You won’t “Apologize” for a low-key Independence Day celebration this year. Grammy-nominated band OneRepublic is set to headline the 2018 Stadium of Fire event, held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, in LaVell Edwards Stadium.
The Colorado natives — including Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Drew Brown and Eddie Fisher — are known for many hit singles, including “All the Right Moves,” “Secrets,” “Good Life,” “I Lived,” and “Love Runs Out.” OneRepublic has sold more than 10 million copies of “Counting Stars,” and the music video has more than two billion hits on YouTube.
In 2007, OneRepublic released its debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, with modest success. When singer and producer Timbaland rearranged their single “Apologize” with an R&B feel for his album Shock Value, the song became a hit. “Apologize” spent eight consecutive weeks at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 list and sold five million copies in the United States. The song was certified more than twice in six countries worldwide.
OneRepublic recently returned from an international tour, performing in London, Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City, to promote its latest album, “Oh My My.” Following their Stadium of Fire performance, OneRepublic will continue the Down the Rabbit Hole Live tour, opening for folk and country group Zac Brown Band during 14 shows across the United States.
“We’re excited to have OneRepublic perform at this year’s Stadium of Fire,” says Paul Warner, executive director of the Freedom Festival. “We’ve tried for years to get them here and were thrilled that we could make it happen this year.”
Unlike in previous years, OneRepublic will be the only band performing. Warner says they received feedback about giving the headlining artist more time to sing rather than split the time between multiple performers.
After local Boy and Girl Scout troops post the flags, 11-year-old California native Preston Sharp will lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.
President Donald Trump invited Sharp to his 2018 State of the Union address after learning about Sharp’s efforts to decorate veterans’ graves with flags and flowers near his Redding, Calif., hometown. Sharp has since organized volunteers in putting more than 50,000 flags and artificial red carnations on veterans’ graves in 11 states.
The Freedom Festival committee also streamlined introductions and opening ceremonies this year to focus on new events, which include:
• Night skydivers with illuminated suits after OneRepublic’s performance
• More fireworks within the stadium, including a few major twists
• A Hill Air Force Base flyover, featuring new F-35s
• Pogo-stick acrobats
• BMX bike riders and skateboarders
“This year’s Stadium of Fire will bring what audiences have come to expect: energy from the beginning to the last powerhouse firework,” says Jim Evans, president of the Freedom Festival. “OneRepublic will have the stadium rockin’!”
To purchase tickets for Stadium of Fire, visit http://freedomfestival.org.