incredibly obvious what the source of inspiration needed to be lyrically driven,” he says. “I realized it was time to jump head-first into something I’ve been putting off for my whole life as a writer.” The result was a dozen tracks that shaped and created the solo album, Year of The Tiger, intensely personal. An album almost entirely focused on the loss of Kennedy’s father when the singer was just four years old. “My family was very involved in the Christian Science church,” he says. “So when he became ill, he chose not to seek medical attention and passed away a few months later. By all accounts, my father was a good, honest man, but I still struggle with the choices he made which ultimately led to his death.

Myles Kennedy, the voice out front with Alter Bridge, Slash’s band, and Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators; here we focus on his other side that of singer/songwriter.  Kennedy himself plays the banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar on Year of the Tiger joined by drummer Zia Uddin and Tim Tournier on bass, along with longtime Alter Bridge producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette.

Opening Year of The Tiger, with the title track, sets down the focus and direction the album is taking as we step onboard a journey with Myles Kennedy. “I remember stumbling onto the melody and title of the song years ago. It stuck with me but I couldn’t seem to complete the concept until it dawned on me that 1974 was the Year Of The Tiger according to the Chinese Zodiac.” he says. “Once I realized that was the same year we lost my father, I knew where I needed to take the record lyrically. The song is really the preface for the entire story from my mother’s perspective. It’s a battle cry of resolution, to persevere under the circumstances we were enduring after dad passed away.”

The opening track is no maudlin funeral growl. It is affirmative full of love and the pain we feel when losing someone close. It is looking beyond the pain and moving on. The vocals delivered with personal emotion and melodic beats that drive the song on with a burning energy. The result of his father’s death led to the family being uprooted from Boston and starting again out West. As we enter The Great Unknown, the lyrics deepen and the tempo changes the vocal heights reflecting the internal pain and grieving. The song gathers in the epic power of rock but never descends into a power ballad. It is the work of a singer/songwriter using the presence of rock with a cascading fury and philosophical look at coming to terms with losing some on you love. This powerful singer/songwriter musical journey calms and fades on a lighter note. Where will he take us next?

The titles are thought-provoking reflecting thoughts and confusion after a monumental loss. As Blind Faith is often what you need to move on. Using the sonic shaping of the blues, a resonator and the time honoured open letter to his father unfolds on a stripped back number. In fact, the simplicity of the music makes the lyrics stronger making Myles vocals pierce through the speaker.

Every track on the album is shaped by the lyrics, pain, and hope plus how the words are shaped and molded by the immense tonal range and textures of Kennedy’s vocals. On Turning Stones, the sound is low key, less urgent taking time to consider on a country tonal prayer looking for redemption and healing of wounds as we are halfway through the emotional journey we are exploring on Year of The Tiger.

Mother, we are now looking at grief from a different perspective. The music is urgent fast and Myles tries to capture the dual pulls on his Mother her own grieving and keeping it together for Myles and his brother.  With the curling country fuelled guitar opening. We here that missing someone never stops on Nothing But A Name. We are once again eavesdropping on a personal conversation between the singer and his father.

Then gentler at times with a feel of a rocked up lullaby is Love Can Only Heal. The guitar is sharper on this track and there is an urgency as the song explores the power of love and being in another place, different time, reflective and healing. Capturing the cathartic power that Kennedy expresses throughout this exploration of personal grief.

Closing out a deeply personal but never maudlin album with One Fine Day. We now are on a road moving on and letting go the path of the album is clinging to, a new crossroads has been reached.  The whole album has a deep intensity, an intimacy that has been achieved by recording straight to tape. Like life and death, there are imperfections giving the album humanity. These have been embraced in an edgy album where Myles Kennedy bares his soul and inner feelings directly to his audience.

Announcing Year of the Tiger Sings Myles Kennedy Solo We (the listener) are taken on a deeply personal journey by singer/songwriter Miles Kenedy. full of emotions, sadness and life never maudlin sung in suiting the lower register the vocals are delivered in.

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 Myles Kennedy – Year of The Tiger – Napalm Records


  1. Year of the Tiger
  2. The Great Beyond
  3. Blind Faith
  4. Devil On The Wall
  5. Ghost Of Shangri La
  6. Turning Stones
  7. Haunted By Design
  8. Mother
  9. Nothing But A Name
  10. Love Can Only Heal
  11. Songbird
  12. One Fine Day

Announcing Year of the Tiger Sings Myles Kennedy Solo



Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight

Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight

Alter Bridge Live and Rarities Combine To Delight. With three Cd’s we are immersed in the power and glory that has insured Alter Bridge success across the world. The Bridge created heavy, strong rising out of the fall of Creed. Live albums keep the memories alive, the energy and charismatic wizardry of Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti.

