If you are an O.A.R. supporter and an avid gamer here’s a little slice of heaven for you. On December 18 at 9pm EST fans will have the opportunity to “Play The Band” through the Xbox Live website. From the cozy confines of a New York City apartment, Marc, Benj, Jerry, Chris and Richard will challenge gamers to NFL Fever 2004 as well as Crimson Sky. This event is an exciting new feature for Xbox that caters to the ever-growing population of online-gamers. Other bands who have recently participated in this event include Korn, The Used, and New Found Glory.
O.A.R.’s huge internet community makes this a perfect match for the band, as their own website gathers a thousand new subscribers each month and O.A.R. is one of the Top 30 most researched band names on the web. In addition, the quintet’s major label debut “In Between Now And Then” (which debuted at #54 on the Billboard Top 200) was the #8 Most Downloaded album on the Apple Store upon release.
O.A.R. is singer/guitarist Marc Roberge, lead guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman, drummer Chris Culos and saxophonist Jerry DePizzo. The band formed in 1996 in the suburbs of D.C. while attending high school together. Upon graduation, the guys moved themselves and their collective vision to Ohio State University, where they honed their humbling lyrics and inspiring just-enjoy-the-ride sound. From there, the band made the road their home, releasing five albums along the way, which have sold over half a million copies, all told.
The band will continue to support “In Between Now And Then” with a 2004 Winter Tour. Dates to be announced shortly.