Wallflowers Rock USS John C. Stennis


Story Number: NNS041109-08Release Date: 11/9/2004 12:12:00 PM
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By Journalist 3rd Class Cheryl Wilson, Naval Media Center Fleet Support Detachment San Diego

ABOARD USS JOHN C. STENNIS (NNS) -- The Wallflowers entertained Sailors, family and friends during a concert in USS John C. Stennis' (CVN 74) hangar bay Oct. 31.

The rock band took a carrier on-board delivery (COD) flight to the ship that morning after months of preparations to get them there on the last night of deployment.

"We got invited about five months ago," said Jakob Dylan, Wallflowers lead singer. "We had been getting ready to make a new record and decided we would do whatever we could to get [to the ship],"

"When I first saw the concert listed on the flyer, I thought it was fake. I didn't know it was going to be the real Wallflowers," said Electrician's Mate Airman Shawna Welborn.

The shipboard concert started a little late due to technical difficulties, however eager Sailors didn't mind, so waiting was not a problem.

"We found out it was going to be delayed a little bit, but everyone was still ready to go no matter how late it was," said Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 2nd Class Emily Booth.

"We did what we always do on tour," Dylan said. "[The ship] found a way to get everything here, which is a ton of equipment."

All that equipment helped the band put on a performance many John C. Stennis Sailors will never forget.

"I think it is the greatest thing in the world that a rock band like this can take time out of their busy schedule to entertain us at the end of a hard-working deployment," said Cryptologic Technician (Collection) 1st Class Thomas Stites. "It really shows us that we've done something for the country and somebody wants to do something for us."

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