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Hinder Enjoying The Bad Boy Life

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Hinder frontman Austin Winkler says the group’s Bad Boys of Rock tour with Papa Roach and Buckcherry is living up to its name.

“Oh, yeah — it’s been absolute mayhem, man,” says Winkler, 25. “The shows have been wicked, and we can’t really remember the nights after that.

“When everybody on the bus wakes up going, ‘What the hell did I do last night? Who put me to bed?,’ it’s always a good time, right?”

Winkler and his bandmates certainly have reason to be celebrating. Hinder’s 2006 debut, “Extreme Behavior,” has been an extreme success, certified double-platinum and spinning off five singles, including “Lips of an Angel” and the new “Homecoming Queen.” Radio stations have also started playing a sixth track from the album, “By the Way,” and Winkler says, “We’re not gonna stop ’em.”

Hinder also recorded a cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” for NASCAR broadcasts.

The success has been a surprise for the Oklahoma quintet, but Winkler says that’s only provided motivation “to try and do it bigger and better next time.” Hinder is, in fact, using the Bad Boys of Rock tour to test some of the new material for its sophomore album, playing at least two fresh songs a night and working on others in a backstage rehearsal studio.

The group expects to hit the studio in early 2008 with “Extreme Behavior” producer Brian Howes, with plans to record in Los Angeles and Vancouver and have the album ready for a late summer or fall release.

“We’re anxious to get in and get started,” Winkler says. “There’s always a little bit of pressure there, but I actually believe we’ve got a way better start on this record because we’ve grown so much as songwriters and learned a whole lot more.”

The Bad Boys of Rock tour, featuring Hinder, Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Revelation Theory, plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Sept. 7) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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