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ENERGY MEN: The band Fuel is known for putting on an animated concert. Fans can find out in Jacksonville on Sunday, September 4th at Hooligans Music Hall. Courtesy photo.

Fuel with Eight Foot Stride
Hooligans Music Hall
2620 Onslow Dr. • JAX, NC
Sun., 9/4, 7 p.m. $20 adv
www.hooligansmusichall.com
$25 if under 21

ENERGY MEN: The band Fuel is known for putting on an animated concert. Fans can find out in Jacksonville on Sunday, September 4th at Hooligans Music Hall. Courtesy photo.

This labor day weekend, forget those wild Myrtle Beach nights packed with dinners at Planet Hollywood. Cancel the mind-numbing trip to South of the Border, and tell Aunt Betty you ain’t bringing the baked beans to her BBQ. Jacksonville finally has a Top 40 rock band coming to town.

Fuel—of “Shimmer,” “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” and “Bad Day” fame—will be blowing the minds of fans far and wide this Sunday, September 4th, at Hooligans Music Hall.

One of the most popular hard-rock groups in existence, Fuel has sold over 3.5 million records in the United States alone. “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” hit the number one Billboard position and remained there for 12 solid weeks a decade ago. Needless to say, Jacksonville has never had a group with this level of notoriety drop in for a show. (Vanilla Ice’s performance is the closest second, and that’s if we’re considering Vanilla Ice, which I’m not sure if we are.)

As many music aficionados have observed, the band members of Fuel can evaporate faster than high-test gas (Chris Daughtry was even asked to be the lead singer at one point). But the current line-up includes original lead singer Brett Scallions, guitarist Jasin Todd of Shinedown fame, bassist Brad Stewart also of Shinedown and drummer Ken Schalk of Candiria. (Ladies, Bret Scallions looks like a younger, angrier Brad Pitt, so if your boyfriend is dragging you to this show, go for it!) And recent posts suggest Andy Andersson is the new guitarist hand-picked by Scallions to replace Yogi Lonich.

Jacksonville’s location perfectly suits the band’s whirlwind tour, which began August 26th, 2011 in Las Vegas and ends mid-October in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The good people of Hooligans pulled the right strings to get this class-A band to our corner of the world. Perhaps the word has gotten out that Jacksonville venues are packed with some of the most loyal hard-rock fans who would be more than willing to rejoice in shredded guitar licks and pulsating drum rhythms, even on a Sunday.

As for the musical selections of the evening, Brett Scallions’ recent web posting stated, “We are planning on playing all of the hits that you know and love, as well as playing a few brand new songs.” What a relief, since there is nothing worse than a band that refuses to play all those annoying songs their fans desperately want to hear. Or worse, the bands that milk their “one hit wonder” dry (it’s rumored that Edwin McCain just plays “I’ll Be” six times in a row at each of his shows).

Fuel is known for delivering high-energy raucous performances. Yet, musical quality isn’t forsaken for stage antics.

Hooligans will be welcoming hard rock fans on September 4th. Tickets are available online, www.hooligansmusichall.com, for $20 in advance and $25 for under-aged attendees. Since there’s no work on Monday, there will be plenty of time to recover from getting your face melted off.

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