When Jaret Reddick hit the road after the birth of his first child in 2003, he knew balancing music and fatherhood would be challenging.
Then he did what any other punk rock dad would do: He hit the road for two weeks, returning home for just over a week.
“It’s kind of fun because we’ve been touring in two-week increments with time off in between for many, many years,” Reddick says. “I had kids in 2003, and this was the way that I chose to tour to make sure that I was putting my family first.”
Reddick has witnessed other bands doing the same thing, seeing the same concept being adopted by bands who are starting families of their own.
“Now that all the other bands are catching up and having kids, it’s kind of funny how they think this is a pretty good idea,” he says with a laugh.
He also adds that this touring style aids in preventing touring fatigue.
“We’re getting a little older, and we have things that we don’t want to miss out on at home,” Reddick says. “It makes for a happier group of people on the bus and morale stays high when everyone gets to go home and see their family.”
Because of this, Reddick and his bandmates utilize their rest by taking their energy out onstage replicating the energy of the Vans Warped Tour.
“It’s been in the back of my mind since Warped Tour ended of how we could keep the vibe and keep the bands that had that tie to it together since it really was the foundation of so many of our bands and this kind of music,” he says.
“We’re trying to give people a little bit of that energy of Warped Tour, only this time in air conditioning,” he adds with a laugh.
The tour’s second leg will aim to capture that energy with fellow Warped Tour alumni Less Than Jake and Scottsdale’s Doll Skin playing in support of the tour.
“I’ve always been about having diversity on the bill since we started,” Reddick says. “I always thought if we sounded the same, we’re probably drawing the same people. But if we’re getting different kinds of bands that merge in some places, then we’re all playing in front of some new fans, and it makes for a better night when it’s evolving and changing.”
Despite stacking the set list with hit songs including “1985,” “Girl All the Bad Guys Want,” “Alexa Bliss” — the former entrance theme for the WWE Superstar — and the theme song to the hit Disney TV show “Phineas and Ferb,” Reddick and his bandmates plan to make the audience laugh almost as loudly as they sing.
“When people come to see us, it’s not going to just be ‘Phineas and Ferb’ and ‘1985.’ We do tend to be a bit out there when it comes to the comedy,” Reddick says. “We’re just naturally hilarious, and since we’ve been doing this for 28 years, I know that if I can make Chris, Rob or Gary laugh, then I know that the audience is probably thinking that’s funny as well.”
In addition to hearing the audience giggle as he vamps while changing guitars, there is another high point of every show that Reddick looks forward to each night.
“‘High School Never Ends’ is usually the first time I hear how loud the audience is going to sing, which is always a really special moment for me every night,” he says.
“I also always look forward to ‘Girl All the Bad Guys Want’ every single night. It doesn’t matter where it is in the set; I love the audience’s reaction when I start that riff and the energy that it brings when the drums kick in.”
Even though the theme song to ‘Phineas and Ferb’ is the track most people recognize Bowling for Soup for, Reddick does love the reaction he gets every time he queues up the lyrics “there’s 104 days of summer vacation, and school comes along just to end it.”
“I always love playing ‘Phineas and Ferb’ because there’s the surprise aspect where there are people who don’t know that we do that song or think we would never play ‘that cartoon song,’ so it’s really fun,” he says with a grin.
No matter which track gets the crowd amped up, Reddick aims to have fans leave the Marquee Theatre with grins stretched across their faces and tunes stuck in their ears.
“I want everybody to leave with a smile on their face and a song in their head. That’s my goal every day,” he says.
Bowling for Soup and Less Than Jake w/Cliffdiver and Doll Skin
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 5
WHERE: Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe