Hinder may be short one member when it headlines Saturday night at Rockfest II.
In a message on its website July 4, the Oklahoma rock band announced that lead singer Austin Winkler has decided to temporarily leave the tour for personal reasons.
“However, the band has decided, instead of canceling shows and leaving our diehard fans hanging, we're going to keep the good times rolling on the road this summer,” the statement reads. “We have some surprise guests coming to help us out and we promise you won't be disappointed.”
But there's a chance that Winkler will be back in time for Saturday's show at Aberdeen's Central Park, said Jered Johnson, president of Pepper Entertainment in Sioux Falls. Pepper books the acts for Rockfest.
Johnson said the other members of Hinder are hopeful that Winkler will be back by Saturday. “He has a medical condition so it's not terribly uncommon that he leaves for a few days during the tour,” Johnson said. Hinder hasn't canceled any dates and the musicians aren't planning on it, Johnson said.
While he’s gone, the other musicians are having special guests fill in who come from “other relevant bands,” Johnson said. The group features “a little bit more of an all-star lineup at that point,” he said.
At the end of the day, Hinder is still the headliner, Johnson said. It's unfortunate if Winkler can't make the show, he said. But even if he doesn't, he's not sure the casual fan would know the difference.
Johnson is happy to bring Hinder to Rockfest. “Actually, Hinder was the band we wanted last year. They just weren't available on the date we needed them so we ended up with Hollywood Undead, which was obviously still successful,” Johnson said.
A major goal of Rockfest is to draw people from their 20s to their 40s. “So the band is a perfect fit,” Johnson said of Hinder.
The other members of Hinder are drummer Cody Hanson, guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey, bassist Mike Rodden and rhythm guitarist Mark King.
Hanson is a cousin of Aberdeen resident Jonathan DeVries, 22.
Hinder has a track record of success behind it.
The band's 2005 debut, “Extreme Behavior,” sold more than 3 million copies in the U.S. A single from that album, “Lips of an Angel,” shot to the upper reaches of the Billboard pop chart.
The group's second album, “Take It to the Limit,” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 with more than 80,000 copies sold the first week. “Take It to the Limit” went gold.
Hinder's fourth full-length album is “Welcome to the Freakshow.”
In addition to “Lips of an Angel,” other hit singles were “Better Than Me” in 2007 and “Without You” in 2008.
Hinder's roots are in Oklahoma City. In 2007, the band was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. The band's fan club is called Hinder Army. Look for members of the infantry at Saturday's concert.
Hinder will close out the schedule Saturday night at Rockfest, which is presented by The Rock-94.1 FM and Pepper Entertainment of Sioux Falls. Six bands will perform from 4:30 p.m. to midnight at Central Park.
Here's a look at the other bands: