Myles Kennedy performs at Baltimore Soundstage in 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
Where 2020 was mostly a lost year for music, 2021 became a banner year for the industry. While much of the industry is still working to recover from the massive toll that was forced upon them by the pandemic, we fans have been gifted a plethora of music this year. Vaccines got in arms, bands went back on tour, and new albums were released in droves. So many new records came out in 2021 that at times it was hard to keep track of it all. There were multiple times that I was surprised by a new release, or I realized that I had completely missed a new album by and artist I loved. It’s very possible that there are still a few records that I haven’t listened to that I am certain to love.
Myles Kennedy performs at the Baltimore Soundstage on May 16, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
As the United States continues its process of opening back up and getting back to normal, the world of music is working to do much of the same. Records are being released and tours are starting back up. What had grinded to a halt is moving once again.
But in the downtime without live music, many musicians used that time to write and record new music. That includes Alter Bridge — and Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators — frontman Myles Kennedy, who will release his second solo record, The Ides of March, on May 14. In a conversation with Parklife DC’s Chris Smyth, Myles discusses the process of creating his new record, what a return to the stage will look like for him, plus what lies ahead for both of his bands.
Myles Kennedy (Photo by Chuck Brueckmann)
Building upon the excitement from the announcement of his sophomore album The Ides of March, Myles Kennedy shares its title track to the masses.
“The Ides Of March” is the longest song on the album clocking in at 7:39 and showcases the musicianship of Myles and cohorts — longtime friend and drummer Zia Uddin and bassist/manager Tim Tournier. The band stretch out musically as Myles sings an ominous warning “beware the ides of March.”
Alter Bridge performs at MECU Pavilion on Sept. 22, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
On the final night of the summer, Alter Bridge kicked off the Victorious Sky co-headlining tour with Skillet at MECU Pavilion in Baltimore.
Alter Bridge (Photo by Dan Sturgess)
In October, Alter Bridge releases Walk the Sky, the band’s sixth studio album, via Napalm Records. In the lead up to that release, Alter Bridge are now on tour with Skillet, and the bands appear together at MECU Pavilion on Sunday, Sept. 22, for their Victorious Sky Tour.
Greta Van Fleet performs at 9:30 Club on July 20, 2018. Chris Smyth chose another photo from this show as one of his 10 Best of the Year. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2018 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.
When I was asked to write a piece about my 10 favorite photos from the past year, initially I was very excited to do it. It seemed like an enjoyable way to recap what has been an exciting year of concert coverage. I joined Parklife DC in March, but as of this writing, I have been fortunate to have covered 21 shows, and I produced a total of 28 reviews. This has been far more fun than I ever could have imagined.
Myles Kennedy performs with Slash at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 2, 2018. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
There was no easing into the show on Tuesday. Starting with the opening riff of the night, the pedal was slammed to the floor, and everyone inside The Fillmore Silver Spring was along for the fast ride of guitar-driven, hard rock with rock ‘n’ roll icon Slash.
Myles Kennedy performs at Baltimore Soundstage on May 16, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)
Myles Kennedy has one of the more distinct voices in hard rock today. While the rock landscape is full of rough, low-end singers, Myles’ voice is higher in register, similar to guys like Axl Rose and Bruce Dickinson. On Wednesday night, looking much more youthful than his nearly 50 years of age, dressed in a black button down shirt and sleeveless white undershirt, and playing in front of a simple black curtain imprinted with The Year of the Tiger logo, Myles put his voice on full display, playing a solo acoustic show for a sold-out audience at the Baltimore Soundstage.