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March 2004

Release Date: March 31, 2004

MTV Tour to Bring Hard Rockers Hoobastank, lostprophets to ASU

The MTV Campus Invasion Tour, featuring headliner Hoobastank as well as lostprophets and Ima Robot, will visit Angelo State University Thursday, April 15, for a 7 p.m. concert in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.

Hoobastank, a post-grunge band from northern California, will perform such songs as "Crawling in the Dark" and "Running Away" from their 2001 debut album "Hoobastank" which went platinum and earned the quartet a reputation as an up and coming rock band.

Tickets for the concert, presented by the ASU University Center Program Council (UCPC) Entertainment Committee, are on sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Information Desk in the Houston Harte University Center. Tickets cost $10 for ASU students and $15 for the general public. The day of the concert tickets will also be available at the box office at the Junell Center, which will open doors at 6:30 p.m. for the concert.

Hoobastank with guitarist Dan Estrin, bassist Markku Lappalainen, drummer Chris Hesse and singer Doug Robb has grown into a "songwriting machine" since the group formed in the mid 1990s while its members were still in high school. The band members released their second album, "The Reason" in 2003.

Influenced by the heavy metal and grunge music of several groups, Hoobastank softened some of the harder elements of that music and added a suburban California groove that provided more melodious tunes and earned critical acclaim as well as a growing audience.

Lostprophets is an alternative metal, post-grunge Welsh band featuring Ian Watkins on vocals, Mike Lewis on the guitar, Lee Gaze on guitar, Stuart Richardson on bass, Mike Chiplin on drums and Jamie Oliver on the keyboard. Their albums include "The Fake Sound of Progress" in 2001 and this year's "Start Something," which ranges from the hardest guitar rock to a more melodic progressive pop rock.

Opening the concert at ASU will be Ima Robot, a Los Angeles-bred band that started in the early 1990's. Ima Robot is an alternative rock/pop group known for its musical innovation. The band's debut album was released in 2003.

The MTV Campus Invasion Tour is showcasing up-and-coming rock bands at select campuses around the nation. For more information, call 325-942-2062 or visit the UCPC Office, Room 211, Houston Harte University Center.

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