Puppet Strings is the newest effort from Fuel and the first album in over 10 years since the return of original lead singer Brett Scallions. The album showcases a more plaintive sound with abrasive guitars, soaring melodies, and tenacious vocals. Debuting #1 on Billboard Hard Rock charts the album features the hit singles "Soul To Preach To" and "Cold Summer".
Brett Scallions: lead vocals, guitar
Scallions is one of the founding members of Fuel, being the lead vocalist for the original incarnation of the band from 1993 to 2006. During that time, the band released multiple albums including the double platinum Something Like Human. In 2010, Scallions reformed Fuel under the moniker "Re-Fueled" which proved to be the new incarnation of Fuel which later released the album "Puppet Strings" in 2014.
Andy Andersson: lead guitar, background vocals
Originally from the band Black Robot, Andersson joined the band in 2011, touring extensively and recording and releasing the album "Puppet Strings".
Brad Stewart: bass
Formerly of the band Shinedown, Stewart joined Fuel in 2010 and began touring and writing new material for their 2014 release "Puppet Strings".
Shannon Boone: drums
Formerly of the band Puddle Of Mudd, Boone began touring with the band in 2013, although he did not perform the drum tracks on Fuel's album "Puppet Strings" he joined the band before the record was released and continues performing with the band on tour.
One of the more popular bands in the new millennium's post-grunge scene, Fuel originally comprised the talents of singer/guitarist Brett Scallions, guitarist Carl Bell, bassist Jeff Abercrombie, and drummer Kevin Miller. The band took shape in Tennessee in 1989, shaping a blend of gritty guitars and cementing their sound with Scallions' powerful vocals, before relocating to Pennsylvania in 1993. While playing gigs on the local nightclub circuit, Fuel made its studio debut with an independently released EP, 1996's Porcelain, which sold over 10,000 copies locally and generated a hometown radio hit with "Shimmer." Such success brought Fuel to the attention of Sony's 550 imprint, which released the EP Hazelton the following year. The band's full-length debut, Sunburn, followed in 1998.
"Shimmer" proved to be Fuel's calling card once again, as the lively single became a modern rock hit and nearly cracked the Top 40. Additional singles like "Bittersweet," "Jesus or a Gun," and the title track also earned airplay, thrust Sunburn into platinum record status. Fuel's second album, Something Like Human, followed two and a half years later and launched the hit "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)," which proved to be the band's biggest single to date. The album itself reached number 17 on the Billboard charts; within a year of its release, it had ascended to double platinum status, making Fuel one of the more successful rock acts of the year.
Released in 2003, Natural Selection sold 71,000 copies in its opening week thanks to the vigorous lead single "Falls on Me." The album quickly fell from the charts, however, and following the 2005 release of Best of Fuel, frontman Scallions amicably parted ways with the band. Fuel enlisted Toryn Green as the band's new singer and began to work on a fourth studio album, Angels & Devils, which was released in August 2007 and featured the singles "Wasted Time" and "Gone".
In 2010, after a long hiatus, original lead singer Brett Scallions reformed the band under the moniker "Re-Fueled" which later spawned the new incarnation of Fuel. Scallions, along with guitarist Andy Andersson, bassist Brad Stewart, and drummer Shannon Boone released the album Puppet Strings in March 2014. Setting a new tone and future for the band, the album has proved to be a huge success while debuting at number #1 on the Billboards Hard Rock Charts and featuring the hit singles "Soul To Preach To" and "Cold Summer".
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