|Tyler Glenn, frontman for Neon Trees,|
performs at benefit concert in Murrieta, Ca.
If you follow the band, you know how ridiculous that sounds, considering they’ve just returned from playing massive concerts around the world, and opened for some pretty major players in the music industry. Yes, Neon Trees is on the rise and their growth is only expected to go up!
I say ‘not’ Mormon, because Neon Trees, although all members have LDS roots, each serving a fulltime mission for The Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints, their music is made for a wide-audience. The bands' popularity over the last few years has soared, globally, which made this ‘homecoming’ concert a huge deal in Murrieta: small town boys make it BIG – come home ‘rock stars’!
Like that kind of 'huge'!
Wanting to cover this story on a broader scale, I decided to be bold and contact the right editor at Deseret News, Aaron Shill, to inquire if he would consider allowing this local, Mormon blogger, cover the concert set right in my backyard; knowing it would be of interest to many of their readers – considering the band, as now formed, was launched from Provo, UT.
To my shock, he agreed!
The Deseret News has finally published my article covering the June 8th, Murrieta Neon Trees' Benefit Concert, after vacations and some necessary editing to take the material I submitted and boil it down to a ‘news’ piece. I must say, he did a great job making sure all the interview material that I acquired from Glenn and Allen is showcased - and rightfully so – it’s good stuff! (Don't miss it)
|Chris Allen and Tyler Glenn, perform together in|
Neon Trees' benefit concert, Murrieta, CA.
The simplest way to explain how this remarkable concert came about... ‘trees’ actually - family roots. The Glenn and Allen Families’ both have a rich history within the local community and are members of the Murrieta Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - as am I. In essence, Neon Trees is a current family history story of sorts, with its’ beginnings rooted in home, which is why this concert was special to so many - and in the process of it all put Murrieta, California, on the map!
Tyler and Chris were just two guys growing up who happened to go to the same church, both having a deep passion for music, which ultimately brought them together and would place them on the path to realizing their ‘Neon Trees’ dream. The relationship that they formed those many years ago is part of the roots which sustain the band today.