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Interview:
Smithereens Frontman Takes Solo Show Downriver
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Those heading to see Smithereens’ frontman Pat DiNizio in Allen Park this weekend will get what he calls a “total fan immersion experience” he says is unlike any other kind of performance he does.

“It’s a one-man show, acoustic guitar and all that,” says DiNizio, 52, who released his third solo album, a selftitled effort, last month. “I tell a lot of stories about how the songs are written. I take requests. I do a songwriting lesson onstage. I invite people up to sing.

“I do a little bit of everything. I kind of fly by the seast of my pants. I like that without-a-net sort of philosophy.”

DiNizio will, of course, play plenty of Smithereens songs — and, he reports, there’s more on the way. The group has just released a holiday album, “Christmas With the Smithereens.” Next year, DiNizio says, the quartet plans a set of new material, a second Beatles tribute and possibly another conceptual covers project he’s currently keeping under wraps.

“I like to have projects that have meaning for me,” he says. “These days people need to have 10 times more to excite them about anything, ’cause there’s 10 times more distractions — if not more. Back in ’86, ’87, there was cable TV, but not like it is now. And now there’s the Internet and the video games and the cell phones ...

“We’re just living in different times, and you have to adapt.”



Pat DiNizio performs with 50 Cent Headrush and members of Gods Made Love and Government Honey Saturday (Oct. 27) at the Monterey Music Cafe, 6560 Allen Road, Allen Park. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 day of show. Call (313) 388-2600 or visit www.montereymusiccafe.com.

Web Site: www.montereymusiccafe.com

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