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Rooney Will Do What It Takes To Get Music Heard

Of the Oakland Press

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Robert Schwartzman makes no apologies for his rock band Rooney’s opening spot on tour earlier this year with pop heartthrobs the Jonas Brothers.

“We’re trying to get everything we can to help create more familiarity with our songs,” explains Schwartzman, 25, the son of actress Talia Shire and member of the Coppola family, with acting credits of his own in “The Virgin Suicides” and “The Princess Diaries.” “So we’re looking for soundtracks and TV shows and video games and anything else.

“You kind of have to. If you’re gonna go for it, you have to go for it and look for those opportunities.”

And Rooney is definitely going for it.

The Los Angeles quintet spent nearly three years recording its sophomore album, “Calling the World,” and created three versions of the album before it was released in July. It debuted at No. 42 on the Billboard 200 chart, a modest bow that Schwartzman says underscores the need for Rooney to be as visible as possible.

“We just really want to headline as much as possible and stay in control of our own shows,” he explains. “It’s fun to open for people ‘cause you’re guaranteed a lot of exposure for each show. But we have a way better time headlining.

“We’re just gonna keep working and staying on the road and working hard and building a following and trying to win fans over, all over the world. We’re ‘Calling the World,’ literally.”

Rooney, the Bridges and Locksley perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (May 6) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $13. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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