American rock band The Fray's frontman Isaac Slade has fond memories of seeing Singapore on two wheels.
When the band last performed here in November last year, he took along his bicycle to use when he had some time off touring.
"We were out on that island with all the casinos, Sentosa, so I rode my bike back onto the mainland and rode all over downtown, uptown, up the hills, got a coffee, went to the Botanic Gardens," recalls Slade, 32.
"It was incredible, such a good place to ride."
Sadly, he will not be doing that again when the band come back for a show here tomorrow. A burglar broke into his house recently and carted off his beloved Cannondale road bicycle.
"I got robbed last week," the singer, who is married with no children, says over the telephone from his home in Colorado. "They broke into my house and the only thing they stole was my bike. That was so bad."
The Fray, best known for their 2006 global hit and piano-rock ballad How To Save A Life, will perform at the Guinness Arthur's Day 2013 event tomorrow. It will take place at a "secret" venue, the location of which will be revealed only on Sep 26 to the 1,759 concert attendees who won tickets through an online campaign by Guinness Singapore.
There will also be a home-grown act opening the show. The band will be chosen from among four finalists of a competition: Tim Koh Band, The Facade, Ellipsis and Light Up, Charcoal.
The Fray will select the winning band, also expected to be announced on Sep 26.
The Fray fans at the gig will be able to hear the band play at least two new songs from their upcoming fourth album, which Slade reckons will be released in January.
He says that their long-time followers might be pleasantly surprised by the new music direction that the band are taking with the new batch of songs. The tunes were produced by multi-Grammy-awardwinning British electronic music producer Stuart Price.
"He has made records with The Killers, Madonna, Pet Shop Boys. He's done some incredible stuff. He kind of brought a new, electronic element to what we are doing, and it's like a breath of fresh air for us. It really ended up being a step forward and, hopefully, a step in the right direction."