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 May.

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 “Transformers.”

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

The Used Photo: Joanne Klimaszewski