Alter Bridge will take 2012 off to focus on other commitments - but will return with new material in 2013.
It follows a jam-packed year of touring, festival appearances, and promotion for their widely-praised album 'Alter Bridge III'.
Now drummer Scott Phillips says the band will use their time off to return to other projects, including his return to Creed with fellow Alter Bridge members Mark Tremonti and Brian Marshall. Vocalist Myles Kennedy will use the time to continue recording with guitarist Slash.
“We’ve got a few more weeks on this tour, then we’ll recharge for bit before heading to Europe for some shows," Phillips told The Fay Observer (via Rock AAA). "We’ll finish up in Wembley Arena in London. That’s going to be an awesome show and accomplishment for us – something I’ll look back at for years.
“Myles [Kennedy] is working with Slash next year, while we’ll be working with Creed next year. Then we’ll have some tours, and then come back as Alter Bridge. Look to 2013 for new material.”
Speaking about their forthcoming European tour, Phillips says Alter Bridge need to step up their game to stand out above the talent who are joining the group as support artists - Black Stone Cherry, Theory of a Deadman, Adelita’s Way and Emphatic.
“You definitely need to make sure you’re on top of your game," he said. "You’ve only got a finite amount of time to put your best foot forward. A lot of these bands right now are at a peak – they’re up-and-coming artists who all have that ability to become larger acts and gain some real traction. Watch ‘em now, before they blow up”
European tour dates:
October 22 Palasesto, Milan, Italy October 24 Estragon, Bologna, Italy October 25 Atlantico, Rome, Italy October 26 Palsport, Podenone, Italy October 28 LKA Longhorn, Stuttgart, Germany October 29 Westfalenhalle 3a, Dortmund, Germany October 31 Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France November 02 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France November 04 Zenith, Paris, France November 05 Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium November 06 Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Holland November 10 Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark November 12 Godset, Kolding, Denmark November 13 Huxleys, Berlin, Germany November 14 Docks, Hamburg, Germany November 16 Kesselhaus, Munich, Germany November 17 Gasometer, Vienna, Austria November 22 LG Arena, Birmingham, UK November 23 Motor Point Arena, Cardiff, UK November 24 Manchester Evening News Arena, Manchester, UK November 26 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, UK November 27 SECC, Glasgow, UK November 29 Wembley Arena, London, UK