Newspaper Southport Visiter [United Kingdom] (5 July, 2018)Headfirst jump into past inspires Myles
MYLES Kennedy and the Conspirators come to the O2 Liverpool on Saturday, July 7.
Myles Kennedy – known for his work with Slash of Guns N Roses and his band Alter Bridge – had finished his first solo album, then he threw it away.
“I had been working on a record for about seven years, but when I listened to it with a fresh perspective, I thought it wasn’t the right first step to take in this journey— its shelf life had expired.”
So he started over, and found himself “writing like a madman.”
More than 20 songs spilled out in a short period of time, and as Kennedy listened to his work, he began to comprehend the direction in which the music was pulling him.
“It became incredibly obvious what the source of inspiration needed to be lyrically, and I realised it was time to jump headfirst into something I’ve been putting off for my whole life as a writer.”
What eventually emerged was Year of the Tiger, an album almost entirely focused on the loss of Kennedy’s father when the singer was just four years old.
Delving into this emotional territory required a musical approach far different from the hard rock that has defined Kennedy’s arena-filling career.
The majority of the record was written on acoustic or resonator guitar and recorded directly to tape using a limited number of tracks. Kennedy himself plays banjo, lap steel, bass, and mandolin in addition to guitar.
Playing live this summer, fans can expect a raw and honest performance, which will show a whole new side to the singer.