Backbeat: Creed, Alter-Bridge's Mark Tremonti's First NYC Solo Gig With Wolfgang Van Halen, Sevendust, Wind-Up, eOne, AEG Execs
Backbeat: Creed, Alter-Bridge's Mark Tremonti's First NYC Solo Gig With Wolfgang Van Halen, Sevendust, Wind-Up, eOne, AEG Execs

Mark Tremonti (center right) made his initial impact in rock as part of multi-platinum band Creed, signed to Wind-up Entertainment. Backstage Wind-Up President/CEO Ed Vetri (second from left) and executive Diana Meltzer (send from right) pay their respects with (from left) drummer Garrett Whitlock, touring bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and rhythm guitarist Eric Friedman.

Rock cognoscenti welcomed Mark Tremonti to his first Manhattan show as a solo artist on Sept. 12 at Highline Ballroom. The Creed and Alter Bridge guitarist is touring through October to support his debut album, "All I Was," released in July on his own Fret 12 Records and debuting at No. 29 on the Billboard 200.

Singer/lead guitarist Tremonti and his band threw themselves into album cuts like "Wish You Well," "Proof," "The Things I've Seen" and "You Waste Your Time," which is gaining speed at rock radio. Members of Sevendust and eOne Music VP of metal Scott Givens were among the execs who got to witness Wolfgang Van Halen perform bass with Tremonti's crew. It was later announced that the babyfaced Van Halen will perform on all of the tour dates. According to Tremonti, Van Halen was such a quick study he learned the whole album in two days' time.


The VIP Balcony: (From left) the Agency Group senior VP, New York Ken Fermaglich; AEG Live talent buyer Casey McCabe, the Agency Group Worldwide, London CEO Neil Warnock; and Fret 12's Wally Van Middendorp.

Men In Black (Except the Guy in Gingham): "Friday Night Rocks" and "That Metal Show" host Eddie Trunk (far left) introduced Tremonti. He's joined backstage by (from left) Tremonti drummer Garrett Whitlock, touring bassist Wolfgang Van Halen, Tremonti, rhythm guitarist Eric Friedman and Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose.