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O.A.R. showcasing new songs on summer tour

of the Oakland Press

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After last summer’s ambitious, three-act concerts that showcased the band’s acoustic and electric sides, O.A.R. frontman Marc Roberge says the group has taken a “different” path for this year’s performances.

“Basically we’re just coming out for two hours straight,” Roberge explains, “playing a lot of the classic songs people have requested. But we’re also retooling those old songs — new intros, new breakdowns, new solos, just new twists on old songs.”

And Roberge notes, O.A.R. (which stands for Of A Revolution) is also “debuting a lot of new stuff” the quintet has been working on for its seventh studio album. The group has so far recorded about 20 songs with producer Andy Wallace in New York City, and playing new tunes such as “Over and Over” (which Roberge co-wrote with Andrew McMahon of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate) and “Gotta Live” is giving O.A.R. a chance to “just kind of test out” the material before it resumes work on the album later this summer with hopes to release it in early 2011.

“Our initial idea was, ‘Hey, let’s get a record out in the summer of 2010,’” Roberge says, “and as we went along, we kept writing and recording and working on it, and we realized we wanted to take more time. We had no pressures from any label or anybody breathing down our necks, and we want to make a really good album that makes everybody feel good and ... look more positively towards the future.

“So in that kind of spirit we want to take extra time with it and make sure we’re saying what we want to say and that it’s everything we want it to be.”

O.A.R. and Citizen Cope perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Meadow Brook Music Festival on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $36.50 pavilion, $21 lawn with a $64 lawn four-pack. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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