Strikes Again opened for Hanson on the Live and Electric tour in Allentown, PA on October 26, 2005.
Where is your band based out of?
-The southern New Jersey/Philadelphia area
Can you give us a little background on the band?
-In 2003, Adam & Marc were in a 3-piece pop/punk band all through out High school called “2nd Place” & decided to try to create a project that had duel MALE & FEMALE lead vocals.
Since then, the line-up has changed around them a few times, but the passion to create a band with a different & powerful sound hasn’t.
What made you decide to enter Hanson’s opening act contest?
-Adam’s girlfriend at the time, Jessica, is a HUGE lifelong Hanson fan & Hanson fans are some of the most awesome fans 🙂 so of course she helped us sign up!
A few weeks later we got an email saying we made it into the top 3 for the Allentown show, so Jessica & the rest of the band actually used myspace to let local Hanson fans know to check us out & vote.
Then a week or 2 before the show, we got the call from Hanson’s manager saying we’d won!
Thanks again Jessica 🙂 & all the other great Hanson fans that helped us!
What were your expectations before opening? Were they met?
-Through out the whole voting process, we got to chat with a lot of Hanson fans online & saw just how passionate they all were about music… That definitely got us exited to play the show. Not to mention, Anne our keyboard player at the time, was also a HUGE Hanson fan, so between her & Jessica, we got the chance to listen to a lot of their music… new & old.
When we actually got to the venue that day & shook their hands & met them before the show, Anne almost forgot her name.
After meeting them, Zac & Taylor both went down to get ready for the show and we started to set up our stuff on stage, but Isaac went & sat down at the bar right next to Jessica!
When our stuff was all set up, we all got to go over & talk to Isaac for a little while. It was really cool getting to ask him whatever we wanted & talk about music.
We played our set, & got a really positive response from the crowd & then eventually Hanson came out to play. It was really impressive actually seeing their live show for the first time.
Then the next few weeks after the date of the show, we got a ton of comments & friends requests from people who saw us at the show 🙂
Playing for over 1,000 kids & not having to sell one ticket… yea i’d say our expectations were definitely met!
Since opening, what has your band been up to?
After that show, we pretty much realized we needed to record a CD, so we went into the studio & got to work. After changing the line-up and perfecting our recordings over the years, STRIKES AGAIN is now booking shows again & getting ready to release their debut EP very soon 🙂
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Yes we do & we keep booking more and more shows everyday, so make sure to keep an eye on our myspace page because we post our shows there as soon as they are booked! Also if you’d like us to come play around your area, let us know or tell you’re local venues get in contact with us 🙂
And feel free to add us & say hi!
We love you guys 🙂
Check out this video from the day Strikes Again opened: