Mark Tremonti: How Important Showmanship Is in Metal

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Mark Tremonti: How Important Showmanship Is in Metal
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Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge) was asked by Metal Hammer whether it's "important to keep showmanship alive or does metal not need to worry about it," to which he replied:

"As long as you're natural on stage then that adds to it.

"I'm a different person when I'm on stage. I look back at some of the poses I pull and can't believe it, but if you're overdoing the theatricality when it's not you then it's not going to work.

"It's great to have big see bands like Avatar in their costumes headbanging together.

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"But then I saw Rage Against the Machine with just a single light and a red star backdrop and it was one of the best live shows I've ever seen."

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Asked if metal needs the mainstream, Mark replied:

"I would love to see some of the commercial advantages that come with the mainstream, but then those things tend to be a flash in the pan. We've built our audience up gradually through word-of-mouth and that approach helps you have a passionate, loyal fanbase and real longevity."

Asked whether "we need to dump the stereotype of what rock and metal fans should look like," Tremonti replied:

"I think there's still a lot to be said for that guy who works all week, then wears his metal shirt and leather jacket like a uniform to a gig.

"I think diversity is the main thing we've got to strive for.

"When we started out it was largely guys in baseball caps, but now we have an audience that covers everyone - from metal dudes in their denim and leather to guys in their work shirts with their kids."

