O.A.R. MARK 20th ANNIVERSARY WITH “XX,” CAREER SPANNING COLLECTION OUT AUGUST 5TH
August 3, 2016
U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF TODAY, AUGUST 3RD IN BUFFALO, NY
Band marks celebration with appearance on NBC’s The Today Show plus Howard Stern Special
August 3, 2016 – Marking two decades of making records and playing sold-out concerts around the world since the band was founded in 1996 in Rockville, Maryland, O.A.R.(….of a revolution) — primary songwriter Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman and saxophonist/guitarist Jerry DePizzo –
release their new 24 track, half studio, half live collection XX, via Vanguard Records, this Friday, August 5th. The career-spanning collection of O.A.R.’s biggest hits and select live performances features two new songs: “Follow Me, Follow You” and the lead single “I Go Through” which the band performed on the Today Show last week. As Roberge told Today Show host Hoda Kolb before launching into the song, “When we were coming up with the idea for the album, I looked at my kids and I realized I have one responsibility in the world to them… to move forward. Be an example to them. The song’s about not standing still, especially now in the climate we’re in.” Later in the show, the band returned to perform their smash hit “Shattered”.
WATCH TODAY SHOW “I GO THROUGH” PERFORMANCE HERE:
WATCH “SHATTERED” PERFORMANCE HERE.
This Friday, August 5th the band will be featured in a special live performance as part of “Howard Stern Presents: O.A.R.” on Sirius XM’s Howard101 channel at 8:00pm PT / 11:00pm ET and repeating all weekend.
The creation of “I Go Through” was documented in the new Qello Concerts web series Evolution of a Song, a weekly six episode series centered on revealing the hidden process of songwriting, from the initial idea to the finished track, with music fans getting a behind-the-scenes look as the process unfolds. The six-chapter piece can be viewed on www.qello.com.
With lyrics like “You go around and around it/Go over and under/But I go through,” set to the propulsive rocker, O.A.R. have created yet another anthem alongside such fan favorites as “Heaven,” “Peace,” “Two Hands Up” and “Shattered,” all included on disc one of the collection.
XX is neither a career culmination nor a conventional greatest-hits album; rather, it’s a sizing up, a series of aural snapshots on a continuing journey. Roberge views O.A.R.’s evolution as a series of stepping stones—he refers to this zigzagging movement as “island-hopping”—and each of the songs on XX represents a moment of significance for the band members and for their devoted fans.
O.A.R. embark on their 2016 XX Tour: Evolution of a Revolution, a national summer headline jaunt which includes 30 + dates, starting today, August 3rd at the Artpark in Buffalo, N.Y., with additional stops at Coney Island Amphitheater in Brooklyn, N.Y. (August 6th), the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas (September 16th), The Fillmore in San Francisco (September 23rd) and the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. For select shows, every ticket purchase will include a free download of the new album.
For a limited time, O.A.R.and iHeartMedia have teamed up to offer fans the chance to win a VIP flyaway experience for OAR’s Red Rocks show on September 11th. The prize includes round trip airfare, hotels, tickets and VIP meet & greet with the band, private dressing room backstage, and the thrill of announcing the show on stage. Fans can enter the contest here: https://www.aptivada.com/apps/contest/?contest_id=40360. For more information and latest updates visit www.ofarevolution.com.
XX is available in three configurations: 3 LP set, 2 CD set and digital download.
2016 XX Tour: Evolution of a Revolution
August 3 Lewiston, NY Artpark
August 5 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE Outdoor
August 6 Brooklyn, NY Coney Island Amphitheater
August 7 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage
August 10 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ball
August 11 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
August 12 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
August 13 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 14 Norfolk, VA The NorVa
August 16 Richmond, VA The National
August 17 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union
August 19 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
August 20 North Charleston, SC Riverfront Park
August 21 Raleigh, NC The Red Hat Amphitheater
August 25 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
August 26 Indianapolis, IN The Lawn @White River Stadium
August 27 Davenport, IA River Roots Live
August 28 Moorhead, MN Bluestem Center for the Arts
August 29 Omaha, NB Sumtur Amphitheater
August 31 Ames, IA Stephens Auditorium
Sept 1 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
Sept 2 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
Sept 3 Peoria, IL Peoria Blues and Roots Festival
Sept 4 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival Pavilion
Sept 6 Sioux Falls, SD The District
Sept 9 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Sept 10 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
Sept 11 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sept 14 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Sept 16 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl
Sept 17 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
Sept 18 Missoula, MN Wilma Theater
Sept 21 Seattle, WA The Showbox
Sept 22 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
Sept 23 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Sept 24 Los Angeles, CA Belasco Theater
Sept 25 San Diego, CA Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay