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Silverstein Frontman Has Bond To Detroit

Of the Oakland Press

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Shane Told is no stranger to Detroit — and not just because his hard rock band, Silverstein, has played here often.

These days, the Burlington, Ontario-based singer makes the trip across the border to visit his girlfriend, who lives in the Cultural Center area and is getting a doctorate in pharmacology at Wayne State University.

“I’m in Detroit all my time. It’s like my second home,” says Told, 28, who comes to town this weekend with Silverstein as part of a tour promoting the group’s fifth album, “Shipwreck in the Sand.”

He met the woman about two years ago through the girlfriend of Silverstein’s merchandise seller, and they’ve been going out ever since.

“I have a really good time in Detroit,” says Told. “There’s a lot of great bars there that are a lot of fun to hang out in, a lot of bands I’ve been finding out about just playing in those local bars there, which is cool.

“It’s got a reputation around the country as being dangerous and scary, but it really is a great place. The people are very friendly. I enjoy it.”

Told is also “a big sports fan” and has checked out some Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers games. But he remains true to his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs — and is in somewhat of a minority in his band on that front.

“Of the 10 people we have with us, eight are from the Toronto area and no one likes the Leafs except for me,” Told says. “But we’ve got some huge (Red Wings) fans on our bus. I don’t know what’s up with that.”

Silverstein, Blessthefall, A Static Lullaby and Before Their Eyes perform Saturday (April 25) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $20 day of show. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www. majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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