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Candlebox Veteran's Day performance at TCM

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  • By Staff Sgt. John Staryzk
  • 376th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron
The rock band Candlebox helped give American and coalition forces a brief reprieve as they belted out their hits from the 90s and more recent albums to help celebrate Veteran's Day at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

Although it's been twenty years since the band's first, self-titled release; Candlebox still remains a staple within the rock'n'roll community today. Originating out of Seattle, Wash., they played a pivotal role in the grunge and alternative scene during the early 90s. While the original lineup has changed since those days, the band continues to produce new records, tour and introduce a new generation of listeners to their music while providing the ones who've been there from the start with fresh rock as well.

Before they took the stage, I had an opportunity to sit down with the members and find out what they've been up to over the past two decades and what they're looking forward to in the future.

"Keeping acclimated to the climate is what has helped us maintain creativity in our music over the years," said Kevin Martin, lead vocalist. "All of the members agree that growing older and having families has helped them stay relevant as they pursue their musical passions. However, it's much more than just keeping up with the 'who's who,' in the entertainment industry's simply just getting out there and experiencing life!"

While they've wanted to perform for the troops overseas for some time, it wasn't until 2010 that the opportunity Iraq of all places. Sean Hennesy and Adam Kury, guitarists, recall how on several occasions during their Iraqi tour they had to bug-out and run for cover because of incoming mortar rounds. When asked what was going through their minds at the time, the guys replied that they just followed whatever the soldiers did.

Candlebox's members aren't new to the military lifestyle though. Martin's father passed away several years ago as World War II Army veteran who helped storm the beaches of Normandy and fought in the "Battle of the Bulge." The singer's admiration for his father and his service was evident as he paid homage to him before starting the song, "Miss You."

Some of the highlights from the show included such hits as "Simple Lessons," "Blossom" and "Far Behind," in which Peter Klett, lead guitarist, incorporated part of the infamous guitar solo from Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love."

This was Candlebox's last performance in the region before heading back to America. They're looking forward to getting back to some much needed rest and are hopeful to play more overseas shows for the troops in the near future.