Ultimate-Guitar: 'Blackbird' debuts at #13


From Ultimate-Guitar.com:

Universal Republic Artists Alter Bridge prove it ainít a bad thing to be good and lucky, joining an elite group of artists on Billboardís Top 15 Album Chart this week by locking down the lucky #13 slot with their high flying debut album Blackbird.

The soaring foursomeís much buzzed about opening is even more eye-popping when you consider they edged out legendary rockers like Eric Clapton and gritty icons Puddle Of Mud. Alter Bridge is celebrating the hearty welcome from rock fans in reciprocal fashion - bringing their searing brand of hard rock live to concertgoers across the U.S. on one of the fallís most talked about tours. The former Creed members - Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips, and Brian Marshall, joined by riveting vocalist Myles Kennedy - round out Alter Bridge and are winning over critics with the same power and bombast that enlivens the songs from their sophomore album Blackbird.

"One of the greatest things to happen to hard rock since David Lee Roth joined Van Halen" raved Metal Edge. Joined by fellow Universal Republic rockers Another Animal, (comprised of members of Godsmack), the tour (which runs though December) has become one of the most eagerly tracked rock two-lanes on the internet, igniting rock networking sites with set-list chatter and after-show critiques from fans of the two rock bands that have set myspace sites aglow.

For Alter Bridge, Blackbird is an imposing follow-up to their Gold-plus album debut One Day Remains. Advancing the themes of that critically acclaimed effort, but with an even more ominous edge, the album has become a mainstay of modern rock charts and digital platforms, and includes fan-favorites such as their #1 most-added kick-off single "Rise Today," "Break Me Down," and "Ties That Bind," among others.

Tour dates are as follows:

10/26 - San Antonio, TX, Sunken Gardens Amphitheater
10/27 - Corpus Christi, TX, Concrete Street Amphitheater
10/28 - The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/30 - Dallas, TX, The Palladium Ballroom
10/31 - Amarillo, TX, Midnight Rodeo - Amarillo
11/02 - Tempe, AZ, Marquee Theatre
11/03 - Las Vegas, NV, House Of Blues
11/04 - Ventura, CA, Majestic Ventura Theater
11/07 - Los Angeles, CA, House Of Blues
11/09 - Seattle, WA, Showbox
11/10 - Spokane, WA, The Big Easy Concert Hall
11/11 - Boise, ID, Big Easy Concert House
11/13 - Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre & Cafe
11/15 - St. Paul, MN, The Myth
11/16 - Madison, WI, Barrymore Theatre
11/17 - Milwaukee, WI, The Rave
11/19 - Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall
11/20 - Youngstown, OH, Wedgewood Entertainment Center
11/21 - Pontiac, MI, Clutch Cargoís
11/23 - Flint, MI, The Machine Shop
11/24 - Fort Wayne, IN, Piereís Entertainment Center
11/30 - Fort Myers, FL, City of Palms Park
12/05 - Jackson, MS, Fire