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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 bands usually grueling tour schedule.

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

Its something that I do thats just a ton of fun and that I kind of consider it my vacation, really, explains Raneri, 25, whos doing a spate of solo shows between Baysides tours. Its 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 ...

Its the complete opposite of what I do on a daily basis (with Bayside), where Im surrounded by a million people and we have this rigorous schedule. When Im 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, Ill 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 hes 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 Im sitting on 12 songs that are really great, and I think people should hear, he says. But its not something on my schedule right now.

What Im enjoying about this right now is how Im able to bring music back to a point where I can just do what I want and keep it fun. Id be hesitant to turn it into something that becomes a job, like the band, cause its the opposite of that right now. But I wont 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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