All-American Rejects’ Tyson Ritter Talks Dating in L.A. and New Tour

2012-02-24

Story by Anne Erickson

All-American Rejects singer: ‘I’m from Oklahoma, and I ran into this city [Los Angeles] with open arms’

All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter is a good looking guy. We’re talking model-worthy good looks. But despite that undeniable point, even Ritter is having a hard time dating in L.A.

“BeeKeeper’s Daughter,” the new single from the All-American Rejects, is actually about Ritter’s experience of trying to date in Los Angeles. “It’s just this insensitive guy who’s built up this tortoise shell of Kevlar to the fact that this town is sort of pinched him and made him bitter,” Ritter told Rolling Stone. “I’m from Oklahoma, and I ran into this city with open arms and, man, it just seemed to be a bad approach for me.”

To cope with the ups-and-downs of the L.A. dating scene, Ritter found himself turning to music for comfort. “It’s just really cathartic, this record, like a personal psychiatrist. Even songs like ‘Walk Over Me’ are pretty much just me talking to my piano,” he said. “I turned it into the doctor.”

Musically, Ritter says the band went for a live sound on the record. “It was really important to me that we capture a really good, spontaneous energy on this record,” said Ritter, who tapped Greg Wells (Adele, Katy Perry) to produce the album. “Some of our favorite records are covered in mistakes, and I feel like it’s those blemishes around that beauty that make it a truly unique piece.”

All-American Rejects’ new album, “Kids in the Street,” hits stores and online outlets March 26. The band have just announced a six week, North American tour in support of the album, billed “The Kids in the Street Tour.” The bill, which also features support from A Rocket to the Moon and Blink-182 on select dates, begins March 31 in Flagstaff, Ariz., and runs through May 13 in Cincinnati. The complete tour roster is below. Ritter and the gang are also booked to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, March 27.

All-American Rejects 2012 Tour Dates:

3/31 — Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz.
4/2  — Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, N.M.
4/4  — Beaumont Club, Kansas City, Mo.
4/5 —  University of Nebraska-Kearney, Kearney, Neb.
4/6 — Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, Okla.
4/7 — The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.
4/9 — Metro, Chicago, Ill.
4/10 — House of Blues, Cleveland, Ohio
4/11 — Motor City Casino, Detroit, Mich.
4/13 — Borgata, Atlantic City, N.J.
4/14 — Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.
4/15 — 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C.
4/17 — Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON
4/18 — Le National, Montreal, QC
4/20 — Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.
4/21 — Northern Lights, Clifton Park, N.Y.
4/22 — Pearl Street, Northampton, Mass.
4/24 — Chameleon Club, Lancaster, Pa.
4/25 — Stage AE, Pittsburgh, Pa.
4/27 — MIT, Cambridge, Mass.
4/28 — Royale, Boston, Mass.
4/29 — Rams Head Live, Baltimore, Md.
5/1 — The National, Richmond, Va.
5/2 — Norva, Norfolk, Va.
5/4 — Beacham Theatre, Orlando, Fla.
5/5 — Sunfest, West Palm Beach, Fla.
5/6 — Vinoy Park, St. Petersburg, Fla.
5/9 — The Orange Peel, Asheville, N.C.
5/11 — The Fillmore, Charlotte, N.C.
5/12 — Expo Live, Louisville, Ky.
5/13 — Bogart’s, Cincinnati, Ohio
5/15 — Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y. (with Blink-182)
5/17 — Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. (with Blink-182)
5/18 — Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn. (with Blink-182)
5/19 — Bamboozle, Asbury Park, N.J.
5/20 — Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem, Pa. (with Blink-182)
5/22 — Colisee Pepsi Arena, Quebec City, QUE (with Blink-182)

 




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