Myles Kennedy Recalls Hearing Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’ For The First Time

There are some moments that change musicians’ lives, may it be a word, a riff, or a melody. Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy also had such a moment, which he recently shared with Hollywood Life. As it turns out, it was Deep Purple that gave him that great pleasure.

“The first riff I can remember,” the frontman said, trying to recall the moment he heard Deep Purple’s smash hit, “I was a kid, leaving daycare. I get in the car, and my mom’s got the radio on, and ‘Smoke On The Water’ is on the radio. This was a long time ago, mind you, and I just remember being so like, ‘Wow, what is that?’ It just kind of sucks you in.”

This childhood experience seems to have affected his approach to music in his later years as well, as he still enjoys the riffs of the Deep Purple record. He explained, “So, I do love a good riff, and for whatever reason, on this record, it felt like the well was just brimming with riffs, at least, from my angle.”

In his early years, Myles Kennedy derived musical inspiration from names like Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and John Sykes’ Blue Murder. He entered the magical world of music by picking up the trumpet at the age of 10. At 13, he had already formed a band with his close friends. His life continued on this path, and finally, he established Alter Bridge.

Alter Bridge has been on its way without slowing down since it entered the music world in 2004. The band, who released their seventh studio album ‘Pawns & Kings’ last October, is now enjoying its critical acclaim in rock circles. In this album, Myles Kennedy has taken his guitar skills to the next level with riffs that will captivate others when they hear them, just like the riffs he has heard that fascinated him.