• Q5: Dalton Diehl, SAMESTATE to play events Center tonight

  • Dalton Diehl last visited the Independence Events Center in August 2010 for the Switchfoot/Goo Goo Dolls concert.

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  • Dalton Diehl last visited the Independence Events Center in August 2010 for the Switchfoot/Goo Goo Dolls concert.
    But today, the 23-year-old Diehl and his four SAMESTATE band mates will take the stage themselves at the Events Center as an opening act (along with The Wrecking) for Grammy Award-winning Christian rock band Third Day. SAMESTATE formed in 2008 at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan., and Diehl, the group’s lead singer, described the Events Center gig as their biggest show to date.
    Tickets are still available for tonight’s concert that starts at 7 p.m. The Events Center box office is open starting at noon until show time, or tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets. Four tickets are available for the price of three, and those who show their All-Star Game FanFest ticket can get two tickets for the price of one.
    “It’s a surreal thing for me,” Diehl said by telephone Friday afternoon. “It’s super weird and super freaky, but we’re very blessed and very fortunate to be where we’re at – it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
    1. First off, how does it feel to be a part of the weekend activities leading up to the All-Star Game in Kansas City?
    I grew up an athlete, so if they’re calling this a warm-up for the All-Star Game, I’m all excited for being a part of that.
    2. How has writing and performing music helped you cope with the realities of everyday life, especially the death of three family members due to cancer in just two years?
    A lot of times, I would say a lot of our music and why people are attached to it is because it’s just a good reminder of what the Lord has been doing in my life. In the midst of writing on a piece of paper, the Lord is speaking through me in my songs. I’m not awesome at having a devotional time every day because I’m super busy, but sometimes the Lord just speaks to me through writing a song.
    3. How does your relationship with God play out through SAMESTATE’s music?
    Definitely from the beginning of the band, we’ve said we want to become better men throughout this whole journey. Through each song, I have a responsibility as a writer to be honest. I think I am more of an introvert, so being the lead singer of this band is allowing me to be more open and vulnerable in my faith.
    4. With the pressures of being in the entertainment industry today, how difficult is it for you guys to keep your own messages in the music and to be true to yourselves?
    Page 2 of 2 - None of us would have ever thought we would be in a band or be in the entertainment industry. All of these things that are happening to us, we know that the Lord is opening those doors and that we can’t take credit for it. There is a pressure to be current, and I don’t think there is a band out there that doesn’t want to be perceived as “cool,” but you have to be good at drawing the line and being true to yourself and knowing what you are and what you aren’t. You will get the opportunity to cross those lines at some point, but you have to stay true to yourself. We know that everything is blessing and that it can be taken away as soon as it’s been given to you.
    5. What do you hope listeners will take away from your music, both this weekend in Independence and while checking out the band’s music on their own time?
    Like I said earlier, a lot of bands speak this message of hope and of love. I would like people to take away that us, as a band, we’re just regular guys, living life and trying to make the most of what’s been given to us. We’ve been blessed enough that the two singles we have out right now are good thumbprints for what SAMESTATE stands for.

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