Alter Bridge rocks Unforgiven
Our fans should be no strangers to Alter Bridge. Their song, "Metalingus," is heard week after week on Raw as Edge's entrance music. Now, their song, "Rise Today," is the official theme of WWE's Unforgiven.
"Working with WWE has been great. There's been a lot of exposure for us and we've been really happy about it, and we like to be involved with it," said Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti.
"Rise Today" is the band's first single off Blackbird, which hits stores Oct. 9 on Universal Republic Records. Blackbird is the band's second album; their first, One Day Remains, was certified Gold and peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 album chart its first week.
"Blackbird is an album that is three years in the making. We all feel it's our biggest achievement. It's our longest record we've ever put out. It really means a lot to us," Tremonti told WWE.com. "It's a lot about overcoming a lot of things. There's a lot that went into the record. We feel really good about how it came out and can't wait for people to hear it when it comes out on Oct. 9."
While fans will have to wait until next month to get their hands on a copy of Blackbird, "Rise Today" is available on iTunes now. (Or pre-order the album now.) Tremonti said the song is a perfect fit for Unforgiven, which airs live this Sunday, only on pay-per-view.
"WWE is energetic. It's kind of an uplifting, energetic song that seems to fit well," he explained. " ‘Rise Today' is a song about asking yourself what you can do to change the world for the better -- just every individual, what they can do to make the world a better place. Not to be cheesy, but just to ask yourself how you can be a better person."
Alter Bridge will begin an extensive tour in early October in support of Blackbird. (For complete tour dates, visit alterbridge.com.) Tremonti said he and his fellow band mates -- Scott Philips, Brian Marshall and Myles Kennedy -- are WWE fans, and while they're on the road, they watch WWE programming whenever possible
"We're all fans of WWE. We all have a kinship," Tremonti said. "We love the fact that we're all on the same page, and it's just great to be a part of this whole family."