Newberry, SC – Earlier this season, the Newberry Opera House hosted Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Veer Union, Tantric, and Shallow side during their 2018 Resurrection tour. That show almost sold out and so far, was one of the more memorable shows that has visited the opera house this season. If you like a little softer, more alternative rock music rather than hard rock and metal, Fastball is the right show for you.
Fastball is considered among the best alternative rock bands of the last 20-30 years, don’t miss out when they visit Newberry Opera House, this winter.
This famous and well-known rock band started with humble beginnings, in 1996, in Austin, Texas with their debut album Make Your Mama Proud and rose to become one of the most popular rock bands of the 2000s and have maintained success to present day. They are among the ranks of the most famous alternative rock bands of the past 20-30 years such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Foo Fighters, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Green Day, Cage the Elephant, Nirvana and many more.
They first received mainstream success in 1998 when they released their multi-platinum album All the Pain Money Can Buy, which stayed in the Billboard Top 200 chart for a year with their single “The Way”. “The Way” topped the Billboard Modern Rock chart for seven weeks and reached #5 on the Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart. They followed this up with singles “Fire Escape” and “Out of my Head” which both stayed on the Billboard Top 40 chart for 29 weeks. In 1999, the received a Grammy nomination and an MTV award nomination for best new artist. They continued their success throughout the 2000s with hit albums The Harsh Light of Day, Keep Your Wig On, and Little White Lies. In the past eight years, they have maintained a respectable level of success. In 2016, they helped produce “Bad Things” in collaboration with Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello.
Fastball’s most popular song, “The Way”, which was released in 1998, about a romantic tale of eternal youth and an endless road, actually has a dark story behind it. The song was inspired by an article that lead singer Tony Scalzo read in 1997. This article told the story of an elderly couple, Lela and Raymond Howard –who were both show signs of dementia- disappeared on a trip to a fiddling festival in Temple, Texas. That night they were pulled over in Arkansas two times different times by police offices for speeding. After the sighting, their family, friends, volunteers and law enforcement agents searched for the Howards before their bodies were found in the crumpled remains of their Oldsmobile at the bottom of a canyon in Arkansas, two weeks later. They were about 500 miles away from their original destination.
Fastball still produces one of the best concert experiences of any of the popular alternative rock bands in existence today. If you enjoy head-banging, fast-paced music, and flashing lights. And if you enjoy modern and alternative rock, then this show is right for you.