Theory of a Deadman to perform at 2019 UP State Fair

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - Theory of a Deadman, one of the world’s leading rock bands, takes the stage at the U.P. State Fair on Friday, August 16, 2019.

Since their beginning in 2001, Theory has landed nine songs in the Top 10 rock charts. Among those were the Number One hits “Bad Girlfriend,” “Lowlife,” “So Happy,” and “Angel.” Following the success of their first five studio albums Theory wanted to shake things up and create something “big and very progressive.” With the release of their latest album, Wake Up Call, they did just that.

Tyler Connolly, singer and guitarist for Theory of a Deadman, believes that “complacency is such a disease when you’re in a band.” Therefore, he bought himself a piano. Although Connolly did not know how to play the piano, he had heard his father play for thirty years. Once he got started, he realized it was engrained in who he was and the music began to flow. His focus shifted from music that should be played loud to writing meaningful lyrics. In this process he formed a new kind of attachment to the songs he created for Wake Up Call. Connolly wanted to tackle things that were out of his element and although the band members were surprised at the direction the songs were heading, they jumped right in and created a successful album. Despite the different direction Theory took with their songs, “(Rx) Medicate” from Wake Up Call went platinum.

Without losing their rock band roots they have created a dichotomy in their shows producing a beautiful juxtaposition between the traditional songs and the diverse, new songs. With that in mind Theory has been working on creating a bigger show with more visuals that you won’t want to miss.

Grandstand Entertainment at the U.P. State Fair is free with paid admission. A limited number of Gold Circle tickets for up close seating are available by contacting the presenting sponsor, Island Resort and Casino at 877-475-7469 or online at

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