Myles Kennedy’s solo album has been in the works for so long we were beginning to think the debut from the Alter Bridge frontman and Slash collaborator would never surface. But Year Of The Tiger (reviewed on p16) is finally coming and there’s a UK acoustic tour to celebrate not just the album, but his whole back catalogue.
“What I plan to do for the acoustic set on this tour is to touch on the last two decades of my recording career,” Myles reveals to us. “Besides the fact that I’ll be playing songs from my solo record, I’ll also be performing stripped-down acoustic arrangements of songs that I wrote with the Mayfield Four, Alter Bridge and Slash & The Conspirators. I also might throw in a cover or two,” he reveals. With all the tunings that involves, Myles is leaving his vintage instruments at home and choosing more contemporary gear for the road, including a Gibson Southern Jumbo, Martin 000-EC, PRS Angelus, Taylor 614 and a National NRP. But even with all the gear, this is still Myles as vulnerable as you’ll ever see him live: “I’m on my own, there is nothing to hide behind. It almost feels like I’m walking on a tight rope, just me and my guitar against the world. Also, I enjoy taking the songs and altering the arrangements so they translate in an acoustic environment.”
WHEN Tour from 17 March; YearOfThe Tiger is released on 9 March via Napalm