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October 19, 2012

Gym Class Heroes to play at SUNY Oneonta

ONEONTA — Rap-rock band Gym Class Heroes will perform at SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, Oct. 27, as part of the college’s annual Homecoming and Family Weekend. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in the Alumni Fieldhouse on campus. Tickets are available at oneontatickets.com.

Drummer and founding band member Matt McGinley, a SUNY Oneonta alumnus, formed Gym Class Heroes in 1997 with rapper Travie McCoy after the two musicians became friends in their high school gym class in Geneva. Guitarist Disashi Lumumba-Kasongo and bassist Eric Roberts joined the band later on.

McGinley attended SUNY Oneonta from 2001-04, playing gigs around the area. Gym Class Heroes signed with Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen in 2004 and released their debut, “The Papercut Chronicles,” a year later. The album spawned the platinum single “Cupid’s Chokehold/Breakfast in America,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and led to the first of the band’s multiple outings on The Warped Tour.

The band’s accolades include a gold-selling album, “As Cruel as School Children” (2006); the 2007 MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and a second platinum single, “Stereo Hearts,” featuring Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. GCH lead vocalist McCoy also scored solo success with his 2010 album “Lazarus,” which spawned one the 2x-platinum “Billionaire” (featuring Bruno Mars). 

In a “Behind the Music” episode that aired Oct. 14, VH1 chronicled McGinley and McCoy’s journey from “small-town high school outcasts” to rising stars. Band members cite musical influences ranging from Hall & Oates to Muse. On their most recent album, “The Papercut Chronicles II,” they worked with a variety of songwriting and production collaborators, including Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Beyoncé), Benny Blanco (Wiz Khalifa, Santigold) and Emile Haynie (Kid Cudi, Kanye West).

The SUNY Oneonta show is a rare opportunity to see Gym Class Heroes this fall. Following a summer tour in Asia and performances at Virginia Tech and in New York City in September, the band postponed its October club tour due to health issues.

More information is available at gymclassheroes.com.

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