Silversun Pickups :: United Center :: 3/12/10

When I was asked if I could cover the Silversun Pickups and Muse show at the United Center in Chicago I jumped at the chance; Not only would I finally get to see Muse Live for the first time, I would get a chance to interview Shure Endorsers, the Silversun Pickups, whose new album, Swoon has increasingly been coming up on my music player of choice as of late.

Silversun Pickups Band Shot

Silversun Pickups at the United Center, (L-R) Christopher Guanlao, Joe Lester, Brian Aubert & Nikki Monninger

As I arrived at the west entrance ramp of the United Center, I couldn’t help but remember the Bulls Championship dynasty of the 90’s.  I walked down the ramp with my camera gear in tow towards the backstage entrance. After checking in, I walked down the backstage hallway past the Bulls and Blackhawks locker rooms towards one of the Silversun Pickups dressing rooms. There is so much history in that hallway that it took me back. I was hoping to run into Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, or Dennis Rodman but no… I had to focus and remind myself that I am no longer 16 and I was there to work.

When I entered in the dressing room, it was empty. I quickly rearranged the furniture and set-up for the interview. Shortly after I was ready, I was soon joined by the Silversun Pickup’s Brain Aubert (lead vocals, guitar), Nikki Monninger (bass, vocals), Christopher Guanlao (drums), Joe Lester (keys) and Fritz their FOH engineer. After a brief introduction we sat down and I asked them about what it felt like to go from being a band that for a long time played small venues, to a band that is now on a sold out arena tour with Muse. I also asked them if they missed their day jobs, their Shure mics and what band past or present, they would have play at their backyard bbq. It was a tangent filled blast and afterwards I walked up on stage with them during their sound check and enjoyed a semi-private concert inside the empty UC.

Nikki Menninger, from Silversun Pickups, posing with her SM58®

Nikki Monninger posing with her SM58®

Once sound check was over it was time to for doors so we said our goodbyes and I went to my seat as they disappeared backstage to get ready. The SSPU’s lived up to their reputation of being a great live band which has followed them ever since their days playing LA’s Silverlake club scene.  BTW, Muse was amazing too!

Stay tuned for my full interview with the Silversun Pickups which should be up shortly.

— Nelson

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Nelson Arreguín

Nelson Arreguín

Member of the Shure Artist Relations team. Music dilettante & sneaker aficionado. Live music is his favorite diversion.

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