with Art of Dying / Blacklite District / Veilside presented by WIIL Rock
Wednesday, May 01, 2013 8:00 PM CDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
Viper Alley, Lincolnshire, IL
18 years and over
Special deal: 2-1 tickets. If you have a purchased ticket, you will be able to bring someone else. 1 ticket admits 2 people.
Jared Weeks – Lead Vocals
Jason Null – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Scott Bartlett – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Eric Taylor – Bass, Backing Vocals
Michael McManus – Drums
Backyard barbecues, front porch jams, old-fashioned family values and hard-partying rock n’ roll is the name of the game for Saving Abel. The no-frills, no pretension and down home charm driven compositions from these Southern boys have burned up the radio charts with soaring melodies and crunching hooks, caused guys and gals alike to shake what their momma gave ‘em while pumping a fist in the air and served as feel good anthems for American troops on military bases abroad.
Saving Abel combined meat and potatoes rock with bombastic hooks and stormed the mainstream with their debut in 2008, landing a gold plaque in the process with well over 500,000 in domestic sales and topping the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart, to boot. The eponymous record spawned the platinum single “Addicted” and the followup barn-burners, “Drowning (Face Down)” and the emotional “18 Days.” Their second album, Miss America, topped the Hard Rock chart and imprinted the hearts and minds of radio listeners with the title cut, “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)” and another Top 10 single, “The Sex is Good.”
Enduringly bound together by the creative nucleus of singer Jared Weeks and lead guitarist Jason Null, Saving Abel is poised to do it all over again in an even bigger way with their eOne debut, Bringing Down the Giant. The album runs the gamut of all of the heart and soul at the center of Saving Abel, exploring new depths and broadening the band’s horizons to incorporate the best of what the hard rock genre has to offer in 2012. “Bringing Down the Giant,” the title track, is raunchy enough to give Disturbed, Metallica or even Pantera a run for their money. It’s the type of song that will blow down the doors if the WWE or UFC gets a hold of it. On the other end of the spectrum, the plaintive ballad “Picture of Elvis” somehow surpasses the emotional intensity and heartstring pull of “18 Days.” And then for total balance, songs like “Michael Jackson’s Jacket” bridge the gap with a smooth, poppy, groovy vibe that shows off Weeks’ impressive range in a Maroon 5 like fashion.
Saving Abel is rounded out by rhythm guitarist Scott Bartlett, bassist Eric Taylor and former 12 Stones drummer Michael McManus. The committed road warriors spent several years on the road supporting their first two albums. The touring lineups looked like a who’s-who of real deal radio rock, with Saving Abel sharing stages with their peers and contemporaries in major acts like Nickelback, Hinder and Buckcherry. Saving Abel road appearances have also included radio festivals, biker rallies, state fairs and anywhere else that people appreciate dyed in the wool, real-deal rock n’ roll with musical chops, expert songwriting and authentic groove and feel.