Instead, the Springfield, Mo. rock group New Anthem was visiting the school playing covers of many recent popular songs, as well as a few originals, and telling their message about suicide. Adam McCabe, the band’s front man and rhythm guitarist, said he and lead guitar player John Paul Mooningham had lost four friends in five months their senior year of high school. One of them died in a car accident and another died in a motorcycle crash. The other two committed suicide.
For the last four years, McCabe and Mooningham have been playing clubs and schools around the country. Drummer Nate Lundquist and bass player Jalon King joined a couple of years after they started. When traveling to schools, the band usually performs in an assembly and sells tickets for a concert the next night. Tickets cost $10 if purchased ahead of time and $12 at the door. McCabe said he and the others are happy to spread their positive suicide-prevention message to try to make a difference in kid’s lives.
Before the doors for the show opened, eighth graders Mallory Taylor and Kelsey Stewart stood outside the gym. They had both volunteered to sell tickets at the door, and had just gotten to meet the band and shake their hands. Taylor was elated.
“John Paul is so hot!” she screamed, jumping up and down and wring her hands. She may not have been more excited if she had just met Brad Pitt.
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