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Mark Tremonti: Unsung Hero

He’s sold out arenas with Creed and Alter Bridge, and has written some of the greatest riffs of our time, yet Mark Tremonti remains one of the most understated guitar heroes around...

Despite our auspicious surroundings, Mark Tremonti looks very comfortable. Today we’ve accompanied the Alter Bridge guitarist, and solo artist in his own right, into the depths of London’s Hard Rock Cafe, to a place they call The Vault, where we’re surrounded by the cream of their memorabilia. From handwritten lyrics by John Lennon to... er... Madonna’s credit card, you can’t move an inch without seeing something that leaves you in awe.

Most of the items are guitars, and you suspect this is why Mark feels so at home. Because, whether they used to be owned by Slash, Joe Satriani, Jimmy Page or Kurt Cobain, Mark is firmly in his comfort zone surrounded by six-strings. We at Hammer, on the other hand, aren’t so relaxed. In our excitement, we accidentally kick Joe Satriani’s custom axe onto the floor. Guilty looks are exchanged. “That’s OK, I won’t tell,” laughs Mark. “If it’d been Jeff Beck’s, on the other hand...” he says, eyeing up the bluesman’s weathered strat.

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