TREMONTI (Featuring Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge & Wolgang Van Halen of Van Halen) with MY BLACK HEART at the Crofoot Ballroom

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TREMONTI (Featuring Mark Tremonti of Creed and Alter Bridge & Wolfgang Van Halen of Van Halen) and More at the Crofoot Ballroom


During the time that Creed was at the end of its career in the early 2000s, Tremonti had intentions to form a speed metal side project called Downshifter (with Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison), but the project never got off the ground.[13]

Later, in 2008, Tremonti and his brother formed FRET12, an online musicians' community, production company, and record label, to release his 2008 instructional guitar documentary DVD titled Mark Tremonti: The Sound & the Story,[38] wherein he teaches all of his guitar solos from Alter Bridge's sophomore release, Blackbird. He also teaches warm-ups, alternate tunings, finger picking style, legato techniques, and other advanced exercises. His DVD, which is the first in The Sound & the Story series of instructional DVDs, also features guest appearances from Myles Kennedy, Michael Angelo Batio, Rusty Cooley, Bill Peck, and Troy Stetina. The aforementioned series also includes DVDs by Leslie West[39] and Troy Stetina.[40]

Tremonti later began expressing interest in releasing a solo album in 2010. "The bands are so different," he said of his two current main projects. "And I write so much. I'm going to do a solo record because there are some songs that I'd hate to think wouldn't see the light of day because they don't work for Creed or Alter Bridge."[41] He is playing guitar and singing lead on all of the songs himself, and former Submersed members Eric Friedman and Garrett Whitlock perform on the record as well. Tremonti described the music as "melody driven,"[42] and in a May 2011 interview, Tremonti said that it would be a "heavier-sounding" thrash metal album.[43] He later said that the album is "probably heavier than either Creed or Alter Bridge," and that it would have "lots of soloing."[44]

On January 20, 2012, Tremonti launched a website for his solo album where fans can sign up to receive news, previews, live streams, and giveaways. A list of working song titles was also included on the webpage, as well as the album title, All I Was. He later launched a new website for his solo work after the album's release.[45] It was set for a July 10, 2012, release on FRET12 Records and "You Waste Your Time" will be the first single from the album,[46] and according to FMQB, "You Waste Your Time" would be released to active rock radio stations in May 2012.[47] The entire song was made available for listening on May 6, 2012, one day before its release, on[48] One day after its release, the song reached number 10 on the iTunes Rock Songs Chart,[49] and Tremonti's live music video for it premiered on May 17, 2012, on Noisecreep.[50] The album's official release date was announced on Ultimate Guitar Archive as July 17, 2012.[51]

His solo band originally consisted of Friedman and Whitlock alongside Alter Bridge and Creed bassist Brian Marshall.[37] The band performed its first solo concert in Orlando, Florida, on July 17, 2012, which performance was filmed for a future video release.[52] Wolfgang Van Halen replaced Brian Marshall in September 2012.[53]


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