Myles Kennedy: Real Life Rock Star
He turned down Velvet Revolver, nearly joined Led Zeppelin, saw his future play out onscreen in the movie Rock Star. His name is Myles Kennedy, and his story’s only just begun...
Myles Kennedy is vying for the title of hardest working man in showbusiness.
As singer and guitarist with Alter Bridge, he is about to head off for a tour of Australia, but he’s spent the past year partnering Slash and the Conspirators on the guitarist’s second album. Their acquaintance goes back ten years, to when Kennedy auditioned for the role of frontman with Velvet Revolver. Still reeling from the break-up of his band The Mayfield Four, Kennedy declined to respond to Slash and Co.’s offer, preferring instead to teach guitar in his hometown of Spokane, Washington. The intervening years have been an exhilarating rollercoaster ride for Kennedy. After appearing in the 2001 movie Rock Star – playing a fan plucked from the audience to front his favourite band – Kennedy’s life has mirrored that of his character. In 2004 he was chosen by three ex-members of Creed to front a new band, Alter Bridge. And in 2008, rumours touted him as Led Zeppelin’s new singer after Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham invited him to rehearse.
On the day that Classic Rock meets up with Kennedy, he is in a buoyant mood, having just completed work on Slash’s new album. We meet at his management’s sleek offices in the upscale Los Angeles neighbourhood of Westwood. The spacious boardroom’s glass wall affords a spectacular 10th floor view over LA, with its bustling streets below and surrounding mountains. The city’s trademark sunshine has taken a day off, replaced instead by a ceiling of gray clouds.
Myles Kennedy as an aspiring singer in the movie Rock Star.