Switchfoot arrives in Shippensburg

Christian rock band's stop precedes 34-city tour

Christian rock band's stop precedes 34-city tour

October 11, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. -Switchfoot will bring their "good ol' sweaty rock show" to Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center on Friday, Oct. 12.

The five-man band from San Diego formed under the name Chin Up in 1996 but found success as Switchfoot.

The band's latest album, "Oh! Gravity," topped Billboard's Top Christian Album chart this year.

Switchfoot's prior two albums, "Nothing is Sound" and "The Beautiful Letdown," also topped Billboard's Christian album chart.

Even with a career more than a decade long - with six albums and hit songs - "as a band, we've never felt like we've arrived," said bassist Tim Foreman.

"I hope we never reach that point," he said. Doing so would be like "pushing the pause button" on future progress and artistic growth. "You just put one foot in front of the other."


So, if it isn't fame, what is it that motivates Switchfoot?

"Feeling like we're communicating, whether it's for 10 people or for 10,000 people," Foreman said.

Foreman described the group's style as "rock music for thinking people."

Though the band members all collaborate on writing songs, Foreman's brother, Jon, heads up the song-writing duties. Jon Foreman plays guitar and sings lead vocals.

"Many of our songs are like opening up Jon's journal," Tim Foreman said.

Also, many of Switchfoot's songs are spiritual, as all of the members are proudly Christian. "Let Your Love Be Strong," the last song on their latest album, is Foreman's favorite.

"It's like a prayer asking for God to be big when I feel small," he said.

Foreman said the Shippensburg show precedes the band's 34-city Appetite for Construction Tour with pop-punk band Reliant K.

The tour starts Oct. 16 and ends Dec. 3. Both bands are donating to Habitat for Humanity $1 from every ticket sold.

The band will next be in the region Nov. 18 for a show near Baltimore, at 1st Mariner Arena.

At the Luhrs Center, the band plans to play songs spanning the six albums it has produced. Recordings of the concert will be available for purchase and download at the band's Web site,

Tickets were still available as of Wednesday afternoon. General admission tickets start at $25.

The venue seats 1,488.

If you go ...

WHAT: Switchfoot, a five-man rock group, with opener Ruth

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12

WHERE: Shippensburg University's H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, Pa.

COST: $25 to $50.

MORE: For ticket information, call 717-477-7469.

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