Myles Kennedy Recalls Becoming An Authentic Frontman


Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy admitted it took him a while to find his footing as a frontman. Just released is Alter Bridge's latest album, Pawns & Kings, with the band prepping for a European tour that kicks off next month.

While chatting with Classic Rock, Kennedy shed light on slowly finding himself as a performer during a 2014 Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators gig: "I tried and I tried, but I could never quite find that persona. And looking back, it’s embarrassing. I felt like an imposter, and I felt like people knew it too, like they were looking at me thinking: 'This guy is bull****ting me.' They maybe didn’t believe in me as a rock star, because I didn’t believe in me either."

He recalled the moment when things started to work for him: "We were opening for Aerosmith and it was one of the first shows I played with Slash in front of my parents, so I was kinda operating with that rock guy persona. Then after the show I’m hanging out, and my step-dad pulled me aside and said: 'Y'know, just don’t forget who you are.' And man, that was an important moment for me. Because at that point I realized: 'Y'know what, I’m just gonna be me up there, and if people like it, great, if they don’t that’s fine. And since I started doing that, I finally felt comfortable in my skin."

We asked Myles Kennedy how singing for Alter Bridge is different from working with Slash: ["Vocally, each band brings a different approach out. The feel of the music will dictate that. With Slash, there's definitely more of a bluesy, soulful vibe that just naturally happens. With Alter Bridge, because it's got more of a metal undercurrent, I think there's something that just happens there as well. But the nice thing is is that it allows you to stretch in two different directions."] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . two different directions)

Alter Bridge kicks off its European tour on November 1st at Hamburg, Germany's Sporthalle Hamburg.

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