Watch Over You

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"Watch Over You"
Alter bridge watch over you.jpg
Cover of single featuring Cristina Scabbia
Single by Alter Bridge
from the album Blackbird
Released January 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 4:19 (album version)
4:22 (duet version)
Label Universal Republic
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Michael "Elvis" Baskette
Alter Bridge singles chronology
"Rise Today"
(2007)
"Watch Over You"
(2008)
"Ties That Bind"
(2008)
Blackbird track listing
"One by One"
(9)
"Watch Over You"
(10)
"Break Me Down"
(10)

"Watch Over You" is a song by American hard rock band Alter Bridge. Written by lead guitarist Mark Tremonti and lead vocalist Myles Kennedy, it was produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette and featured on the band's 2007 second studio album Blackbird. The track was released as the second single from the album on January 14, 2008, peaking at number 19 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart. An alternate version of the track featuring additional vocals by Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia was also later made available as a digital download.

Promotion and release[edit]

"Watch Over You" was released as the second single from Blackbird on January 14, 2008. The song was also featured in a number of episodes of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, which lead to it becoming known as an "unofficial anthem" for the show.[1] The song has been performed frequently during live shows since its release; according to set list aggregation website Setlist.fm, it is the band's 12th most-frequently performed song.[2] It is usually played in a "stripped down" acoustic format,[3] often by lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Myles Kennedy alone.[4][5]

In April 2008, an alternate version of "Watch Over You" featuring additional vocals by Lacuna Coil singer Cristina Scabbia was released as a single.[6] Speaking about the collaboration, Scabbia claimed that she was "honoured and grateful for the awesome experience".[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Watch Today" was directed by John Cummings.[7] The video contains footage from the second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, including scenes in which former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler is featured.[8]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

"Watch Over You" entered the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart at number 30 for the week of February 2, 2008.[9] It peaked at number 19 four weeks later,[10] spending a total of 13 weeks on the chart.[11] It was also the first single by the band to register on the Adult Pop Songs chart, on which it spent three weeks at number 40 in early 2009.[12]

Critical[edit]

Tom Shackleford of AXS named "Watch Over You" as one of Kennedy's six best vocal performances, claiming that "The song's cooler, autumn-like feel really showcases Kennedy's singing with a beautiful, held-out chorus line before picking up and turning things up a notch as the song reaches its climax".[3]

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Mark Tremonti and Myles Kennedy.

One-track digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Watch Over You" (featuring Cristina Scabbia) 4:22
Total length: 4:22
Two-track digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Watch Over You" (featuring Cristina Scabbia) 4:22
2. "Watch Over You" 4:19
Total length: 8:41

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008/09) Peak
position
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[12] 40
US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[11] 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ Titus, Christa (February 21, 2014). "Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy & Mark Tremonti Rock the Billboard Studio: Watch". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Alter Bridge Tour Statistics". Setlist.fm. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Shackleford, Tom (November 27, 2016). "Four to six best vocal performances from Myles Kennedy's for his forty-sixth birthday". AXS. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy - 'Watch Over You' Live at Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. February 21, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Watch Alter Bridge Frontman Myles Kennedy Perform At Bandit Rock Studio In Sweden". Blabbermouth.net. September 7, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia Sings With Alter Bridge; Audio Available". Blabbermouth.net. April 4, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Alter Bridge "Watch Over You"". Vimeo. February 7, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Steven Adler Featured In New Alter Bridge Video". Blabbermouth.net. October 8, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Mainstream Rock Songs: The Week of February 2, 2008". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Mainstream Rock Songs: The Week of March 1, 2008". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 22, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Mainstream Rock Songs: Alter Bridge Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Adult Pop Songs: Alter Bridge Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved March 23, 2017. 

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