P.O.D. to play downtown Aspen
San Diego hard-rock band P.O.D. has signed on to play a free concert in downtown Aspen in conjunction with the inaugural Aspen/Snowmass Open, a slopestyle and superpipe competition this month at Buttermilk.
The Feb. 11 show is slated for 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Cooper and Galena on a weekend that will bring more than 200 up-and-coming athletes to compete on the same slopestyle course and in the superpipe where some of skiing and snowboarding’s biggest names recently competed at Winter X Games 10.
The Feb. 9-12 open, sponsored by Nissan, will feature men’s and women’s slopestyle and superpipe competitions in both skiing and snowboarding.
P.O.D.’s performance is part of the Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert series, but for this one, Nissan and Rolling Stone magazine are also on board, according to John Rigney, managing director of event marketing for the Aspen Skiing Co. He credited the sponsorship with allowing the Skico to bring the national act to town.
Since forming in 1992, P.O.D. (short for Payable on Death) has logged worldwide sales exceeding $7 million, soldout international concert tours, a series of top-charting rock radio hits and three No. 1 videos on MTV’s Total Request Live, according to the Skico.
With the 1999 release of the band’s major label debut, “The Fundamental Elements Of Southtown,” P.O.D. got its first taste of national exposure and platinum success. Its groundbreaking 2001 release, “Satellite,” went triple-platinum and spawned such hit singles as “Alive,” “Youth Of The Nation” and “Boom.” The foursome of born-again Christians deliver what has been described as “infectious grooves of reggae and Latin music and the heavy deliverance of hip-hop and rock.”
The Hi-Fi concert series brings six free, outdoor shows during key events and peak weekends throughout the ski season, in addition to the X Games concerts at Wagner Park sponsored by ESPN. Remaining Hi-Fi concerts are scheduled March 16 and April 16.