Alter Bridge — the hard-rock supergroup helmed by singer Myles Kennedy and guitarist Mark Tremonti — had been off the ground for less than a year when they dropped their first EP, 2005's Fan EP. Fifteen years later, they're finally ready to follow it up with their second, Walk the Sky 2.0., a seven-track companion piece to the band's last full-length, Walk the Sky. (It's out now via Napalm Records.) Rock is full of great EPs — from Metallica's The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited to Nine Inch Nails' Broken — so ahead of the release, we asked Kennedy to pick his top five EPs of all time. Check out his selections below.
If I'm not mistaken, this EP was originally released in Australia then worldwide posthumously after Bon Scott had passed. It definitely served as a reminder of Bon's incredible talent as a singer and rebel poet. One of my all time favorite rock & roll singers without a doubt.
Though the Legacy edition of this recording has over 30 tracks, it was originally released as a live EP before the groundbreaking Grace record. For those of us who heard it in the mid-Nineties, it was a mind-blowing example of a musical genius in bloom. To hear Jeff's effortless vocal prowess and harmonically rich guitar arrangements during the height of the grunge movement was truly inspiring.
I remember this being massive when it was released. I was a guitar teacher at the time and I can't tell you how many students would bring this record in for me to transpose. Songs like "I Stay Away" and "No Excuses" proved that this release was more than just a Dirt afterthought.
I remember hearing it for the first time when I was on a three-day marching band excursion to California from my hometown in Spokane. (Yeah, I was a band geek ... trumpet to be exact). They went on to make some stellar albums in the following years: Rage for Order and Operation: Mindcrime, to name a few. Definitely ahead of their time. They were from Bellevue, Washington, a couple hundred miles from where I lived, which inspired me and my fellow band geeks to eventually make music of our own.
What a great band. SMKC [Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators] and AB took these guys out on the road over the last couple years. I remember hearing them for the first time thinking, "Wow, WTF is happening out there?" Great songs, amazing players with incredible vocals. They would deliver every night and win the crowd over. I am really excited to see where these guys go in the future.