Hinder brought their Welcome to the Freakshow tour to Orlando but this time things were changed up just a tad bit. The original lead singer, Austin Winkler, was nowhere to be seen and that didn't matter. Over the summer there was a bit of a change that took place due to “personal matters” with their former lead singer. Hinder needed to make a decision to cancel the tour or keep on going strong. Their choice to choose Jared Weeks (Saving Abel’s lead singer) was the best decision for them. Jared Weeks stepping in as the replacement was like a tune-up for the band and the crowd went nuts over his performance at the House of Blues.
The lighting was impeccable throughout the entire show. A full range of the rainbow rained over the stage the entire night instead of the usual red lighting which makes musicians look like fries under a heat lamp. When it was solo riff killing time for Joe Garvey the lights would change for the mood of the song and focus directly on him.
The fans’ expectations were more than met for the night. Some had no clue that the lead singer had left so it was a bit of a bummer when Cody Hanson (drums) stepped down from his platform after the second song to explain what happened over the summer without going into any specific details. It was obvious by the end of the show that the fans were more than thrilled by their stellar performance with the new replacement (Weeks) showing that he had what it takes to be a part of Hinder.
Hinder is a multi-platinum selling rock band from Oklahoma City, OK. In 2005, their first release, Extreme Behavior, sold over three million copies in the U.S. as their single “Lips of an Angel” hit No.1 on the Billboard Pop Charts. Their next release, Take It To The Limit, a gold-selling album debuted at No.4 on the Billboard Top 200 with over 80,000 copies sold the first week. They then released two more albums, All American Nightmare (2010) and Welcome To The Freakshow(2012) after that. In 2007, the group was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.