Myles: The hardest working man in hard rock

Myles Kennedy: The hardest working man in hard rock

Myles Kennedy has toured with Slash and The Conspirators and was nearly Led Zeppelin’s new singer. Now he’s back with his day job, Alter Bridge, who return with their heaviest record to date.

You must be one of our own with a name like Kennedy? 
Actually, I’m an adopted Kennedy believe it or not. My stepfather [his biological father died when he was four] definitely has got some Irish descent. My original last name was Bass and I haven’t figured out where that name came from.

When you were growing up did anybody ever ask you if you were one of theKennedys? 
All the time. I’m originally from Boston where a lot of the Kennedy’s come from. I used to get that question for sure.

Fortress is Alter Bridge’s first album in three years. It is a lot heavier than its predecessor ABIII. Was that deliberate? 
It’s just the way they fell together. Mark [Tremonti, guitarist ] and I started writing together again. There was a surplus of heavy ideas and we decided to put those out and make them work. With that said, there was plenty of those values and those moments when we are trying to have that element of dynamics, to have that journey as part of the sound. Overall, it is probably our heaviest and most intense record in that sense.

It is also your most complicated record. You seem to be messing around with the original verse-chorus-verse-chorus format with complicated time signatures and scale patterns. 
That was very important to us. A lot of times, the fun part of the song will be after the second chorus and that is where you can decide where the journey can take a left turn. We did that a few times, like on Cry of Achilles and Fortress where we would really take some chances and keep it exciting.

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