Rock Group ‘The Fray’ Performs Aboard George Washington

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Michelle N. Rasmusson

PHILIPPINE SEA (Nov. 16, 2012) The Denver-based rock quartet “The Fray” performed a concert aboard the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73), Nov. 16.

Isaac Slade, Joe King, David Welsh and Benjamin Wysocki embarked George Washington at the end of their Southeast Asia tour for the opportunity to visit and perform aboard a U.S. Navy warship.

“I’m so stoked that Navy Entertainment brought us out,” said Slade, lead vocalist of The Fray. “We’ve wanted to do something [affiliated with the] military for a long time and it’s never worked out so we’re stoked.”

The band members toured George Washington before the concert, visiting several ship spaces including the medical bay, combat directions center, and flight deck. None of them had been aboard an aircraft carrier before and were looking forward to the opportunity.

“We just love supporting the nation’s troops and doing what we can,” said Slade. “We were doing an Asian tour from Singapore to Manila, so we were in the neck of the woods; the captain told us to swing by so we stopped over.”

The Fray formed in 2002 and gained popularity with their debut album “How to Save a Life.” Their emotionally-charged, pop rock music has earned them a top 10 on the Billboard singles chart with the song “How to Save a Life,” and worldwide notice. Other popular songs by The Fray include “Over My Head (Cable Car)”.

The concert was held in the hangar bay and included the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” along with many originals by The Fray.

“It’s cool because I wasn’t sure I would be able to make it, but our shop let us go,” said Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Melissa Smartt, from Monteagle, Tenn. “It’s great [to be able to see an event like this], especially after being on a cruise so long. It was a well-needed break.”

The band came to George Washington after a concert in Beijing, China. They are next scheduled to play in Okinawa, Japan.

“I liked it,” said Aerographer’s Mate Airman Apprentice Kristena Schildt, from Deming, Wash. “There was a lot of energy that you don’t usually see on the ship.”

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