The Band Perry at Futenma Flight Line Festival


The Band Perry at Futenma Flight Line Festival

by: Jessica Bidwell | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: September 28, 2016

Okinawa servicemembers who won a contest by devouring thousands of chicken wings over eight weeks got their reward Saturday — a free concert by Grammy Award-winning country group The Band Perry.

Best known for its hit single “If I Die Young,” the band performed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma’s Flight Line Festival after Camp Foster beat out more than a dozen other Pacific military installations during the third annual Wing-A-Palooza contest sponsored by Pizza Hut and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service.

Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry took turns on lead vocals during an up-tempo performance that attracted about 15,000 people. Kimberley’s energetic dance moves set the mood along with an edgy version of “Better Dig Two” that featured her brothers banging huge drums under spotlights.

The band strayed from its roots, putting a spin on songs that made the group sound more pop than country. The audience wasn’t disappointed.

The band, which also spent their visit meeting fans and thanking servicemembers — including delivering pizzas to a lucky few — had more praise for the troops during the show.

“We really respect and appreciate the freedoms that your sacrifice affords the three of us and our entire country,” Neil Perry told the audience. “It is a sacrifice, and it is not one that goes unnoticed, and we are just really happy to be here and give a little bit back to them for all that they do for us.”

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