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Saliva performs in Bradenton on Friday

Since its first album in 1997 -- which was self-titled and self-released -- made the band a regional sensation around its Memphis hometown, Saliva has continued to build a loyal national and international following.

The band has had a relatively steady lineup -- lead guitarist Wayne Swinney and bassist Dave Novotny have been in Saliva since the beginning, and drummer Paul Crosby since 2001. But Saliva underwent a key change in personnel and sound in 2012, when Jacksonville's Bobby Abaru took over lead singing duties. He replaced original frontman Josey Scott, who left to pursue a solo career in Christian music.

The band hit the mainstream in 2001 with its major-label debut, "Every Six Seconds" went double-platinum. Scott, around that same time, performed a duet with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, "Hero," that was featured in on the soundtrack of "Spiderman" and became an international hit.

Saliva's sound has evolved through the years, from its nu metal roots to its current style that's usually considered alternative metal or punk metal.

Saliva will be performing in Bradenton on Friday at the Rock Star Arena, the space that used to be called the Coliseum of Bradenton.

Details: 7 p.m. (doors), June 12, Rock Star Arena, 2704 14th St. W., Bradenton. Tickets: $20 advance, $25 day of show (cash only). Information: 941-896-9757, rockstararena.com.

-- Marty Clear

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