Neon Trees shown in 2012 at a concert sponsored by Rock the Vote in Florida. The group will perform a free concert Oct. 3 in Provo. (Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post/Tribune Media Service)
Neon Trees plays in 2012 at a concert sponsored by Rock the Vote in Florida. The group will perform in a free concert Oct. 3 in Provo. (Allen Eyestone/Palm Beach Post/Tribune Media Service)

Alternative rock band Neon Trees will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday in downtown Provo.

Tyler Glenn, lead vocalist for Neon Trees, called into KXRK-FM’s “Radio From Hell” show Wednesday morning to announce that the Provo-based band would headline “The Rooftop Concert Series,” a free concert on Center Street in Provo.

The concert was a last-minute addition before the band’s upcoming “First Things First Tour” tour, and Glenn said he wanted to invite listeners to come. Neon Trees will begin the tour Oct. 16 in New York City at the Beacon Theater.

Neon Trees played at the “X96 Toyota Big Ass Show” on Saturday, but due to the cold and rainy weather, attendance was poor. Neon Trees wanted to thank those who came and to provide another opportunity for local fans to see them.

“I know Salt Lake people don’t always like to travel down to (Provo), but you know it will be nice,” Glenn said. “Just come and hang out. I’m sure there will be plenty of people but it will be a good time anyway.”

Neon Trees will be performing with two other local bands, The Blue Aces, an all-girl rock band and Fictionist.

Students planning to attend the concert should note that BYU plays Utah State in football that night at 8:15 p.m. Students should plan ahead for the drive and parking or take public transportation.

More information about the free concert can be found at the Neon Trees Twitter page, @neontrees and x96.com.

Neon Trees is a post-punk-soul-pop band from Provo, which started in 2005. Neon Trees is made up of Glenn, vocals and keyboards, Branden Campbell, bass, Elaine Bradley, drums and Chris Allen, guitars.

In 2008 Neon Trees was chosen to open for the Killers. Soon afterward, the band signed with Mercury/Island Def Jam records according to Neon Trees’ website.

Neon Trees released “Pop Psychology,” their third album, in April featuring songs “Sleeping with a Friend” and “First Things First.” Their second album, “Picture Show,” released in 2012, featured the platinum single “Everybody Talks.” In 2010 Neon Trees released their first album “Habits,” which included their platinum single “Animal.”

On the band’s website, Glenn said, “I love the fact that a 40-year-old soccer mom can be as passionate about our music as a 15-year-old Goth kid.”

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