The Ohio State University lights the way for TBP
Friday, August 23, 2013
– The Band Perry was well into its set last night at The Ohio State University performing their smash All Your Life
when the generators unexpectedly blew out leaving the band in darkness.
That was until the crowd pulled out their cell phones and created enough light for the show to go on. The sibling trio followed up with their cover of I Will Always Love You, and shortly thereafter light returned.
"We never know what's going to happen when we step on stage," said Kimberly Perry. "One show I'm throwing bits of my shredded dress into the audience, and another we're playing under the cell phone spotlight."
"We already play a cover of Queen's Fat Bottom Girls in our set and after last night we may need to prepare a cover of Meat Loaf's Paradise by the Dashboard Light except ours would be called 'Paradise by the Cellphone Light'" said Reid Perry.
"The OSU students definitely lit up the house in more ways than one. They were great and they were with us all the way," said Neil Perry.
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