Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy Recalls How Queen Inspired Him During His Childhood Years

During a recent interview with BBC radio, Alter Bridge’s lead vocalist and guitarist Myles Kennedy talked about the sentimental value of music in his life, while recalling some early childhood memories which had Queen songs playing in the background.

As you know, Myles Kennedy is one of the most appreciated guitarists in the rock scene and he’s both Guns N’ Roses’ touring member and collaborating with Slash on his solo project. Kennedy was also one of the three people who were invited to audition for Led Zeppelin in 2008 after Robert Plant’s decision to quit the band.

In his recent interview, Myles Kennedy talked about the musicians that influenced him when he was a child and one of the first bands that came into his mind was Queen. When he was seven years old, he was playing on a baseball team and they had a kiddie league match. Their opponents had destroyed their team and Kennedy was feeling discouraged.

That’s when he heard Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions‘ which really lifted his spirits. He felt encouraged to keep up the fight but there was an even more important lesson he learned. He realized what he wanted to do for the rest of his life, which was to listen, play or be in any way involved with music.

Here’s what Myles Kennedy said about Queen:

“The way I heard them when I was a kid – I was probably seven years old, I was playing pee-wee baseball, which is like before you do little league, so it’s like the kiddie version.

So, we lost, we got our butts whooped by this team, and I was crestfallen, I was bummed out, and over the loudspeakers, they started playing ‘We Are the Champions.’

And I was so bummed out, but hearing those tunes, it was clear what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, which was listen to music or play music, or whatever it was. It had a really profound effect on young Myles, for sure.”

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