Reading List: Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge and Creed
Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:55:22
"I've actually bought a bunch of books about writing including Stephen King's On Writing," says Alter Bridge and Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. "Five or six years ago, I started going crazy reading books. Now, I can't get enough."
By the same token, listeners won't be able to get enough of Tremonti's marvelous riffing on AB III, the upcoming Creed tour, and Alter Bridge's live DVD Live at Wembley on March 27, 2012. The Wembley show has already gone down in history as one of the band's most incendiary yet, and it's fueled by the inimitable six-string mastery of Mr. Tremonti. There's nothing cooler than a shredder whose also a voracious reader though…
Mark Tremonti sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino to share his favorite books in this exclusive interview.
George R. Martin — A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire Series
A Song of Ice and Fireis my favorite series. I dig the characters. I think Tyrion Lannister is one of the best characters in any series. The guy who played him in the HBO adaptation, Peter Dinklage, won best supporting actor. It's just a great story. I'm reading the fifth book, Dance With Dragons, right now. I'm dying for George R. Martin to get back to the main juice of the story. There are all of these different plotlines. They're just great books. (at Amazon)
Gene Wolfe — Book of the New Sun
It's an amazing journey! That series is incredible. It's not just a light summer read. It's definitely a tougher one to get through, but Gene Wolfe is an amazing writer. It's a story about a torturer which is always good. (at Amazon)
John Scalzi — Old Man's War
Other than that, I like sci-fi. I love Old Man's War by John Scalzi. Old Man's War starts out with a guy burying his wife. After he buries her, he's 72-years-old, and he heads over to sign up for the military that day. It takes place somewhere in the future when they can take your psyche and brain and implant it into a younger body, like a super military body. All of these old folks are joining the army so they can be young again, but it's a very dangerous world in the future. Only a certain amount of them survive, but they wouldn't survive long anyways. It's a three book series, and I love it. (at Amazon)
Joe Abercrombie — The First Law
The First Law trilogy is a great one. If you like George R. Martin's books, they're kind of the same thing. It's adult dark fantasy. (at Amazon)
Khalil Gibran – The Prophet
I love The Prophet too. (at Amazon)
Read our exclusive interview with Mark Tremonti here!
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