Today Show: fun. Performs “We Are Young”
Indie pop, Grammy Award-winning band fun. performed at the reopening of the boardwalk on Today Show May 23 2013. They first performed their megahit of their multi-platinum Some Nights album, “We Are Young.” It was all bright flashy lights and a momentous vocal performance from lead singer Nate Ruess. I can’t tell if it was their energy onstage or just how big “We Are Young” is, but you could hear the crowd on several occasions joining in with Nate. The energy was undeniable.
Today Show: fun. Recorded Some Nights In Jersey
After the performance, they spoke with the Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie about what Jersey meant to them. The band’s guitarist, Jack Antonoff lives on Long Beach Island and he talked about how often he came to the shore. In fact, they did quite a bit of writing for Some Nights in Jersey itself, with some of the writing taking place right down around the shore.
So when is their next album coming out? Well, Nate said that they were very proud of Some Nights just for the art and craft of it, and they don’t want to rush anything out the door. Essentially, it will come out when it is ready, and they are feeling inspired again. Given how well Some Nights did, you can’t blame them for wanting to ride the wave for a bit.
Today Show: How fun. Chose Their Name
The origins of fun.s name is an interesting one, mainly because that was almost not their name. Instead, it was going to be something quite more ridiculous – Ice Cream. After they all agreed hwo strange that would sound, Andrew Dost, who plays several instruments for the band, said that they agreed on “fun.” because the essence of ice cream is, well, fun. The period at the end of the band’s name doesn’t quite have the same interesting history behind it, having been put there for legal reasons.
Today Show: fun. Performs Carry On
To close out the show, fun. performed another one of their hits, “Carry On.” The song is quite a bit more toned down than the bombastic “We Are Young,” so it didn’t get the crowd singing along like the first one, but the swinging rhythm and end-of-the-night vibe that generally gets drunk people linking arms around the shoulders of close friends and singing along had everyone rocking back and forth. fun. knows how to get a crowd going no matter what kind of song they’re performing.