Most likely all of us--with the possible exception of Mom and Dad--have heard of the band named Creed. They are probably one of the most recognizable band names of the current generation. Dad, you may remember hearing them when I had one of their CDs in Lola and remarking that you liked them. You also said that they would be better if they cut loose with some good instrumentals. Well, I have the answer.
Alter Bridge formed a few years ago and consists of the instrumentalists of Creed with a new singer. Scott Stapp, lead singer of Creed, has a reputation for being a jerk and was the force behind stifling the talent of his band-mates (most notably Mark Tremonti, one heckuva lead guitarist). In June of 2004, Creed announced they were disbanding. The three instrumentalists wasted no time in recruiting guitarist/vocalist Myles Kennedy and by that fall they released their debut album One Day Remains.
Alter Bridge maintains much of the same sound of Creed, but with all the powerful instrumental work that Creed lacked. Heavier percussion, more impressive (and lengthier!) instrumentals, and much-needed guitar solos make for music that has everything Creed lacked. This band is one I would recommend to pretty much anyone. It's that good.