Fuel (band)

Fuel (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Fuel

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Origin = Obion County, Tennessee, United States
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Genre =Hard rock
Alternative rock
Years_active = 1989 – present
Label = SonyBMG/Epic
Associated_acts = Godsmack
URL = http://www.fuelweb.com/
Current_members = Toryn Green
Jeff Abercrombie
Carl Bell
Tommy Stewart
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Fuel is a rock band formed by guitarist/songwriter Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie in 1989. Originally known as Small the Joy, they would change the group's name to Fuel sometime in 1994. They are well known for their hit songs "Shimmer", from "Sunburn", "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" and "Bad Day" from "Something Like Human" and "Falls on Me" from "Natural Selection".


Early years

Fuel was originally formed in 1989 in Kenton, Tennessee by guitarist/songwriter Carl Bell and drummer Jody Abbott. Singer/guitarist Brett Scallions joined the group after guitarist/songwriter Carl Bell and bassist Jeff Abercrombie saw him in a bar in Jackson, Tennessee in 1993. [cite web|url=http://www.kaos2000.net/interviews/fuelcarl99.html|title=KAOS 2000 Magazine interview w/ Carl Bell] That same year, keyboardist/vocalist Erik Avakian joined the lineup and the band moved to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1994 where they played at local Pennsylvania bars and nightclubs. Their first EP "Porcelain" was released in 1996 and sold well locally, spawning a small radio hit with "Shimmer." The popularity of the EP brought them to the attention of Sony's 550 imprint, which released their second EP "Hazleton" the following year.

Upon signing to Sony, the band entered Longview Farm recording studios in Massachusetts, along with producer Steven Haigler and session drummer Jonathan Mover. The band's full length debut, "Sunburn", came out in 1998. "Shimmer" was again included and almost became a Top 40 hit; while, the other singles ("Bittersweet," "Jesus or a Gun," and "Sunburn,") received some airplay. The songs "Shimmer" and "Sunburn" are also featured on the charitable album "Live in the X Lounge". "Sunburn" was also featured in the movie "Scream 3", and the band contributed the non-LP track "Walk the Sky" to the "Godzilla" film. The band hit the road in support of the release, but problems with Abbott continued. Once again Mover was enlisted, this time to play drums on tour while the band sought out a full time drummer to join. It should be noted that the liner notes for the cassette and CD issues of "Sunburn" list the band members as Carl Bell (guitar), Brett Scallions (vocals), Jeff Abercrombie (bass), and Kevin Miller (drums), although Jonathan Mover is credited with playing all the drums and percussion on the record. The band picture includes Miller, though he did not play on the record.

"Something Like Human" (2000)

In 2000, after lying low for two and a half years, Fuel came back with their second album, "Something Like Human", and scored a Top 40 hit in the U.S. with "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" which peaked at #30 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.cite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.vnuArtistId=10712&model.vnuAlbumId=960395|title=Billboard Chart History] "Something Like Human" proved to be a commercial success for the band, as the album peaked at #17 on the U.S. Billboard chartscite web|url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/retrieve_chart_history.do?model.chartFormatGroupName=Albums&model.vnuArtistId=10712&model.vnuAlbumId=960395|title=Billboard Album Chart] and has been awarded multi-platinum status (2 million units sold) by the RIAA.cite web
title=Gold and Platinum Database Search

"Natural Selection" (2003)

The group's third album, "Natural Selection", named after Darwinian theory was released in September 2003 and debuted at #15 on the U.S. Billboard charts. The extended lag time between "Something Like Human" and "Natural Selection" was due to legal problems [cite web|url=http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12055404|title=Fuel Rehearsing For New Recording] and lead singer Scallions having to recover from surgery to repair a deviated septum he suffered from an on-stage collision with Bell.cite web|url=http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/12065861|title=Fuel Vocalist Sings Again After Surgery] The album spawned the hit "Falls on Me," which peaked at #52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Despite the exposure of the song, the album did not sell as well as "Something Like Human" did, and to date has not been awarded even Gold status by the RIAA. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for best engineered album, [cite web|url=http://www.ez-entertainment.net/features/46grammys.htm|title=46th Annual Grammy Award Nominees] and the band contributed the song "Won't Back Down" to the "Daredevil" soundtrack earlier in the year. They released their greatest hits album "The Best of Fuel" on December 13, 2005.

