By Kasey Seifried
The Maine embarked on its first-ever free tour this week and plans to hit 12 states over the next few months starting with New Jersey at the Game Changer World in Howell on Friday, Sept. 11.
In what the band is calling The Free for All Tour, fans aren’t required to purchase anything to gain admittance to the venue. They can, however, download an app (though it is not required) called ‘The Square Cash App,’ and donate money to help cover gas and travel expenses.
The band’s drummer Patrick Kirch wanted to make their objective clear.
“Rather than just saying thank you, we decided to put this thought into action and show that we mean it,” he said. “There is no trick here, no cooperate sponsor footing the bill; it is simply just our gift to you for supporting what we do. That has been a hard thing for people to understand I think. We hope this is a small part in showing them with action.”
Those efforts have been well received by the group’s fan base.
“I think it’s awesome to say the least,” said Allison Hilla, a William Paterson University student. “I mean, who wouldn’t love a free show! Plus, this shows that not all bands and artists are all about the money. Their love for music and their fans are outshining their need for profit.”
The Maine is an alternative rock band that formed in Tempe, Ariz. in 2007 and is made up of five childhood friends, John O’Callaghan, Kennedy Brock, Patrick Kirch, Garrett Nicklesen and Jared Monaco. They group recorded three EPs, five studio albums and toured 13 times since their big break in 2008. The band has endured multiple label changes over the years, until recently when it took the reins and created a label of its own, eighty one – twenty three.
Tour dates include:
Sep 18 – St Petersburg, FL – House of Blues
Sep 19 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues
Sep 23 – Mission, TX – Las Palmas Race Track
Sep 28 – San Diego, CA – Quartyard
Oct 01 – Fresno, CA – Strummer’s
Oct 02 – Tustin, CA – District at Tustin Legacy