Sept. 13, 2007
The Used to Rock Riviera Theatre
By Randy J. Klodz
The Used, of Orem, Utah, will bring its fiery brand of rock and punk to Chicago
as the band gears up for a Sept. 16 show at Riviera Theatre.
The Used—which now includes Bert McCracken (vocals), Quinn Allman (guitar),
Jeph Howard (bass) and Dan Whitesides (drums)—is on tour in support
of its latest release “Lies for the Liars,” which hit stores nationwide in
The Used crashed awkwardly, yet appropriately, into the realm of commercial
touring with a second-stage Ozzfest appearance. The band, with its alternative-rock
meets spastic punk sound, put its guts into an Alpine Valley Music Theatre
appearance well before noon focusing on its earlier, heavy-driven hits such
as “A Box Full of Sharp Objects” and the bouncy “The Taste of Ink.”
McCracken’s non-stop energy grabbed the crowd. And now, numerous Vans Warped
Tour appearances and sold-out concerts later, The Used is its own fiery animal.
The band, on most of its recordings, finds a way to effectively mix the hard
with the soft. Early softies like “Blue and Yellow” and “Buried Myself Alive”
showed early that, sure The Used could kick and scream with the best of them,
but the band could also display a sensitive, versatile side.
From “Lies for the Liars” low-key songs like “Earthquake,” “Find a Way” and
“Smother Me” complement fast-paced drivers like “The Bird and the Worm,” “Hospital,”
“Liar Liar (Burn in Hell)” and “The Ripper.” The track “Pretty Handsome Awkward”
can also be heard as part of the movie soundtrack for this summer’s blockbuster
Riviera Theatre is at 4746 N. Racine Ave. Tickets for this all-ages show
are listed for $24 each with showtime slated for 6:30 p.m. Rock bands Army
of Me and Josephine Collective are also scheduled to perform. For more info
on The Used log on to www.theused.net.