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The Band Perry breaks ground with first headlining tour

Contrary to the title of their No. 1 hit single, The Band Perry is far from “DONE.”

By: Jasmine Maki, Grand Forks Herald

Contrary to the title of their No. 1 hit single, The Band Perry is far from “DONE.”

The country trio — made up of siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil — kicked off its headlining tour, We Are Pioneers, in November in Europe and made their way throughout Canada. Now, they’re back in the United States.

After performing the pre-game show for the Super Bowl on Sunday, they’ll make their way to North Dakota for a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 performance at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

During their year-long tour, the band is promoting its sophomore album “Pioneers,” which produced the No. 1 singles “Better Dig Two” and “DONE.” And, while the tour was named after the album, the band said it’s also about adventure and breaking ground with their first-ever headlining tour.

“The spirit of the pioneer is really about being proud of your work, proud of yourself, proud of your country,” said lead vocalist Kimberly during a phone interview. “And, for us, it’s about adventure.”

She said it’s not just referring to the band members — it’s about everyone who’s under the roof together, making noise.

“That is the spirit of the pioneer, moving forward and making noise,” Kimberly said.

Stories behind the songs

Drummer Neil Perry said they always get the crowd loud with a rambunctious opening performance of “DONE.,” which is one of his favorites to play.

“It’s one of those songs where people can throw their fists up in the air,” he said. “Some people raise their cellphones, and we imagine they’re calling their exes and singing to them, so it’s an exciting song to play and get the show started.”

Although many think the song was written about a bad breakup, Kimberly said it’s actually about a particular situation in which the band felt like an underdog.

“‘DONE.’ was really about moving above the situation and moving forward,” she said. “It’s got a lot of spit and spirit.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the chart-climbing single “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” is one of the more emotional moments of the show.

“It’s talking about a little bit of a contradicting mindset,” Kimberly said. “It’s about being lost in the moment but also being totally obsessed with what the future’s going to look like and not wanting to be alone when you get there.”

Life on the road

Although this is the band’s first headlining tour, they’re not new to living life on a tour bus. Neil said they probably spent 630 days of the past two years on the road.

“For us, it is truly a home away from home,” he said. “We’re pretty good about finding our spot on the bus and making it our home.”

He added that they all enjoy getting to play shows night after night and are excited to come to Grand Forks, even if it’s not one of the biggest cities they’ll visit. Growing up in a smaller city, they said they appreciate small towns and enjoy performing for those crowds.

“I feel like those are kind of our favorite shows because we relate to that,” Kimberly said. “And the stories that we’re singing about, you guys, you get that, so we’re excited to come.”

The band performed in Grand Forks in 2011 as an opening act for famed country music artist Tim McGraw.

“We always have great shows in North Dakota and can’t wait to keep the trend rolling,” Kimberly said.

They’ll be joined by up-and-coming country music artists Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell. Corbin is known for his No. 1 singles “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It.” Ell is known for her single “Trippin’ on Us.”

If you go:

What: The country music trio The Band Perry performs with opening acts Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell.

When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9.

Where: Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks.

Info: Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.

If you go:

n What: The country

music trio The Band Perry performs with opening acts Easton Corbin and Lindsay

Ell.

n When: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9.

n Where: Ralph

Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks.

n Info: Tickets

available at ticketmaster.com.

The Band Perry breaks ground

with first headlining tour

By Jasmine Maki

Accent Staff Writer

Contrary to the title of their No. 1 hit single, The Band

Perry is far from “DONE.”

The country trio — made up of siblings Kimberly, Reid and

Neil — kicked off its headlining tour, We Are Pioneers, in November in Europe

and made their way throughout Canada. Now, they’re back in the United States.

After performing the pre-game show for the Super Bowl on

Sunday, they’ll make their way to North Dakota for a 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9

performance at the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

During their year-long tour, the band is promoting its

sophomore album “Pioneers,” which produced the No. 1 singles “Better Dig Two”

and “DONE.” And, while the tour was named after the album, the band said it’s

also about adventure and breaking ground with their first-ever headlining tour.

“The spirit of the pioneer is really about being proud of

your work, proud of yourself, proud of your country,” said lead vocalist

Kimberly during a phone interview. “And, for us, it’s about adventure.”

She said it’s not just referring to the band members — it’s

about everyone who’s under the roof together, making noise.

“That is the spirit of the pioneer, moving forward and making

noise,” Kimberly said.

Stories behind the songs

Drummer Neil Perry said they always get the crowd loud with a

rambunctious opening performance of “DONE.,” which is one of his favorites to

play.

“It’s one of those songs where people can throw their fists

up in the air,” he said. “Some people raise their cellphones, and we imagine

they’re calling their exes and singing to them, so it’s an exciting song to

play and get the show started.”

Although many think the song was written about a bad breakup,

Kimberly said it’s actually about a particular situation in which the band felt

like an underdog.

“‘DONE.’ was really about moving above the situation and

moving forward,” she said. “It’s got a lot of spit and spirit.”

On the other end of the spectrum, the chart-climbing single

“Don’t Let Me Be Lonely,” is one of the more emotional moments of the show.

“It’s talking about a little bit of a contradicting mindset,”

Kimberly said. “It’s about being lost in the moment but also being totally

obsessed with what the future’s going to look like and not wanting to be alone

when you get there.”

Life on the road

Although this is the band’s first headlining tour, they’re

not new to living life on a tour bus. Neil said they probably spent 630 days of

the past two years on the road.

“For us, it is truly a home away from home,” he said. “We’re

pretty good about finding our spot on the bus and making it our home.”

He added that they all enjoy getting to play shows night

after night and are excited to come to Grand Forks, even if it’s not one of the

biggest cities they’ll visit. Growing up in a smaller city, they said they appreciate

small towns and enjoy performing for those crowds.

“I feel like those are kind of our favorite shows because we

relate to that,” Kimberly said. “And the stories that we’re singing about, you

guys, you get that, so we’re excited to come.”

The band performed in Grand Forks in 2011 as an opening act

for famed country music artist Tim McGraw.

“We always have great shows in North Dakota and can’t wait to

keep the trend rolling,” Kimberly said.

They’ll be joined by up-and-coming country music artists

Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell. Corbin is known for his No. 1 singles “A Little

More Country than That” and “Roll with It.” Ell is known for her single

“Trippin’ on Us.”

Maki covers arts and entertainment and life

and style. Call her at (701) 780-1122, (800) 477-6572 ext. 1122 or send email

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