- You buy their first album, and first song you hear is "Find The Real." Guitars are heavier than Creed, Tremonti has that epic solo at the end, and Miles has that NOTE he holds at the end. What a way to signal this is a whole new ballgame.
- Winning the top spot in Guitarist Magazine's 20 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time poll for Black Bird against the likes of Comfortably Numb, Eruption, Free Bird, Sweet Child O' Mine and Stairway to Heaven. Tremonti and Kennedy say they felt "Unworthy".
- Winning the Fuse TV Battle of the Fans poll against the likes of Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Shinedown and Papa Roach in a competition that peaked at 7.2 million votes despite having the smallest fanbase according to MySpace. Defeating Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace and Green Day, they took on 30 Seconds to Mars and Linkin Park in the final round, winning against LP by just over a 3% margin (30StM by 6%).
Awesome / Alter Bridge