Kristian Bush recently showed off his patriotic side, spending two weeks on a tour of U.S. military bases in Japan. He joined forces with Armed Forces Entertainment, MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) and Stars for Stripes to visit the likes of Pearl Harbor, the USS McCampbell, Yokota Air Base and the Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan.
He opened up about the first show, which took place on Memorial Day. “There’s always added weight to a show when you play for the troops. It has exponential weight when you’re playing Memorial Day. It feels like you’re not just there to entertain but to celebrate those that came before. Then to do it in Pearl Harbor across from the USS Arizona Memorial is (remarkable).”
Bush also opened up about how he felt that this tour was part of his duty as an American artist. “I think it’s the responsibility of every artist to go play for the troops. In my book, you do it like doctors do it. They have to do a rotation before they get to be doctors. You get a hit or two under you and then you go on the road once a year for a week.”
Watch a video from Kristian’s visit here!