SGA announced today The Fray will be coming to Tennessee Tech this semester.
The Fray, who rose to fame in 2005, is known for such hits as “How to Save a Life”, “You Found Me”, and “Never Say Never”.
Their latest studio release, Scars and Stories, was released last year. The lead single “Heartbeat” peaked at number 10 on the Adult Pop charts and the album itself sold over 80,000 copies in its first week alone.
The concert has been in the works and under wraps for months.
“We received a list with bands’ prices and availability early spring semester,” said SGA president Clay Stubblefield. “A committee then looks at the bands, before composing a list of five for which students can vote from.”
Although the SOLO concerts are put on by SGA, Katie Williams, TTU’s Greek Advisor, plays a pivotal role in booking and securing the acts.
“When booking an artist, they usually like to have a show booked anywhere from four to six months in advance,” Williams said. “Routing, which is where the band will be geographically at the time of the show, is another important factor.”
Previously, the opener had come with the artist as a package deal. This year, SGA is in charge of bringing both an opener as well as a headliner to Hooper Eblen’s stage.
“A committee will compose a list of possible openers and SGA will pick from one of them who opens the show,” said Stubblefield.
At press time, there has been no announcement on who the opener may be.
“I’m really excited about The Fray coming to Tennessee Tech,” Stubblefield said. “They are a really big band who has been around for a long time. This past year, we built momentum with Dierks Bentley and then Aziz Ansari. We hope to continue that momentum with The Fray.”
Daily ticket distribution will begin Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Roaden University Center. Two tickets are free to each student with Tech ID.