Mark Tremonti discusses how Jerry Cantrell inspired Alter Bridge's riff-rammed Last Rites

Oslo, Norway. 17th, November 2019. The American hard rock band Alter Bridge performs a live concert at Sentrum Scene in Oslo. Here guitarist Mark Tremonti is seen live on stage.
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Alter Bridge had only just started touring their sixth studio album, late 2019’s Walk the Sky, when – much like everyone else – their plans were grounded to a halt. 

Instead of quietly biding their time, however, the hard-rock quartet decided to give fans around the world a taste of “what could have been” in the form of Walk the Sky 2.0, an EP of energetic live offerings from their early 2020 U.S. tour, plus Last Rites, a brand-new studio track. We recently tracked down Mark Tremonti to find out a bit more. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).