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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 April 1974Detroit, Michigan, USA
Birth NameMark Thomas Tremonti
Nickname Tru
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Mark Thomas Tremonti was born in Detroit, Michigan, on April 18, 1974. He started playing the guitar at 11. Marks first guitar was an imitation Les Paul that cost only $25. When Mark was 16 his family moved to Florida where he began attending Lake Highland Preparatory school. It was at this time when Mark met future bandmate Scott Stapp. During his freshman year at Lake Highland, Mark started his first band, 'Wit's End'. After graduation, Mark went on to attend Clemson University where he majored in finance. After a year, Mark made his way back to Florida State and was reunited with Stapp. Scott talked about forming a band, so they started holding auditions at a friend's house. Drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall were eventually picked. The band was originally named 'Naked Toddler' which was the headline of a newspaper clipping Mark carried around in his wallet. After realizing how bad of a name 'Naked Toddler' was, they changed it to 'Creed'. In 1997 Creed released their debut album, 'My Own Prison', which has since sold over six million copies to date. In 2000, following the release of their 2nd album Human Clay, the band released their VH1 Behind the Music (1997) special, which shows you how incredibly far Mark and the other members of Creed have come.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Russomanno <downside4@hotmail.com>

Spouse (1)

Victoria Rodriguez (14 December 2002 - present) (2 children)

Trivia (10)

Mark was voted Best Rock Guitar for 3 years in a row in Guitar World Magazine.
Lead guitarist for Creed.
Now that Creed has ended, he plays lead guitar for Alter Bridge, which consists of all the members of Creed except with a different singer, that being Myles Kennedy, who formerly sung for the band Mayfield Four.
Tremonti means "Three Mounts" in Italian.
His band Alter Bridge was named after an actual bridge located in Detroit. It separated a clean neighborhood from a drug-infested part of town and, according to Tremonti, symbolizes the unknown.
He loves to play Ping-Pong and usually plays before concerts. He also collects pinball machines.
His favorite band is Metallica. His favorite CD is "Master of Puppets" and he has said that he wishes he had written "The Call of the Ktulu" himself.
He got his first guitar when he was 11, it was a Gibson knock-off called a TARA. He now has a Signature PRS Guitar with his name on the 12th fret.
He and his wife are expecting their first child (a boy to be named Austen) in May 2005.
Helped Larry the Cable Guy perform the title song to the album "Lord, I Apologize" which was the last track on the CD.

Personal Quotes (3)

All I do is relax and rent movies every night. Blackbuster get all my money.
"They can `pop up' whatever the hell they want." (In reference to the media's talk and perceptions about his band)
I like to make my guitar sound mean.

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