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The Fray’s coming to Morgantown

By Staff | Jul 20, 2009

Here’s the press release:

Grammy Award-nominated band The Fray will bring piano-driven rock to the WVU Coliseum on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m. and may be purchased at the Mountainlair Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

Best known for the title track off their debut album How to Save a Life, The Fray found national success in 2005 with the release of the song “Over My Head (Cable Car).” The track landed in the Top 10 on both the Billboard Top 100 and Adult Top 40 charts. The Fray also garnered a huge following as their music became increasingly featured in the popular television programs Scrubs, One Tree Hill and Grey’s Anatomy. “How to Save a Life” became a worldwide smash, reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 as one of the biggest singles of 2006. Eventually, the song would help the band’s debut become the bestselling digital album of the year.

In addition to their featured performance at the 2008 American Music Awards, The Fray has experienced the kind of out-of-the-water explosion that many young artists would envy, touring to sold-out crowds across the country and appearing everywhere from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Good Morning America.

The Fray is back in 2009 with a new, self-titled album, which has already found success behind the first single, “You Found Me.” The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and has already been certified Gold. Fueling the single’s popularity was its use in an exclusive video promotion for the most recent season of the hit ABC show Lost. In addition, the band’s latest track, the melodically charged “Never Say Never,” is featured in the wildly successful film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, now playing in movie theaters nationwide.

Special guests Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel will open the show. Fellow Denver natives, the Wheel combines the endearing swagger of Jacques Brel, the moody mysticism of Leonard Cohen and the pastoral plucking of Nick Drake. The band’s potent songs, combined with Rateliff’s rich voice, will grab audiences by the heart and refuse to let go.

Tickets range from $27 to $42, depending on seat location. General admission floor tickets are standing-room only. Starting on Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m., tickets may be purchased at the Mountainlair Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

WVU students receive a $10 discount off all price levels. This discount is only available at the Mountainlair Box Office. Students must present a valid Mountaineer Card to receive the discount. (One discounted ticket per I.D.)

This event is produced by WVU Arts & Entertainment.  For more event information, call 304-293-SHOW or visit us online at events.wvu.edu.