News: MCAS Iwakuni to rock with Saving Abel
Story by Lance Cpl. Brian Stevens
IWAKUNI, Japan - The rock band Saving Abel,whose 2008 single "Addicted" reached number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Song chart, is scheduled to visit Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Dec. 4, 2012, to perform in concert for servicemembers and residents.
The event is scheduled to include a meet and greet during regular lunch hours.
Saving Abel's official website states the show will take place aboard station at 8 p.m. and is free for servicemembers, with all ages invited.
The band, from Corinth, Miss., consists of five members: Jared Weeks, lead singer, Jason Null, lead guitar and backup vocals, Scott Bartlett, rhythm guitar and backup vocals, Eric Taylor, bass guitar and backup vocals, and Mike McManus, drums.
The band’s name comes from the biblical story of Cain andAbel, in which Cain killed his brother, Abel. Band member, Jason Null, searched the internet for the story and said the name, “Just jumped out at him.”
Saving Abel is on tour to promote their new album, “Bringing Down the Giant,” which hit shelves in the states July 17, 2012.
Saving Abel released three albums, the first in 2008. The album also rose to number 49 on the Billboard 200 Jan. 15, 2009.
Other hits of Saving Abel are “Miss America” and “Bringing Down the Giant.”
Saving Abel performed with many well-known musical acts such as Papa Roach, Drowning Pool and Nickelback.
Saving Abel formed in 2004 and members say they have always been fans of playing for the military.
"I don't care if I'm playing in front of 75,000 people when you can't see everyone's faces; the important thing is that there's one person out there that's enjoying the music and that moment we are in together," said Weeks in his official biography.
“If we can get that one person's attention? Man, that does it for me! It makes me feel like everything I'm doing isn't in vain or done for no reason.”
Saving Abel stayed true to their word by preforming in places such as Kuwait and Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.
MCCS will provide more information in the coming weeks as scheduling for the event continues.