Chris Barron and The Time Bandits rock Q-West
August 25, 2009
CONTINGENCY OPERATING LOCATION Q-WEST, Iraq - Chris Barron, former front man for the Spin Doctors and The Time Bandits, performed two shows at Contingency Operating Location Q-West, Iraq Aug. 10 and 11.
The band played a mix of Spin Doctors' classics, as well as songs from the Time Bandits' new album, "Pancho and the Kid." After the show, band members talked to Soldiers, signed autographs and handed out copies of the new album.
Soldiers from A Company, 2/198th Combined Arms Battalion, a Mississippi Army National Guard unit, also spent time with band members, teaching them about various Army weapons and what Soldiers do in Iraq.
"It was a great experience for myself and my platoon to be able to share what we do with a great band," said Sgt. 1st Class Dennis Adams, the platoon sergeant with A Co., 2/198th CAB, and a native of Fulton, Miss. "For a short time we were able to forget that we were away from friends and family."
Band members said they enjoyed the opportunity to visit A Company's headquarters.
"I wish there was some way we could show our appreciation for the hospitality the troops showed us," said John Pahmer, the band's bass player. "I will be bringing a new perspective home to share with my friends and family."
Lead singer Chris Barron said he was also glad for the opportunity to visit Q-West and perform for Soldiers.
"I'm glad I had the privilege of being at Q West and witnessing the humanity, cooperation and esprit de corps," Barron said.