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Up close and personal with Quinn Allman of The Used

November 13, 2009

This past Wednesday night, 11/11/09, I had the privilege of seeing The Used at the Warfield in San Fransisco.

I arrived at the venue at 3:30pm for a 7:00pm show. Why did I do this? Because I had an interview scheduled with Quinn Allman, guitarist of The Used. By my side was my friend and photographer Brett Gulbrandson. I have to admit I am a fan of the band, but having a true fanatic of the band like Brett with me gave me a lot of added confidence.

We were met by their tour manager around the back of the venue. We were invited down to the green room while we waited for Quinn to finish his sound check with the band. As we waited, I was a bit nervous. Soon enough, the tour manager came back in and advised us that it would be more quiet in the dressing room. We walked down a series of hallways until we were there. Turning a corner, there was Quinn. I have talked with a lot of rock- stars, but this was the first time in this type of environment.

I sat on the couch next to Quinn and began a conversation. (see photos). He seemed nervous or agitated at first, so I tried my best to put him at ease. This seemed to happen quickly. Next thing I knew, we were breezing through a great conversation about the band, the venue, the tour and how the heck he plays the verse of, “Buried myself alive.” Quinn turned out to be extremely nice, polite and thoughtful. I was very grateful for his time and the chance to talk to him.

Listen to the entire conversation here:

20 minutes felt like five. I knew my time was running short. We got some photos with Quinn and told him what big fans we are, etc. (below is Quinn and Brett)

Within minutes, we were back out on the street with the rest of The Used fans, waiting to get into the show. The show turned out to be amazing, one of the best I’ve ever seen. Look for a review of the entire concert coming soon in the “Live and direct” section of this website.

Stay tuned for more updates on The Used, here as always, in the Continuum.

Want More of The Used?
Feature – Two Nights OF The Used
CWG review of Artwork
CWG Review of Loss Of Desire
View all of Brett’s photos of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Dan of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Quinn of The Used

Continuum conversation with Art Alexakis of Everclear

November 6, 2009

<!– @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in }This morning I got to speak with Art Alexakis, lead singer of Everclear. I could not have imagined how the conversation would go. I planned to ask him about the new album, In a different light, which came out October 6th. This is an album that features many of their hits redone, many with different arrangements, reflecting how the songs have changed over time. We would talk about what it was like to re-record many of his hits and to work with new musicians. I would talk to him about the West Coast leg of his tour, which kicks off tonight at the Rialto Theater in Tuscon, Arizona and finishes November 19th at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon.

There is a point about halfway through the conversation where we get disconnected. When we reconnect, the conversation goes in a completely different direction and I get inside his brain and heart.

What I could not have imagined was how personal he would be willing to get, how much he would let me in. By the time the conversation was over we were talking about parenting and not making the same mistakes both of our parents made in raising us. It turns out we have a lot in common. We talked about balancing career and personal lives, making choices and sacrifices for your kids and the toll his life as a musician took on his life as a Father and husband.

He plugged the new album and tour, which was expected, but the conversation took a major turn and I got a peek inside the mind of this musician that I’ve been following since I was a teenager. It helped me realize that he is not just a rock star, not just a musician. He’s a person, like everyone else. He deals with many of the same problems we all face. He is real.

Listen here to the entire conversation. Enjoy what he has to say about his music, but also about his life.

The new album is out now and Everclear is on the West Coast leg of their tour.

Find more on Everclear at:

Stay tuned for updates on Everclear, here as always, in the Continuum.

Want more Everclear?
Download Everclear’s “Here Comes The Darkness
Everclear Feature – 10 Reasons Why Everclear is Still Relevant
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Art Alexakis
Everclear Tour News
View all of Ed’s Everclear Photos (Roxy)
View All of Ed’s Everclear Photos (House of Blues)
CWG’s review of In A Different Light

Interview with Chad Butler of Switchfoot

October 23, 2009

Today I spoke with Chad Butler of Switchfoot. Coming from San Diego with a love of rock and surfing, Switchfoot was created. Ten years and six albums later they bring Hello Hurricane, the landmark album for the band.

The highlights of our conversation included:

  • The origins of the band.

  • Building their own studio.

  • Writing an album they love.

  • The creative process, writing great songs.

  • Working with Bro Am.

Chad was a pleasure to talk with and was very insightful. I hope you enjoy the conversation. Listen to it here:

Look for the new album coming out in November and stay tuned here for more updates here as always, in the Continuum.

Want More Switchfoot?

Jason Coldiron’s Interview With Switchfoot’s Chad Butler
Show Review – Roxy (Sold Out Show)
View all of our Switchfoot Photos (Roxy)
News/Tour Dates
Review of Hello Hurricane (Coming Soon)

"The Used" Dan Whitesides enters the Continuum

August 28, 2009

In 2007, the Used scored big with , “lies for the liars”, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard top 200. It went on to become their second straight gold record.
This Monday, August 31st, their follow up Artwork hits stores.
Drummer Dan Whitesides caught up with chicks with guns to talk Artwork, touring, Jimmy Kimmel and more.
Listen here to the podcast of our conversation and stay tuned for more, as always, here in the Continuum.

Want More of The Used?
Feature – Two Nights OF The Used
CWG review of Artwork
CWG Review of Loss Of Desire
View all of Brett’s photos of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Dan of The Used
Rock/Metal Editor, Jason Coldiron interviews Quinn of The Used