Switchfoot - Concert Dates, News, Bio, Videos, Interviews and Reviews
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Switchfoot News: Jon Foreman Impromptu Parking Lot Concert Interrupted by Tampa Police
Video of Jon Foreman removed by Tampa police after a show in Tampa, Fl on 8-15-2010. He was playing 2 unreleased songs in the parking lot when he was confronted by a policeman who "helped" him move it along out of the parking lot.
"A moment that still is fresh in my mind. A moment that made me angry and frustrated. I'm thinking about my run-in with the police in Tampa Bay Sunday night (which fortunately/unfortunately was videotaped from a few angles)."Jon Foreman - read his thoughts on the Tampa Florida incident...
- 08/18/2010 Switchfoot @ St. Charles, MO Family Arena
- 08/19/2010 Switchfoot @ Independence, MO Independence Event Center
- 08/20/2010 Switchfoot @ Springfield, MO Gillioz Theatre
- 08/21/2010 Switchfoot @ Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
- 08/22/2010 Switchfoot @ Spring, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
- 08/24/2010 Switchfoot @ Morrisson, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater
- 08/26/2010 Switchfoot @ Concord, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
- 08/28/2010 Switchfoot @ Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
- 08/29/2010 Switchfoot @ Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
- 09/05/2010 Switchfoot @Lexington, KY Questapalooza - Questapalooza Field
- 09/10/2010 Switchfoot @ Heredia (Costa Rica), Torre Geko
Jon Foreman: Vocals, songwriter, guitar
Tim Foreman: Bass, backing vocals
Jerome Fontamillas: Guitar, keys, backing vocals
Drew Shirley: Guitar
Chad Butler: Drums
Everybody wants a story; this is ours. It's not about putting on a show or trying to sell something. Being Switchfoot is all about putting a different foot forward, risking to change or be changed. Switchfoot is a rock and roll family of sorts. Tim, Chad, Jerome, and I have seen pretty much everything over the past six years. We've done the "thirteen-hour drive" tours in the van, we've slept on the streets in London, we've gotten kicked out of the club in Hawaii, we've met our heroes and archenemies. We've been at this ever since Tim graduated from High School: the best years of our lives playing the songs that we believe in. This is the beginning of our story.
From the start we wanted to be genuine- the same people on and off stage. However, wearing your heart on your sleeve in front of an audience is a huge risk- strings break, the power goes out, fingers and memories malfunction. I used to hate playing live music for this reason. I felt like I could express what I wanted to say better on my four-track than I could on stage. When Tim, Chad, Jerome, and I joined forces I finally felt like we were saying something new as a live band, something that needed to be said. I began to love the floating moments when anything can happen next. Somewhere back there the risk of playing live became a fuel to burn and our honesty became our strength.
Our roots dig deep into San Diego. We grew up surfing every day and competing on the weekends. In fact, the name Switchfoot comes from a surfing term. We're proud of our local music scene and thankful to be a part of it. We've got our local heroes, (Mark Trombino, O, Rob Crow, John Reese) but we all come to the table with different musical backgrounds. In many ways our strength is in our diversity. Tim might wish that he were Paul McCartney but Chad would probably lean toward Stevie Wonder. I think I might go for Miles Davis but that's another story. The point is that our albums have always been hard to pin down. We've never tried for a specific sound or genre. The "Switchfoot Sound" if there is such a thing has been simply an attempt to put every song on tape with the unique production that every individual song needs. The song is king not the album.
Switchfoot Oh! Gravity Album Review
"Why can't we keep it together?" - from "Oh! Gravity."
"We've always used music as a vehicle to explore our own questions and frustrations," says Switchfoot singer/songwriter/guitarist Jon Foreman of the band's new album, Oh! Gravity. Oh! Gravity. is Switchfoot's sixth studio album, their third for Columbia Records. After 2003's double-platinum selling, The Beautiful Letdown, and another gold selling album, Nothing Is Sound, Foreman sums it all up by saying, "I'm in therapy and I write songs. It's all an attempt to try to come to terms with reality."
The San Diego-based band has often combined a spiritual bent with a critique of some of modern society's hypocrisies on songs like the Top 5 singles "Dare You to Move" and "Meant to Live," as well as such tracks as "Politicians" and "Happy is a Yuppie Word" from their last album, 2005's Nothing is Sound.