While the upcoming Year Of The Tiger is ballyhooed as Myles Kennedy's first solo album, there was another the Alter Bridge frontman and Slash collaborator recorded a few years back but decided to abandon. Most of the material went by the wayside, but Kennedy held on to "Love Can Only Heal" for the album that's coming on March 9.
The song is close to Kennedy's heart. Year Of The Tiger is a conceptual album about the death of his father when he was young, and "Love Can Only Heal" conveys some light at the end of the tragic circumstances. "A lot of the songs are trying to get into my mother's head and what she might have been thinking and things she might have been struggling with as a young mother with two boys in tow," Kennedy tells Billboard. "So a song like 'Love Can Only Heal' illustrates how even though she had lost the love of her life was probably very lonely and there was probably a massive void, she was trying to retain a certain amount of optimism that maybe those wounds could be healed and that there's possibly somebody out there waiting in the wings to kind of pick the family back up and help us move along."
That is, in fact, what happened; Kennedy's mother remarried to a Methodist minister "who was an incredible man and raised my brother and I as if we were his own, and the story wound up with a very happy ending." Watch the lyric video premiere of "Love Can Only Heal" below.