For Plain White T's, being part of fellow Chicagoans Fall Out Boys' The Young Wild Things Tour is what frontman Tom Higgenson calls "a family reunion of sorts."
"We've toured a little bit with Fall Out Boy before," Higgenson, 28, says. "We know those guys. Gym Class Heroes is kind of the same thing; we've done Warped Tour with those guys a few times.
"It's cool. We just hang out backstage, talk about music. We don't go out much. We did in Miami, actually; it was Halloween and there was, like, an official after-party, so we went and hung out with everybody. A lot of people were dressed up, but we didn't."
The tour also represents a bit of a last lap, at least at home, for Plain White T's in promoting its latest album, 2006's "Every Second Counts," which launched the hit "Hey There Delilah." The album is just out overseas so the group will spend the early part of 2008 in the U.K., Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. But Higgenson and company are most excited about getting back to hit the studio to work on their fifth album.
"It's early," he says, "but one cool thing is that we've always had acoustic songs on our albums -- 'Lonely September,' 'Radios in Heaven,' 'Write You a Song,' obviously 'Delilah.' Those are some of my favorite songs to write and some of the band's best songs, I think.
"Now that 'Delilah' was so successful, we won't be as afraid to include a few more of those on the next record. So I think there will definitely be some more acoustic stuff -- and the more rockin' stuff will be more rockin' than it's ever been."
Plain White T's perform with Fall Out Boy, Gym Class Heroes and Cute is What We Aim For at 7 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 20) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $30. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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