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Interview:
Hard Touring Pays Off For Saving Abel
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Mississippi rockers Saving Abel have been touring constantly since before the March 2008 release of their self-titled debut album. And it’s paid off.

“Saving Abel” has been certified gold and also launched the platinum-certified hit “Addicted,” along with “18 Days” and “Drowning (Face Down).” And the quintet has spent much of its road time out with Nickelback, learning from a band that Saving Abel frontman Jared Weeks says “hums like a well-oiled machine.”

“We’ve just been in every situation,” Weeks, 26, explains, “and us being a new band and new to all this, you kind of just sit back and soak it all up like a sponge. We want to absorb and learn from it.

“It’s definitely been a wild ride. We never would’ve gotten here if people didn’t like the music, and thank God they did because that puts gas in our bus to get us to the next show every time.”

Saving Abel is getting the love of its peers, too, according to Weeks — not just Nickelback but also with Papa Roach and Hinder, the other members of the summer touring package.

“It’s a great group of bands, man,” says Weeks, who was a hospital phlebotomist before Saving Abel’s career took off. “The first day of the tour, I walked on Hinder’s bus and they had 20 shots of Jäger(meister) in the shape of an octagon and another thing in the middle of vodka, and it was like, ‘Welcome to the ... tour.’ And let me tell you, Jäger and vodka do not mix.

“But it was a great way to start the tour, and we’ve been getting along fantastically. I’m having a lot more fun on this tour, maybe because I’m just experiencing more and I’m understanding stuff a little better. It’s been superb. I have no complaints whatsoever.”



Nickelback, Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Abel perform at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday (Aug. 11-12), at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $69.50 and $89.50 pavilion, $35 lawn with a $99 lawn four-pack. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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