Falling in Reverse’s Ronnie Radke on His ‘Extreme’ Workout Plan, New Found Glory and More
Falling in Reverse, whose debut album The Drug in Me Is You cracked Billboard’s Top 20 last year is gearing up for a main stage run on this year’s Warped Tour. Lead singer Ronnie Radke, formerly of Escape the Fate, has had some highly publicized brushes with the law, which resulted in a two-year jail sentence.
Since being released from jail, Radke has bounced back, focusing his energies and talents on Falling in Reverse. Recently, the singer even got to live out a fantasy most hard rock musicians dream out — opening for Guns N’ Roses, which Falling in Reverse did last March in Hollywood, Calif.
While getting a new tattoo in Los Angeles last week, Radke spoke with Noisecreep about the upcoming tour, and hinted at the band’s much-anticipated new record.
First up, tell us about the new tattoo, Ronnie.
Well, I’m getting the rest of my chest filled in. All these new flowers on my chest to really fill everything in.
Okay. What’s the rest of the week like for you?
Well, we’re gearing up for some radio shows, around the country, but the big thing is getting ready for the Warped Tour on the main stage starting in mid-June.
What do you do to prepare for an intense summer run like that?
Right now I’m doing a thing called the Insanity Challenge. It’s like a work out regimen – extreme conditioning training – I’m doing it with my drummer. We do it every day so we can be the best we can be on the summer Warped Tour because of how demanding it is. Every day, we go from the extreme training to our rehearsal studio to rehearse. We turn up the heat to about 98 degrees to make us sweat, and then we put all this gear on and we pretend like we are actually playing on stage and move around like we’re on stage so that we condition our bodies so that when we are hot the sun, we’re not like out of breath and about to pass out.
Watch Falling in Reverse’s “I’m Not a Vampire” Video
Sounds like sort of a Warped pre-tour boot camp.
I do this with every tour because I never want to be half-assing anything when it comes to performing live. It’s hard out there, especially on Warped. People don’t always give bands credit for being out there for 30 to 42 dates or so straight in what mostly is extremely hot weather – over 107 degrees sometimes.
Are you and the guys fired up about playing the main stage this time out?
I’ve always wanted to be on main stage. I’ve seen my favorite bands in life as I was growing up, on the main stage, I’ve been envious of everyone up on the main stage, I’ve always wanted to be the center of the show so I really feel like we have accomplished something now. It’s gonna be an amazing year.
Do you remember the first shows you saw as a kid growing up?
The first was a church show, a little outdoor thing, when I was really young. I saw people singing and I thought, I want to do that. Then I saw Blink-182 with New Found Glory in Anaheim and it was amazing. I was 17-years-old or so. And now I’m on main stage with New Found Glory. It’s definitely a dream come true. Taking Back Sunday, The Used – I’d listen to all of these bands when I was 18, 19-years-old and now we’re all sharing the same stage.
What sorts of emotions are you tapping into as you write the new record?
Well, I would tell you but I can’t – I can’t let myself tell you. The last record was so vengeful and biter and spiteful – so everyone is wondering what ‘m gonna sing about next. And I’m just not quite ready to let people know. I’m sorry.
That’s okay. Safe to say you have a lot of emotions to draw on?
Oh yeah. When people hear the new stuff though I promise you they will lose their mind. It’s light years ahead of my last album. We’re demoing new songs right now, as we speak, and I’m telling you, people are seriously gonna lost their mind.
Watch Falling in Reverse’s “The Drug in Me Is You” Video
Will you be playing any of the new stuff on Warped?
I used to go to shows and hated when the band played new songs nobody knew. So I’m just playing what people know. When I hear something live, I don’t know, I want to be familiar with it, I want to like it – and so that’s our plan for Warped. Just stuff people know [laughs].
Falling in Reverse’s debut album, The Drug in Me Is You, is available now via Epitaph Records.
Warped Tour 2012 dates:
Jun 16 Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
Jun 17 Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High
Jun 20 Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
Jun 21 Irvine, CA @ Orange County Great Park
Jun 22 Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
Jun 23 San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park Lot A
Jun 24 Ventura, CA @ Ventura County Fair
Jun 27 Chula Vista, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Jun 28 Scottsdale, AZ @ Camelback Park
Jun 29 Las Cruces, NM @ NMSU Practice Field
Jun 30 San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
Jul 01 Houston, TX @ Reliant Center Parking Lot
Jul 03 Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul 05 Maryland Heights, MO @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jul 06 Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Jul 07 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Jul 08 Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
Jul 09 Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheatre
Jul 10 Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Jul 11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
Jul 12 Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul 13 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul 14 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
Jul 15 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Jul 17 Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 18 Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Jul 19 Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
Jul 20 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 21 Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Jul 22 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
Jul 24 Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
Jul 25 Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
Jul 26 Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
Jul 27 Orlando, FL @ Cenral FL Fairgrounds
Jul 28 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Ampitheatre
Jul 29 St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
Jul 30 Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 31 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug 01 Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
Aug 04 Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheater
Aug 05 Portland, OR @ Rose Quarter Riverfront