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Five for Fighting hitting the road with rock band lineup this summer

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Five for Fighting‘s most recent tour dates have seen John Ondrasik performing solo with a string quartet backing him up.  But he’s just announced a string of tour dates this summer that will feature him performing with a full rock band.

The tour kicks off July 22 in Burnsville, Minnesota, and is scheduled to wrap up August 12 in Bay City, Michigan.  Opening the dates will be The Verve Pipe, best known for the 1997 hit “The Freshmen.”  Tickets are available at FiveforFighting.com.

“After years of string quartet, symphony, and solo concerts, I’m thrilled to put the Five for Fighting rock band back on the road!” John says in a statement. “It is fitting that we are joined by my good friend Brian Vander Ark‘s [band] The Verve Pipe, as his song, ‘The Freshmen,’ was a brother-in-arms to [my hits] ‘Superman’ and ‘100 Years’ for so many when they were released.”

He adds, “There has never been a time when audiences and musicians need each other more. And I am energized and excited to get back on the bus, and go ‘Back to the Future!'”

If you’d prefer to see Five for Fighting with a string quartet, John is playing a string of dates with that set-up from May 6 through May 21.

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