By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Rock ‘n’ roll has taken Corinth-based rock band Saving Abel all over the world, but this weekend, it brings the guys back home.
Saving Abel – made up of lead singer Jared Weeks, guitarists Scott Bartlett and Jason Null, bass player Eric Taylor and drummer Michael McManus – hit the charts with its debut record and hit singles “Addicted” and “18 Days” in 2008. Since then, the guys have released two more records and are still road warriors, constantly playing and finding new fans.
But, as Taylor said in an interview with the Daily Journal, “Home is still Corinth.”
This past summer the band even brought a bit of Hollywood to Corinth, as the group filmed the video for its single “Bringing Down the Giant” at Alcorn Central schools.
“It was really special to do it in our hometown,” Taylor said.
And this Saturday’s gig in Tupelo will be something like a homecoming show.
“We haven’t played in our neck of the woods in a pretty good while,” Taylor said. “It’s definitely gonna be fun. We definitely want our friends and fans to know we haven’t forgotten about them. When you tour so much, it’s hard to get to places locally, so we’re glad to actually come back and put on a good show for all of our local fans.”
Fans can expect old favorites as well as tunes off of Saving Abel’s latest record, also called “Bringing Down the Giant.”
Shortly after the Tupelo gig, Saving Abel will play for military bases in Japan before the year is up. Then, 2013 should be a year full of more touring.
But before they head back out on the road, Saving Abel wants to see as many familiar faces as possible in Tupelo.
“We want to see a lot of friends, and a lot new people,” Taylor said. “We wanna enjoy a good night of rock ‘n’ roll. We wanna give back to the community that helped us so much back in the day.”
Who: Saving Abel, Crashing Broadway, Manafest, Evolve Thru Scars
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: Goodtime Charlie’s, Tupelo
Cost: $18/advance, $22/doors
Info: (662) 507-0442