This year’s Red, Hot and Boom held special significance for one of the many bands and musical acts slated to perform. Frequency took the stage Sunday and dedicated their performance to their fallen lead singer, who was among those who lost their lives in the Pulse shooting.
- Shane Tomlinson was lead vocalist, co-founder of The Frequency Band
- The last time the band saw Tomlinson was at a performance on June 11
- Red Hot and Boom largest show the band has ever booked
Performing at the Red Hot and Boom makes this the biggest show Frequency has ever booked. It’s everything their late lead singer and co-founder, Shane Tomlinson, would have wanted.
“He loved the band and he always wanted us to look our best and he always wanted us to give an amazing show," Ginelle Morales, the lead female vocalist for Frequency, said. "And the fact that we’re in this show – we keep saying he would’ve been so excited to do something like this on this grand scale.”
An estimated 150,000 people came out for Red Hot and Boom in Altamonte Springs on Sunday. (ph: Amanda McKenzie, staff)
The last time Morales and the rest of Frequency’s members saw Tomlinson was at one of their shows — on Saturday, June 11th.
“I remember saying "bye" to him that night – it’s like, ‘bye boo, talk to you later,’" Morales said. "Gave him a kiss on the cheek and walked away.”
Tomlinson decided to go out later that night with friends to Pulse nightclub. The next morning, his band mates heard about the mass shooting.
“We broke down and were just looking for him, searching for him, contacting the hospitals,” Morales said. "We found out the following day. We had to wait a long time."
Frequency continues to pull together to give performances in his memory. At Red Hot and Boom, their set was dedicated to Tomlinson.
“He was really proud of what he did," Morales said. "Proud of his band and he always wanted to do the very best for it everyday.”
As the music played, people were on their feet dancing and singing along. Some of Tomlinson’s friends celebrated in the crowd.
“I could feel the presence of Shane in here," Catt Pisano said. "I know he was dancing right there with us.”