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Second time is still charmed for Tremonti and band

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2015

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It's fair to say Mark Tremonti approached this year's "Cauterize," the second album by the band that bears his name, with much more confidence than "All I Was" back in 2012.

"This is the first time I've recorded an album after being a professional touring singer and frontman," Tremonti -- the Detroit-born guitarist in the bands Creed and Alter Bridge -- says by phone from a tour stop in Birmimgham, Ala. "It was a big change for me, 'cause on the first album I was kind of jsut hoping for the best and not knowing what I was capable of. It was a good challenge on the first go-round, but this time I just came at it without a doubt and hit it with everything I had."

And everything was quite a bit in this case. Not only did the Tremonti band, which also includes bassist Wolfgang Van Halen (though he's not on tour with Tremonti at the moment), record "Cauterize" but it also made yet another album, "Dust," that will be released at some piont in the near future.

"I wanted to record a lot of music, and I put together maybe 25 song ideas and we decided on 20 songs from that," Tremonti, 41, explains. "I didn't know how were going to release it, but I quickly realized that I didn't want to put out a 12- or 13-song record and have seven or eight songs that were considered B-sides, 'cause they were all important songs and I wanted everything to reach its' full potential.

"So I kinda looked at the batch of songs and said, 'If there's two slow songs, one goes on the first record, one goes on the second record. If there's 10 blistering, heavy songs, five go on the first one, five'll go on the second. I split it up like that so both records are kind of evenly balanced."

While he's touring with Tremonti, however, Tremonti is also working on Alter Bridge's fifth album, which is slated to come out in 2016. Creed, however, remains in dry dock, particularly after frontman Scott Stapp's public meltdown earlier this year, that Tremonti kept tabs on without getting too involved.

"I reached out to him and said 'I'm concerned with what I've seen going on. I hope you can get sober and wish you the best,' and he texted me back that he was sober and I knew right off the bat he wasn't being honest with me," Tremonti says. "A lot of fans on the outside are like, 'Why don't you help him? Why don't you jump in and fix the problem?' and it's not something I can fix.

"Scott and I haven't been close for 10 years. We're almost strangers at this piont. I don't think he's very open-minded to talk to me about those serious things. he's not honest with me. I would always do what I could to help, but at this pint I think if his family can't help I sure as hell can't help him. But he's got a wonderful family behind him, so I'm sure everything that can be done is being done and I hope for the best. I really do."

Tremonti, Trivium and Wilson

Monday, Sept. 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $24 day of show.

Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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