By Tim Yorro, 94.7FreshFM.com
WASHINGTON – (CBS/WIAD) - It won’t officially be determined until Sunday night’s Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, but it’s hard to argue who has had a bigger year than the members of Fun.
Standing backstage before their sold out show at D.A.R. Constitution Hall last week, singer Nate Ruess, guitarist Jack Antonoff and pianist Andrew Dost struggled to come up with the words to describe their breakout year.
In the past 12 months, the band has sold out shows across the globe, spent 22 weeks in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 (including six weeks on top), performed on Saturday Night Live, been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, been featured in a Super Bowl commercial and performed for President Obama’s Inaugural Ball.
Ruess, Antonoff and Dost all agreed that the latter may have been their most surreal moment in what has been a whirlwind year for the pop-rock trio. The group shared some stories of their experience playing for the leader of the free world.
The night before, the band’s stage manager described a lax feeling to the level of security they faced as production prepared for the Inaugural performance. The group quickly refuted this account.
Ruess recalled a laughable memory of being stuck in a room with “less couches” then their comfortable backstage dressing room until five minutes before they were set to be on-stage. The three agreed it was the most unreal, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and that it was an honor even being asked to perform.
No matter the location, the crowd or conditions, the amazingly humble trio strives to produce the same energy and vibe that has come to make them a worldwide success.
The self-proclaimed, “weird band” wants to attract a crowd of the same people. They hope to make people feel as though they can come together and have a good time –- a show where people can dance, laugh and have fun.
So what is next for the band that has seemingly accomplished everything in a year? Antonoff said the band is in full touring mode and focusing on pushing their music to new heights and letting everything else –- the awards and the accolades –- fall into place.
Only a month into 2013, it seems this group is already poised to have another standout year.