The loud roar of the crowd deafens the air circulating around hundreds of warm bodies. Then the lights turn on, illuminating a center stage cluttered with musical instruments of all kinds. Soon the once mighty chants turn silent as the All-American Rejects do what they do best jam.
Fresh off a seven-week European tour with the internationally acclaimed rock band, Blink 182, the Rejects look to promote their fourth studio album entitled: Kids in the Street. Traveling alongside and opening for the band is EVE 6, another popular rock band with roots in Southern California.
More importantly: one of the stops takes them right to the front door of Park City, specifically, Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater.
Set to play on Sunday, August 12, the band's rhythm gutarist, Mike Kennerty, says this isn't the first time they've set foot in the busy resort town nestled in the Wasatch Mountains.
"We have been here during the Sundance Festival," said Kennerty. "We played one full show around Sundance, but this will be the first non-Sundance related thing." Kennerty says he has always loved the beautiful scenery surrounding Park City, but looks forward to seeing the mountains without a layer of snow.
The Rejects is known as an alternative rock band with heavy punk influences giving substance to their unique sound. Formed in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1999 the group experienced success with their first studio album, The All-American Rejects which was released in 2003.
Their musical journey and quest for artistic expression has brought them to their fourth and perhaps most unique album yet. Proud of their work, Kennerty says that this album has their most unique to date.
"For every album we take a lot of time inbetween to allow us to grow musically," he said. "For this one we went into the studio and for any song they kind of come out the way they do. We don't try to make one certain song or style. This time around the songs were coming out sort of weird and we decided to push it even further."
Kennerty's favorite piece from the album, featuring 11 songs total, is Heartbeat Slowing Down the big ballad on the record. The band's co-founder and lead vocals Tyson Ritter was responsible for a large portion of the music writing including Heartbeat Slowing Down. Kennerty says that Ritter "outdid himself lyrically on that one."
As the sun begins to set on the outdoor amphitheatre and the crowd grows anxious in anticipation of the opening song Kennerty assures that they will play the hits that appeal to fans, along with a healthy dose of their "new stuff."
"We have been fans of bands that play their hits and some of their new stuff," he said. "It's always disappointing when a band decides to only play their new material and not fan favorites; we want to give fans a little bit of everything. There will probably be some older songs that you'd expect not to hear."
Still adjusting to life back in the States following their European extravaganza, Kennerty issued a challenge to their audiences: "The crowds in Europe are crazy and energetic; they go off in a special kind of way. In comparison, American crowds are tamer."
As for plans following the Deer Valley night Kennerty admits to the band's gypsy spirit, "We started touring in January and have been going pretty solid. There is no end in sight. We're road dogs."
All-American Rejects and opening band EVE 6 perform Sunday, August 12 in the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheatre. The show starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Lawn tickets at $35 and reserved starting at $45 to $65. Box office information available at: 435-655-3114 and www.ecclescenter.org .