The first two albums recorded at The O2 Arena, London in November 2016 with the mix of nineteen songs in the set we see every side of Alter Bridge. This is a show that re-visited the back catalogue from across the years, the opportunity to play the hits whilst providing the audiences with a chance to hear tracks from the current album Last Heroes live.  One thing that cannot be argued the band and the audience were having the time of their lives. The clapping and cheering were not lukewarm but hot as molten metal.

Opening the nineteen strong set with The Writing on The Wall, from Last Heroes. Reworked and the stage performance gives the number a lift as the guitars drive the melody which has a heavy tone. We are up and running and the writing on the wall is live is the perfect arena for Alter Bridge. With the fiery energy of two M’s upfront Myles & Mark the timing and depth of sound from the rhythm section is imperative; tonight there is no doubt that bassist Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips on drums nailed it to perfection.

The crowd is warmed up and Myles’ voice is two as he asks the crowd to clap and participate in Ghosts Of Days Gone By, showing why Alter Bridge continue to please their phalanx of fans with music we all want to sing too.  With Water Rising giving Mark his voice the two vocal ranges work together and the emotion builds as the guitars take the lead breaks.  The tracks flow like a fever cascading wild and free, never curtailed by the audience the music is formed as the set unveils the rock energy that defines Alter Bridge. The band has the confidence to include as the first CD closes in an Arena setting the solo acoustic Watch Over You. How the audiences cheer that quietens captivated in the sound waves created by Myles’ vocals and guitar as he sings Watch Over You. A moment of gentleness that soothes the ears and soul the perfect counterbalance to the high octane driven songs played so far.  This is raw acoustic energy that moves the crowd as Myles asks them to join in ensuring the energy is never dampened whilst retaining the emotional outpouring and beauty of this acoustic number. The emotion is raw and personal as Myles sings and despite e the legion of fans around you it feels as if he is singing to you as he connects with his fans on an intimate level. For nearly seven minutes the audience is transfixed and then when asked to sing they give song and a rock communion is formed that is only experienced when a band playing live is in the zone and delivering music that connects on so many levels

With no album to flip CD 2 seamlessly flows from the speakers as at the live event. We are back heavy and driven by stinging guitar and driving beats of the drum as Myles’s voice takes up the melody with Isolation. With five albums under their belt, and audiences flocking to gigs across the world Alter Bridge will never be playing in Isolation.  With the throttle opened to full that band pulls back with Blackbird a firm favourite with the crowd and a number that always grabs my attention. A highlight when Bluesdoodles reviewed the Cardiff show.  Now we are taken back to the first album One Day remains with the swirling rocking heavy riff-laden Metalingus.  With Show Me Your Leader, the audience if asked in the moment would shout out Alter Bridge or Myles Kennedy or Mark Tremonti they are leading us into the wild frenzied uplifting joy of music played live. This part of the set includes the hit from Lost Heroes Poison In Your Vein and closing with the feel-good uplifting My Champion

For everyone, who experienced Alter Bridge Last Heroes tour during November 2016 and especially those at this special night in the O2 Arena, London the music was a reminder of the memories. Collectively for all listeners CD3 is an intriguing addition to the set Live at The O2 Arena + Rarities. The live segment of the album has been carefully produced ensuring the flow of the live performance is never lost

The third side is Eleven tracks, nine have only been released in Japan with Cruel Sun & Solace having never been released.  Opening with Breathe, the opening slower, gentler with a feeling that the band are in their own introspective place. The introspection is maintained with the tone and delivery of the lyrics by Myles as the instruments rise and fall around him.  Now for the two unreleased numbers, they are linked in the tone and pace of delivery again both are thoughtful. Another side of Alter Bridge, not heavy rock but crossing the Bridge towards Prog Rock. Interesting pairing and delicious listening. Zero opening fast and furious with drums and the swirl of guitar is the stand out track for me on this part of the album. The harmonization of vocals gives the number a positive direction full of hooks and riffs to catch your ear.  This part of the album is closed with Symphony Of Agony (The Last Of Our Kind).  Heavy ending that has a dark sentiment full of despair for the planet we are left with Alter Bridges beats and rocking power and the lyrics from Myles Kennedy whirling through our brains.  Alter Bridge a band that keeps on delivering rock that is relevant, powerful and music you want to keep listening too.

