There’s many tattoos with the “Blackbird” logo and it’s mind blowing that it connected with so many people. When you see that on a constant basis you’re like… (laughs)… I haven’t seen so many “The Last Hero” tattoos as I’ve seen “Blackbird” tattoos, maybe a lot more people will connect with that in the future.
I'm thinking and yeah, the Blackbird logo is something a lot of people really like in terms of imagery. I mean there's not going to be a lot of people that wants a tattoo of a guy that has arrows coming at him or a dilapidated shed like in Fortress or the ODR cover. I mean people will have tattoos with AB logo, it's basically the band's font, and it's basically a common font. The Blackbird logo does have that sort of imagery that people latch on to and still latch on to 10 years later. I even friken described the album cover itself in an essay in my college English class and I had to do it without going too off-topic, i.e. talking too much about the band's music and not enough talking about the actual album cover.
Good interview. It's rare to see a Brian or Flip interview and when we do see them, it's nicely in-depth, so you did a good job.
Being one of the most active and maybe popular bands in the current scene of hard rock music, I’d like to how much you’ve been influenced by the tragic death of Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington. Has something changed in the rock in the wake of these events?
Well, it’s a tragedy when you hear the news of your peers passing away by inflicting harm on themselves. They had family and children and they were all involved. You know, that really hit home, especially when you met them maybe, went on a tour with them or even be close friends with them. And I know Myles was speaking with Chris on a several occasions. I didn’t know either one of them, but I was a huge fan of their music.
Man, if one of those discussions involved the idea of an acoustic tour together....... Aside from the obvious sadness that stems from Chris Cornell's passing, when it comes to him and his music, the saddest thing I took away from Chris Cornell's death is that the idea of him and Myles doing a solo acoustic tour together or an AB/Soundgarden tour is never going to happen now and that really bums me out, because I think either options would have made a really great touring environment for both acts and crowds.
Let’s end this on a positive note. Alter Bridge have always addressed issues of dealing with darkness and trying to find the light in life through their lyrics, so I guess you help in a way towards this awareness…
Well, thank you! I certainly hope so. There’s something to be said for that. I think you hit the nail on the head with that. A lot of our music lyrically can speak to people. As I said they have lyrics on their arms. For example “All Ends Well” is a favorite song for a lot of people and I see its lyrics all the time on people’s bodies. It’s really cool to see that. I hope they can take away from something to enlighten them in the future.
One more thought from the interview. Another good thought from Brian and that made me reflect on something. It's nice where in the present-AB era, they are going the more darker, heavier, pseudo-prog, whatever. However, it's also nice to hear a positive uplifting song like My Champion or All Ends Well or Never Say Die, in between, where they sorta need that to create a cheerful song or the band may just end up having that Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/M ... enceApathy
) where it's dark for the sake of dark and too dark for people to care and some fans may already feel that way from AB III-onwards so it's nice to hear the My Champions and All Ends Well type of songs being created once in a while.