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Interview:
Local Rockers Chiodos Building On Warped Tour Success
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Craig Owens estimates that genre-defying Michigan hard rockers Chiodos have played more than 300 shows since releasing their second album, “All’s Well That Ends Well,” more than 15 months ago. But a July date in the Comerica Park parking lot stands out from all of them.

“Getting to play the Warped Tour main stage in Detroit and having the biggest crowd of the day was really amazing,” says the 22-year-old frontman, who lives in Rochester Hills after co-founding Chiodos as the Chiodos Bros. fi ve years ago in Davison. “That was when things really started to skyrocket for us.

“But every single day was an adventure. Every single day felt so amazing to get up there and watch the progress and the growth. The cult has continued to grow every single night, and it’s impressing us more and more.”

Chiodos has sold more than 70,000 copies of “All’s Well ...,” which the sextet just re-released with bonus acoustic tracks and a DVD. The group will be on the road until just before Thanksgiving with Atreyu and then has a slot on the Taste of Chaos tour in early 2007.

Owens says a new album also is on tap, with plans to write in earnest during December and January and to record in the spring. It will be one of the new year’s most anticipated albums, but the singer isn’t predicting any kind of platinum mainstream breakthrough yet.

“Hopefully that’ll never happen,” Owens says. “We defi nitely want to stay true to our fans. They’re here for us at a time when we need them and we’re growing and building something. Hopefully we can return the favor and be true to them and never get too big or untouchable.”



Chiodos performs with Atreyu, From First to Last and Every Time I Die at 6 p.m. Friday (November 3rd) at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit

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