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…
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.”
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