The USO <3′s Drowning Pool

Multi-platinum hard rock band Drowning Pool has been on tour twice for the USO and has just announced their plans to go out for a third time this year!

The band rocks out for the troops during their 2006 tour to Kuwait, Iraq and Germany

Drowning Pool rocks out for the troops during their 2006 tour to Kuwait, Iraq and Germany

In 2005, Drowning Pool set out on their first USO tour visiting troops serving in Kuwait. Their second USO tour, in 2006, saw them returning to Kuwait as well as performing for troops stationed in Iraq and Germany. In total, they have performed 16 USO concerts and delivered their musical talent to more than 20,000 servicemen and women. This is the first USO tour for lead vocalist Jasen Moreno, who joined the multi-platinum band in 2012.

The band catches a break between shows on their 2006 USO Tour

The band catches a break between shows on their 2006 USO Tour

Bassist Stevie Benton took the time to answer a few questions for us:

Why did you start touring with the USO?

Thru the years, we had met a large number of service members at our shows in the states. We would often have some drinks and listen to stories about their deployment. It occurred to us that since these men and women were putting their lives on the line for our country, the least we could do was bring them a rock show and a little taste of home while they were stationed overseas. Thankfully, a friend of ours put us in contact with the USO to make it happen.

What’s one of your most memorable experiences with us?

Our most memorable USO show, and probably our most memorable show ever, was playing in Bagdad on the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. I still get chills thinking about it.

If there’s one thing you could say to all the men and women serving right now, what would it be?

I’m sure they must feel a bit isolated and out of touch during their long deployment. But u are not forgotten. You will always have our support and our appreciation.

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As part of their continued support of our troops, on April 3, 2013, the band hosted an album release party and invited servicemen and women from their hometown of Dallas, Texas, to celebrate the launch of “Resilience.” The night included a private acoustic performance and an opportunity to meet the band. More than 100 guests attended the event and all proceed from the release party will be donated to the USO. – Vyque White, USO Director of New Media

NONPOINT Releases the Official Video for “Frontlines”

Download the digital version of the new NONPOINT single “Frontlines," and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit military charities. (Image courtesy nonpoint.com)

Ft Lauderdale hard rockers NONPOINT have unveiled the official video to their new single, “Frontlines.”  Inspired by the bravery of our military, lead vocalist Elias Soriano explains, “When I wrote the concept for Frontlines, I wanted to make sure the focus was on the commitment of what our soldiers do for us. The weight they carry, and the intensity they hold steadfast to protect people they don’t even know.”

“I say this with as much meaning as I could possibly have,” says Soriano. “God bless the men and women of our military, and thank you for allowing me to be what I am, and do what I do. Every single one of you are the reason I’m free to do so.”

NONPOINT will be donating proceeds of the digital single sales of “Frontlines” to the USO and Soldier’s Angels foundations.  Watch the video below and  then click here to purchase it today!

Papa Roach Breaks Away From European Tour to Perform Two USO Concerts!

Rock band Papa Roach extends their thanks to our nation's heroes and their families at the conclusion of their USO concert in Wiesbaden, Germany, July 27, 2010. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)

“The band is extremely happy to be back in Europe touring and is honored to break away from our European tour to visit troops and deliver a USO concert. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do everyday if it weren’t for our men and women in uniform and their families, who sacrifice a lot for us to live out our dreams.” – Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix

Papa Roach and Dear Superstar broke away from their European Tour last week to perform USO Concerts at Aviano Air Base and U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden.  Over 1,400 Airmen, Soldiers and military families enjoyed the USO/Armed Forces Entertainment concerts; the Germany performance was broadcast by AFN-Europe to 56 countries including the Middle East, the Balkans and Africa.

Currently the bands are continuing their tour throughout Europe, and are scheduled to perform 21 concerts between mid-July and Aug. 15 in 11 European countries.  Check out more photos below!

Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix gets front and center for troops at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, July 27, 2010. The band recently participated in their first USO tour, including a second concert for troops at Aviano Air Base in Italy. (USO Photo by Jaime Goloyugo)

On break from their European tour, Papa Roach hits the stage to performs for thousands of military families at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, July 27, 2010. USO Photo by Jaime Goloyugo

Papa Roach huddled up just before hitting the stage for their USO concert at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, July 27, 2010. (USO Photo by Jaime Goloyugo)

Rock band Papa Roach gives an interview on the importance of supporting troops and military families for AFN in Germany, July 27, 2010, just before their concert aired in over 50 countries worldwide. (USO Photo by Jaime Goloyugo)

Brother Clyde Brings Bliss to El Paso

Billy Ray Cyrus proudly displayed his key to Fort Bliss to thousands of military families in attendance at his USO concert with new band Brother Clyde, July 25, 2010. (USO Photo by Lencho Guerra)

“Any chance I get to break away and express my thanks to our troops and their families – whether it be through a song, a visit or a trip overseas, I am there. And my trip to Fort Bliss is no different.  I am thrilled to be in El Paso and honored to be performing before our nation’s true heroes.” -Billy Ray Cyrus

Multi-platinum recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus and his rock n’ roll revival BROTHER CLYDE brought their show to thousands of soldiers and military families at Fort Bliss with a 75 minute USO concert on July 25.  During their time on post, Cyrus and fellow members of BROTHER CLYDE mingled with troops and Cyrus also performed some of his most memorable hits like “Achy Breaky Heart” and “Some Gave All.”

