Apologetix 2010 anniversary tour hits Bangor on June 19
Cuts from two new CDs featured in concert
Pittsburgh, PA — May 12, 2010 — On the heels of its17th CD release, the award-winning rock group ApologetiX (That Christian Parody Band) performs in concert on:
Saturday, June 19, 7:00 pm
Bangor First Church of the Nazarene
1465 Union St.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
The band‚Äôs 2010 anniversary tour follows an ambitious year. Its just-released CD, ‚ÄúThe Boys Aren’t Backin’ Down,‚ÄĚ was recorded live in October 2009 and includes 13 parodies never before on CD, plus five revamped parodies from the band‚Äôs two earliest CDs. In the fall of 2009, the band also released its CD ‚ÄúRecovery.‚ÄĚ The 2010 tour will feature songs from both of the new CDs and more. ApologetiX played more than 1200 concerts in 2009 in more states than ever before in a single year ‚Äď 40. Over the years the band has played in all 50 states.
ApologetiX specializes in biblical parodies of classic and modern rock songs. Lead singer J. Jackson, who also writes the band‚Äôs lyrics, says ‚ÄúApologetiX is best described as ‚ÄôWeird Al‚Äô Yankovic meets Billy Graham. We appeal to both the Christian and secular audiences. I think we‚Äôre the only band that‚Äôs been featured on the radio shows of both Billy Graham and Howard Stern, not to mention ‚ÄėThe 700 Club‚Äô and ‚ÄėThe Dr. Demento Show.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
Yankovic‚Äôs longtime drummer, Jon ‚ÄúBermuda‚ÄĚ Schwartz, played seven tracks on an ApologetiX album and checks in with the band from time to time. For the band‚Äôs 15th anniversary, they received a special video greeting from ‚ÄúWeird Al‚ÄĚ himself.
ApologetiX‚Äôs repertoire covers the gamut of rock and roll from Elvis to today‚Äôs artists, with an occasional rap or country song thrown in for good measure. Metallica‚Äôs ‚ÄúEnter Sandman‚ÄĚ becomes ‚ÄúEnter Samson.‚ÄĚ John Cougar Mellencamp‚Äôs ‚ÄúJack and Diane‚ÄĚ becomes ‚ÄúIraq & Iran.‚ÄĚ Green Day‚Äôs ‚ÄúThe Boulevard of Broken Dreams‚ÄĚ becomes ‚ÄúThe Boulevard of Both Extremes.‚ÄĚ The Eagles‚Äô ‚ÄúLife in the Fast Lane‚ÄĚ becomes ‚ÄúLife in the Last Days.‚ÄĚ
The band‚Äôs name comes from the word ‚Äúapologetics,” which originally meant “the defense of the Christian faith.” Just as the members of ApologetiX adapted that word for their own purposes, they adapt the words of famous songs through parody to convey a biblical message. ‚ÄúWe take our lead from the great theologian Mary Poppins,‚ÄĚ Jackson adds. ‚Äú‚ÄôJust a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.‚Äô We take the Bible seriously. We just don‚Äôt take ourselves too seriously.‚ÄĚ
In 2004, ApologetiX received the American Christian Music Award for Alternative Artist of the Year and Alternative Song of the Year. In 2005, ApologetiX was named Favorite Indie Artist in the CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) Magazine Readers‚Äô Choice Awards and also won the Best Album award in Christianity Today‚Äôs 2005 Readers‚Äô Choice Christian Music Awards.
ApologetiX CDs are available at Christian bookstores throughout the United States and internationally. They are also available through the band‚Äôs website (www.apologetix.com) and as downloads through iTunes, amazonmp3, and other major providers.
The band has a fast-growing online fan club with more than 65,000 members, but Jackson says the band members don‚Äôt measure success in terms of numbers: ‚ÄúOur mission is the same as it‚Äôs always been — to reach the lost and teach the rest. Every week, we receive hundreds of e-mails from people all over the world who‚Äôve been touched by our CDs or concerts and are learning more about the Bible or are using our CDs to reach and teach others. And that‚Äôs what it‚Äôs all about for us.‚ÄĚ
For concert tickets and more information, visit www.apologetix.com.
Contact Name: Tony Stevens
Telephone Number: 207.479.9911