Live at the O2 Arena + Rarities is available as a 3-CD set, but there’s also a limited edition deluxe edition package that includes an exclusive documentary packed with interviews and a backstage look at preparations for the concert. Variety of Bundles Available HERE


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  1. The Writing On The Wall
  2. Come To Life
  3. Addicted To Pain
  4. Ghost Of Days Gone By
  5. Cry of Achilles
  6. The Otehr Side
  7. Farther Than The Sun
  8. Ties That Bind
  9. Water Rising
  10. Crows On A Wire
  11. Watch Over YOU (Solo Acoustic)


  1. Isolation
  2. Blackbird
  3. Metalingus
  4. Open You Eyes
  5. Show Me A Leader
  6. Rise Today
  7. Poison In Your Veins
  8. My Champion


  1. Breathe
  2. Cruel Sun
  3. Solace
  4. New Way To Live
  5. Damage Done
  6. Zero
  7. Home
  8. Never Born To Follow
  9. Never Say Die (Outright)
  10. Symphony of Agony (The Last of OUr Kind)

Alter Bridge Recording Live In Cardiff

Alter Bridge Recording Live In Cardiff

Alter Bridge Recording Live In Cardiff


Opening a show with a quartet of bands, early on Monday evening in Cardiff Like A Storm. An unknown quantity for many, if you were not aware that three brothers Brooks in the band are from New Zealand. The opening with a blast of the didgeridoo from lead singer Chris Brooks gave a context to the heritage of the band who, with their Canadian band mate are all living in Canada now.

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They certainly were relishing playing in Wales for the first time, promising to be back with a short set including TNT, an AC/DC classic with a mix of their own numbers including Chaos and Wish You Hell from the alternative heavy metal band’s current album Awaken The Fire. The live powerful set certainly awakening the audiences attention tonight who were getting excited with favourites amongst the three different interpretations of Rock tonight French band Gojira, Danish Volbeats and Floridians Alter Bridge.


Gojira – previously known as Godzilla producing a heavy bass thumping metal from Bayonne with brothers (almost a theme here!) Joe & Mario Duplantier joined by bassist Jean-Michel Labadie & guitarist Christian Andreu. They deliver their own brand of metal, harsh, industrial, loud and grinding out the beat with timing that is tight and the musicianship is without argument superb. With a 2016 album Magma to play live unsurprisingly Silvera and The Cell were in the mix.  The sound is colossal and the bass lines hit hard in the solar plexus. Gojira’s music style is just too heavy for my tastes, that withstanding as ever live music rules and for lovers of death metal, Gojira has it all.

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Third on a night where live music was shaking the dust from the vaulted ceiling of The Motorpoint, with another quick change and a new backdrop Volbeat took to the stage.  Following Gojira, which was loud full of energy was going to be a task as the crowd’s excitement was rising proved an easy feat for the boys from Denmark. These brothers in music deliver a kaleidoscope of sound as Rockabilly, Rock n Roll collide with Metal with a splash of Punk. Out of this potentially chaotic style emerges Volbeat for many in Cardiff the band of the night.  With a new album Seal the Deal & Lets Boogie sums up the set. They sealed the deal with the audience who were delighted with the live music and they certainly added boogie to the musical journey we were being taken on before Alter Bridge.

Opening with The Devil’s Bleeding Crown from their current album Seal the Deal & Lets Boogie the filling arena participated and their engagement got louder and hotter. No song is off limits for the Volbeat treatment as acoustic guitar heralds Johnny Cash’s Ring Of Fire, Michael Poulson builds the crowd up who are happy to join in the fun as acoustic makes way for electric. This stage piece of the band a Volbeat signature that we mash-up the styles to create our own.  This is a band that wants everyone to have a good-time, to party with them. The cheer as Barney Greenway (Napalm) joined them on Evelyn was loud and genuine. The Cardiff Motorpoint audience was now getting loud and they were ready to have rock cascade over them song after song.   They definitely Seal the Deal with Alter Bridge that they would warm up the atmosphere in Cardiff.

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Alter Bridge Recording Live In CardiffThe three bands who had entertained since 6.15pm had warmed the stage and spacious auditorium ready for Alter Bridge who were recording tonight for a live CD. If the crowd was excited before now they were ecstatic, a moment of fame “yes that was my scream, whistle yes it was I was there”.
The anticipation was high, but did Alter Bridge vault the expectation of fans yes, probably the added frisson of a live recording helped. For me, the engagement at times between audience and the band was a little flat. There was none of the danger of Gojira, of friendly warm rocking communion that Cardiff had with Volbeat. That said there is no doubt that the combination of Myles Kennedy’s vocals and Mark Tremonti guitar will always be a charismatic and winning combination.  The band bounce off each other and as you would expect the musicianship was exceptional as was the set with the changing visuals this was not about showmanship it was Alter Bridge delivering rock that will always, please. There is no competition in the band they are there to play the music live we want to hear. Huge anthems and songs to be heard live for the first time from the current album The Last Heroes.  The Writing On The Wall opened the set and shaped the rest of the evening as Alter Bridge played the music that makes them identifiable and so very listenable.

