Hinder and Saving Abel, rock bands with similar styles and subject matter in their songs, will be sharing the rock stage of the Fiesta Oyster Bake on Saturday, April 9, the Fiesta Oyster Bake Facebook page has announced.
Nothing has been confirmed on either the Fiesta Oyster Bake’s website or the sites of Hinder and Saving Abel.
The 95th annual Oyster Bake is taking place a week earlier than normal, April 8-9, at St. Mary’s University as part of the April 8-17 Fiesta celebration across San Antonio. Saliva and Puddle of Mudd played the rock stage at last year’s event (see links here and below), following in the footsteps of 10 Years, Chevelle and Alter Bridge, among others. The Oyster Bake features rock, country, jazz, ’80s and tejano stages along with food booths and a carnival. It attracts roughly 70,000 people each year, rain or shine.
Saving Abel, which is touring in support of its latest CD Miss America, acoustically performed the single “The Sex is Good” last week on “Lopez Tonight.” That clip can be seen here. The Mississippi natives came on the scene in 2008 with the sexually suggestive “Addicted” off their self-titled debut. That video can be seen to the left.
Saving Abel played the now defunct Scout Bar on Oct. 27, 2009, headlining a tour with Red, Pop Evil and Taddy Porter. But the tour was short-circuited that December due to health concerns for singer Jared Weeks. Weeks also caught some flak for his rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” at a NASCAR race last Aug. 15. Pop Evil, incidentally, opened for Judas Priest and Whitesnake at the AT&T Center just three months before that tour kicked off.
Hinder took the rock scene by storm with their 2006 hit “Lips of an Angel” (see video, left). They were a part of Motley Crue’s “Saints of Los Angeles” tour in early 2009 with Theory of a Deadman. The Last Vegas, a band out of Chicago, opened that tour after winning a national contest. San Antonio’s The Heroine were one of six finalists, among thousands of entries, and got to play in front of the Crue’s members on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, but fell short of The Last Vegas.
Hinder released their third album, All American Nightmare, on Dec. 7.
No announcement has been made for Friday’s Oyster Bake lineup, though early reports indicate Gin Blossoms will be playing the rock stage that evening.
On a side note, Alter Bridge was scheduled to announce this week U.S. tour dates for April and May, according to its Facebook page. Instead, the group announced a few European festival dates, so expect those American dates sometime next week. The band ended its winter tour Jan. 7 in Dallas and Jan. 8 in Houston, so hopefully, it will pick up where it left off in San Antonio. Alter Bridge played the Oyster Bake in 2005 when it was just starting out as a band.
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