Tyson Ritter of the All American Rejects
Hello, I'm the lead singer of The All American Rejects by night, and a Professor of Mythology by day.
Im excited to know we helped open the door for you to discover Beef Jerky.
Hi Tyson what was it like kissing Emma Stone in the House Bunny?
Also in Gives You Hell it kind of sounds like you're saying "truth be told I'm lion", are you aware of that?
She's just a lovely gal and a fantastic talent. I didn't hate it one bit.
I played the Lion in the Wizard of Oz back in high school.... maybe i subconsciously projected that into a lyric...
i responded to as many as i could!! i gotta go practice with the fellas now..thanks everyone for coming!
When you opened for Blink 182 in 2009 in the Woodlands TX, what was painted across your chest?
I covered myself in glitter for some time. It was for sure the letter Z in my alphabet of weird..
How did you start your band? As in, how did you begin to get noticed, and how did you piece together songs that your fans liked? By the way, I'm a huge fan, my family raised me listening to country music, and that was all I knew. But via a Bionicle commercial with move along as it's song when I was 7, I asked my dad to get the record that Move Along was on, and now I'm obsessed with your band.
Thats amazing!! well, call it luck or fate but we got noticed first because we played once a month at a college bar in our small town of Stillwater...at ages 14 and 16, ha! so we developed a following along with a drew barrymore child star drinking habbit... haha, kidding!! but the people came to see us, i dont know what makes something like that just happen...
The music video for dirty little secret always makes me laugh, with all those messages on the cards.
What would your little card say?
my little card would say: "i dont like peanut butter"
Hi Tyson. My English is not good. Why AAR aren't play in Poland? Here you have fans too.
I have no idea. I'd love to play there!! send my love to our Polish fans for me!
During your travels, where have you found the best food?
Italy is up there. France too
You look incredibly similar to Cillian Murphy, how often do you get mistaken for him?
I am Cillian Murphy, dont tell.
Hi Tyson! Who is your favourite band you've toured with? Also what are your thoughts on Canada.
Motion City Soundtrack... I love me some Canada!!
Mr. Ritter, thank you very much for taking the time to do this, and for all the great music that you’ve made with All American Rejects. My questions are:
When did you realize that you had “made it”, and what did it feel like?
What advice do you have for aspiring musicians who want to make a career out of making music and touring?
Again, thank you.
I think that there was a moment when i was 18 that made me feel good. I came home from tour for Christmas and my father and grandfather both treated me with a new sort of pride. I was told that rock and roll was a "pipe dream" and to come home and not have to ask my old man for a couple bucks felt like i had at least made something of myself..
Now as artists we have more power and control of our music than ever.. I advise residencies in major cities. Play every shit hole, every VFW, Birthday party, bar, and track and field event you can. Fans make the music happen, make fans.
Have you given any thought as to what you're going to be dressing up as for the Halloween show in San Francisco?
oh boy have we
Hey Ty! First of all, I wanna say thanks for taking the time to do this. Totally random, but what is a question that you're sick of people/interviewers asking you? Also, I hope you have a swell day.
"what's your dirty little secret" is one question that i have to restrain myself when i hear. just tacky and stupid really. especially after the millionth time.. have a swell day too!!
what are some of the songs in your top 25 most played on your iPhone?
Pixies-'hey' would be one
How did you end up in The House Bunny and do you see yourself acting more in the future?
totally random.. got an audition for Mr. Sandler and i guess it worked!!
I MAY try to act more.
A friend of mine kissed you on stage in WA!
Hey. Thank you for doing this AMA.
Where is your favorite place to travel? Or the best experience (or story) you have had while touring?
I raced around Nimes, FR with a friend of mine and it felt like I was in some Roman empire and the whole kingdom was my front yard. Incredible parks, gardens, and this huge colosseum in the city center make this magical hideout an opiate for the romantic at heart..
What happened to the Bad Eggs EP and the other DVD you guys had footage for?
Thanks for being my favorite band since I was in 6th grade. I'm in college now and I still rock out to you all the time!
no idea where the bad eggs thing went , Mike does..
Thanks for stickin with us so long!! It means the world, truly.
Hey Tyson what's up? What's the song you like the most that you've written?
there's a song on our new record Kids In The Street called 'heartbeat slowing down' that I am very proud of. Nick my guitarist and I penned that jam up in this quaint little cabin tucked into the woods of Maine.
Hey Tyson! What is your favorite song to perform? And will you guys be coming back to Pennsylvania anytime soon?? I'd really love to see you guys in concert, thanks! :)
Ummm. I have been favoring a jam of ours called 'I wanna' lately... It gets pretty solitary out here. We'll be back to Pennsylvania soon im sure.
Yes, please do come to Pennsylvania. We Pennsylvanians would be very happy.
sup tyson, what was your favourite halloween costume you've worn in our lifetime?
I did a dead Peter Pan and Tinkerbell combo with my ex a couple years ago and honestly, we looked killer!!! Totally ripped her wings off that night. hehe
Hi Tyson! <3 I still cant get over you making my dreams come true... how are you?
You're sweet. I'm doing great!! thx
Hey! Big fan here, what's your favourite song on the new album?
Heartbeat Slowing Down, it's my baby.
How's the new tour and why arent you coming to FL??
The tour is amazing and no idea
out of all of the gods/goddesses/demi gods humans have made up in our collective mythologies who's your favorite and why?
I don't know, but not Thor. That movie was weak
Hey Tyson! 3 ?s Are y'all performing in Ventura, CA? If you are, is there a soundcheck there too?
How did you learn how to sing?
no idea. i make it a point to not know where i'll be from one day to the next
Hello Tyson spanish fans are looking forward to see you here again talking your imperfect spanish xoxo
haha!! Gracias! i pride myself of knowing that i know very little?
Hi, Tyson! :) First off, let me mention that I saw AAR play a show in Missouri back in January and it was some of the most fun I’ve had at a show in a really long time!
My question would be what’s the best live band you’ve ever seen? Were there ever any concerts you had the chance to go to but regrettably missed out on?
I saw The Cure play in front of 250 people a couple years back. 3 HOURS later, I was still in awe..
I never started going to concerts till i was playing them, but i've been fortunate enough to see some sweet ones..
Favourite song you played at the London show Blink-182 did this June? :)♥ I was there watching and singing along proudly <3
Walk over Me was fun to play in front of the London crowd. we acted like animals during that one..
u must come back to new york we love u guys
tyson i know you just got 14 comments in a matter of 10 seconds but im a really big fan of the song move along and for six years ive been trying to figure out the original chords to the piano break. would you be ever so kind to share them with me?
That's a Nick Wheeler question... I play and write on the piano, but i alway have by ear...
do you guys like getting fan art?
totally!!! we hang the good ones up in the bus.
whats your favorite city to play in? i was at the Boston show and what was it like being on the balcony railing!? that was crazyy!!! easily the best concert I've ever been to!
Any of em really. I favor the upper east coast.
Hey Tyson, just wanted to thank you! Back in 2005 I took a girl to see your show in Cincinnati, and afterwords got my first BJ, couldn't of done it without you guys.
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