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Local teen gets rock star treatment
WCHS senior gets to meet pop group OneRepublic
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Local teen Allison Brock is counting her lucky stars after winning tickets to a OneRepublic concert in Dallas, as well as a meet and greet with band members before the performance.
“Earlier this summer, I entered a contest online that was jointly sponsored by Live Nation and the American Cancer Society,” said Brock. “The prize was a trip to Dallas, Texas to attend a OneRepublic meet and greet and concert. OneRepublic is one of my favorite bands, so I decided to enter. I never expected to win. I was shocked.”
OneRepublic is a rock band from Colorado Springs, Colo. It was formed in 2002 by Ryan Tedder and Zach Filkins with Tedder as lead vocalist and Filkins with backing vocals. The band also includes Drew Brown, Brent Kutzle and Eddie Fisher.
The band achieved commercial success on MySpace as an unsigned act. In the last few years, the band has released several hits, including “Counting Stars,” “If I Lose Myself,” “Something I Need,” “Secrets,” “Love Runs Out” and “What You Wanted,” which was used in the movie “The Fault In Our Stars” released in June.
Brock won an all-expenses-paid trip for four, including flight, transportation, hotel and tickets, to the band’s concert Aug. 26. Opening for the band was Christina Perri.
Going with Brock was her brother, Hunter, her dad, Tyson, and mother, Angela.
“I was still so surprised I had won that it didn’t really seem real until we arrived in Dallas,” said Brock. “At that point, I was so anxious and excited about the concert I could hardly contain my excitement. We arrived at the venue about an hour early in order to work out all the details with a representative from Live Nation. When we were able to go backstage for the meet and greet, I was already beginning to get excited and impatient waiting for the event to start.”
Meeting band members was brief but thrilling, says Brock, a senior at Warren County High School.