• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | Myles Kennedy, Love Rain Down


EIN-DE-LIJK! Dit is nu waar ik op zat te wachten toen de man met dè stem destijds zijn eerste soloalbum (Year Of The Tiger) aankondigde. Weg met de hoge uithalen, weg met de scherpe nasale klanken, weg met het gitaargeweld. Een rustig, wat country (rock) aandoende ballad rond akoestische gitaar en een mooi slidemoment op z'n resonator. Myles die ingetogen zingt en eens niet al zijn kunnen in één song steekt. Exact de reden waarom ik tot nu geen enkele van de nieuwe songs hier aan bod heb laten komen. Bizar genoeg is het net die fantastische stem met dat ongelooflijke bereik waardoor ik bv. Alter Bridge wat beu geworden ben. Waarom ik net snak die die andere kant van hem? Omdat ik weet dat hij ENORM kan raken wanneer hij er de rem op zet en eens die ongelooflijke diepe tonen laat horen. Watch Over You, anyone? Ik krijg er nog steeds een krop van in de keel tranen in de ogen. The Ides Of March verschijnt of 14 mei via Napalm Records Luister ook naar: In Stride The Ides Of March Get Along


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At this point, Myles Kennedy’s voice precedes him. Certainly, it courses through six chart-topping albums from gold-selling rock juggernaut Alter Bridge, three records with Slash and The Conspirators, two albums from The Mayfield Four, his 2018 solo debut Year of the Tiger, and guest appearances for everyone from Disturbed and Halestorm to Gov’t Mule, Sevendust, Mark Morton and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels. For as much as he remains renowned for his skyscraping timbre and earth-quaking bluesy wail, his musicianship also encompasses eloquent songcraft, thoughtful cinematic arrangements, and, of course, dynamic guitar fireworks as explosive as his astounding vocal range. Myles Kennedy burst on the music scene in 1990, but it wasn't until 1995, through his band The Mayfield Four, that he gained some notoriety.

It was when The Mayfield Four toured opening for hitmakers Creed that Myles Kennedy would meet Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips. This meeting would eventually lead to the formation of Alter Bridge, the band that would become Myles’ calling card to the world. In 2008, the legacy of Myles Kennedy was circling the music industry and eventually found its way to members of Led Zeppelin. A now legendary story, Myles was asked to jam with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham for a potential project that never materialized. In 2009, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash was working on a solo project and tapped MYLES KENNEDY to do vocals on two songs on that release. That partnership would lead to Myles becoming the vocalist for his other rock band, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.


This relationship would also lead to Myles Kennedy singing for the iconic Guns N’ Roses at their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2012 after band founder Axl Rose was unable to attend. Through Myles’ various projects, he has appeared on The Tonight Show; Jimmy Kimmel Live; Conan; has had music used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR to name a few; and appeared in the motion picture Rock Star. 2018 marked a new chapter in Myles’ career when he released his long-awaited debut solo album, Year Of The Tiger, to critical and commercial success. With his new solo album, The Ides Of March, MYLES KENNEDY showcases the talent that has made him one of the premier frontmen of modern music today.


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