After the launch of its "From The Vanishing Point" Fall 2012 tour in September, an appearance on VH1's morning show "Big Morning Buzz Live" and a network television debut on the "Late Show with David Letterman" in July, Columbus-based band Red Wanting Blue will bring a close to their best year yet with a New Year's Eve party at the Kent Stage, 175 E. Main St., in Kent on Monday.
"This year has been elating," said Scott Terry, Red Wanting Blue's lead vocalist and tenor guitarist. "We are rejuvenated and at the same time exhausted. We've had a really great, exciting year and we're happy to accomplish as much as we have. Next year is hopefully going to be even bigger, but we can't wait to close out this year with a bang for New Year's Eve because we don't typically do this."
In 2012, Red Wanting Blue performed 200 live shows. Naturally, the band is celebrating New Year's Eve on the road.
"The tour is over and we're winding down for the holiday, which is only two weeks, but that's a really long time to not be playing," Terry said. "We're kind of cheating with this show, but we've always been a traveling band. We accept that we all love touring and it's what we do."
This year's tour was to promote the bands new album, "From The Vanishing Point," which in Terry's opinion is the bands best record.
"'From The Vanishing Point' was a record written on the road, in dark corners of hotel rooms and music venues," Terry said. "It's like when you pick up a postcard from someone in the mail and it says, 'Greetings from Kent, Ohio.' We wanted to make the music about that moment in time from the band while on the road. We've been living out on the highway staring into the horizon for so long, you know, it's where we're from."
For this album, the band strived to reach their fans on a real, honest level.
"I just try to perform the music honestly," Terry said. "These are actual things I can recount on in my own life, so I get very emotional and I try to not shield what I'm feeling from the audience. Sometimes it comes out like a tremor or a full earthquake, but that's how you stay emotionally connected. From talking to people after a performance, they know I'm not just putting on a show for them."
Terry said that to completely understand the new album, people have to come see the band live.
"People say 'the bands record is really good, but the songs sound better live,'" Terry said. "You're actually coming to see someone perform what you can only imagine hearing in your head. I think at the end of the day, people walk away with something more tangible as far as a memory of what we've done. I think people get it more."
Terry said the band is looking forward to bringing in the New Year's at home.
"We've been playing around Ohio for over a decade," Terry said. "It's our home. A few years ago, we got the chance to play the Kent Stage for the first time and it was a big milestone for us. That room has always had a special feel to us and I can't wait to get back there."
In 2013, Red Wanting Blue will start a tour of the West Coast and make their way up to Canada. Next Spring, the band plans to tour the East Coast and work on material for a new album.
Tom Simpson, co-owner of the Kent Stage, said this party is the biggest New Year's Eve event in Kent.
"This is the first year we have had a band like Red Wanting Blue," Simpson said. "It's really cool that we have this band coming here and you can feel the anticipation in Kent. Everyone is so excited. We've sold over 600 tickets already, so I expect it to be a sold-out night."
The New Year's Eve party will open with special guest We Are Public Radio, a local band from Akron.
The party starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $26 in advance or $31 at the door. For more information, call 330-677-5005 or visit online at www.thekentstage.com.