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Interview:
Plain White T's Take Three-Part Show On The Road
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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After touring for eight years, Plain White T’s frontman Tom Higgenson says the Chicago modern rockers felt “we gotta do something different.”

This year, that takes the form of Three Part Harmony: A Show in Three Acts, which starts with a straightforward rock set, switches to a four-song acoustic interlude — which will presumably include the group’s Grammy Awardnominated 2007 hit “Hey There Delilah” — and then finishes with another rock segment, this time done in a “medley” fashion in which the songs are joined together by specially created transitions.

“To a lot of our old-school fans we’re a rock band, and a lot of fans that have come over the past year or two love our acoustic stuff,” Higgenson, 30, explains. “This is kind of a way to showcase every side of the band. We do the acoustic thing. We do the rock thing and ... just show we’re not just some pop band by really doing something that takes some skill.

“That’s kind of the idea. Hopefully, people will get it.”

Higgenson, meanwhile, says he and his bandmates are still proud of their latest album, “Big Bad World,” which came out in September. The record has some new steam thanks to its second single, “1,2,3,4,” which is currently climbing charts from the Top 10 of the VH1 Countdown to the Top 20 of Billboard’s Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks survey.

“I still think that it’s the best album we’ve made so far,” Higgenson notes. “ ‘Delilah’ got so big, I think some of our old-school fans maybe moved on to the next small indie band they could go to shows and hang out with. But I think the more and more people who get this album, even if they buy it just ‘cause they hear ‘1,2,3,4,’ will love it from start to finish.

“And, hopefully, the live show helps with that, too, ‘cause we’re doing a lot more of those songs live. If anybody comes to the show that doesn’t have the new album, hopefully, they’ll leave wanting to go pick it up.”



Plain White T’s perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (March 14) at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $16.50 in advance, $18 day of show. Call (313) 961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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