Marine set to open for sold-out rock concert
By Cpl. Cristina Noelia Gil
| | February 10, 2010
CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii --
While many musicians can only dream of performing on the same stage as rock band Bon Jovi, one Marine with U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific will soon be adding that to his list of accomplishments.
The Mike Corrado Band, led by Lt. Col. Mike Corrado, is one of two bands who recently beat more than 50 competitors in the “Opening Act Contest” for a chance to perform before a sold-out crowd and open for the popular rock band Feb. 12.
“I have been a fan [of Bon Jovi] since their early years,” Corrado said. “These guys have been around for more than 20 years and they’ve been a strong force in music, so it’s an honor to even be considered in the same sense.”
Corrado’s band includes electric guitar player Jason Nobriga, keyboard player Ikaika Tecson and two members of the MarForPac band: Staff Sgt. Chazz Harbison, bass player, and Sgt. Matt Cole, drummer.
Upon returning to Hawaii from recording his second album, Corrado was surprised to learn his band was one of the finalists. The judging panel said the band’s submission had instant impact on them, touching them with the sincerity and realism of Corrado’s lyrics and vocals.
“What we loved about Mike is his passion for music. His voice is a cry; it’s the voice of America,” said singer and entertainer Jimmy Borges, one of the judges. “His lyrics are heartfelt and they tell a story that we can all relate to.”
As the concert date nears, Corrado and his band promise to show rock fans what set them apart from dozens of other competitors.
“We’re going to bring the best show we can possibly bring,” said Corrado. “You only get a few chances to shine, so we’re definitely making the best out of it.”