OneRepublic will be stopping by SPAC on Tuesday on the tour that almost wasn’t.
Despite their years spent in the spotlight, the pop group went quiet after the release of its fourth album in October last year. They stopped posting as much on social media and just slipped into silence.
Then, earlier this year, frontman Ryan Tedder sent out a message to fans about an anxiety that had plagued him and the burnout that the entire band was beginning to feel from over 10 years of touring.
“I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown, not sleeping, on meds, not happy, anxiety on a crippling level and it was triggered from sheer exhaustion. I looked at a calendar, realized I had been gone 200 days of 2016 and still had 3 more weeks of being gone. From my family, my wife, my kids, my friends, basically my life. I also realized that had been the last 10 years. At that moment I wanted to quit, and almost did. I called my manager and said ‘pull the plug’ … cancel promo, cancel the single, cancel the album,” Tedder wrote.
The thought of the upcoming U.S. and European tour sent him into a panic, giving him a crippling sense of anxiety.
Tedder, who is a famed pop song writer (his resume includes hits sung by Beyonce, Adele, U2 and Ellie Goulding), was burnt out on the album release cycle, the touring cycle and all the promotional work that went along with it.
“It also made me stop writing songs. I didn’t have the motivation or joy necessary to. That’s over now,” Tedder wrote.
The band decided to take a break from the usual cycle of releasing a single or two before a new album and just release the…
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