With big sprawling anthems and light-rock ballads, American rock band The Fray is set to take the stage for their first Philippine concert on November 10, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Colisuem as presented by That’s Ntertainment.
Six years since their massive breakthrough success of their debut record “How to Save a Life” in 2005, the band continued pumping sky-groping choruses and symphonic rushes. Colorado’s beloved quartet spawned the Grammy-nominated singles “Over My Head” and “How to Save a Life” off that record to the repeated success with hits “You Found Me” and “Never Say Never.”
“Our live shows are a different animal altogether from our records. It’s a whole different energy when the four of us are on stage. It’s almost like the record happens. It’s great! We’ll play new songs and old songs as well. We’ll go jukebox,” Isaac Slade, also known as The Fray’s frontman, main songwriter, pianist told during a recent interview with The Philippine Star.
As The Fray move forward from their ballads that soundtracks rom-coms and teen soap operas, this Grammy-nominated foursome continues to receive praises for their third full-length album “Scars & Stories“. Recorded at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird studio with veteran producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Rage Against the Machine), the making of “Scars & Stories” fostered the most evolution the band has ever experienced, both lyrically and musically. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Hot 200 and has produced two hit singles already, “Heartbeat” and “Run For Your Life.”
On the band’s website, Slade shared his thoughts on the latest installment: “On our first record, we didn’t quite trust ourselves yet. We loosened up on the second album, but there was still some element of restraint. But on this one, we just stepped up to plate and swung as hard as we could.”
With Slade’s co-founding member of The Fray, Joe King, collectively they achieved national success with their first single, “Over My Head (Cable Car),” which became a top ten hit in the U.S., and the release of their second single, “How to Save a Life,” brought them worldwide fame. “How To Save a Life” was featured in the hit TV Series Grey’s Anatomy and Scrubs, making it one of the most played and widely recognized song in that 2006-2007. The song’s inspired lyrics came from an encounter Slade had with a boy with drug problems and realizing that all the boy need was support from his friends and family.
“Never Say Never” also from their second album was featured in the movie Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, allowing them to increase their loyal fan following worldwide. The band has also been nominated at the 2007 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or a Group and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or a Group.
The Fray is Isaac Slade (pianist and vocalist), Joe King (guitarist and vocalist), Dave Welsh (guitarist) and Ben Wysocki (drummer). The Denver-based foursome formed in 2002 after high school friends Slade and King bumped into each other at a local guitar shop.
With a set that includes a mix of their new songs and then some of your favorite The Fray hits–from the requisite “How to Save a Life” to “You Found Me” to “Heartbeat”– you would not want to miss the experience why many found their music beyond inspiration.
The Fray is set to perform live in Manila on November 10, 2012 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tickets are available at Ticketnet (www.ticketnet.com.ph) or call 911 5555 for reservation.
PATRON VIP – Php 6,360
PATRON A – Php 5,300
PATRON B – Php 4,770
LOWER BOX VIP – Php 4,770
LOWER BOX REGULAR – Php 3,710
UPPER A VIP – Php 3,180
UPPER A Php 2,650
UPPER B (UB)- Php 1,590
GENERAL ADMISSION – Php 795
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