Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Rocker Tells of Air Force, USO and Blackwater Tour with Troops
Members of the Boston punk rock band Lansdowne talk about playing for American troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Middle East and Central Asia. The emerging band won an audition last year with Armed Forces Network and recently signed an arrangement with USO to tour the war theater in support of military personnel.
Blackwater - recently a USO partner - flew the rockers to forward operating bases in Afghanistan to entertain the troops.
"It's kind of a blur now," lead singer Jon Ricci tells the Boston Herald. "Being flown around on C-17s, which are like the biggest planes you can think of, and by Blackwater to and from bases, it was all pretty amazing."