Blue October has been present on the alternative rock scene since the mid-'90s. The five-man band hailing from Houston, Texas, is best known for the platinum-selling singles "Hate Me" and "Into The Ocean," but the group has had 11 top 40 singles to date. In addition to regular concerts, frontman Justin Furstenfeld shows his vulnerable side doing the show called An Open Book.
Blue October formed in 1995. Managed by the Furstenfelds' parents, the group released a debut album in 1998 titled The Answers, which sold over 5,000 copies in Houston alone. The Answers received so much attention that Blue October performed on local TV stations and was signed to Universal Records the following year. In 2000, Blue October released its next album, Consent To Treatment. Its third album was 2003's History For Sale, featuring original cover art by singer Justin Furstenfeld. The single "Calling You" was the first Blue October song to make it into radio rotations. In 2006, Blue October released Foiled, which is its most popular album to date and which went platinum within a year. The first two singles off of the album, "Hate Me" and "Into the Ocean," are the only two platinum-selling singles to date. Both songs were featured in the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown. The album Foiled resulted in Blue October embarking on its first world tour. 2009's Approaching Normal was the first Blue October album to debut on the Billboard 200 charts. It debuted at No. 13 following the singles "Dirt Room" and "Say It." The following year, the band released an acoustic album entitled Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening With Blue October. Blue October became an independent artist again upon starting its own record label Up/Down Records, which is a reference to the lyrics of its song "Jump Rope." Just a year later, in 2011, the group released Any Man In America, which was primarily about the struggles Justin Furstenfeld faced with his ex and custody of his daughter, Blue. In 2013, Sway was released and featured optimism in Justin's life and writing after the birth of his second daughter, Sayde. The album features the popular singles "Bleed Out" and "Fear." In 2016, Home was released along with a single of the same name. Two years later, 2018 brought I Hope You're Happy as well as a single of the same name. "King" is the band's most recent single.
Where can I buy Blue October tickets?
Tickets for all upcoming Blue October tickets can be purchased at StubHub.
Will Blue October tour in 2019?
Blue October is on tour now in support of its album I Hope You're Happy. There are both regular and An Open Book concert dates scheduled for 2019.
What songs are on Blue October's setlist?
The setlist can vary depending on if you're going to a regular show as part of The King Tour or if it's the An Open Book show. Songs you're likely to hear regardless of which concert type you go to include "Into the Ocean," "Say It," "Hate Me," "I Want It," "Home," "King," "18th Floor Balcony," "Fear" and "I Hope You're Happy."
Who are the members of Blue October?
The trio who started Blue October remains to this day. Justin Furstenfeld is the singer and rhythm guitarist who does a majority of the songwriting. His brother Jeremy plays the drums and other percussion instruments. Their long-time friend Ryan Delahoussaye is a multi-instrumentalist who plays violin, keyboards and mandolin for the band. All of Blue October's lineup changes have been lead guitarists and bassists. Bassist Matt Noveskey first joined the band in 1998 but had a couple of years away. He rejoined in 2004. The newest member of Blue October is lead guitarist Will Knaak, who somewhat recently joined in February 2018.
What is the difference between An Open Book concert dates and regular ones?
Regular concert dates have the energy that you'd expect at a live show. There's minimal narration, and the setlist consists of varied songs. Light shows and electric instruments are more common in these shows. An Open Book is a more intimate concert with the songs played in chronological order or close to it. These shows focus much more strongly on Justin Furstenfeld as opposed to the band as a whole as he explains his journey surviving mental illness and writing the songs. The energy is often kept lower, and less instrumentation is featured. The set is mostly acoustic.
Will Blue October be performing in any festival lineups?
Blue October isn't scheduled to perform in any festivals at this time.Back to Top
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