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Blue October. (2009, January 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:57, January 21, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blue_October&oldid=264061463

Blue October is a rock band originally from Houston, Texas. The band was formed in 1995 and currently consists of Justin Furstenfeld (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Jeremy Furstenfeld (drums, percussion), Ryan Delahoussaye (violin/viola, mandolin, piano, backing vocals), C.B. Hudson (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Matt Noveskey (bass guitar, backing vocals).

Blue October was formed by lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Justin Furstenfeld, his brother Jeremy and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Delahoussaye. They were later joined by guitarist/vocalist C.B. Hudson and bassist Matt Noveskey. The band's name reportedly was inspired by Justin's brief stint in a hospital in October.[1]

Managed by Justin and Jeremy's parents under the name "RoDan Entertainment," Blue October released their first album, The Answers, in 1998, a well-received debut which sold over 5,000 copies in Houston alone.[2] Due to a fan-based connection with ABC's KTRK-TV (Channel 13), Blue October was able to schedule an early-morning news performance "" the band's first live television performance.

Blue October caught the attention of the major record labels, and in 1999 was signed to Universal Records for the release of their second album, Consent to Treatment. For various reasons, the band was dropped by Universal Records in 2002.

The band's third album re-released on Universal due to larger-than-expected album sales "" this album was largely a response to the control the label placed on the group during the Consent to Treatment production process.[3]

Blue October received a larger audience as their single "Calling You," featured on the American Wedding movie soundtrack, began to get radio play in Dallas. The band was invited to play at a large radio produced annual concert known as Edgefest.

Later, hits off of History for Sale included "Inner Glow" and "Razorblade." However, "Calling You" remained the group's largest mainstream success until their 2006 single, "Hate Me," which peaked at number two on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The music video for "Hate Me" debuted on VH1, later making a splash at No. 13 on VH1's user-controlled video countdown show VSpot Top 20 Countdown. It eventually peaked at No. 12 for the week ending on May 5, 2006.

The band made their network television premiere on April 14, 2006, performing "Hate Me," the first single from Foiled on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. They appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 28, 2006. Blue October was also on Conan O'Brien in 2006. On November 14, 2006 Blue October opened for the Rolling Stones in Boise, Idaho. "Into the Ocean," the second single from the album, was released on July 17, 2006. The music video for the song debuted at number three on VH1's VSpot Top 20 Countdown during the show's final week of 2006 and reached the number one spot in mid-February 2007.

The band's latest album, titled Foiled for the last time, was released on September 25, 2007. The latest single from the band is "She's My Ride Home," which they performed on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on April 25, 2007. The band's next album will be entitled "Approaching Normal", and will be released in March 2009.

As a result of reaching a new audience that Blue October has found with its Foiled album, Blue October has recently undergone an expansion of its tour locations. Originally restricted to Texas and parts of the Midwest and Southwest United States, Blue October is now touring locations covering the entire continental United States, in addition adding locations in Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, England, the Philippines, Germany and the Netherlands to their schedule.

A new version of Foiled was released along with a video for "Calling You" which aired on VH1 in late 2007. Blue October continues to tour.

In August 2008, Justin featured in a sold out 4-city tour with Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series, whose books were somewhat inspired by the music of Blue October.[4]

Currently, the band's fifth studio album is set for a March 24, 2009 release from Universal, produced by Steve Lillywhite (U2, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews Band).[5] The first announced single is "Dirt Room."

Some of the band's melancholic songs exhibit vocals similar to those of Peter Gabriel or Roger Daltrey.[6] On their more upbeat songs, they have been likened to U2 and sometimes, Pink Floyd, Phil Collins, Genesis, and The Fray.[7]

Blue October. (2009, January 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 02:57, January 21, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Blue_October&oldid=264061463

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