Trinidad-based rock band ORANGE SKY has just been named the opening act for the upcoming fall 2005 U.S. tour by guitar wizard YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. ORANGE SKY will be promoting its Granite Records debut CD, "Upstairs", and DVD, "Live In Trinidad", on the 17-date run of shows from October 31 to December 7. Band members include lead vocalist/lead guitarist/songwriter Nigel Rojas, bass guitarist/vocalist Nicholas Rojas, rhythm guitarist Adam Murray, keyboardist/vocalist Richard Hall and drummer/vocalist Obasi Springer. Nigel and Nicholas are brothers.
"We feel really honored to be touring with Yngwie Malmsteen," Nigel Rojas says. "When we were growing up, his posters were on our walls. As young guitar players, Nicholas and I especially loved him. He's a guitar god."
Deeply influenced by a broad range of genres including everything from heavy metal and hard rock to pop to reggae, ORANGE SKY's music is excitingly original and richly melodic. The exotic Caribbean textures that occur naturally in the versatile band's songs guarantee listeners a sonic experience like no other.
From a musical standpoint, ORANGE SKY makes a perfect touring partner for an eclectic range of artists. In Trinidad, ORANGE SKY has opened for the likes of SKID ROW, SIX FEET UNDER, HATEBREED and LUDACRIS.
"We toured the West Coast recently with ADEMA, and it was our first time out of Trinidad doing any type of shows. We also opened for BUCKCHERRY in Los Angeles," Nigel says. "That was off the hook as well. Los Angeles is a pretty historic place, rock 'n' roll wise. We got to walk around the Sunset Strip and Hollywood Boulevard — all the places we grew up reading about. We love driving from city to city and seeing America. It's a beautiful country. It's been amazing."
ORANGE SKY is hugely popular at home in Trinidad and Tobago and throughout the Caribbean. In fact, Trinidad and Tobago's Ministry of Tourism has officially named the band as International Ambassadors.
"The positive reaction from American fans so far has been overwhelming. We don't sound like the average rock band. We have our metal moments, and a lot of Caribbean elements. On tour, we can play a variety of things," says Nigel.
"We're so happy to be out on the road in America making new friends and fans every night. We've got a lot of love in our hearts, and we're giving it all that we've got."
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