Acts Team Up For Nokia Tour
The 20-date trek will feature the All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Ozomatli and Diffuser playing theaters and larger clubs in North America through an Oct. 28 finale in Seattle.Four bands will hit the road together on the month-long Nokia Unwired Tour, which kicks off Oct. 2 in Toronto. The 20-date trek will feature the All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Ozomatli and Diffuser playing theaters and larger clubs in North America through an Oct. 28 finale in Seattle.
"We'd done a couple of shows for Nokia before during spring break," Rejects guitarist Mike Kennerty tells Billboard.com. "They wanted to put together a whole eclectic tour, and so they asked us to play.
"They have given us phones," he notes, while laughingly suggesting, "We'd love to get the MP3 phones that I've seen commercials for."
The All-American Rejects will be touring in support of last year's self-titled DreamWorks debut, and Kennerty says the band plans to debut at least one new song during the tour.
The tour won't mark the first time the Rejects and Hoobastank have shared a stage. "We played with them once before in Arizona and they seem to be pretty cool guys," Hoobastank vocalist Doug Robb says. "They write some pretty catchy tunes that get stuck in my head all day, so I'm going to have a score to settle with them!"
Diffuser, which released its second album, "Making the Grade," in July through Hollywood, has also played with the All-American Rejects in the past. Vocalist/guitarist Tom Costanza says he's excited to return to the road. "That's my favorite part," he says. "It's been a while. I can't wait."
While the Rejects, Hoobastank and Diffuser share a similar aggressive pop/rock guitar sound, the mostly Spanish-language Latin rhythms of Ozomatli -- punctuated by two percussionists and a horn section -- will add a different flavor to the concerts.
"I've been to a few of their shows, dating back years," Robb says. "There's something about them. They have this great vibe, this great energy going that just make you want to jump around. You can't not smile at the show, it's such a fun time."
The differences in their sound is not something that concerns the members of Ozomatli.
"I don't think we've ever gone on a tour that was Latin [-based], other than, maybe Santana," Ozo bassist Wil-Dog Abers says. "And that was a very small amount of time. So that's not anything new to us."
"I've never seen Hoobastank," he adds. "Everyone tells me about them, that they're a great band." Ozomatli released a six-song EP, "Coming Up," yesterday (Sept. 23) through Concord.
With a new, as-yet-untitled album due Dec. 2 via Island, Hoobastank is beginning of a cycle of touring that will likely last for more than a year. "It can get really tiring," Robb says of the road, where his band spent more than 18-months supporting its self-titled 2001 debut. "But at the same time, you've got to sit back and pinch yourself every once in a while and realize you're doing what you want to do for a living and that's a rare thing."