the RED Jump­suit AP­PA­RA­TUS

The emo vet­er­ans are back to cel­e­brate 10 years of Don’t you fake it! bet­ter Dust off those stud­ded belts, peo­ple…

Kerrang! (UK) - - GIGS -

you’re cel­e­brat­ing the tenth An­niver­sary of don’t you fake it by play­ing it ev­ery night in its en­tirety – how does that feel?

RON­NIE WIN­TER (VO­CALS/KEY­BOARDS): “It’s awe­some, man.this is ac­tu­ally the very last leg of the an­niver­sary tour.we were sup­posed to do it in the uk last year, but my wife ended up be­ing preg­nant, and we had a baby – named Wolf­gang – so we had to push back all of our plans by six months so I could be home.”

“(Laughs) Well, I’ve had a lot of guys come and go over the years in my band, and the songs re­main the same.they’re ex­actly the way I wrote them back in the day, so for me per­son­ally I didn’t have to learn them all again, but I had to teach the ‘newer’ guys.we had a cou­ple of re­fresher runs, but I was sur­prised, be­cause they showed up and knew all their parts – and it ac­tu­ally sounded very good from the very first re­hearsal!” does the An­niver­sary make you feel old? young? some­thing else?

“It’s def­i­nitely a stage to re­flect.we’ve made a lot of mis­takes and had a lot of wins, too, and we’re def­i­nitely an older, wiser, more ma­ture band, but it’s fun play­ing the old songs be­cause the kids re­ally like it.a lot of the newer fans in the u.s. aren’t fa­mil­iar with the older songs, so it’s def­i­nitely fun over­seas, and I can’t wait. On this tour we’re only play­ing the songs off that record, and that’s it.”

when you were orig­i­nally tour­ing this Al­bum over 10 years AGO, what was your favourite mo­ment from that time?

“My favourite mem­ory would be when we were lucky enough to open for 30 Sec­onds To Mars when the al­bum first came out. I re­mem­ber get­ting to watch them for free ev­ery night.we were there to play our songs and talk to peo­ple about our band, but I was a big­ger fan of their band at the time (laughs)! That was my first real mo­ment like, ‘Wow, be­ing in a band’s cool be­cause I get the abil­ity to see one of my favourite bands ev­ery night and hang out back­stage!’”

you ob­vi­ously didn’t have much of A bud­get back then – where were you sleep­ing At night?

“Oh man! When you’re an open­ing band you have no bud­get – even if your al­bum’s do­ing re­ally well. All of that money’s go­ing to the la­bel, and they’re spend­ing it to pro­mote your video and al­bum, so you have to live off what you make on sell­ing T-shirts. So, some nights we slept in Wal­mart park­ing lots, and when we did get a ho­tel it was def­i­nitely the bot­tom of the bar­rel holes-in-the­mat­tress and stains-on-the-wall type, and we ate at Taco Bell a lot!”

how have your par­ty­ing sen­si­bil­i­ties changed over the last decade?

“That’s a funny ques­tion (laughs). I was a crazy guy, man, I never got into drugs, I was just a heavy drinker for a long time. So I’ve done the bar nights and long nights, and it’s pretty far re­moved from me now – I don’t even drink any­more and haven’t had a drink for two years. I’m a full-time dad and part-time rocker now! I’m still the same per­son when it comes to my be­liefs, but I def­i­nitely did spend a lot of time hang­ing out in the pubs.when you’re young that’s what you want to do, and it’s great, but my life’s my fam­ily now.”

DATES: Glas­gow G2 July 12, Leeds Key Club 13, O2 In­sti­tute3 Birm­ing­ham 14, Lon­don Border­line 15. Sup­port:verid­ian.

con­grats! did you have to re-learn A lot of the songs Ahead of the tour?

“SOME NIGHTS WE SLEPT IN WAL­MART PARK­ING LOTS!” Ron­nie Win­ter

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