This Day In Music 18.04.2016
The youngest of three children, Mark Thomas Tremonti was born on April 18, 1974, in the Grosse Point neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan U.S., to Italian-American parents. He was greatly inspired by Hard-Rock music and around Christmas in 1985, he bought his first guitar; initially Mark signed up for guitar lessons, but quit after one lesson as he says, “they were teaching me "Mary Had A Little Lamb" and I wanted to play "Master Of Puppets"”. Alternatively, he started teaching himself from tab books and practicing his favorite songs by ear until he got them right.
After his freshman year, for financial reasons he transferred to Florida State University in Tallahassee, where he reunited with high school classmate Scott Stapp. In 1995 the two, along with bassist Brian Marshall and drummer Scott Phillips, formed the post-Grunge multi-platinum band CREED. In 2000, Marshall abruptly left the band due to tensions with Stapp.
In early 2004, before Creed's breakup was announced, Mark Tremonti and Scott Phillips decided that they should part ways with Stapp for good and start a new band, ALTER BRIDGE, which also included lead singer Myles Kennedy and Creed veteran Brian Marshall.
After five years the four original members of Creed get back together to record new material and in 2009 put out their fourth studio album.
While the reunited foursome wrapped up their 2009 tour, Alter Bridge began to prepare for their next offering, 2010's "AB III".
While Alter Bridge toured in support of its third album, in various interviews Mark Tremonti slowly solidified his intentions to record a solo album. Before long he announced that his friend and Creed touring guitarist Eric Friedman would join the project on guitar + bass and former Subursed drummer Garrett Whitlock would handle the drums. The three began composing and recording during the early 2011 break between Alter Bridge tours, while Kennedy toured with Slash.
"All I Was", Tremonti's first solo album was released in July 2012 peaking at #29 on The Billboard 200; it features the Active Rock top 40 hit single "You Waste Your Time".
The band's sophomore album, “Cauterize”, was released in June 2015 with their third “Dust” set for release on April the 29th, 2016.
Since his early years with Creed, Tremonti has received positive recognition as a guitarist and songwriter and has received a number of accolades, including one 2001's Grammy Award (Best Rock Song) for Creed's single “With Arms Wide Open”.
He was also named "Guitarist of the Year" for three consecutive years by Guitar World, “Riff Lord” by Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2014, “Best Guitarist 2015” at the Loudwire Music Awards, and in 2011 he was listed in Total Guitar magazine as the 4th greatest Heavy metal guitarist of all time.