JARET REDDICK'S BEST

After forming nearly 18 years ago, Bowling For Soup have moved from grabbing “any chance possible” to sell platinum disc records, gain Grammy nomnations and encounter countless world tours. Front man Jaret Reddick walks Tom Walton through his best and worst moments of being in one of the best loved pop punk bands on the planet...

 

Bowling For Soup moment...

Oh man, the best is really hard, I know it sounds super cheesy but we love every moment we do this, we get to make music for a living man! One of the stand-out

moments was when we went to the UK for the first time. We went into a Virgin Megastore in London and our album was there in the top 20 rack. It was a very ‘we did it’ kind of moment for us and I’ll never forget that.

There aren’t really a lot of bad ones. We spent nine years touring in a van before we made it and I remember one time when I had the flu real bad. The van broke down in the middle of nowhere - we had no money and nowhere to go. That wasn’t a good day but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

Bowling For Soup gig...

Download 2007 on the main stage was probably the one, we really managed to win the crowd over despite being surrounded by heavy metal bands. 

There have definitely been some bad ones. In our early days we had this manager who said we were going to be playing on a strip in some resort but it turned out to be a steak house in the middle of nowhere. When we arrived there was a poster on the door that said ‘live rock and country music from Bowling For Soup’. We were just like “uh oh.” We played to nobody in the end.

Gig you’ve attended...

I think it was Reading 2000 when I saw 

Slipknot for the first time. It was like a Broadway show, it was so good, so tight and heavy, I’ve never seen anything like that.I won’t name the worst, I’ve seen some bands playing amongst some great bands like Less Than Jake recently. The people who were watching it and thought it was good must have been deaf, I was like “am I getting old?”

Venue...

As far as crowds go, the best place for Bowling For Soup to play is Manchester Academy. The energy in that place outweighs anywhere else I’ve played in the world. When I go and watch gigs I still like the smaller venues, somewhere you can still get to the bar and you don’t feel like you’re being pushed around. I would have to say Myrtle BeachHouse Of Blues is my favourite.

City...

There are so many great cities. I love Hamburg, it’s like someone took 

Amsterdam and put it in the middle of Germany. London is a great place, as is Sheffield. I love Denver, Chicago, but it’s kind of hard to beat New York City. It kind of swallows you up when you first get there but once you get into the mindset it’s an amazing place.

I couldn’t pinpoint the worst city, there’s something to do in all cities. There are shows where we go and the gig never seems to be good, like in Jacksonville, Florida. It’s like “why the hell do we keep coming here?!”

Life Moment...

The best moments in my life were when my kids [Emma, 8 and Jack, 5] were born, though maybe Emma edges it slightly. When she was born Bowling For Soup were nominated for a Grammy on the same day, it was a huge day. It happened at the same time and it was amazing. I love both my children the same but I have to say Jack is a very close second, I’m sure one day he’ll understand!