Line-up changes

Miller and Scallions leave

After disagreements (both public and private), drummer Kevin Miller was dismissed from the band in 2004. On February 7, 2006, Fuel announced through their website that singer Brett Scallions had left the band. Although the band (now just Carl Bell and Jeff Abercrombie) said that Scallions left on friendly terms, Bell has stated that there were problems with Scallions' voice, "Brett had some voice issues…struggling with his voice at times... he had kinda lost a little bit of it." [cite web|url=http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/musicnews/article.asp?id=884|title="Carl Bell of Fuel Speaks Out"] Bell also wrote a letter on their website stating "We will all miss him and we wish him the best." Scallions refuted Bell's comments in an interview where he stated "...It wasn’t an enjoyable environment for me, and I don’t think for any of us really, except for Carl maybe – because Carl’s mind was set into his songs, his music, and that’s the way it was. For me, growing up and being a fan of music, being a fan of creativity, you wanna be a part of things, you wanna actually feel like you are in a band, and it just wasn’t feeling like that anymore." [cite web|url=http://www.alternativeaddiction.com/musicnews/article.asp?id=893|title="Brett Scallions Tells His Story"]

Daughtry receives lead singer offer

Fuel had already laid down the instrumental tracks for their fourth album and soon started auditioning singers so the band could move forward. Abercrombie and Bell took notice of "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry, after he performed "Hemorrhage (In My Hands)" on the show. The single shot up to the Top 10 download list on iTunes and stayed there for a number of days. This also sparked interest in other Fuel songs, which began to appear in the Top 100 download chart on iTunes. On March 3, 2006, judge Randy Jackson stated in an interview that Daughtry had been offered the opportunity to become Fuel's new lead singer. [cite web|url=http://www.accesshollywood.com/news/7659307/detail.html|title=www.accesshollywood.com/news/7659307/detail.html ] Fuel confirmed their interest on their official website. On May 11, 2006, Abercrombie and Bell appeared on the TV show "Extra" to officially offer Daughtry the job. [cite web|url=http://extratv.warnerbros.com/v2/news/0506/11/1/text.html|title=extratv.warnerbros.com/v2/news/0506/11/1/text.html ] However, though flattered, Daughtry turned down this offer. [cite web|url=http://www.news14charlotte.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=121114|title=www.news14charlotte.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=121114 ]

By this time also, Tommy Stewart, formerly of Godsmack, was named as Fuel's drummer on Fuel's Myspace page. [cite web|url=http://www.myspace.com/fuel|title=www.myspace.com/fuel ]

New singer chosen

On June 8, 2006, Bell announced that the band has found a new lead singer but were waiting confirmation from the record label to announce it. [cite web|url=http://forum.sonymusic.com/webx?14@443.KPQkaXSIcK4.0@.ee7e779!discloc=.ee825b9|title=forum.sonymusic.com/webx?14@443.KPQkaXSIcK4.0@.ee7e779!discloc=.ee825b9 ] Still, they officially entered the studio in mid-August with producer Scott Humphrey to start recording their fourth album. Due to other commitments Stewart was not available to play drums on the album, so Tommy Lee and Josh Freese performed drums in his place. The band has posted photos from within the studio fairly often on the band's website and MySpace.

On March 9, 2007, Carl Bell officially announced that Fuel's next album, complete with new band members, was fully mixed and going to mastering, and on April 19, 2007, he posted on Fuel's official website that their new lead singer has been confirmed as Toryn Green.

"Angels & Devils" (2007)

On May 15, 2007, Bell announced the title of the new album - "Angels & Devils" - set to be released on August 7, 2007. On June 19, 2007, Fuel's first single from their new album, "Wasted Time," was released into rock radio and internet download and peaked at #24 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. A second single, "Gone," was released on October 23rd.

Fuel performed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Friday August 10, 2007.

"Angels & Devils" made its debut at #7 on itunes in the "all" category, and #1 in the "rock" category. It went up to #4 in the "all" category.

It debuted on the Billboard 200 at #42 (15,000 units).

"Wasted Time" ranked 15 on the Alternative Addiction's top 50 songs. Angels & Devils ranked 11 in the top 20 albums category, while the article "Brett Scallions Tells His Story" ranked number 1 in top news stories.

On March 31, 2008, on an episode of WWE RAW Fuel's song "Leave The Memories Alone" was used as a tribute for retired wrestler Ric Flair.


Current lineup

*Toryn Green - lead vocals (2006-present)
*Carl Bell - guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1989-present)
*Jeff Abercrombie - bass guitar (1989-present)
*Tommy Stewart - drums, percussion (2006-present)

Former members

*Brett Allen Scallions - lead vocals, guitar (1993-2006)
*Kevin Miller - drums, percussion (1997-2004)
*Jonathan Mover - drums, percussion (1994-1998) (as Small the Joy)
*Jody Abbott - drums, percussion (1989-1997) (as Small the Joy)
*Erik Avakian - keyboards (1993-1996) (as Small the Joy)
*Larry Swartz - keyboards (1991-1993) (as Small the Joy)


Albums and EPs


*The singles from the first three albums are all featured on the retrospective album, "The Best of Fuel", with the exception of "Million Miles" (it contains the song "Quarter" from the same album instead).


External links

* [http://www.fuelweb.com Official website]
* [http://www.fuelies.net Fuelies.net]
* [http://project961.com/iplaylist/artist/13007/?_show Fuel On Demand]

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