Prathamesh Hoshing of Metal Wani had a chat with Mark Tremonti and Eric Friedman, of Tremonti after the band’s show at Hellfest, France.
Talking about the sci-fi and futuristic elements in ‘A Dying Machine’ : Mark says that it fell into lap and all came together with the title track, which involves a conversation between man and machine, till it gets obsessed with him and ultimately kills him. Giving a few updates on the book, he mentions that he has finished writing it with John Shirley, and that it is in the printing stage right now and available in August, with pre-orders going out very soon. On other things to tick off from his bucket list after the book, he exclaims that if the book was turned into a movie or TV series, it’d be special.
Eric tells us next how the band constructs the setlist for shows, explaining that they mix up material form different albums while trying to promote new songs, but change them slightly based on venue: Hellfest has more heavier and energetic stuff, while Graspop, for example, has a more balanced sound. Mark then gave an update on Alter Bridge, saying the live album coming soon is the first on their priority while the new studio album should be between Tremonti tours next year, once he gets back together with Myles Kennedy.
They each expressed their grief about Vinnie Paul passing away. Eric mentioned in particular how their drummer Garrett is a huge Paul and Pantera fan and even has a tattoo of the band, and hoped that he’d live on and continue to inspire us. Mark added how he was such a positive spirit and even hung out with him a few times, adding that he’s still not over Chris Cornell.