Secondhand swindle, Pestle escapes unscathed

Hana Pestle at the keyboard smiles as audiences react to her performance of "Need" from her debut album, "This Way."
Hana Pestle at the keyboard smiles as audiences react to her performance of “Need” from her debut album, “This Way.”

Friday was a difficult night for Hana Pestle, who was in a car wreck that nearly took her life hours before her performance at the Babcock Theater. Pestle was visibly distracted onstage, and told her audience, “We’re lucky to be alive.”

Pestle’s car, driven by her record producer and boyfriend Ben Moody, hit ice on the highway between Butte and Billings as the couple returned from a performance in Missoula the previous night. Moody lost control of the car, which slid into a semitrailer, bounced back into their lane and spun into a roadside ditch. The vehicle was totaled, but Moody and Pestle were remarkably unhurt.

Pestle, who was unable to rent a car because of her age, and Moody, who forgot his wallet and therefore was also unable to rent a car, were able to get a 26-foot Uhaul to drive the remaining two hours to Billings for the concert.

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Hana Pestle added to Secondhand Serenade bill

(Photo by Bryan Sheffield)
Secondhand Serenade, aka singer/songwriter John Vesely performs tonight at the Babcock Theater (Photo by Bryan Sheffield)

Montana native Hana Pestle has been added to the Montana leg of Secondhand Serenade’s tour and will be opening for the band at the Babcock Theater in Billings tonight.

Pestle was added as a replacement for The Audition, a pop rock Victory Records band from Chicago.

Pestle last performed in Billings in August to a sold-out audience at the Venture Theatre. She returns to Billings with her much-anticipated debut album, “This Way,” released Sept. 22 on producer Ben Moody’s label, FNR Records.

Secondhand Serenade is the solo project of singer/songwriter John Vesely. With a formula that follows the likes of indie pop pioneer Chris Carrabba, Vesely has attracted fans with sticky-sweet love songs and emotionally charged lyrics.
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