Story and photos by Sgt. James R. Moore
43rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office
As a guitar pick flung in seemingly slow motion through the air and into a sea of screaming fans’ raised hands, members of the Grammy-nominated rock band Everclear and top-selling punk-rock band Bowling For Soup were welcomed to the Special Events Center by hundreds of fans Sunday.
“I’m totally stoked that both bands came out to Fort Carson to put on a show for us,” said Capt. Gordon Woodington, 71st Ordnance Group (Explosive Ordnance Disposal).
The walls of the SEC literally rocked when Everclear took the stage at 8 p.m., while Bowling For Soup took part in a meet-and-greet with fans backstage. Art Alexakis, the lead singer/guitarist led Everclear to perform its top hits such as
“Father of Mine,” “Santa Monica,” “Mr. Wonderful,” even their own rendition of “Brown Eyed Girl.”
“I’m really excited to hear Everclear” said
Sgt. 1st Class Mario Beldiman, 148th Military Police Detachment, 759th MP Battalion.
Fans jumped and shouted during the entire hour-long set by Everclear, as green, red, yellow, and purple rays of lights beamed throughout the venue.
After Everclear cleared the stage, Alexakis signed autographs and took pictures with fans during the 30-minute intermission.
The lights suddenly dimmed and the Special Events Center was filled with darkness moments before the members of Bowling For Soup walked on stage and took their places.
The crowd began to cheer with excitement as Chris Burney, the bassist, walked up the steps and waltzed to his bases guitar. Erik Chandler, guitarist, Gary Wiseman, drums, and Jaret Reddick, lead vocals/guitarist followed Burney.
The cheers of the fans nearly drowned out the sounds of fast punk-rock filling the air. The band members showed off their moves as they flung picks behind their backs and over their shoulders catching them and continuing play. Chandler twirled his guitar around his body in true rock star fashion, sending fans into a frenzy.
This was the first time Bowling For Soup had ever been to the Colorado Springs area. The band is touring again after a break from the road since 2007, to promote its new album, “Sorry for Partying,” which is set to be released Oct. 13.
“It’s really cool to be given the opportunity to give back to Soldiers,” said Chandler.
BFS definitely lived up to its own self-description of being a “party band” Sunday as hundreds of fans raised their hands and chanted along to their songs. The band performed their top hits such as “A Girl all the bad Guys Want,” “Almost,” and “Hooray for Beer.”
The band members of BFS joked around with each other and with the crowd between songs and created a party-like atmosphere.
“It’s the Bowling For Soup party, and everyone’s welcome to join,” said Chandler, and that’s what happened.
The night ended with BFS doing a cover of Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time,” and the hands-down crowd favorite, “1985,” where everyone was encouraged by Reddick to sing the song in falsetto and in their best Antonio Banderas accent.