ALTER BRIDGE's MARK TREMONTI Says U.S. Rock Scene Is 'Faceless' Right Now

ALTER BRIDGE's MARK TREMONTI Says U.S. Rock Scene Is 'Faceless' Right Now

In The Now Magazine 's Brett Tully recently conducted an interview with guitarist Mark Tremonti of ALTER BRIDGE and CREED. You can now watch the chat below.

Asked if there has ever been a low point in his music career where he came close to calling it quits, Tremonti said: "No. I mean, there's nothing else I'd wanna do. This is all I know how to do."

He continued: "When CREED was coming to an end, it just made me work harder and try to survive. Since then, the Internet's kind of come in and shaken up the business, and it's just been a constant struggle to just stay revelant, stay out there and make a living.

"It's definitely the hardest it's ever been for a lot of bands in their career right now with everything that's been going on, but there's nothing else we'd rather do."

Regarding the fact that even bands like JUDAS PRIEST and IRON MAIDEN are not selling the same number of tickets and playing to as many people in the U.S. as they once did, Tremonti said: "Well, those bands are still selling out arenas over in Europe. Europe's what, I think, really has kept rock alive. If it wasn't for Europe, we'd probably be retired."

He continued: "We've been struggling so much here in the States. It's finally getting larger here in the States, but right off the bat it got big in Europe and we were playing the arenas over there. We get to play shows with all the bands you mentioned. We just played with IRON MAIDEN a couple of times on the last tour, we went [on] right before METALLICA, right before SOUNDGARDEN and [BLACK] SABBATH… all these great bands.

"Europe's a really strong rock market. In the States, I think, the big rock stars turned into pop stars, and the rap stars…"

Tremonti added: "Rock's such a faceless scene right now. Everybody knows what Lil Wayne looks like and what Jay-Z and Pink and all the pop stars look like, but rock stars are kind of… Hopefully it's a cyclical thing and rock will come back and be as big as it once was."

ALTER BRIDGE current U.S. headlining trek winds down on October 26 in Los Angeles. This is likely the band's final run in support of 2013's "Fortress" album.


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).