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Warped Tour Stop Lures Chiodos Back To Action

Of the Oakland Press

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Chiodos is technically in down mode right now, taking a breather after a flurry of touring to promote its second full-length album, “Bone Palace Ballet.”

But the prospect of playing a Vans Warped Tour date close to home — today at Detroit’s Comerica Park — was enough to raise the hard-rocking quintet from Davison out of its reverie for a oneoff appearance.

“We love doing Warped Tour; it’s one of our favorite shows as a band,” says keyboardist Bradley Bell, who co-founded Chiodos in 2001 with Davison High School classmates Craigery Owens (vocals), Matt Goddard (bass) and Pat McManaman (guitar), subsequently adding a pair of Texans, guitarist Jason Hale and drummer Derrick Frost.

Chiodos — named after B-movie horror filmmakers Edward and Charles Chiodo — spent the past two summers on the Warped Tour, in fact, and the Comerica Park stop in 2006, where Chiodos performed an off-the-hook set on one of the main stages, was “a pinnacle show for us,” according to Bell.

“It was the biggest show we had played up to that point,” the keyboardist recalls. “It was just great to see the reaction from our home state, everybody being there for us.”

Chiodos is still reveling in the success of “Bone Palace Ballet,” which debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart last September and has sold about 200,000 copies so far, which Owens refers to as “hardcore gold.” Chiodos spent the early part of the year on the road opening for Linkin Park, and now its members are busy with their own endeavors — including Bell and Owens’ poppier side project, Cinematic Sunrise, which recently released its first EP.

“We’ve always been touring extensively every summer,” Bell notes, “so this is the first time we actually get to enjoy the beautiful state of Michigan in the summertime.”

For Bell, that’s meant “just doing stuff around the house, relaxing,” as well as a trip to Ludington.

Chiodos isn’t quite finished with “Bone Palace Ballet,” however. The group plans to tour again this fall, mixing its own shows with coheadlining dates with Motion City Soundtrack and Silverstein. And, Bell reports, the sextet is starting to set its sights on its next album, which it hopes to begin recording in early 2009.

“I think we’re gonna go a little heavier and a lot more energy,” he predicts. “I think going out (on the road) made us realize that a lot of what attracts people to us is our live show, and those are definitely the types of songs that get the crowd going and get them into us.

“So that’s the plan right now. But we’ll see what comes out of this. We usually go in thinking we’re going to do one thing and it ...always changes.”

The Vans Warped Tour takes place at 11 a.m. Friday (July 18) at Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave., downtown Detroit. Featured bands include Chiodos, Relient K, Gym Class Heroes, The Academy Is, Angels & Airwaves and Reel Big Fish. Tickets are $35. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.warpedtour.com

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