Bowling for Soup are returning to the UK this month to embark on their ‘Get Happy’ tour, so Samantha Hall caught up with Jaret Reddick to find out what gig-goers can expect.
So, you’re coming back to the UK this month. What’s your favourite thing about playing here?
It’s got to be the fans. I think you guys are the best music fans in the world; there’s just such a cool passion and it’s so cool how music is such a big part of your culture. When we first started coming over there I remember I would get emails from kids that would be like ‘my favourite bands are Bowling for Soup and Rage Against the Machine’ and that would never happen here – it’s not even a thing.
You’re playing Newcastle’s 02 Academy on Saturday 10th February. Are you looking forward to it?
Yes, I am! We love Newcastle and know that venue very well, and know the area very well, so it’s going be a fun one. I’m going to brush up on my Geordie!
And you’ll be playing ‘Drunk Enough to Dance’ in whole?
We are! It’s an exciting tour. I mean, ‘Get Happy’ we did for the first time some time back in 2006/2007, so it’s been 10 or 11 years since we did that, and it just sort of made sense to celebrate ‘Drunk Enough to Dance’ turning 15 as well, especially since it did so well in the UK before it did well in the US. We call it the career saver! We’ve got a little bit of work to do though because there are many songs on that which we haven’t played since we recorded that album. It’s also back when I thought I was really into (not that I’m not now): “as many songs as possible on every album! I want to give everyone their money’s worth! 16 songs on an album”…so I’m kicking myself a little bit for that! Now I can call the record company back, if they still existed, and be like: “you guys were right – we should’ve stuck to 11”.
Are you going to be playing any other songs from other albums too?
Just that album and then some hits. I don’t think any Bowling For Soup show is complete without certain songs: ‘1985’, ‘Highschool Never Ends’.
Both The Aquabats and Army Of Freshmen will be joining you. Is it true that Army Of Freshmen came on this tour with you a decade ago as well?
Yeah, they did. It really wouldn’t have made sense to try and do the tour again without bringing them back. They’ve got some stuff to celebrate as well – it’s the 10th anniversary of one of their bigger records, so that’ll be fun. I’ve got to say, The Aquabats, we just did the Warped tour cruise with them, and they were so amazingly fun. I’ve got to be a genius for putting them on this tour because I just can’t imagine the smiles people will be leaving the venues with this time.
Is it nice to have seen your fans grow up with the band and your music?
Absolutely! We’ve been together almost 25 years so the fans that would come with their parents are now bringing their kids. It’s like 3 generations that are coming to Bowling For Soup shows and the cool thing about that is that it’s not just the UK – it’s like that in the states as well. When a kid that came to see us in 2000 or whatever that was 8 years old is now almost 30 – it’s crazy!
Bowling For Soup play the 02 Academy, Newcastle on Saturday 10th February. Tickets, priced at £28.65 in advance, are available from ticketmaster.co.uk.