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9th October 2012


Alter Bridge/Creed guitarist and songwriter Mark Tremonti is about to embark on a UK tour with his band Tremonti in support of 'All I Was', his long awaited debut solo album.

It has just been announced that Wolfgang Van Halen will play bass on these dates, joining Tremonti's regular sidemen Eric Friedman (rhythm guitar) and Garrett Whitlock (drums). Always in consideration to perform in the band, he was ultimately unavailable for the album recording sessions, but jumped at the chance to join the tour.

"I am excited to be joining the band and playing this incredible music with some of my best friends in the business," states Wolfgang.

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The UK dates are as follows:

11.10.12 O2 Academy Brixton LONDON with Slash feat Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
12.10.12 O2 Academy Brixton LONDON with Slash feat Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
14.10.12 Garage GLASGOW SOLD OUT
15.10.12 O2 Academy Newcastle NEWCASTLE with Slash feat Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators
17.10.12 Library Theatre BIRMINGHAM
18.10.12 Academy 2 MANCHESTER

A single from the album entitled 'So You're Afraid' will be released on October 22nd, the video for which has just been completed. It can be viewed here:

Released in July on Tremonti's own FRET12 label, the acclaimed 'All I Was' has not only returned him to his metal roots, but also seen him emerge as a lead vocalist for the very first time. Produced by long time friend and collaborator Michael 'Elvis' Baskette (Alter Bridge, Trivium, Shadows Fall, Incubus), the album thrashes with a fierce intensity that is both heavy and instantly infectious.

"From day one in Creed, I'd pull out Metal riffs and the guys would remind me that we weren't Slayer," says Tremonti, laughing. "Over the years, our sound got heavier. Then, Alter Bridge became even heavier than Creed. That's my foundation. It's a style that I'm really comfortable with. Now, there are no holds barred. I figured the solo album was my opportunity to get that part of myself out there without losing the sense of melody I've worked so hard to achieve."

While Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy was on the road with Slash in early 2011, Tremonti hunkered down in his home studio and began assembling what would become 'All I Was'. Rehearsing with Friedman and Whitlock, the shredder came into his own as a vocalist. Although he had always sung melodies in both of his other bands, this was a whole new challenge. "When you're singing backup, you can't really let loose and put too much character into the vocal line," he reveals. "I spent a lot of time practicing with the guys and rehearsing, and I finally developed the confidence to go in and do this."

The Grammy Award-winning guitarist and songwriter Mark Tremonti is known worldwide for his work in multi-platinum rock juggernaut Creed and the acclaimed Alter Bridge. Having sold over 40 million records, his sound is immediately recognisable and has won him a loyal fan base. Ranked as the fourth greatest heavy metal guitarist ever in the UK publication Total Guitar, he also won the 'Guitarist of the Year' category three consecutive years in a row in Guitar World magazine.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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