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 News Pop / Rock 17/06/2005

O.A.R. Headlining Tour Announced



NEW YORK (Atlantic Records) - Considered one of the hardest working bands in the business today, O.A.R. refuses to sit on the sidelines. The five-piece rockers, fresh off an almost completely sold-out spring tour, are pleased to announce the kickoff of their annual summer headline tour beginning July 9th in Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest.
The upcoming tour is expected to put O.A.R in front of an estimated 263,000 fans in 26 cities across the country, marking the bands' most successful two month outing to date. Always introducing their fans to great music, O.A.R. have tapped Hawaii's ska-rockers Pepper, and The Southland as openers. The band will also join the Dave Matthews Band once again on select dates during the month of July.

Band supporters can expect to hear a taste of fresh new tunes on the upcoming summer concerts as O.A.R. have begun work on their sophomore album for Lava Records with veteran producer Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads fame. Harrison has worked with a variety of artists including the Von Bondies and Live. The quintet entered Crystalphonic Sound Recording Studios in Charlottesville, Virginia during the month of May. Additional recording will take place in June at Chung King Studios in New York City. Several guest artists are tapped to appear on O.A.R.'s new album including musician Bernie Worrell of Parliament.

Singer/lyricist Marc Roberge recently told Billboard Magazine, 'I have a really strong goal to shut up all the naysayers that say we're just some college touring band that doesn't have songs. I want to take that and shove it down their throats and get on the radio airwaves.'

O.A.R. will headline the fourth annual Feeling Better Than Everfine Festival August 20 in Chicago, Illinois after stints in Cleveland, Ohio. Festival host Everfine Records joins forces with Chicago's prestigious House of Blues Concerts this year to promote this all day interactive gathering filled with music and crafts. The festival has become a rite of passage for many emerging artists, including Maroon 5, Marc Broussard, and Howie Day.

O.A.R. has sold three quarters of a million albums and played to over 800,000 people since their humble beginnings in drummer Chris Culos's basement. In a time when the music-industry shied away from internet song swapping, O.A.R. embraced the practice with passion, encouraging fans to tape early shows and trade them online. As the practice grew, so did O.A.R. The band has released six albums, including major label debut In Between Now And Then (Lava Records, 2003). O.A.R. is singer/guitarist Marc Roberge, lead guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman, drummer Chris Culos and saxophonist Jerry DePizzo. For up-to-date information, go to www.ofarevolution.com.

Don't miss O.A.R. in the following cities near you. See the full tour schedule at www.ofarevolution now.






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