On December 27, 2013, Saving Abel and Jared Weeks, their lead singer and one of the original founding members of the band, would be parting ways. The break was done very professionally and in a positive manner as Jared announced he was recording a solo project in Tennessee and the rest of the band announced they would be continuing on as Saving Abel with new singer Scotty Austin from the band Trash The Brand.
For die hard fans of the band, the decision raised angst as lineup changes always do. We had the chance to catch Saving Abel live on January 3, at Tubby’s in Duncanon, PA to see Saving Abel perform live with their new lead singer Scotty Austin fronting the band, just days after the new lead singer joined the band on their live tour as their official new front man.
We must say that Scotty did a fantastic job and seems to be a great front man, and despite having some big shoes to fill, was a great fit for the band as a new lead singer. Scotty is a bit different than Jared in vocal style. Scotty has more of a hard rock/heavy rock singer style to him where Jared had a bit more of a bluesy/southern sounding style to his singing. That being said, the slightly different style worked really well and the set was great. Our impressions from the PACKED house in the venue were that the many Saving Abel diehard fans in the crowd welcomed Scotty enthusiastically. The crowd made no bones about this as they aggressively tried to gain close up views of the band. This large crowd showed an enthusiasm to continue to support the band in a huge way.
Scotty’s personality on stage and after the show as well was enthusiastic and high energy and yet he conveyed a sense of humbleness in his comments to the audience, relaying to the fans several times how honored he was to be in the band that he had listened to and sung along to in his car so often in the past. Scotty demonstrated that he can play guitar as well and in addition to playing guitar instead of singing lead as the band threw an AC/DC cover tune into the set, Scotty performed an acoustic solo tune which was very cool as well (A nice addition to the set and a good way to showcase the “new guy’s” talents a bit.
I had a brief moment to talk with Scotty after the show and convey my congratulations and he once again in a very humble manner expressed his gratitude not only for my positive comments about his show, but for the throngs of fans who came out to support the band and who are giving him a chance. If Scotty continues to deliver the type of performance we saw at this show so early in his tenure with the band, Saving Abel will remain alive and well for a long time to come.