Fret12, the online collective that Mark Tremonti launched with his brother Dan, is releasing a short documentary on its website today that tells the story of his namesake band, Tremonti, from the beginning to present day.
“Through the years, I have gotten more confidence performing. There is nothing better than the live experience to become a better performer, and this video shows some of that,” says the Alter Bridge/Creed/Tremonti guitarist. “It has been quite a ride. It all has gone by so fast, and it’s amazing to believe that the third album, Dust, is now out [today on Fret12]. We have all this new material that we can play from now.”
The retrospective “captures us from the beginning working on the first album,” explains Tremonti. “Playing our first show ever with [Creed/Alter Bridge bandmate] Brian Marshall. Then losing Brian right before and getting [bassist] Wolfgang Van Halen.” (Yes, that Wolfgang Van Halen.) “Touring with Wolfgang. Writing the new stuff together as a band in the studio. Then the last tour where we lost Wolfgang to the Van Halen tour and now here we are. It seems like so much has happened in a short span of time.”
Billboard has an exclusive clip of the retrospective that shows when Van Halen was contacted to fill in for Marshall. Watch it below:
Tremonti says of new album Dust and its quasi-companion set, 2015’s Cauterize, “Both were recorded at the same time, and I divided them up evenly. I tried to pick which songs would work best on the first record and which would work best on the second record so they were evenly paced and as equally balanced as possible.”
He adds about Dust, “Over the years, I’ve worked hard to get any measure of success along the way. I have had to start over many times. At the peaks of your success, you see friends and they remain very close, but when you have to start over you see some of those people fall off. It is in those moments you realize those people were never truly loyal, and that is what Dust is about.”