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Interview:
Bayside Frontman Touring Solo
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The other members of Bayside are at home now, enjoying time off the modern rock band’s usually grueling tour schedule.

But frontman Anthony Raneri is still on the road and happy about it.

“It’s something that I do that’s just a ton of fun and that I kind of consider it my vacation, really,” explains Raneri, 25, who’s doing a spate of solo shows between Bayside’s tours. “It’s where I take playing music back to where it started. I get to drive around by myself, sitting in a rental car, listening to music, smoking cigarettes, driving down the highway ...

“It’s the complete opposite of what I do on a daily basis (with Bayside), where I’m surrounded by a million people and we have this rigorous schedule. When I’m alone, I do whatever I want.”

That goes for everything from the repertoire to the routing. Raneri says he picks places to play based on “where kids write from. I get a lot of e-mails. If they want me to come to California, I’ll go there. If they want me in Florida, I go there for a couple of days. I just go to entertain people who want to see me.”

Raneri plays some Bayside songs, of course, as well as covers — everything from Bad Religion to Tim McGraw, he says — and some other songs he’s written that “were not really fitting to become Bayside songs.” Could that mean a Raneri solo album is in the offing at some point?

“Maybe somewhere down the road, if I’m sitting on 12 songs that are really great, and I think people should hear,” he says. “But it’s not something on my schedule right now.

“What I’m enjoying about this right now is how I’m able to bring music back to a point where I can just do what I want and keep it fun. I’d be hesitant to turn it into something that becomes a job, like the band, ’cause it’s the opposite of that right now. But I won’t say never, either.”



Anthony Raneri, Steve and Jon from Punch and Bombers perform Sunday (Jan. 12) at The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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