Saving Abel Performs USO Concert Aboard the USS Carl Vinson

Written by on April 15, 2010 in April 15, 2010, Live Reviews - 1 Comment

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Saving AbelRock band Saving Abel re-teams with the USO and boards the USS Carl Vinson as part of a USO concert at sea April 11. Spreading cheer to sailors returning from a three-month deployment at sea, the band rocked out with troops and jump-started the ship’s return to the states. Atop 6-foot waves and 13 miles-per-hour winds, the band entertained more than 2,000 sailors. Footage from the USO show will be broadcast online in late Spring/early Summer.


Airlifted to an undisclosed location in the Pacific Ocean on April 11, the band mingled with troops, performed a 90-minute USO concert and spent the night with sailors. This is Saving Abel’s second USO tour.

Avid supporters of the U.S. military, Saving Abel traveled to Kuwait and Iraq in late February, and participated in an eight-day USO tour. The band visited four bases and touched the lives of more than 4,800 troops. Footage from the group’s concert at Camp Arifjan was later streamed online with help from Ustream. The show was viewed by more than 9,600 fans.

Known for such hits as “Addicted,” “18 Days” and “Drowning (Face Down),” the band released their self-titled debut album in ’08 and are scheduled to release their sophomore album MISS AMERICA on June 8, 2010. Named after their first USO tour, the album title was inspired by the service and sacrifice of America’s troops and their families.

The USS Carl Vinson is relocating its homeport from Norfolk, VA, to San Diego, CA, on April 12. The ship spent five years in Hampton Roads before departing the area on January 12.

Saving AbelSaving AbelSaving AbelSaving AbelSaving AbelWhile in route to its new home, the USS Carl Vinson was deployed to Haiti to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions. The ship arrived off the coast of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 15 – equipped with 3,200 troops, 19 helicopters and support equipment from five different East Coast Navy squadrons.

After spending three weeks in Haiti, the USS Carl Vinson participated in “Operation Southern Seas 2010,” a U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command Partnership of the Americas.

Virgin Records has announced the release of Saving Abel’s MISS AMERICA on June 8, 2010. The Corinth, Mississippi-based act released their self-titled debut album on March 11, 2008, which just one year and five days later was certified gold by the RIAA. Singles which included “Addicted,” “18 Days,” and “Drowning (Face Down),” cumulatively sold millions of digital downloads. The lead single from MISS AMERICA, “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood),” impacts Active and Modern Rock radio on April 19th.

On why MISS AMERICA was chosen as the title of the upcoming release, Singer Jared Weeks shares, “’Miss America’ is actually a song on the album that Saving Abel co-wrote with Marty Fredrickson. Although we didn’t believe we would release it as a single, we felt that we needed to bring more attention to the song and its’ message. Having just returned from our USO tour of Iraq, Kuwait and Qatar, we all seemed to be on the same page when it came to naming the album. Just being out there with those men and women who do so much for us and the country we live in, we really wanted to give them something back. So for all of us, MISS AMERICA was the perfect name, for a perfect situation. The message of the song is simple – it tells a story of a soldier writing home to his mom, family, wife, and kids. Throughout the song you get the feeling of what it is like to be so far away from your home, your life, and your loved ones, but still having to soldier up and do what you came there to do. It offers the message of not giving up, not losing love, and not running away. We are hoping that this song and our second album MISS AMERICA will spark a fire in some people, and maybe cause a wave of support for all our men and women in the service.”

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