This was Alter Bridge playing the music live as they filled the cavernous arena that is the Motorpoint with rock music that stays with you. Lyrics linger and riffs capture you with a musical hug Addicted To Pain was smashed as they followed with Poison In Your Veins. Two different albums Fortress versus The Last Hero these songs played live prove the quality of the catalogue that makes Alter Bridge.

With Waters Rising, Mark Tremonti has the opportunity to add a vocal flourish to the guitar playing that was majestic with its riffs, licks and lead breaks throughout the set tonight. Mark, makes his guitar sing deep with a rock vibe.  Then the quiet moment time to draw breath with Myles Kennedy acoustic as he sung Watch Over You. Then back came the band  and the throttle was revved back up and a back to back pairing that were definite highlights Isolation and Blackbird. Alter Bridge were on form tonight a gush of beats that rocked the collective soul in Cardiff tonight.

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All to soon the hour and half whizzed by and the auditorium fell quiet with just the buzz of people talking as they entered into a Cold Monday night in Cardiff hot with the music that had fuelled them since just after six and Alter Bridge Recording Live In Cardiff.

Photo Album – Alter Bridge HERE  Photo Album – Volbeat HERE

Photo Album – Gojira HERE   Photo Album – Like A Storm HERE


Alter Bridge In Search of The Last Hero

Alter Bridge In Search of The Last Hero

Alter Bridge In Search of The Last Hero


With five albums now released Alter Bridge are blending earlier influences with music they want to play now heavier with a curling melodic guitar driven journey that speeds you through the music. Alter Bridge refuse to stand still they continue to strive to improve on the last album pleasing current fans and winning new followers. As Myles Kennedy says “While recognizing where we’ve come from, we wanted to expand what Alter Bridge is. This record is definitely an exploration of the hero theme—whether it be the lack of heroes, the need for heroes, or a tribute to heroes. There’s a story in there.”

This is hard rock with the sting of metal with the winning combination of Tremonti and Kennedy as guitar and vocals work off each other as the story of the music unfolds and takes you on a darkened journey where our footsteps chime with the frantic urging rhythm from Marshall & Phillips.

Opening with Show Me  A Leader the swell of the melody builds ready for the guitar solo to stream through like a visionary light that is Mark Tremonti, the pace picks up and Myles Kennedy storms the number with Show Me A Leader refrain, with a yearning yet manic desperation. A reflection of today’s troubled world as we seek leaders and heroes to shed light into the darkness. The track pulls you as all opening numbers should into the album with an adrenalin-driven need to hear more.  There is a feeling of a narrative a story pulling you through the album to the title track. The pace is fast metal to the ground for the doom-laden The Writing On The Wall this is Alter Bridge that continues to excite. With riffs that are muscular, bass lines that are heavy and drumming driven to shape the rhythm. This is the solid rock face that Tremonti and Kennedy stand on building the tension creating anthems of the future with tracks like My Champion, we all need someone that champions us. For stand out guitar laden riffs, and licks with solid drumming chops it has to be Poison In Your Veins, this is a loud fast-moving four minutes of delight, the poison of the guitar seeps into your veins in a delectable way this is poison that sounds very good, who needs an antidote to this! Now we are at fever pitch half way through the album how can they build on this opening studio album full of resounding lyrics, choruses that you want to sing out loud and guitar solos that seep into your soul. They can’t I am sorry to say. It is an album of two halves.  The second half is good but the momentum is static Losing Patient the silent opening almost made me lose patience! When the track opens up it is more of the same an echo of the previous tracks.  Then that track with a difference a power ballad, You Will Be Remembered that captures the story, direction and feeling of the first six tracks, we are looking at heroes that serve communities and the country. We may not have political heroes but people still can be heroic. Then we have the epic title track that brings the album to a close the tempo is controlled the melodic lyrical closing is full of heartfelt desperation as The Last Hero tried to save us. There is a burning necessity in the guitar playing looking, probing with chords that are trying to find the light and matching the vocal tone of Myles perfectly.   The album is very good, but what we needed was a coherent strong bridge between the first and second half of the album to make The Last Hero truly heroic and great.

NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Show Me A  Leader
  2. The Writing On the Wall
  3. The Other Side
  4. My Champion
  5. Poison In Your Veins
  6. Cradle To The Grave
  7. Losing Patience
  8. This Side Of Fate
  9. You Will Be Remembered
  10. Crows On A Wire
  11. Twilight
  12. Island Of Fools
  13. The Last Hero