Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for the service members who have fallen in combat. Check out five rock acts that have honored the troops by performing for them overseas and in America.
1. Kid Rock – Iraq (2009)
Kid Rock is no stranger to expressing love and support for the troops. Tour for the Troops was the last show that Kid Rock took part in, his sixth appearance overseas, not counting his numerous concerts at U.S. military bases. Touring alongside comedian Carlos Mencia and pop singer Jessie James made for an entertaining night for the soldiers. When Kid Rock stepped onto the stage as the sun set, the service members rose to their feet and began chanting, “Kid, Kid!” In response, he joked, “This is the most sober crowd I’ve ever played for,” before opening with his trademark song “Bawitdaba.”
2. Puddle of Mudd – Tikrit, Iraq (2004)
On a stage constructed of flatbeds pushed together in the ruins of a former soccer stadium, Puddle of Mudd performed in front of 1,500 U.S. troops on September 12, 2004. Chosen from a poll taken by the troops, they chose Puddle of Mudd who accepted the offer immediately and graciously. Breathing in sand through the scorching 130 degree weather, the band played hits like “Blurry” and “She Hates Me.”
3. Avenged Sevenfold – Kuwait and Iraq (2010)
Avenged Sevenfoldhas performed four shows for the troops, touring one military base in Kuwait and three in Iraq. A huge turnout of fans rushed the stage to rock out, as the audience had a blast. In an interview with Revolver Magazine, lead vocalist M. Shadows said, “It’s one of the things that all around we were just excited to do it and to just support them in the way they supported us.”
4. Shinedown – Iraq (2007)
Shinedown had a remarkable experience touring overseas for the troops, calling it a life-changing venture. The group performed a number of their hits, including “45” and “The Sound of Madness” for the service men and women. When they returned home, Shinedown wrote the song “Devour” about showing full support to the troops as well as frustration with political leaders.
5. Bruce Springsteen – Stand Up For Heroes, New York (2012)
Bruce Springsteenperformed at the 6th Annual Stand Up For Heroes at the Beacon Theatre in New York in November 2012. “The Boss” performed a four-song acoustic set and even told a few jokes at the benefit for the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The foundation provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans and their families.
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