43 comments sorted by best / new / date

    PRSguitars87
    Dude lives next to Tiger Woods and hes still the most modest guy in music. Very refreshing to see a quality guitarist who doesnt wear makeup and fucking leather cape
    GR84
    Very true, and i respect the heck outta Tremonti, and i agree with you, however sometimes i like campy too (it has its place)... i.e. Ozzy
    iRockOnline
    Nor does he have a single tattoo (which is not common in metal), the guy is a GREAT guitarist.
    jheavey5
    Lives next to a place called the freaking Marseilles House or something. Like what hahaha
    rw24643
    Obligatory comment about how good Alter Bridge are. Don't know if 'underrated' is the right word, but Mark, Myles and the rest of the gang write some killer tunes. Anyone checked out the new live album yet?
    munhy88
    off to see AB at the albert hall London in a few weeks playing with a 52 piece orchestra! should be amazing!!
    udigit
    most overrated guitarist in this era , hands down
    DropDeee
    Care to elaborate as to why?
    udigit
    cause his fucking shit 
    hilly123
    Why do people have to be so hateful. He's clearly not shit. Granted, you might not like his style of playing or whatever but you can still respect the musician for his skill and dedication to his craft. I'm personally not a fan of Zakk Wylde but I wouldn't say he is shit. SMH.
    clr14
    Got drug back into this silly debate and saw this comment which is on point despite our differing opinions. Well said hilly.
    jdelpratola
    I really think on stage it's all about letting yourself "get carried" by your music and just do what it makes you feel like doing. Of course, showmanship most likely means to make more mistakes and play a little worse, but as long as you don't start playing like shit it's excusable hahaha
    clr14
    Ok, could someone please explain why we are asking the guitarist formerly of Creed about what qualifies as being "metal". I don't know too much about Tremonti, probably a great dude, but given his track record of not being a metal guitarist Metal Hammer should maybe try a bit harder. Whats next? Asking Eddie Vedder the best way to growl? Or maybe that blonde chick from Nickleback has some insight on corpse paint. I just feel if you prefer to interview these guys the just change the mags name to like "Middle age Alt-Rock Hammer". Just to be clear my issue is not with those bands but the blatant indifference this shows to the musicians you should being propping up. 
    hilly123
    Tremonti is a massive metal head. Do a bit of a research before you comment.
    clr14
    I am also a metalhead but that does not make me a wise interview pick by a publication who's primary focus is heavy metal. Hell lets ask Clapton and the guys from Rush how they feel about drop tuned 8 strings while were at it. And chill out, i'm in no way attacking those guys either. Only Metal Hammer. They kinda suck.
    Zirk208
    you said it yourself, you "don't know too much about Tremointi."
    clr14
    Ok, again, I have no issue with Tremonti. No need for all the angry downvotes. My issue is with the Metal Hammer people asking a guy who made an early name for himself in a post-grunge Christian band and who is not currently in Alter Bridge how he thinks Metal bands should act onstage! Maybe like Ishan, or Kerry King would be more insightful for fans of a metal publication. Golf digest does not ask football players what the best driver is. And if you ask on of those Nordic Metal bands the same question I have no doubt the answer would be very different. I apologize for irritating some of you. My only point was Metal Hammer should do a better job. I would think fellow metal heads would agree. Apparently not.  
    hilly123
    You're missing the fact he is in a metal band.
    clr14
    I totally get that people do have that opinion.I just disagree. I am a bit shocked nobody on this thread shared my opinion but again, my point was only that Metal Hammer sucks, I hardly hold an opinion about Mark or his band. 
    hilly123
    What do you disagree with? You're problem was you didn't think his opinion was relevant because he wasn't in a metal band. But he is in a metal band so his opinion is relevant.
    clr14
    OMG, really? I disagree that Alter Bridge is a metal band. I think his opinion is much less relevant because he was in fucking Creed. And no he does  not play in a metal band in my opinion. He's in just another generic, mainstream, rock band that play slightly heavier songs than his creatively bankrupt first band. There now you have a reason to be butthurt.  @534
    hilly123
    I'm not talking about Alter Bridge. Have you heard of his solo project Tremonti? That is thrash metal. Here's a link (please tell me this isn't metal):
    clr14
    Well i guess I hate on Creed but ..I mean, they were awful  
    clr14
    Ok man, I listened to it. That was actually not terrible. There was some good tight riffing going on. Thing is defining music is just super subjective. To me I would call it hard rock but at the same time I'd consider Katatonia a metal band but they sound half asleep compared to what i just heard. Just how I feel about it. I dig all types of rock but some things are just unacceptable to me and Creed is one of those things. So asking him how to be metal on stage to me was an absurd question. I think Metal Hammer is a lazy joke. My intent was to call out that sub par source of metal info not you or your bands. 
    Consolous
    It doesn't matter whether you consider Tremonti a metal band or not. You speak as if your opinion is the holy grail of truth. Whether you like it or not, Tremonti (the band) is a thrash metal band with some softer post-grunge songs in between. I repeat, it doesn't matter that you don't want to believe he plays metal, because fact remains he does.
    clr14
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    clr14 · Oct 23, 2017 08:43 PM
    Consolous
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    Consolous · Oct 25, 2017 01:37 PM
    clr14
    Wow. Boom? Really? After you just claimed that somebody's subjective opinion on someone's artform is useless? And yes I do determine what music i like partly by emotion. But apparently that is dumb. So if you don't use emotion to determine what you feel about a band and your so much smarter than I am please share your objective method. Why does your opinion matter but not mine? Or anyone else who has debated this type of shit throughout the years. So please, go ahead an enlighten me as to why exactly you know that Alter Bridge is "thrash metal" and anyone that has any other opinion is useless and incorrect. And I just want to remind you how I apparently think I'm the holy grail of truth then you leave that arrogant half baked comment that you ended with boom.
    Consolous
    And you keep proving my points that you are ignorant. Learn to read. I didn't say your opinion is wrong not to like Alter Bridge or whatnot. I said your opinion that Mark Tremonti's SOLO PROJECT --- "TREMONTI" is not metal, like the ones that were shown to you, is delusional. Which proves that you don't know what you're talking about, you don't know the difference between hard rock and metal. (Another example is "The Cage") Heck, even Alter Bridge has some progressive metal on them (noticed I said some, not all), most notably on the album Fortress. I also mock your opinion in that a professional of such caliber as Tremonti somehow should not give an opinion on Metal even though he is more proficient than many of your idols having proved it time and time again with the music he is putting out, but due to the fact that he was on Creed people like you will forever render him "unqualified". P.S. Getting offended by the word "boom" speaks volumes.
    clr14
    Ha, you mad bro? Im afraid you are gonna hit caps lock any second.And Im not offended at all, I think its adorable that you tossed  that word in like you just destroyed me with your fanboy nonsense. And to your point you keep attacking my taste and knowledge of music but you know nothing about what i dig musically. you just want to bitch and cry if anyone has any opinion aside from your own. Which is yours to have kid. You should just sit around all day listening to Creed, Toto sniffing your own farts. And maybe you'll finally realize one day you are a moron who doesn't listen.
    clr14
    OMG you are like 20 years old and are lecturing me on thrash metal! Cute af