This trip marks the second USO tour for Cryus, who visited and entertained more than 7,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan, Iraq and Germany in December 2009; this was first the USO appearance for BROTHER CLYDE.  An avid supporter of America’s armed forces, Cyrus and his daughter, Miley, invited dozens of military families to a studio taping of Disney Channel’s hit show “Hannah Montana.”  They then surprised each guest with an invitation to take part in filming a concert scene for the show and a greeting to their loved ones stationed abroad.  Cyrus’ latest project, the rock n’ roll revival known as BROTHER CLYDE, will release their self-titled debut CD in August.

Check out the photo essay below!

Brother Clyde drummer Samatha Maloney plays to a crowd of military families on Fort Bliss as part of the first USO concert for the band, July 25, 2010. (USO Photo by Lencho Guerra)

Brother Clyde bass player Daniel Knight performs with USO tour veteran and band mate Billy Ray Cyrus, July 25, 2010. (USO Photo by Lencho Guerra)

A crowd of more than 2,000 military families turn out for the Brother Clyde USO concert featuring Billy Ray Cyrus at Fort Bliss, July 25, 2010. (USO Photo by Lencho Guerra)

A young fan keeps the beat as she looks on during the USO concert featuring Billy Ray Cyrus and Brother Clyde at Fort Bliss, July 25, 2010. (USO Photo by Lencho Guerra)

Papa Roach, LIVE in Concert Today on AFN!

Jerry Horton, lead guitarist for Papa Roach, setting up his rig for tonight's concert - it's live on Freedom Channel starting at 8:00! (Photo from AFN-Europe's Facebook Page)

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Papa Roach will air their USO/Armed Forces Entertainment concert at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden in Germany LIVE tonight on AFN-Europe!  The band is taking a break from their current European tour to entertain Troops and their families; they also performed alongside rock n’ rollers Dear Superstar at Aviano Air Base in Italy earlier this week.

Tonight’s live broadcast be air on American Forces Network’s Freedom channel, and is scheduled to start some time after 8 p.m. CET, which will allow troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to watch the show, AFN officials said. Troops and Department of Defense civilians around the globe with AFN decoders should also be able to see the broadcast.

Check out our exclusive teaser below and let us know what you think of the show!

Saving Abel – in Concert TONIGHT!

Be sure to tune in TONIGHT when the Saving Abel USO concert at Camp Arifjan is broadcast on Ustream at 10 pm EST/7 p PST!!

And check out the pics as their tour finished in Iraq…

While flying over Iraq and back to Kuwait via a C-17, Saving Abel front man Jared Weeks shows off the teddy bear given to him by his daughter that he carried on his week-long USO tour Feb. 27, 2010. On a mission to bring a touch of home to those stationed overseas, Saving Abel visited and entertained thousands of U.S. troops. (USO photo by Mike Clifton)

Saving Abel rocks out with troops stationed at Camp Speicher in Iraq on Feb. 26, 2010. Known for their radio-ready sound, memorable melodies and hard hitting tracks, the band will release their highly anticipated sophomore album in Summer of 2010. (USO photo by Mike Clifton)

Saving Abel band members Eric Taylor (L) and Jason Null (C) talk to First Sergeant Christopher Ghormley of Phoenix, AZ, while visiting Camp Sykes in Iraq on Feb. 26, 2010. This is the band's first USO tour. (USO photo by Mike Clifton)

Saving Abel band member Scott Bartlett showcases his guitar skills with one hand as Saving Abel performs a USO concert for troops stationed at Camp Speicher in Iraq on Feb. 26, 2010. This is the band's first USO tour. (USO photo by Michael Clifton.)

Rock band Saving Abel greets troops and signs autographs during a USO meet and greet at Camp Sykes on Feb. 25, 2010. In the region to extend their gratitude to troops, the band will visit three countries in just eight days. (USO photo by Mike Clifton)

Saving Abel band member Eric Taylor smiles alongside U. S. Air Force Capt. Casey Bowen (L) while on board a U. S. Air Force C-130 aircraft in route to the band's next USO tour stop at Camp Sykes in Iraq on Feb. 25, 2010. In the region as part of an eight-day, three country USO tour, Saving Abel will visit multiple bases and perform numerous shows for U.S. troops. (USO photo by Mike Clifton)