The Fray make plans for Providence

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The Fray have revealed plans for a spring tour in support of their forthcoming album, Scars & Stories. The Denver-based pop-rockers will make their way to Rhode Island for a performance at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel in Providence on Wednesday, April 11. Tickets for the show will go on sale Friday at noon through eTix for the advance price of $32.50 and $40.

Scars & Stories, the band’s third studio effort and follow-up to their 2009 self-titled release, is scheduled to hit stores on February 7. Produced by Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen), the album was recorded at the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville. Scars & Stories will be released in two versions, regular and deluxe. The deluxe package will include five bonus tracks, all covers recorded by The Fray including Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia”, Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder to Birmingham”, Annie Lennox’s “Why”, The Fugees’ “Ready or Not” and the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Maps”.  The video lead single “Heartbeat” is steaming below.

Of the single, lead-singer Isaac Slade noted in a press release, “That song came out of a period of my life when I was trying hard to be open to whatever came my way. I traveled through South Africa and Rwanda with a buddy, and at first it was really hard to stay open in the face of so much pain and heartache. But then I ended up meeting so many cool and inspiring people, and all these ideas for lyrics and melodies just started rushing in.”

The Fray claim Scars & Stories fostered the most evolution the band has ever experienced, both lyrically and musically. “On our first record, we didn’t quite trust ourselves yet,” explained Slade. “We loosened up on the second album, but there was still some element of restraint. But on this one, we just stepped up to plate and swung as hard as we could.”

Following the show in Providence, The Fray will perform at the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on April 14.

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